Aug 12-14

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You might recognize Miss Jamie in these images, because she was our sweet intern this Spring. As a parting thank you, Callie photographed Jamie and Scott, her boyfriend, in a field near the NRP studio. It was so fun to welcome Scott to the studio after hearing so much about him! He finally got to meet Winston, which was definitely a highlight. (Hopefully I convinced him to get a great dane!) We love Jamie and definitely miss her sweet presence in the studio!

Film : Indie Film Lab

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  1. Jamie August 12, 2014 10:21 pm

    Thank you Callie + Nancy! I love these photos and miss you both very much!

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Aug 11-14

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Confession: I hardly slept the night before this wedding... that’s how excited I was. Based on my experience with Megan and Baker to that point, I just knew it was going to be an amazing day. You don’t meet many couples like Megan and Baker: Megan is sweet and genuine and adorably Southern, and Baker is what I like to call a true Southern gentleman – charming, well mannered, and I’m pretty sure he's never met a stranger. Together, they’re passionate about celebrating the blessing of family and friends, and most importantly each other. Their wedding was a true reflection of that.

This doesn’t happen often, but on their wedding day, everything in and out of their control just came together perfectly: the venue was gorgeous. The bride was stunning. The groom was charming. And, as my second shooter Will put it, “they won the weather lottery”.

The day was intentionally slow – that’s one of the things I loved about it. Every moment was celebrated, from the time the bridal party got in their party bus to head to the ceremony, to the time Megan and Baker shared their last upbeat dance to “Happy” before the end of the night. The Pure Party Band kept the party alive all night and they were amazing!

Megan and Baker, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to capture your beautiful day! Congratulations on your Marriage – we wish you all the best!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brookgreen Gardens
Cake Artist: Croissants Bakery
Caterer: Austin's
Florist: Blossoms Events
Event Designer & Coordinator: Stunning and Brilliant Events
Band: Pure Party Band
Videographer: Hart to Heart
Hair & Makeup: Vanity Suite Salon- Kayla Clark

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Aug 08-14

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In June, Will and I went camping with dear friends at Blue Bear Mountain Campgrounds in Boone, NC. We were excited to take our camping buddies, Emily and John, to all of our favorite hiking and waterfall spots from our newlywed days of living in Boone. We went to Hebron Rock Colony and Twisted Falls - our two favorite hikes. We also discovered downtown the Todd general store, complete with a live bluegrass band every Friday night! We had perfect weather for mountain camping: sunny high 70's and low 80's during the day, dropping to the 60's at night. Everything was perfect, really. And yet of all these adventures, my favorite part of this trip had to be our late night conversations around the fire. I'm so grateful for friends who can not only laugh together, but who can share life and meaningful conversation with one another. I believe a tradition is in the making, and I am quite happy about it!

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Below: Yes, my husband is crazy. Just looking at this photo gives me the heebie-jeebies!

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  1. Emma D August 8, 2014 4:17 pm

    So cool!! I want to go there! Does Winston like being outside all day?

  2. Gretchen Saffles August 8, 2014 6:29 pm

    Nancy, these are so fun! Greg and I love camping! :) I love y’alls adventures!

  3. Em August 8, 2014 10:56 pm

    Epic series of the waterfall slide, Miss Nancy! One of my favorite traditions for sure :)

  4. John August 9, 2014 7:51 am

    It really was a great weekend. Thanks for showing us around and sharing the photos!

  5. Kyla Fetzner August 9, 2014 12:39 pm

    Oh this post just makes me so excited! I am leaving this evening for our annual youth ministry retreat. While we will be staying in cabins, there will be lots of outdoor goodness for us to share with the students while we are there. Boone looks beautiful!

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Aug 07-14

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Here is a little peek from an editorial I photographed for the new Cottage Hill Magazine, debuting this fall/winter! Be sure to follow along as they launch their very first issue. (The Cottage Hill Blog is scheduled to launch in the coming months, so stay tuned!)

