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Miracles Do happen


This is a true miracle that I am blessed to be a part of and happy to share this story. Their is an amazing organization called Capturing Hope Photography based out of Clemmons, NC. They are a non profit that recruits photographers to volunteer their time to photograph babies and familis in the NICU. I filled out an application and waiting almost two years after hearing about them from a previous bride. Finally the call come through!! There was a family in our area in need. I immediately said yes.

Now please know how nervous I was on so many different levels; 1. I had never photographed a baby inside 2. I had no experience with the NICU and my heart is big (also that meant I didn’t want to cry in front of this family) 3. I wasn’t sure what to expect from mother or child. I arrived to take photos and feel in love. His name was Aiden, and as I write this now my eyes tear up thinking about seeing him with tubes, unable to breath on his own, and a young mother who was unsure of where to go next. He was a precious gift from God who was born early.

I meet Aiden And Carene on December 18th 2014, after he had already been fighting for his life for 3 weeks. Even a year later I think of them both often. My original contract was to visit once but I went back two more times for photos and another time to visit and bring her dinner. I was a young mother and even though I have no idea what it is like to be in NICU with your angel praying that he lives another day I do understand how hard it is to be alone. I watched him grow, get stronger, and even remember seeing him without his tubes in. I was so scared to overstep my boundaries or not take pictures that would do him, and possibly his memory justice. Thank God he is better than ever now and his pictures were not a rememberance of his life, but of how strong he is and his fight to continue to live.

Through the capability of facebook I am able to still keep in touch with her and I love hearing how happy they are now and how far Aiden has come along. She has married and expecting another child. I couldn’t be happier for them both, They will both have a piece of my heart and always will. Carene shared this picture she made with me the other day and I had to write down my feelings and share. Thank you Carene for letting me into a small piece of your life and Aiden’s.

Aiden

Quote from Carene ” You weren’t a small part! You gave us some of our most treasured moments. Especially going home. ”

More photos of Aiden can be found here : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.877995162244935.1073741874.245082725536185&type=3

Capturing Hopes Photography; https://www.facebook.com/CapturingHopesPhotography/?fref=ts

Chabby Chic Window Picture (How to…)


My husband and I took a cruise back in 2011 and it was amazing. One of my favorite days was St.Thomas Virgin Islands, mostly because I had dreamed of going there since I was a little girl. My father use to travel there a lot and I was in love with the photos and presents he would bring back for me.  Not only did I finally get to see the place I had dreamed of but it was also my birthday! We sat on the deck eating our breakfast when all of the sudden a rainbow appeared, thus an amazing photo one would only dream of getting…..in the USVI…St Thomas 2011 018 bwc

I had this picture printed in an 16×20 size and didn’t know what I would do with it until I came across some old window frames. So I decided to create some art for our home.

 

Start with your frame outside and wear a mask so that you do not inhale old paint. Use sand paper and even a dremel to get in the smaller locations. This will help get all the rough edges and peeling paint off. ( I left some for the rustic affect)

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Once the area is clean to your liking measure out your picture to ensure that once you cut it it is centered in the window.

IMG_3492 IMG_3493Once you cut picture make sure surface is clean and ready to start gluing with Modge Podge. I did this by using windex and a newspaper to clean the glass. IMG_3494

Coat the glass with Modge Podge and then lay the picture in place and cover completely with Modge Podge again. Your picture will be lovely, protected, and ready for display in no time!

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Finished Product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used this for a display at a wedding show I did to show off my photography but now it sits in our dining room for all to enjoy. Stay tuned for more pinterest How to’s !!! Happy Crafting

Wedding Budget Ideas and Tip


As an Event Planner I have been involved with several weddings and I am often asked by my clients what they should spend their money on and what they can skip on or do without. My response is always that my clients need to decide what is important to them as I have learned over the years that no matter what the event the things of importance vary. One thing that I can say holds common is a GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER!! There are a lot of things that can go wrong, be forgotten, and ignored, but having terrible pictures of your special day can never be replaced, redone, or changed. Please also keep in mind this is not to say that you should spend a thousand dollars on a fantastic photographer either. There are amazing photographers out there!! Interview them, look at their work, check out their website/facebook page, ask for references, and MOST important make sure their style matches yours!! Every couple is different as is every photographer. Find someone you and your spouse click with because you want to be comfortable to share your intimate moments with them so that he/she may capture those on film! To me photograph can NEVER be replaced, changed, or altered and it captures the love and adoration within the bride and grooms eyes with which they can look back and even on the darkest day it can make them smile and remember the butterflies they had in their stomache once upon a time!

Do’s and Don’ts for DIY Weddings


I wanted to write this as this subject has been heavy on my heart especially during the planning process and so many brides wanting to DIY. Please be careful with DIY!!! I know its a money saver but just a few things to keep in mind….

The final days before your wedding can be extremely hectic. So first rule of thumb is if you can not do the task months before your wedding, let a professional do it! All the better reason to hire a Day of Coordinator or Wedding Planner. Remember there are last minute errands to run, seating charts to finalize, rehearsal dinner, placement of wedding party, and the list goes on.

Some great DIY options could include but are not limited to invitations, decor items, and favors. These are great options as they can be done far in advance by yourself or with the help of others. You can line envelopes with colored paper to dress them up, fold a thousand paper cranes for decorations, make flower balls to hang from the ceiling, or paint paper boxes to fill with candy as your favors. 

Please remember to leave some things to the professionals such as photography, food, and flowers. I am sure that some of you are saying I can lay flowers on a table why pay someone else to do this? I know that this sounds like a great idea to be able to save money, however the day of your wedding the last thing you should be worried about is what your tables will look like or stressing yourself out trying to oversee this time consuming task. You need to be getting prepared and beautiful!

Brides & Grooms please keep in mind that your photographer to me is the MOST IMPORTANT decision you will make in your wedding planning process because he/she will capture your day so that you can cherish it for the rest of your lives, look back show your kids, share with your loved ones for years to come. You don’t want to be unhappy with the outcome, and there is no reenacting the scene or second takes!!

Make your decisions wisely, remember that weddings are not cheap, but it is a wonderful day of joining in a unity to cherish for the rest of your lives. Make your ONE DAY COUNT!!