Rachael and Jesse Raleigh, NC Film Engagement Session

When your bride is also an entrepreneur, there’s a special connection that happens! Not to mention the fact that we went to the same high school and grew up in the same city. Rachael is the owner of the Local Squirrel, the most adorable gift shop you’ve ever seen. She and her fiancé Jesse run the shop together, and goodness they are so adorable. He hangs the art and helps keep things running behind the scenes, and Rachael has the eye for the gifts, the customer service, and leads her team to run the shop.

We began their session at Rachael’s family home. Their back yard was like an enchanted garden that went on and on… it was so beautiful. I felt like I was in a photographer’s dream! After taking those beautiful, natural images, we headed over to the Local Squirrel in Cameron Village to capture the fun atmosphere of this shop they’ve poured their hearts into.

I loved getting to know Jesse at this session, seeing how he is the perfect compliment to Rachael. He’s such a gentleman, and in the short time we were together, I saw things in him that made me realize just how perfect they were for each other. He’s kind hearted, strong, a hard worker, honest, and an unwavering support to Rachael and her dreams. Their beautiful mountain wedding will take place this fall, and I cannot wait to capture it!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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  • Rachael said:

    Oh my goodenss these pictures are a fairytale! Thank you so much for caputring these special moments for us! Can't wait till September!

  • Rachael said:

    Thank you so much for capturing all of these special memories! These pictures are beautiful and breath taking. I can't wait till September!

  • Pam Pusateri said:

    Nancy you are the best! Rachael and Jesse were a bit nervous for the photo session and you made them so comfortable, as evidenced by these magical pictures! Your relaxed manner and creative eye has captured this special moment in a way that words cannot describe. Can't wait to see what you have in store with the beauty of the mountain as a backdrop at the actual wedding!

  • Mindy Wolf said:

    These are beautiful! Rachel and Jesse are just beaming in these pictures! I loved getting to see a bit of their personalities in the photos as well. Can't wait for their special day (and forthcoming pictures)!!!

  • Caroline Eacho said:

    These are beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing. Awesome job, Nancy!