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    I'm Lauren, and at my roots, I'm a Southern girl with lots of love for my hometown, big cups of coffee, family breakfasts on Saturday morning, and college football. My family has lived all over the Southeast, but I was born in and have spent the majority of my life in North Carolina, and it's a place I'm so proud to call home. Currently, my business is based in Raleigh, NC, but I'll travel just about anywhere!

    You'll get to know me best by wandering through these pages of photographs, but I'll get to know you best over coffee or (my personal favorite) pie! Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions, or even if you just want to say hello. I can't wait to meet you!

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Music Monday | Hunter Hayes

Some of y’all (well, hopefully more than some) will remember the post I did about a month ago on wanting to share what it’s really like to be a wedding photographer and wade through new-business-ownership.  (For those of you wondering, I did survive tax season!)  But I have to confess something: the longer I work in this business and this industry, the more I realize how differently it makes me think sometimes.  For example, I was downtown on Saturday for a concert with my sister and my dear friend, Amanda, and we saw at least two bridal parties taking pictures near the State Capitol building.  I was, quite obviously, staring at them, when Amanda said, “I bet the photographer in you just wants to go over there and tell them what to do.”  She was so right!  (I didn’t do that, just FYI.)  But it’s true, you drive by a garden, and you wonder if you would have to get a permit to do an engagement session there.  You see a pretty flower in a vase, and you start thinking which other flowers would go with it.  (Another confession, I am horrible with flower names.  But my mom and my friend, Rachel, are fantastic, so I let the professionals do their thing.)  The same really goes for music, too.  I’ve always been a pretty aggressive music hoarder, as in I usually spend a large part of my Tuesday scanning the iTunes store for new music, and pretty much the best birthday gifts are iTunes cards.  And I know that paying for music in the age of Spotify, etc. is like still paying for a $4 latte from Starbucks, but what can I say?  I kind of understand the whole wanting-to-get-paid-for-your-art thing. 😉  Except now, whenever I hear a new song or just feel like hitting shuffle on my ridiculously full iTunes library, I listen to songs and ask myself, “How would this fit in a wedding slideshow?”  For the record, I am picky with these songs.  As I have also confessed, I love One Direction, but they do not make the cut.  Emeli Sandé, however, SHE MAKES IT.  So, I’ve decided to start a new series on my blog called Music Monday, where I’ll share a new wedding-slideshow or reception-dance-floor-worthy song that you just might want to hear (or maybe you don’t, but hey, I figure it’s an easy way for me to share my cheese ball music choices with my grandkids 50 years from now).  Those of you who watched the Academy of Country Music Awards a couple weeks ago will remember this one, but if you haven’t heard it yet, you’re in for a treat!

Happy Music Monday!

Elizabeth Anderson Falk | Bridals

Elizabeth and Jay were married in an absolutely gorgeous ceremony in Rocky Mount on Saturday, so it’s my pleasure to share with you today her stunning bridal portraits!

Elizabeth’s was my first bridal session of 2013, and she could not have chosen a more beautiful day or location.  She and her mom, Lisa, were so excited and gracious, and even though you won’t see her until the end, Lisa was absolutely crucial in helping me get the best pictures out of our time together!  Elizabeth is about as easygoing as brides come, and I think her effortless charm shone right through the camera.  For those of you who attended their wedding on Saturday, you know Elizabeth looked even more beautiful than she does in these pictures.  Her wedding was classic, God-honoring, and just a big ol’ blast from beginning to end!

Elizabeth, I couldn’t be more thrilled for you, and I hope you are having the time of your life on your honeymoon right now!

May 3, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Heather Chipps - In LOVE with these Lauren! You rock!

May 9, 2013 - 2:10 am

Kathryn - These are just fabulous! I love the dress, the hair, the jewels, the veil, everything. She is gorgeous and your photos are wonderful!

Molly & Bradley | Engaged

I sat at my desk for a solid five minutes, staring at a blank screen, trying to figure out how to start this post.  For those of you who have known me for any length of time, you know the words, “Molly,” and “my best friend” are basically interchangeable, and it’s safe to say there are a fair number of you who know Molly only because you know me and are willing to listen to me rant about all the crazy adventures we’ve been on and have planned for our lives.  We’ve only known each other for three years, but she’s my insides.  Before we met, I didn’t know you could have a friend who gave so unselfishly, accepted all your flaws, made extraordinary amounts of time for you, and pushed you to serve people in a way you never had before.  God gave us to each other at the exact moment we would need each other most, just as I was moving to a brand new city and Molly was navigating post-grad life.  We suffered through hard jobs, tough relationships, election seasons, traffic jams, flat tires, and just about everything else you could throw at a friendship.  And we only lived together for a year and a half before I moved back to Raleigh, which I will admit is the toughest separation I’ve ever experienced in my life.  But until I walk down the aisle myself, she’ll be my better half and one of my biggest fans.  (Good grief, the waterworks…)

