Wedding Photography


The Tar Heel and I had a very thorough process  for selecting our wedding photographer.  We both tend to love the same style of photography, but the wedding photography market is SO saturated right now… it is hard to tell from a fancy website and a few cute baby pictures who has a genuine gift, in addition to the experience worthy of shooting someone’s wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that people can turn a hobby into a business.  But there are some photographers who have made photography their life‘s work.  It is a calling for them, much like a calling to be a doctor or any profession.  We weren’t as concerned about how much they charged — we knew we had to spend a little (ok a lot) more on the photography than the flowers – and for obvious reasons (I hope). But we mostly wanted someone who is incredibly passionate about what they do.  We knew that the end result, then, would be incredibly passionate photography.  We found everything we wanted and more in Julie Mixon Photography.  Our sweet friend Travis Bartlett, a true photographer himself, first told us about Julie.  Julie is a wedding photographer, photography instructor and undeniably wonderful artist. She was so easy to work with, and I immediately felt comfortable with her behind the cam. Julie recently gave her beautiful blog a little update and lo and behold, our little wedding made her Featured Weddings portfolio. If you are in the NC/SC area (she lives in SC now but continues to shoot for us NC folk) then give her a call.  She is fantastically talented and a jewel to work with.  Oh and we got our wedding pictures (all four discs of them) back in record time….2 weeks after our wedding.  Literally.  Ah-mazing.


Week 2

Julie Mixon Photography

It is so hard to believe that we have been married for over a week (and soon to be two).  I know that seems crazy to be counting the days we have been married, but I guess I don’t know what to count down to anymore since the wedding is over!  It still seems like a dream.  I can’t tell you how amazing our wedding day was, and the overwhelming sense of peace and calm and “rightness” that permeated the entire day.  It was literally a perfect day.  When neither of our 18 month old nephews decided to walk down the aisle as our ringbearers, it was perfect.  When Dustin and I both broke down into tears, like steady-streams-funny-face-with-lots-of-sinus-noises kind of crying, when the wedding march started playing and we saw each other for the first time on our wedding day, it was perfect.  When I forgot to hand my bouquet to my bridesmaid before stepping up on the stage and she had to step up and get it from me, it was perfect!  Every single little detail of that day was beautifully perfect.

I am so excited to share our wedding pictures and rehearsal dinner photobooth shots from our photographer, Julie Mixon.  I can hardly wait to explain every little detail behind our wedding and show you why I’ve been such an absent blogger for the last 9 months!

I honestly thought we may have been a little crazy for planning our wedding in 9 months, but I think it was just the right length of time for an engagement.  Not too short, not too long.  I remember hearing a sermon from my pastor at Hope Community church in college saying he didn’t believe in long engagements, and I really took that to heart. :) hah!  In all honesty, we chose our date according to Dustin’s school schedule.  It worked out well to have the wedding on March 19 because he was on break between his winter and spring quarters and we were able to go on our honeymoon immediately following the wedding.  Speaking of honeymoon, I have lots of great pictures to share from that AND a few great stories… if I can suddenly become brave enough to post them :)  Let’s just say I may never ride a vespa again. Hah!

One big thing

Wedding madness has taken over, as you can tell by my lack of posting!  Not to mention that my research project for my master’s is finaaaallly taking off, and throw in taking A&PII, plus my Thirty-One business into the mix and let’s just say things are gettin’ a little crazy around here.  BUT, such is my life for the last 6+ years… and I can’t really imagine it being any different!

Big Thing : Everyone, we have our coordinators!!!!!  YAY! Big Big Big Yay!  Because contracting with wedding coordinators means a LOT less stress for me which means a LOT more smiling.  And honestly, who likes a non-smiley bride? No body.  Meet our wedding coordinators extraordinaire,

Hannah and Jessica of A Shindig Southern Event Planning!

I kind of knew I would love them instantly when we wore matching Jack Roger’s sandals at our first meeting and they immediately (like, IMMEDIATELY) knew the vision I had in my head when I said I wanted “twinkle lights” for the reception.  How awesome is that? Plus they are adorable and I envy them for all their creative genius and wedding planning expertise.  I am so excited to work with both of these ladies who have been awesome from Day 1, so believe me when I say that I have no worries about my wedding day being anything less than fabulous with these two on board! 

Southern Bridal Show & Expo

Hello lovelies. I haven’t forgotten about my little piece of the interwebs called the Stately Lady just yet.  I have however been super ridiculously busy (which isn’t really a super good thing) but I suppose I have just adjusted to living a high-stress life.  The idea that there even will be a life for me one day where I only go to work, come home and relax with my sweet Tar Heel seems….. unbelievable? unreal? unfathomable?  Basically, super out of reach.  But I’ll get there one day.  I think?!

In other news, this weekend I was lucky enough to attend my first bridal show. Yay!  First, let me just say it was the most overwhelming thing I’ve ever been to in my entire life.  And I’ve been to HUGE medical conferences, sports competitions and even stood in Times Square for New Year’s Eve night.  But nothing could prepare me for the amount of audio and visual stimulus I would encounter at the Southern Bridal Show & Expo.   I walked in and immediately wanted to take a step back out to recover.  It was that intense.  There were young girls everywhere, most of which I immediately thought “You cannot possibly be old enough to get married in the state of North Carolina” and then I had to remember that those thoughts were 1)not nice and 2)not the point of being there. 

So I tried to keep trucking and avoided eye contact with every single vendor that didn’t have a giveaway for me to sign up for. Hah. 

At the end of the day, I did get lots of business cards and pamphlets from photographers, wedding planners, invitation/paper shops, and photobooths.  Those were the main reasons we even went to the expo to begin with.  And by the way, I asked the Tar Heel to go for  his expertise in photography in case we might stumble on to someone just starting out with lots of talent (read: cheaper than $5000) and he quickly agreed to attend.  Apparently this is completely weird to some people (his guy friends) and I don’t understand that at all.  First, there were SO many guys at this thing. Yes, they were outnumbered by women at about 2:1, but that still means a lot were there.  Is it really so weird that he went with me?  I really only specifically wanted him there to check out  the photogs for me, because I didn’t expect him to be super interested in anything else.  And he got free beer the second he walked in, so obviously the expo was prepared to cater to the men in attendance as well.  I don’t know, it just isn’t so strange to me that he went.  It’s ourwedding, why wouldn’t he attend? So that leads me to a question for y’all.  Did your husband/fiance go with you to any bridal shows in the wedding planning stages? Why/why not?

Here are some shots from the show.  I didn’t take many pictures because I was feeling overwhelmed (in case you missed that earlier)!

I liked the chargers, bamboo chairs and the place settings in this one.. not entirely in love with the colors or choice of flowers.

I liked the understated elegance of this one.  If I were to go with a centerpiece like this, the linens would have to be MUCH brighter to offset the simplicity.  So mixed emotions about this one. I do like how small the centerpiece is.  Those huge, 4-5 ft centerpieces with weird moss and diamonds etc. hanging down from what looks like a small tree are so gross to me.

I spy a Jerri-Rae!  That’s her in the picture at the top right-hand corner–the really cute girl jumping up in cowboy boots..  Remember her from this post?   Yep, she is basically a celebrity. We found her picture at the expo while at Jeffrey Minnish’s booth (he was her wedding photographer)!

PS:  I have a big and fun announcement happening soon so keep checking back… YOU will be glad you did!! :)