Nov 19-13

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Meg and David had the sweetest Fearrington wedding. It was so simple and elegant, full of laughter, and the dancing was so. much. fun. Let me tell you - Meg and David have friends that love to dance, and Joe Bunn was the perfect DJ to keep them dancing! The bridesmaids' deep purple was the perfect color for September, the weather was crisp and beautiful - it couldn't have been a more lovely day to get married. As I got to know the two of them, I learned that they both moved to a new city for each other's careers, and while they are very loyal to very different college teams, they respect that in each each other. (True love since their teams couldn't be bigger rivals!) I loved photographing their wedding and getting to know them. Congrats David and Meg!

Venue: The Fearrington
Officiant: Rev. Dr. J. Thomas Kort
Caterer: The Fearrington
Cake Artist: The Fearrington
Florist: The Fearrington
Event Designer & Coordinator: The Fearrington
Ceremony Music: Marilyn Wienand
Reception DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Mina's Studio
Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahniks
Wedding Dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Men's Warehouse
Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew Factory
Guestbook: Harvey Grey
Wedding Favors: The Knot Wedding Shop
Bridesmaid gifts: Do Re Mi Jewels by Julia Bergen

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  1. Lauren November 20, 2013 8:14 pm

    LOVE this. Especially love that we had the same wedding dress!

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Nov 18-13

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I don't know if you've heard of the Influence Network or not, but it's about time that you did! In my opinion, the concept is brilliant. It is an online community for women of faith to learn from others, to share with others, and grow as individuals and entrepreneurs. Their about page says it all :

THE INFLUENCE NETWORK is for creatively minded women, who are looking for an uplifting community where they can be encouraged and also resourced to make their online lives MEAN SOMETHING.

I was so honored when Jessi asked me to speak on the Influence Network alongside my husband. We will be sharing all about personal finances - something we are very passionate about.

If you just said, "UGH. Finances = BORING!" in your mind, then you should totally sign up for this class. Why? Because that's what I thought about finances before we were married! And since then, I've learned how finances can be a powerful tool to fuel a good marriage, the gospel, contentment, your business, and things that matter in your life.

No, money is not everything. As a brother said in church this Sunday, it's NOT about chasing the dollar. But we are stewards in the Kingdom of God, and we are called to manage our money well - for His glory.

Here are some things we'll be talking about in our Class on Monday 11/25 at 9pm:

• How we became unified in our finances even though we came from totally different backgrounds
• Creating a budget
• Our story : How we paid off our house at the ages of 25 and 27
• The importance of Contentment
• The Envelope System
• The importance of Self Control
• How YOU can win with your money
• Being an example in our culture of materialism
• Staying Kingdom-minded
• Thinking long term instead of living a life of instant gratification

If you are planning on coming, please please leave a comment! I would love to know who we are speaking to ahead of time. Cannot wait to see you there! And a BIG THANK YOU to the Influence Ladies for the invitation. We are so, so honored!

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  1. Blair Erickson November 18, 2013 4:54 pm

    I am coming!! I am so excited. I am almost a college graduate (in May 2014!!) so I know this is the time to start thinking and learning more about money. I want to be a good steward of my money so I am excited to hear more about your story plus all of your wonderful tips! Yay!!

  2. Whitney Davis November 18, 2013 7:09 pm

    I am so excited about this class! I have been a long time follower of you and a member of the influence network since it began and seeing yall collide is amazing! :) Me and my husband are making the last payment on our student loans this month and are so pumped!

    See you in the classroom next week!

  3. Lindy November 18, 2013 9:36 pm

    Just signed up! The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect. My fiance and I have been talking more and more about money lately, wanting to be sure we’re starting off our marriage on the right foot where finances are concerned. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to learn from you and Will! Thank you : )

  4. Jessa R. November 19, 2013 12:30 am

    Hello! I’m so interested, but it says “How to Win with Money is back-ordered. We will ship it separately in 10 to 15 days.” Does that mean that it’s too late to sign up?

  5. Mackenzie Throne November 19, 2013 4:39 am

    I’m coming! I cannot wait to hear y’all’s wisdom on finance. I don’t want to live in the fog, I want clarity and to know what to do with what’s been given to me. I can’t wait to hear your story and how to win with money!