And just as God perfectly orchestrated the timing of our friendship, he brought Bradley into her life just when she needed him most.  I remember his name popping up on her phone one Sunday evening in October, right after we had pulled back onto our street from a trip to church and Maggiano’s.  He had called several times before, and they had already been old college friends for four years.  But that night, I sat in the living room watching television and Facebook stalking (I admit it) while she talked to Brad in the kitchen for four straight hours.  I knew the moment she hung up with him that he would call the next night, and the next, and the next until I wasn’t there to hear the phone ring anymore.  And he did!  Just three months later, they began dating, and twelve months after that, I got a panicky voicemail after (stupidly) leaving my phone at home all day, with Molly’s voice on the other end, screaming, “PICK UP YOUR PHONE I’M NOT TELLING YOU THIS OVER VOICEMAIL CALL ME BACK!”  It still didn’t even occur to me that Brad might have proposed, but that’s exactly what he had done!  And that began a four month whirlwind that will culminate in a lovely DC wedding just a few weeks from today.

For his part, Brad is a true Midwestern gentleman.  (He has everything he needs to be a Southern gentleman, but he’s too proud of his Michigan roots!)  Like Molly, he doesn’t know a stranger, and he is the ultimate Type B caretaker.  I had briefly met him in April of 2011, just nine months before they began dating, but the first thing we actually did after he began dating Molly was watch the History Channel together at her parents’ house one morning while Molly was still asleep.  We bonded over WWII documentaries and the theme song to “America, The Story of Us”.  I knew then that he was good people and that if he wanted to stick around, it would be okay with me.  (Plus, I already had a University of Michigan t-shirt and was prepared to give it to Molly just in case that would help tip the scales.)

So, it goes without saying that these pictures are incredibly special to me.  They may be some of my favorites I’ve ever taken, not just because we had perfect weather and a lovely backdrop, but because the love in them is genuine and almost entirely undirected by me.  All I had to do was tell them where to stand and make sure my camera was set correctly, the rest is just them.

Molls, I love you more than a million Georgetown Cupcakes and a trillion Jammin’ Java concerts.  Thank you for being part of my family.

Brad, she did good.

April 8, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Rachel Ziegler - Everything about this engagement session is gorgeous! Lauren you are amazing!!!

April 8, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Lauren Crawford - OMG OMG OMG!! Beautiful!! Love the pictures Lauren! P.S. Molly your hair looks amazing! :)

Oak City Ties are here!

Y’all, the wait is over!  I had originally thought about waiting a little longer to post these, but everyone involved was starting to get just as antsy as me, so we’re plowing ahead!

About three weeks ago, I spent a gorgeous afternoon at the Tucker House in Downtown Raleigh with some wonderful people, and we worked hard to kick off what I’m sure will be an incredibly successful business in no time!  As I mentioned in last week’s sneak peek, Oak City Ties is the newest high-quality bowtie and clothing company to land below the Mason-Dixon line, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.  With Easter Sunday just around the corner and springtime making the occasional peek around these parts, these lovely pieces are going to be all over our sweet city (and, I have a feeling, fraternity formals all over the Southeast)!  In fact, you can currently purchase these bows and skirts today on Shoplipi (Raleigh’s own little Etsy store), and this weekend, you can find Ben and his ties at Designers Uptown Market in Lafayette Village.  In the next week, they will even be making appearances at Moon and Lola on Wilmington Street and NOFO on Fairview Rd., and eventually at Executive’s Cutting Edge on Rowland Rd. and at Island Outfitters in beautiful Beaufort, NC.

I dare you not to be completely smitten!  And if you are, be sure to like Oak City’s facebook page here!

Enormous hugs go to our gorgeous models and, of course, to Ben Talton, Kathryn Stell, and Nancy Stell, all of whom are the heartbeats behind these bows.  Grab a glass of sweet tea and enjoy!

March 28, 2013 - 2:32 am

Lauren C - Yah you know me! - Awesome pictures! p.s. Did you get any of the cute clothes?!?

March 28, 2013 - 3:13 am

Lauren - Hahaha, I didn’t ask! But the models did!

Wordy Wednesday | Oak City Ties

Just over a week ago, on a GORGEOUS Saturday afternoon, I shot the very first images of a brand new bowtie company, Oak City Ties, opening up right here in Raleigh in just a few weeks!  They currently have a store on Etsy, where they also sell adorable (and comfortable!) seersucker skirts that J. Crew would just die to have in their stores.

Oak City Ties is the latest and greatest from Ben Talton and Kathryn Stell, who I’ve introduced you to before, right here on this blog!  Bowties are such a classic Southern staple, and the touch of class they bring to weddings, tailgates, and even casual games of cornhole (which you’ll see in a couple weeks) is unmatched.  They tend to make this Southern lady a little weak in the knees, if I do say so myself!

I’ll be sure to do a full post on some of the beautiful pictures taken that day, but only when I can officially direct you to their brand new website!  Until then, start practicing your bowtying, ladies and gents!