Styling and Design: Kaitlin Holland Creative of Cottage Hill
Hair / Makeup: Lula
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Aug 06-14

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I loved Lauren's sweet bridal session for many reasons, but the greatest is that it reminded me a lot of my own bridal session. Similar to mine, Lauren brought along her "team" which included her two sweet parents, her sister via FaceTime, and two friends, which made our time together on this lovely Garner farm so much fun. I could tell that her parents simply adore her, just by the way that they looked at her in her beautiful wedding dress. Her dad even said multiple times "Jake is such a lucky man." After shooting their beautiful wedding this past weekend and watching Jake tear up during their meaningful ceremony, I could see that he truly understands just how lucky he is. Lauren, you are one beautiful bride!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Aug 05-14

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Jake is in the Coast Guard, stationed in Beaufort, North Carolina, and he drove all the way to Raleigh just for our sweet downtown engagement session. As we walked up and down the streets of Downtown Raleigh, I loved learning more about life in the Coast Guard and what an a typical day looks like for him. He is quiet and honest, strong and hard working, tender-hearted and the perfect match for his bride, Lauren. She is thoughtful and outgoing; she speaks her mind and has a contagious laugh. Most of all, they love being together. Since Jake began with the Coast Guard, their relationship has been long distance which has not be easy. His schedule is often up in the air, but Lauren is patient and gentle with him, as I can already see what a wonderful and supporting wife she is going to be. I am so excited for Lauren to move down to Beaufort and for them to begin experiencing life together as husband and wife!

During our time together we also discussed one of the books that they had been studying during their marriage counseling, which also happens to be one of my favorite books: The Five Love Languages. Coincidentally, Lauren and Jake have the same love languages as Jamie and I do: Quality time and words of affirmation.

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This weekend, I had the privilege of photographing Lauren and Jake's gorgeous wedding at the Rand-Bryan House in Garner, North Carolina and I am so excited to share their images with you soon!

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  1. Kyla Fetzner August 5, 2014 12:19 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful Callie! I’m glad that you mentioned that book too because I have been interested in learning more about love languages lately and I will certainly have to pick this book up!

  2. Lou Ann Upchurch August 5, 2014 7:10 pm

    Callie, you captured Lauren and Jake’s love for one another beautifully. We are so pleased with these pictures and can’t wait to see the wedding pictures.

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Aug 04-14

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Delicate chandeliers hanging from the pecan trees, gold sequin table cloths, neutral Amsale bridesmaid dresses, church pews and one gorgeously decorated barn were just a few of the elegant and Southern details from Katie and Josh's stunning Fearrington wedding. While the wedding decor was gorgeous, what truly set the tone of the day was the love of their dear friends and family. More than anything, Katie and Josh wanted their guests to be included and experience some sweet Southern comfort. I love the way they chose to shower their guests with gifts throughout the night. From the sunglasses on their ceremony seat to the jam and biscuit favors at the end of the night, their guests were not left empty handed or with an empty belly!

Katie and Josh, Congratulations on a meaningful and beautiful wedding celebration! I wish you an everlasting marriage filled with joy and laughter!

A big thank you to the SW ladies for featuring this lovely celebration on the Southern Weddings Blog!

Ceremony & Reception Venue:The Fearrington 
Officiant: Triangle Custom Weddings
Cake Artist: Maxie B's
Caterer: The Fearrington
Florist: The Fearrington
Event Designer: Simply Put Vintage
Event Coordinator: The Fearrington
Band: Elegance/East Coast Entertainment
Hair  & Makeup Artist: MakeUp For Your Day
Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier/Alexia's Bridals
Bride's Shoes: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom's Suit: Gordon's Menswear
Groomsmen Suits: Gordon's Menswear
Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings
Linens: CE Rentals
Pews & Lounge Furniture: Simply Put Vintage
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Katie chose to wear her grandmother's gorgeous sapphire diamond bracelet as her "something blue," which has become a family tradition for her cousins to wear on each of their wedding days.

