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

August Goals

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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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Jul 29-14

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If I can summarize this wedding with one word, it would be “sweet.” The tear-filled first look, the heirloom veil from the mother of the bride, the unique dress that fit Anna’s personality perfectly, the pickle mason-jar favors, the beautiful floral printed stationery, the photos on display from weddings gone by, and hands down, the best father-daughter first look I’ve ever photographed – there was a sweetness to this wedding that is hard to put into words.

Over the months that I spent getting to know Anna and Ben, it was evident to me that this couple was different. They live in Boston, so "getting to know" them usually meant a Skype chat or conversations on the phone. Even so, I felt that it was so easy to connect with them. They were real. They were full of joy. (each time I saw them, they couldn't stop smiling!) They were not afraid to be themselves. They were so refreshing to me, because truly, all they cared about was getting married to each other and spending the rest of their lives together.

At the end of the evening, my intern leaned over to me and said, "This couple is my favorite." That is the kind of impression that Anna and Ben leave - you cannot help but adore them! I’ll never forget this couple, their precious families, and the sweet atmosphere of their wedding day. Anna and Ben sure have friends and family who treasure them individually, and now, as a couple. What a sweet, sweet day!

A big thank you to Steph (a guest at the wedding!) at Style Me Pretty for featuring this lovely celebration!

Ceremony: Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian
Reception: The Pavillions at the Angus Barn
Cake Artist: Blue Moon Bakery
Caterer: Angus Barn
Florist: Flowers on Broad Street
Band: Hey Brothers
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Hairlines, Cary NC
Dress: Traditions by Anna
Paper Goods: Paper Daisies Studio
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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  1. Em July 30, 2014 3:13 am

    What a gorgeous veil!

  2. Ally King July 30, 2014 1:39 pm

    Love this couple and this wedding so much!! This is one of my favorite weddings that you’ve photographed Nancy!

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Jul 28-14

Featured!

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Things have been busy here at the NRP Studio this spring and summer! We have been photographing engagement sessions, bridal sessions, editorials, and of course - beautiful weddings. We've been meeting with brides, editing, emailing, traveling, and... getting featured! We are so honored to partner with such beautiful blogs and magazines that want to feature our work. Here are a few of the features that have popped up over the last few weeks. We are so grateful!

Megan and Spencer's Fearrington Wedding
Featured in The Knot Carolinas Magazine : 2014 Fall / Winter
Photographer: Callie Davis

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Anna and Ben's Engagement Session
Featured on Style Me Pretty
Photographer: Nancy Ray

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Anna and Ben's Angus Barn Wedding
Featured on Style Me Pretty
Photographer: Nancy Ray

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Katie and Josh's Fearrington Wedding
Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog
Photographer: Callie Davis

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Jul 25-14

60 Years

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Our family recently gathered around to celebrate 2 incredible people. I am so thankful for Grandpa Gene and for Grandma Neva. They have loved and served and fought for the 60 years of marriage we celebrated. 60 YEARS. Less than 5% of couples make it to that milestone, and I sat in awe as we celebrated their love. Grandma Neva kept taking me by the hand and saying, "It wasn't easy, getting to this point. I don't ever want you to think it was easy."

Wise words, and true words. Nothing worth achieving is ever easy though, is it?

Hoping and praying to follow in their dedicated, wise, selfless footsteps.

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  1. Kyla Fetzner July 25, 2014 11:19 pm

    Everything about this is so beautiful Nancy. My grandparents have been married for 55 years and their love continues to inspire me :)

  2. Jessica July 26, 2014 5:02 am

    I read this post exactly when I needed it most. It’s never going to be easy, getting that far along together in life. All the best to them, what a wonderful milestone. x

  3. Kristen Johnson July 26, 2014 6:34 pm

    Love these pictures. Especially the first one radiates love and affection. Watching both my grandparents celebrate 65 years has been precious.

  4. LEANNE CAROLINE July 27, 2014 8:45 pm

    A beautiful post Nancy. What a lovely family you have!

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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