1. You wouldn’t be reading this if it weren’t for my Jesus or my parents. If you catch me driving down the road with my mouth wide open, I’m probably belting Carrie Underwood’s “How Great Thou Art” with little concern for who is watching. My faith is absolutely everything to me. And my parents, who continued to put cameras in my hands after I worked and abused each one into oblivion, are the backbone of my wonderfully supportive family of four humans and two Jack Russell Terriers.
2. I’m a proud and very enthusiastic Tar Heel! In every sense of the words. I was born in Greensboro and spent eight years in different parts of the Southeast before my family moved to Raleigh and I graduated from the University of North Carolina. Go Heels. Go America.
3. I don’t wear jeans to football games until it gets below 50 degrees outside. I believe shopping for dresses in my school’s color is a basic survival strategy of the off-season.
4. I harmonize to One Direction songs and I do it loudly. If I can get you to laugh, mission accomplished!
5. In fact, I’m a human jukebox. I will unconsciously learn lyrics to songs I don’t even like, just by listening to the radio. In college, I won a “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” competition, beating out my good friend, who was in an a cappella group. It’s still one of my proudest moments. (But singing “Hips Don’t Lie” in order to win was not.)
6. Oldies will always be my first musical loves. My dad drove me to first grade with the Oldies station on the radio every day, and every day we would drive over the Chattahoochee River and check the water level. “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” was my first musical obsession.
7. I love Dubble Bubble. And I love it in unreasonable quantities. When I lived in Washington, DC, I had a bubble-blowing contest with one of my friends while we waited for the Metro to arrive, and I’m pretty sure I had somewhere in the neighborhood of five pieces in my mouth.
8. Speaking of DC, if you need a tour guide or just want to know the best places to eat, email me! (Seriously.) I’m so grateful that I lived there for the short time that I did, and even though I know the South will always be my home, moving away for a bit gave me experiences I wouldn’t trade for the world. And a best friend who means the world.
9. My computer shares a desk with my sewing machine, and if you ask nicely, I will sew you a pillow in the shape of your home state.
10. There aren’t many things I know of that can’t be improved with chalkboard paint.
11. When I tell you I unconditionally love Martha Stewart, I wish I were exaggerating. I can’t even tell you how many trips I made to Michael’s after a particularly great Craft-of-the-Day email from Her Domestic Highness.
12. I play the saxophone. For real! I started in the sixth grade, and I still know how. In college, being in the marching band took me all over the country, and if I could give you brides and grooms any parenting advice for the future, it would be to require your kids to do something in college that throws them out into the world.
13. I really, really, truly, honestly, fervently believe in the power of manners and thank you notes. In fact, I offer thank you notes with my wedding pricing because I personally know the joy of hearing how much your time, effort, and investments are appreciated. And I want you to walk down that aisle knowing that the loved ones surrounding you have felt your gratitude.
14. I keep all the Save the Dates I’ve ever received that feature my photography, and I post them on an inspiration board above my desk. It is more precious than I can say that you love my work enough to announce the rest of your life with it.
15. I think iTunes’s Free Single of the Week is the best thing to ever happen to Tuesday.