  6. Abi Losli November 19, 2013 8:49 am

    Yes, yes, YES! I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced. I loved hearing your heart at MTH back in March, and I’m so excited to hear from you again, and your sweet man. Excited about this topic, too, because I definitely see some unrealized potential in our budget (and my attitude towards it!). Can’t wait!

  7. Kristen Draughn November 19, 2013 5:40 pm

    I just signed up for the online conference! So excited to hear about managing money from a Christian couple. My fiance and I are very much looking forward to starting off our marriage on the right foot!

  8. Becca Ramsey November 19, 2013 5:59 pm

    My husband and I are going! He has just completed medical school and we are looking at how to manage his educational loans in a Godly manner! Cannot wait to learn from you all- we are also fairly young (27 and 30) and we have much to learn!

  9. Maggie Pierce November 20, 2013 3:15 pm

    My husband, Jonathan, and I will be attending! We’ve been married just over a month and want to make sure we start off on the right foot with our finances. Jonathan has a business degree in management and entrepreneurship, and we hope one day to own our own business of sorts one day. However, I am completely illiterate in business and financial speak. We hope to learn about or personal as well as future business finances and God’s hand in both. So looking forward to this! (Also love your blog!)

  10. sara November 21, 2013 11:43 am

    i’m going to sign up! i’m 26 years old and already on the Dave plan. I’m debt free, saving 15% for retirement and also a house (one day.) I need to keep surrounding myself with other people who are winning. I can’t wait to hear about balancing the saving for the future vs. giving and spending now.

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Nov 13-13

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I am so grateful to have been included in Southern Weddings Magazine V6. What an honor! Be sure to pick up a copy of your own at your local Target, Barnes and Noble, or your can order them online here. You’ll see two lovely sections that feature my work: Southern Surcees and Song of the South. I am so humbled and so grateful to be in these pages. This magazine is so  full of meaning, heart, marriage, and true love - all the things that a weddings magazine should be founded on. A big thank you to all the ladies at Southern Weddings for this honor!

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I photographed the Southern Surcees Section in the Southern Weddings Office, and it was an all-day affair! There were so many sweet treats to photograph, and you can be sure I took a pound cake home, and also gave another to my neighbor.

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Song of the South was photographed with an incredible team of vendors in Nashville, Tennessee. (You'll hear all about this editorial soon!) My favorite part? My triplet nephews and adorable nieces graced the pages with drums and tambourines!

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Be sure to get your own copy of the Magazine today!

 

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  1. Gretchen Saffles November 14, 2013 5:57 pm

    I spy the Blanton kids and they look adorable!! Beautiful pictures, Nancy! You have such a gift from the Lord to capture His beautiful creation. :)

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Nov 11-13

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When I met Joel and Jordan in the early morning for their engagement session, I was absolutely giddy. The ground was wet with dew, the sun was rising, and they had picked the most beautiful location - family property that had a beautiful field, a big barn (where Joel proposed), and a sweet pond with a bridge. Does it get any better than that? What I loved about these two is how comfortable they were. They were 100% themselves - relaxed, authentic and true.

Not only do I love this couple, but I can already tell I'm going to love their families. Joel's Mom sent me home with fresh flowers from her rose garden after she welcomed me into their living room for a chat. Southern hospitality at its finest! I cannot wait for their wedding celebration. I'm sure it will be full of sweet friends and family and love this couple to pieces, as I already do!

 

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  1. Jordan November 11, 2013 5:27 pm

    Love these Nancy! It was so fun to shoot with you and Joel and I are just so excited about our wedding day. THANK YOU!

  2. Carolyn November 13, 2013 10:35 pm

    Love these! They turned out so great! :)

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Nov 08-13

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This wedding. Oh this wedding. I shot more film than I ever have for this wedding because the light, the colors, the setting - it was all so perfect. The groom's light grey suit, the lush bridal bouquet, the stone architecture and the adorable favors... I would shoot this wedding all over again if I could.

Liz and Ray were a joy to work with! Not only was there wedding a stunning event, but it is always such a joy to work with such calm, genuine, laid back couples. Liz and Ray did not do a first look, and because of travel circumstances we didn't do an engagement session either. So I had never seen the two of them interact together until after she walked down the aisle to him. What a sweet thing to watch unfold! I felt like they came alive when they were together. They smiled and laughed more than I saw either of them do by themselves. They were comfortable, loving, and they walked with a spring in their step. It happened with each of them, and I loved watching them, together, throughout their wedding day.

