Vanessa and Stephen are a super duper, fun-loving couple with a passion for life so big it’s hard to be around them and not want to smile–A LOT!
So when it came time to plan their session, they wanted their images to incorporate a few of the activities they enjoy together. Their E-session included walking the dogs, picnicking, hula-hooping, playing guitars and rowing. After such a fun session like this, Frayed Edge can’t wait to see what’s in store when we shoot Vanessa’s bridals in the fall and their wedding in November.
I asked Vanessa to share how she and Stephen met. Their story below is just as much fun as they are!
“We met on Match.com in December 2008, where Stephen tried to impress me with his profile pictures of guitar hero and I tried to impress him with my Xena photos. In the end, it was his adorable picture of his dog, Lady, that won me over. I knew we would get along since we both loved animals. I think he liked me because I liked “geeky” science fiction stuff. When you can stay up into the wee hours of the morning watching a Battlestar Galactica marathon together, you know you are meant to be :o)
Our first date was in downtown Greensboro, January 2nd, 2009.
It was freezing but it was beautiful since the ginormous Christmas tree was still up in Center City Park. We ate tapas at a restaurant that I don’t think is there anymore; Steve impressed me when he agreed to order dessert and share it. Dessert- quite high on the approval scale for me (Life’s short…….eat dessert 1st).
Then we walked a short distance to an improv show called THE IDIOT BOX, which is kind of like the old show “Who’s Line is it Anyway”. Singles take note: laughter- ALWAYS great for a 1st date! Then we had beers and talked at McCoul’s for several hours. We closed the place down, and ended the night with some late night pizza just down the road. Stephen was a gentleman and gave me his new wool coat to wear when he realized my sweater wasn’t enough to keep me warm.
Fast forward 3 and 1/2 years, an ACL surgery, nursing school, and several career jumps later- we are engaged! Stephen asked me to marry him on a gorgeous summer day at the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It was a private emotional moment that I will never forget :o)”
Adorable, aren’t they? I just love them!!! Enjoy the highlights from their E-session below:
Sarah and Josh’s wedding took place on possibly the rainiest day in 2012 at Dewberry Farm in Kernersville. When we arrived at the site to shoot anticipation and pre-wedding portraits, it was raining off and on and arrangements were being made to get everything under shelter. We all agreed to play it by ear and wait out the rain before trying to shoot. By the time Sarah was ready to walk to the ceremony site, the rain was coming down so hard it was difficult for guests to hold on to their umbrellas. Water was everywhere, but Sarah, Josh, and the wedding party took it all in stride. They never stopped smiling and laughing all the way down the aisle.
Even though the ceremony site had to be relocated, family and guests didn’t let the rain keep them from celebrating their love for this couple. One of the bride’s maids had even written a song and sang it for the couple’s first dance.
Since Sarah is a member of the Greensboro Roller Derby league where she is known as “Pinky La Pain” on The Battleground Betties, many of her league and teammates were there to party with her and Josh until late into the night.
Frayed Edge did Sarah’s Roller Derby styled bridal portraits a week prior to her wedding. The images spent a bit of time being shared all over the “internets”, once Buzzfeed got a hold of them!! That was pretty awesome! You can check the complete session here on our blog.
For now, these are a few of my personal favorites from their wedding:
Pinky’s bridal session took place just a couple of hours before Greensboro Roller Derby’s Wheels of Steel bout on Sept. 23rd. Since she plays for the Battleground Betties, she wanted her bridal portraits to not only express her love for Roller Derby but to include as many of her team and league mates as possible. We ended up shooting her portraits just a week prior to her wedding date so we could make sure her vision became a reality. Shooting just before the bout allowed her teammates to be geared up and ready to bout right after the session.
It was an amazing shoot!! Many of The Battleground Betties and The Mad Dollies suited up early just to be a part of her portraits. Thanks, Pinky for being a risk taker by taking your portraits outside the ordinary, Frayed Edge style! Your risk, yielded some pretty cool results:
We loved shooting Ron and Michele’s wedding at Mt. Vale Vineyards in Galax, Virginia. We were honored to be a among the group of friends and family who had gathered along a hillside overlooking the vineyard to witness these two exchange vows and words of devotion.
Midway through the ceremony, everyone became highly entertained when Ron accidentally dropped Michele’s ring in the grass and had to spend a few seconds searching for it. Once it was recovered and placed on Michele’s hand, the couple shared a huge laugh before continuing with their nuptials. That was pretty cool!
The images that follow are a few of Frayed Edge’s favorites from their day.
Erica and Tyler were featured in an earlier blog post when Frayed Edge shot their engagement portraits last fall. These two have been a couple since high school. Their wedding was a celebration of not just their love for one another but their commitment to family and friends. The reception was an absolute blast to photograph and every age group brought their A game to the dance floor. We were honored to be a part of their special day.
Mark and Tina’s photography themed wedding at the Harmon House in Kernersville was an absolute blast to shoot.
Mark is a very close friend. We became friends a few years back when I took several of his photography workshops. Being he is an amazingly skilled photographer, it was an absolute honor to have been given the opportunity to shoot his wedding!
Cass Griffin, a mutual friend of ours, did a spectacular job organizing and coordinating the entire event. I clearly see “Event Planning” in her future!
The following images are some of my favorites from Mark and Tina’s special day.
It is wonderful seeing them so happy together!
Much love to you both forever, Mark and Tina!
Stephanie and Jimmy are absolutely one of the most adorable couples ever. We met them in Stephanie’s hometown of Fayetteville for their E-session and had the most fun trekking through downtown with them. We did a lot of our shooting with them near Hay Street and I have to give some serious props to Stephanie for scouting out some perfect places for shooting. Mike couldn’t believe how much the area has been beautified since his time with the 82nd Airborne back in the day.
We are really looking forward to shooting their wedding in June at the Smoky Mountain Mansion!
Here are a few of our favs from their session.