Heartstone Films Videography Team

Heartstone Films Videography Team
A few years ago, I kept hearing about Chris and Toni from Heartstone Films - this incredible husband and wife team who created beautiful wedding videography. Of course I looked them up, and after watching a few films on their site I found myself sitting at my computer with tears in my eyes. Their work was so moving and so powerful, I just kept thinking to myself, "I wish I knew about them when I got married!" Although that would be impossible because they were just starting out in their business that same year, I have taken every opportunity to let my brides and friends know about their work since I found out about them. (Yes, Heartstone captured Callie and Jamie's wedding film!) They have since grown to have a team of photographers and editors, including Ben and Elijah (who happen to be brothers!), and their studio manager, Keeko the dog. We had such a fun time capturing their team one morning in Downtown Raleigh. After shooting several weddings alongside Chris, Toni, Ben and Elijah, we can't recommend[...]

Introducing Jen! Our Spring Intern

Introducing Jen! Our Spring Intern
A few things about Jen that I love: Her passion for life She is unashamed of her faith Her ability to tell a story Her sweet little family (she's married with 3 adorable kiddos) The deep love she has for photography Her solid boundaries Her love of pineapples and jalapeños (together) Her natural eye for photography We are so glad to have Jen as part of our team for this spring season! She will be working with us in the studio every week, assisting at weddings, rolling film, packaging boxes, running errands, and learning a lot. Get to know her more by reading her interview below! Where are you from? I was born in South Florida, but grew up in Texas. I LOVE my life in North Carolina but the The Lone Star State is definitely home to me. Why do you love photography? Goodness. Pictures fill the walls, tables and shelves in my home. And honestly, it doesn't really matter to me where they are from. I have current professional shots, those that are from my parents childhood, all the way down[...]

Lindsey and Anthony Wedding

Lindsey and Anthony Wedding
"...Something I can believe in a best friend love a heaven sent love to lean on..." Jason Aldean Lindsey and Anthony's wedding was the perfect way to begin my 2015 wedding season. What I love most about this is couple is that they are truly best friends. It was such a joy to get to know their closest friends and family; their role models, confidants, and biggest supporters. They were married at the church that Lindsey grew up in and then celebrated downtown Raleigh at The Stockroom at 230. With the bold pops of red and purple, twinkle lights and sweet personal touches, this little space was bursting with love, laughter, and a lot of dancing! From the time that we have spent together, I have learned that Lindsey and Anthony are adventurous, passionate and persistent. All of those qualities and more were confirmed when I heard the toasts at their wedding. "Best friends, selfless, kind, passionate, dreamer, persistent and hilarious" were just some of the words that were spoken about them and their love for ea[...]

May Goals

May Goals
It's here. The month of May is finally here! This is the month I've been looking forward to since last September. This is the month I'll give birth (what the what!?) This is the month we'll find out if we have a son or a daughter... This is the month we'll get to meet Baby Ray! I really have one main goal for the month of May: Have a Baby. And if this is the only goal I accomplish, I will be incredibly happy and thankful. However, I also fully realize that #babyrayinmay very well could become #babyrayinjune. With my due date being May 27th, we'll just wait and see! While that is the most important goal, I do have other goals I will continue to work towards until Baby Ray arrives. I will continue to work as hard as possible through mid-May, until my maternity leave, and we have some exciting things to accomplish and prepare for. This month I've divided my goals between my personal and business goals, to keep my boundaries and focus strong. Dear May, I have a feeling you might be one o[...]

Tre Bella

Tre Bella
I love the character mixed with elegance that Tre Bella created for this shoot! Even with the exposed brick and industrial venue details, Tre Bella added garden florals and bright pops of color to turn this space into a romantic woodland. A few thoughts from Tre Bella: A lush mixture of ferns, eucalyptus, lamb’s ear, and lemon leaf greens gave this styled shoot a rich texture. Vibrant plum and orange dahlias pop, while romantic blush spray roses and ivory garden roses add dimension. The river birch chutzpah softens the industrial courtyard of The Cookery. Butcher block tables lined with river birch logs, burlap table runners, floral china, and rose gold utensils, continue the mix of urban steel and natural materials. Venue: The Cookery Floral Design: Tre Bella Inc Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau Bridal Boutique: Tre Bella Inc Hair and Makeup: Bella Trio Thank you Style Me Pretty for featuring this lovely wedding inspiration! Click here to see the full feature. [...]

Rye Newborn Session

Rye Newborn Session
I remember the excitement in English's email when she told me that they were expecting their first baby. It was still months away until their little guy was to arrive, and it feels like I got that email just yesterday. Now, beautiful baby Rye is in their arms! Their journey through their surrogate pregnancy, their celebrated baby shower, and now the arrival of their son has been so beautiful and meaningful to capture. Little Rye has completely stolen their hearts! I loved being in their home, watching them as a family. Will is such a natural dad already, and the way he would hold Rye and just look at him for the longest time demonstrated how much he loves his little man. English is such a tender mama, attentive to every little need, ready to love on him any way that she can. Rye is so blessed to have these two as parents! He is surrounded by so much love and care every moment of the day. What a beautiful story and a beautiful family. Sometimes I am amazed at the people I have the opportunity to meet [...]

Sarah Smith Bridals

Sarah Smith Bridals
I will never forget Sarah's lovely bridal session. After a reschedule due to the crazy snow, we were blessed with a gorgeous, private day on UNC's campus. Sarah is current a second year student in UNC's School of Dentistry and let me tell you, this girl loves her school. Sarah and Will were married this past weekend at the Carolina Inn and we spent even more time on this beautiful campus taking intimate pictures of the two of them! I can't wait to share them with you soon! From her gorgeous sapphire earnings (a gift from her groom) to her simple empire waist ball gown, Sarah looked absolutely stunning. She found her elegant DESIGNER wedding gown at the Brides Against Breast Cancer, a bridal gown show that sells donated gowns and contributes their earnings to programs for cancer patients and their families. What an incredible event! Click here to see their upcoming events! But by far, my favorite piece of Sarah's wardrobe was her lace veil. Sarah had purchased another veil, but it accidentally ripped, so s[...]

Hannah McCain Bridals

Hannah McCain Bridals
Sweet Hannah is so beautiful inside and out. Her bridal session at the Angus Barn Pavilion couldn't have been more perfect! Her sweet puppy, Jax, was able to join us with his bow tie collar, which of course put a huge smile on Hannah's face. (It's obvious how much she loves him!) Her beautiful red hair and joyful smile radiated with her lovely lace gown and veil. This past weekend she married Kyle at the same spot we took her bridal portraits, and it was so wonderful seeing the two of them together! I'm so excited to share those wedding day images soon, especially to show off how she and all her bridesmaids wore cowboy boots. Cutest thing ever. Congratulations, Kyle and Hannah! Hannah, you are one stunning bride! Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

The Picture Box

The Picture Box
One of my favorite products that we offer for weddings is The Picture Box: our version of a photo booth! We bring our professional equipment so the images are clean and crisp, we provide vintage props (but we always allow for couples to bring their own props as well!), and it's an open air photo booth, so you can always see what is going on behind the camera. All the images are provided in the couple's final online gallery, ready for downloading after the wedding. Instead of it being a photo booth box you step into and capture by yourself, a photographer is there to capture and guide you as you pose in front of the camera. My favorite thing about the Picture Box is how open and interactive it is with everyone at the reception! Once guests see how fun it is to jump in, it's hard to stay away. It's so fun we usually hop in for a few photos ourselves! Our Picture Box is a fun option for all of our Wedding Collections.