Congratulations, Liz and Ray! What a beautiful marriage you already have.

Venue: The Graylyn Estate
Event Designer: Rebecca Rose Events
Florist : Amy Lynne Originals
Cake: Cakes by Chloe
Caterer: The Graylyn Estate
Videography: Iron Kite Films
Officiant: Rev. Virginia Wood
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Elegant Ensembles
Reception Band: Total Package Band
Lighting & Stage: Sound Illusions
Rentals: Hauser Rentals
Hair Stylist: Vance Yountz, Bang Bang Salon
Makeup: Scott Weaver
Linens: La Tavola & Connie Duglin
Invitations: Bella Figura
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carole
Wedding Day Paper Elements (Programs & Welcome Gift Boxes): Rebecca Rose Events

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  1. Em November 9, 2013 1:28 am

    Beautiful colors, and yes, the light IS magical!

  2. Liz Patterson November 9, 2013 9:54 pm

    Thank you for doing such an amazing job capturing our special day Nancy!

  3. Emily November 11, 2013 8:20 pm

    I LOVE the styling on the invitation suite, so perfect!

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Nov 06-13
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It is always so refreshing when a couple decides to truly have a wedding that is a unique reflection of their personalities! That is exactly what Rachel and Tyler did, and it was so much fun to capture every moment. From the time they arrived at Duke Chapel until the glow stick exit at the end of the evening, I (along with all of their guests) kept discovering little surprises in the details of their wedding that brought a smile to my face. Bright pops of color, tables named after their favorite places they had visited, Indian cuisine for dinner, 3 gentlemen and a lady for their bridal party, a group salsa dance for their "first dance," and a fun graphic display recounting the history of their relationship. Every one of us - guests and vendors - were entertained from start to finish. It was a blast!

Congratulations, Tyler and Rachel! So grateful to have been the one to capture your amazing day.

Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel
Reception Venue: Nasher Museum
Caterer: Sage and Swift
Florist: Tre Bella
Event Coordinator: Grace Leisure Events
Cocktail Hour Band: Big Fat Gap
Reception Band: Orquestra GarDel
Makeup Artist: Pam Hung
Hair Stylist: Leah Achey

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  1. Emily November 7, 2013 8:30 pm

    I’ve never seen a glow stick exit, how perfect!

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Nov 05-13

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Rachel & Tyler's unique rehearsal dinner was held at the the Museum of Life and Science complete with train rides, a petting zoo and the insect observatory. There was no way any guest could have a boring time! After hearing about how much Rachel enjoyed this museum growing up, Tyler's parents knew that this would be just the place to put on a dinner to celebrate their soon to be marriage with their closest friends and family.

Guests explored the property and all that it had to offer before it was time to sit down for dinner. Elizabeth and I loved all of the animals! We seem to think that they really enjoyed getting their pictures taken by us as well! This was such a fitting scene for Rachel & Tyler, especially because of Rachel's love of goats.

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I also conquered my fear of large insects this day, as there were many to be seen. Thankfully they were all safely confined in their tanks!

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Rachel & Tyler, it was such a joy to be a small part of your wedding weekend and I wish you both endless happiness in your life together as one!

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  1. Emily November 5, 2013 3:07 pm

    Congrats on the large insects fear (virtual high five!) What an awesome place to celebrate!

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Nov 03-13

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Sarah truly makes the most gracious bride. Her Duke Chapel wedding this weekend was stunning, but she carried the whole event with her grace, hospitality, and beauty. I photographed her bridals at her Cape Hatteras beach home back in August, and we could not have asked for a more gorgeous day! Her dress, hair, and bouquet were all perfect - it was a flawless session before her wedding. The best thing about Sarah is that she is beautiful inside and out - so caring of others, so selfless. It has been a joy to capture her sweet spirit through this season of her life. Congratulations, Sarah!

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Photographer, wife, and worshiper... I am a Southern girl who looks most forward to waking up each morning to drink my coffee, read my Bible, and soak in the beauty that surrounds me. These pages chronicle my work, my life, and the things that I love most. You'll also hear from Callie, Will, and Elizabeth - my amazing team who has so much to offer. Thanks for visiting, I do hope you stay a while!
Nancy Ray