Monthly Archives: March 2013

WOW Factor Cakes: A Very Special Event

It was a random phone call… very random… but to say I was intrigued and honored to participate in this industry event is putting it mildly.  When Amy explained the concept of the blindfolded dinner, yes you heard that right… blindfolded, I was so excited!  And receiving the invitation in the mail only whetted my appetite!

Chef Luca is from Passion 8 Bistro, a real Italian chef (accent and all) running a superb gourmet restaurant.  His passion for food was so evident in everything that we tasted, and was brought out all the more by not being able to see what we ate.  We enjoyed everything from lobster to liver and finished it off with a decadent chocolate cake.  His passion for food was equally matched with the designers decor, invitations and even a paint by number cake that Amy’s assistant, Nicole, had spent all day designing.  This event was definitely one for the history books!

Cuisine: Passion 8 Bistro
Decor: Anne Markey from Favor Me Events
Flowers: Carey Roberts Design Co.
Invitations: Debra Hall with Olive Paper
Linens, Chairs & Hardware: Party Reflections
Desert: WOW Factor Cakes

Get [Together]: The McIntyre’s

It’s amazing how life comes full circle… 8 years ago I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and was introduced to Dr. Kristin Wagner (now McIntyre).  She was probably my favorite part of going through that journey (can you have a favorite part of walking through cancer?), and surprisingly I missed seeing her face after the ordeal was over.  After I had Ian, my OB wanted me to go back to Dr. Wagner just to ensure everything with my thyroid was still fine… which it was.  However, during the visit we had the opportunity to talk about our life changes… me, now with a kid… and her, very obviously pregnant.  When I mentioned I was no longer working for Starbucks and doing photography full time, she asked if I photographed families and I immediately said “Yes!”  About 2 weeks later I got a text message, we set up the session and voila… magic.

To see Kristin interact and love on Elizabeth just warmed my heart… there is no love like a mother and daughter have.  I caught myself smiling through the editing process, and while I may have gone black and white overboard I don’t think the timelessness of the moments would have allowed me to do anything less.  I was thrilled when her husband, Larry, was able to join us for the last part of the session so I could meet the family of three before the final chapter is added later on this week.  I’m thankful that Dr. Wagner isn’t fully removed from my life, but that our relationship has just taken a new bend.  Enjoy!

 

Patrick & Jessica Get [Engaged]!

I knew Patrick and Jessica were going to be a fun couple from the first time we talked.  I had just arrived home from a session and my phone started ringing… she told me that she had just filled out my inquiry form, but wanted to call and make sure I still had her date available… which I did!  So we set up a meeting for the following Tuesday, met, booked and scheduled their engagement session for the following Monday… wow, that was fast.  Our meeting was so relaxed and fun! When I asked them on a scale of 1-10 how affectionate they are with each other… it was definitely an 11!  Patrick was holding her the entire meeting, and kept wiping the hair out of her eyes. We laughed alot, and things got loud a few times so I knew this was going to be an epic session… which it was!  Hope you enjoy!

Charlotte Engagement Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo, Engagement Bridge Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo, Engagement Bridge Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo, Engagement Bridge Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo, Engagement Bridge Photo
Charlotte Engagement Photo, Engagement Bridge Photo
Charlotte Skyline Photo
And my favorites…
Charlotte Engagement Photo