When I mention Clinton, North Carolina, rarely does anyone know where I’m talking about. But for me, when someone says Clinton, I am immediately transported to Papa and Mama Dot’s country home (my late grandparents), sipping sweat tea on their screened in porch, looking out at the pond in their back yard. I’m reminded of my childhood, my Thanksgiving dinners, my cousins, my amazing grandparents who left a strong, beautiful heritage. The fact that this editorial feature took place in Clinton makes my heart so full of joy. For me, it speaks of legacy, simplicity, and the rich beauty of rural North Carolina.

A little backstory: I photographed a wedding in Clinton a few years back, and when the Southern Weddings ladies saw the barn on my blog, they knew it was perfect for our vision of Love Preserved. I contact the owners of the property, and they were incredibly gracious, agreeing to share their land with us for the photoshoot.

The location was just the start. My vision for this shoot came from my heritage here in NC. Originally called “Pigs and Pickles,” the idea was to incorporate two things that NC is known for: farm life and… pickles! Mt. Olive (just a few miles from Clinton) is where Mt. Olive Pickles are made. They even have the NC Pickle Festival AND the NC Pickle Festival Pageant, where they crown the Pickle Princess! I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t get more Southern than that. These are my roots, and I got so excited when my vision from my grandparents little hometown came to life. Hence, “Love Preserved” was born. Emily, Lisa, and Rhi took my vision and brought it to life. Working alongside my gifted sister-in-law Samantha was such a treat, and we even used my gracious Uncle and Aunt’s home as the base for all hair and make up. You can truly say it was a family affair!

I hope you enjoy these images from Love Preserved. They certainly have my heart. (And so does Gumdrop the pig!)

BIG HUGS to the Southern Weddings ladies for this feature. See more of their favorite images on their blog, and of course – buy the magazine! It’s so beautiful in print!

Film processing: Indie Film Lab
Videographer: Heart Stone Films
Stylist and florals: Hey Gorgeous Events
Hair stylist and makeup artist: Lula Hair and Makeup
Cakes: Ashley Cakes
Paper goods: Coral Pheasant
Map illustration: Social Alchemy
Linens: Nuage Designs
Runners: Silk & Willow
Table and charger rentals: Party Reflections
Vintage rentals: Paisley & Jade
Glassware, china, flatware: Vintage Charlotte
Marble cutting boards: Pizitz Home & Cottage
Wooden cutting boards: AK Woodburning
Wooden menu: AT Home Decor
Teal shelf: World Market
Bride’s gown: AH6200 by Saja
Bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August
Menswear: The Black Tux


















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Love you so much, Nance! It was a highlight of 2015 to be able to do this with you and your team :) Xoxo

Fun Story: one of my BFFs was once crowned the Pickle Princess. Lol! Beautiful images, as always. :)

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