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Aug 01-14

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This month is going to be full, in the best way. I'm currently on a mission trip in Nicaragua, and when I return, I'll have a family vacation, a wedding to photograph, numerous sessions,  and lots of catching up to do. So, I'm keeping my goals simple and focused!

August Goals

Read : Smart Money Smart Kids (didn't quite finish), Orphan Justice, Half-Time
Eat well, have a balanced approach to my diet. (Still sticking to 1 dessert or less each week.)
Choose a race and sign up by the end of August
Drink an Izze by the pool
Studio refresh (Buy new chairs, rug, canvases and albums)
Wipe & reset laptop

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  1. Em August 2, 2014 1:09 am

    Your office outfitting plans would probably not end up being simple in my hands – I feel like I’d be paralyzed with so many decisions at once! I know it will look lovely, though! :)

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Jul 31-14

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Editorial for SWV7 in Nashville, complete with rowboat adventures! / Wildlife on a run / Sister handstands in the ocean
Early flight + Starbucks + Hubby / Will Ray Coaching hustle / My triplet nephews turned 5!

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Simple Wealth, Invevitable Wealth. Great read. / Myrtle Beach family trip / 10 Year dating anniversary
Wave surfing / Winston staredown / The Weight of Glory (thanks, John!)

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Lake Norman family weekend / The Davis clan / Finally moved into our new home!
Scripture + Coffee to start my morning/ Jamie and Dad doing final touch ups / Our first Ikea experience

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New York City trip with the hubs / Pretty Light / Beautiful sunset at the Bay
Robert is pretty excited about our new vacuum / My wonderful SIL's birthday / My buddy Brady bowling

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Jul 30-14

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Volcano Masaya, Nicaragua

Tomorrow morning at 4:45am, Will and I will be greeting our team of 18 adults and students at the airport. We will have 40 suitcases + 1 guitar, and 18 hearts ready to serve. We hope to return with 18 half-empty suitcases, 1 guitar, and 18 full hearts. We will be :

- teaching in local schools
- feeding impoverished children
- painting and cleaning church and school facilities
- encouraging new church plants with music, scripture, and testimonies
- ministering house-to-house in poorer neighborhoods
- giving away clothing and hygiene kits and praying for families

We are thrilled to have a chance to lead another trip, and we are expecting God to do more incredible things. (You can read a little about last year's trip here.) We ask that you please mark these dates (July 31 - August 7) on your calendar, and commit to pray for both of us, as well as our team and the people we will be serving in Nicaragua.  Will is going to be preaching 3 times with a translator, so please keep him in your prayers especially!

To all of our wonderful clients, thank you for your patience with our emails and correspondence. We will have no access to emails while we are away, but Callie will be running the studio while I am gone. (If you have a question, feel free to email her directly : Callie(at)nancyrayphotography(dot)com.) I will be in touch as soon as I can when I return, but I appreciate your patience as emails will certainly build up while I am away! (And thank you, Callie! Sending you a big hug for your hard work! You keep me sane.)

This, friends, is the real reason why I love my work. I can take off a week to serve and to love others who are hurting. I have clients who are wonderful, supportive, and understanding. I am able to connect with people who speak another language and have a completely different way of living life, and I can hopefully impact them by showing them the love of Jesus that changed my heart.

And to all of my friends who own their own business like myself, I encourage you - do what matters! Thank you so much for your generous support - so many of my wonderful friends in the wedding industry have sent donations and prayers on our behalf. I am so thankful for you! And I want to remind you today : don't live to work, but work to live. It's worth it.

¡Hasta luego!

Don't be a stranger to this blog - we have so many beautiful posts coming your way while I we are traveling!

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  1. Pattie Long Stephenson July 30, 2014 9:15 pm

    Prayers for safe travel!

  2. Kyla Fetzner July 30, 2014 11:43 pm

    Praying for you, Will, and your entire team! May God be glorified in all of it :)

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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