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:
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.
Stephanie and Jimmy are the most adorable couple ever. Frayed Edge had the honor of shooting their engagement session and during the short time we spent with them, it was clear that this couple is completely devoted to one another. They are both so comfortable and secure in their relationship, that it spilled over into their engagement shoot as well as their wedding day. Jimmy and Stephanie were married at the Smoky Mountain Mansion in Robbinsville, North Carolina, and despite the 102 degree temperatures in the mountains on June 30, (so unusual) this couple rocked it out big time and their guests seemed to love every minute of it. We had such a fabulous time and enjoyed sharing this special day with them both.
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!
Tina’s bridal shoot could not have been more relaxed. Her calm spirit and comfortable, natural poses made the entire experience go by so quickly. I could have photographed her for hours. Her shoot took place at the Harmon House in Kernersville and it was the perfect place to shoot with plenty of texture, colors, and flowers.
I think she may be interested in trashing her dress a little later. *Finger’s crossed*
If so, you’ll be seeing more of her, along with a few favs from their wedding. We can’t wait!!
So for now, enjoy a taste of her beauty here: