Blue Barn Photography: Blog http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Blue Barn Photography 2009-2017 hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:31:00 GMT Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:31:00 GMT The Stockfish Wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-stockfish-wedding BBT-annakevin-3213BBT-annakevin-3213

You might recognize this stunning bride from a blog post last spring explaining The Why Behind Bridal Portraits, but today we're sharing their WEDDING! Anna & Kevin's beautiful invitation suite, table-top details & to-die-for cake by Sugar Euphoria were no doubt amazing, but not even those details could match the beauty of their love. These two have a long & happy marriage ahead of them & we can't wait to watch it grow. Enjoy! 

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VENDORS: 
Venue - Market Hall
Hair & Makeup - Salon Saia
Shoes - J.Crew
Florals - Bushel & Peck Designs
Dress: Traditions by Anna
Cake: Sugar Euphoria 

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-stockfish-wedding Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:30:36 GMT
Carrie & Tony's Engagement Session in Pinehurst, NC http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/carrie-tonys-engagement-session-in-pinehurst-nc BBS_2190BBS_2190

Carrie & Tony told us that they were a little nervous about having their photos taken. I still do not understand why they were nervous, because they made it easy to capture their love for one another. These two had no problem cuddling each other and just being as close as possible. They were naturals. The more they kissed and hugged, we saw any nerves wash away. As time went on we got to know Carrie & Tony more and more, which was so sweet. Their easy going spirits made us feel like we had known them for a long time. To know this couple is an honor, and just a gift to us because of the way they love people. As their wedding day is approaching us fast, we are getting giddy to see them vow to one another. December 23, 2017 cannot come soon enough for them and us!

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tatum

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) engagement tatum http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/carrie-tonys-engagement-session-in-pinehurst-nc Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:00:00 GMT
Lauren & Adam's Spring DIY Wedding Featured on The Knot http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/lauren-adams-wedding-featured-on-the-knot BBT-laurenadam-3227BBT-laurenadam-3227

This spring, we had the honor of capturing Lauren & Adam's beautiful wedding at The Stockroom & we're so excited to announce it's feature on The Knot! With each decision of this DIY wedding, our bride Lauren had one goal in mind - to make their day as relaxing as possible. She went above & beyond reaching this goal with an intentional timeline & an incredible planner to keep things running nice & smooth! We had the best time collaborating with each vendor on this special day & feel absolutely blessed to work among such creatives on the regular. We're sharing several images of their wedding here but, we encourage you to take a peek at this sweet feature to hear more on how Lauren's vision unfolded on the best day of her life! Enjoy!

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Vendors:
EVER AFTER PLANNING
SUGAR EUPHORIA
WYLDE FLOWERS
THE STOCKROOM AT 230
THE GLASS BOX
ELIZA TRAN CALLIGRAPHY + LETTERPRESS
THEMEWORKS
CE RENTAL
ROCKY TOP CATERING
BUNN DJ COMPANY
LISA GOWING
HUGO BOSS

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) press taylor weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/lauren-adams-wedding-featured-on-the-knot Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:37:26 GMT
Nick & Jenny's Country Club Wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/nick-jennys-country-club-wedding bbtt-milo-1450bbtt-milo-1450

Rain is something we look forward to during the middle of the summer, or when we want to lay around to just take it easy. When it comes to our wedding day, rain is the one thing we do not want to happen. For Jenny and Nick they had planned on being outside around sunset, but the weather had another plan for them. Dark grey & blue clouds rolled in hours before their "I do's." To my surprise, the sweet couple accepted that the rain was coming with smiles on their face and moved their ceremony indoors. They were sad, but there was nothing that could stop them from becoming one. Jenny & Nick stayed focused on how much they loved each other which helped them almost forget the rain. The friends that made up their wedding party kept up the positive energy, and encouraged the couple all day long through the hiccups. To have people surrounding you that will lift you up and encourage you no matter what, is not something that comes around all the time. 

The newlywed couple committed their life together, and shortly after, the rain was swept away. The rest of the night Jenny & Nick shared laughs and some of the best dance moves I have seen :)! We are so joyful for the both of you, and cannot wait to see where the lord takes you as a couple.

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Vendors// Venue: Brier Creek Country Club// Florist: FLORA// Cake: Ashley cakes// DJ: all events Dj// Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo// Wedding dress: Watters from Blush Bridal//

 

xo

Tatum

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/nick-jennys-country-club-wedding Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:30:00 GMT
Laura & Nissan's Engagement Session http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/laura-nissans-engagement-session
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 While planning for this sweet engagement session, Laura (our beautiful bride to be) strongly suggested that I meet her & her fiance at a location unique & special to them. So, after discussing their love for sweet treats in the city, she decided Boulted Bread was the place. As I pulled up that day, I snuck up on them sitting outside on the patio with their coffees in hand turned completely into one another at the table. They were smiling so big before I even touched the camera & I knew their love was genuine & pure. 

We cannot wait to capture these two promise their lives to one another (not once, but TWICE) at their multicultural celebrations next spring. Stay tuned for images of their wedding(s) to come as we share in double the fun! Enjoy!
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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) engagements taylor http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/laura-nissans-engagement-session Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:39:22 GMT
Ben & Jennifer's Intimate Lake Side Wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/ben-jennifers-intimate-lake-side-wedding bbtt-kirts-1186bbtt-kirts-1186

What a sweet reminder of love being intimate & a choice we make daily.

Jennifer and Ben got married lake side, where the waves made a beautiful melody throughout their wedding. It was filled with their best friends and closest loved ones to enjoy the soon to be Mr & Mrs. The couple was able to be fully present with every quest and celebrate their love with everyone who matters to them.  The close knit group that made up their wedding allowed Jennifer and Ben to soak in every memory. Jennifer and Ben's wedding was simply all about their love for one another. Love can be something we think is easy, but being married I know that I have to choose my husband daily and choose love. Love takes sacrifice, and is something that has to be worked on every moment. Love and the commitment it holds is a choice we have to decide on everyday. I am so honored that I got to witness Ben and Jennifer choose to enter into a covenant of marriage together. To fight for one another forever. Being married is one of the sweetest gift that the Lord allows us to have, it teaches us and strengthens us. It pushes us, and at the end of each day we understand what it means to fully love someone in the deepest way. 

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Rush!

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/ben-jennifers-intimate-lake-side-wedding Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:24:33 GMT
Anna & Jeff's Classic Chapel Hill Wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/anna-jeffs-classy-chapel-hill-wedding BBT-annajeff-3312BBT-annajeff-3312
Classic: the perfect word for The Whitlock Wedding. From their "I do's" at the University United Methodist Church to beginning their reception with a full bluegrass string band on the lawn of the Carolina Inn, this couple had class threaded into every detail of their wedding day. But Anna & Jeff aren't just classy, they're full of compassionate love for others! We had so much fun capturing their celebration this summer & couldn't be more excited to share a few of our favorite memories from their special day. Thank you so Stephanie Shaul Events for your team's hard work in making this day beautiful, memorable & cherished forever. Enjoy!
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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/anna-jeffs-classy-chapel-hill-wedding Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:29:33 GMT
What is Going on in The Thomases life? http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-thomases-fall-favorite BBR_0037BBR_0037

This season of life for us has been a whirlwind. We celebrated one year of marriage, bought our first home, we found out that we are having a baby, and Will passed all of his exams to become a financial advisor! Our summer was busy with photography and all the new job changes that came with Will's new position. The both of us worked together with Young Life a year ago, meaning we saw each other 24/7 and it was the best time for us. Will and I grew as a couple in that time, getting to know what makes each other tick and how to love one another in the deepest way, even in our flaws. We learned how to fight well. That may sound strange, but we learned that we had to lay ourself aside and not fight with emotions. We learned to first look at our self, instead of automatic pointing at the other person. It is hard laying down our pride and self, but when we do you can love the other person way better.

We have leaned on my parents in-law for support in all areas during our marriage. They are tucked away in Pinehurst, where Will and I have spent a lot of time. This is the place where we can bring our furry friends and ourself to just relax, to enjoy family time. We are so thankful for them. It has been tough not to have family in the same city though. Little did we know that the Lord was doing something grand in our lives with the people in it. They started as church members that we saw on Sundays, but quickly turned into our family. They love us without condition and serve us as if we were their own blood. What a true gift this family is to us.  They have supported us, and led us to the word when we are fixed on the things of this world. They are equipping us with the word, so we are reminded of truth and "agape", or unconditional love, from the father. 

Grateful. That is what we want to remember when life is starting to get busy and filled with unknowns. We want to remember the Lord in all of it, no matter what life looks like, we want to remember the Lord is good, faithful, and never failing. We want to sit in gratefulness. 

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In this season we have found time to sneak away from the hectic everyday, to enjoy fall and everything that starts in it. Will and I love a good fire outside on chilly nights. We love fires because everyone has to stay close to the flame to stay warm, which allows us all to be intentional with one another. A fire is also good to roast s'mores. Who doesn't love a good s'more? If you know us, you know we want to be outside any chance we get and a warm fire is calling our names as temperatures drop.

Where I am from, everyone gets excited for fall because that means football time. Football season means I get to hear one of my favorite songs, "Rocky top, you'll always be home sweet home to me, good ol' rocky top, whoo." I grew up on Saturdays either going to Neyland stadium to cheer on the Vols or screaming at them from a TV. This love for Tennessee football obviously followed me into marriage, and has converted this Kentucky fan to cheer on Big Orange. With that being said, Will is more of a Kentucky basketball fan and so we compromised. So now we are Tennessee football fans, and Kentucky basketball fans. It works well for us. All that being said, we could go to any football game and have the best time cheering any team on. We are a family that loves sports.

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If you really knew us, you would know we love animals of all kinds. As soon as Will and I got back from our honeymoon we adopted two kittens. Drew (black & white kitten) and Jonathan (grew & white kitten) are brothers from a litter that was found in a trash can. Before you laugh at their names, we did not give them those names their foster mom did. We obviously kept them, but you will never hear us call them by those names. We have come up with multiple nicknames for the babies like, drew buddy or handsome. Jonathan is known as finna or fin. If you are ever around us and our cats, we tend to talk in a strange baby voices to each other, and our animals. That is one of many strange things we do. We love it though.

Our biggest addition to our family came when we moved to Raleigh a few months ago. We adopted Copper, a very hyper and loyal Australian shepherd. Yes, the cats and Copper get along great. Copper tends to herd them around the yard, but they will let her know when she is to close to them. Most people think we are crazy for having so many animals. Our life would be dull without them because they bring surprises and laughter all the time. These furry friends of ours tend to cuddle in the bed with us and are first to greet us when we wake up. It gets a little tight in our king bed, but we look forward to it every night. As our family will grow with a little boy soon, we cannot wait to see how all of our babies interact.

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The love of my life. My advocate. My best friend. My groom. I love you more than words could every say, and I strive daily to serve you, to respect you, to submit to you in all things. I am beyond grateful for your commitment to me, ultimately to our Lord. Will you are truly that best gift in my life and I cannot wait to see you become a father. You are the king of making me laugh, NO matter the situation or how I am feeling. You make me feel safe and protected when you are around. I feel so fully known and loved by you, which is so humbling. Will you are going to be the best father to Liam, not because you are perfect or the wisest man. You will be a great father because you see your great need daily for a Savior. You know God our Father is the one who can give you wisdom and strength to lead our family. Liam we cannot wait to meet you and we are praying for you. We love you more than you will ever know.

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xo

tatum

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle personal tatum http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-thomases-fall-favorite Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:37:42 GMT
Morgan Elizabeth Art: Studio Tour http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/morgan-elizabeth-art-blog morganelizabethart-90morganelizabethart-90
Morgan & I met on the streets of New York City during one of the most transitional times in her life. I had just started dating Andrew (her uncle) when we booked a trip to watch her dance on stage for the last time at The Lincoln Center Peter J Sharp Theater. Before her performance, I remember walking together asking her about her life & getting a very unexpected answer. She told me her life was really hard & having just met hours before, I was shocked by her boldness. That part of Morgan hasn't changed at all. She has always been blunt, bold & completely real. Of course then I didn't believe her because she was a drop-dead gorgeous ballerina living in NYC. But, after both moving to Raleigh & becoming super close through the years... I got a front row seat to the struggle of a dancer's transition into the "real world". 

Flash forward 4 years... I have never seen Morgan as happy as she is when she's talking about her art. She says, she woke up one day & decided to try to paint just to see what would come out. After people swarmed her inbox trying to buy the goods from her new found hobby, she decided to start Morgan Elizabeth Art & has been painting ever since. From the beginning Morgan has poured her heart out into everything from that last dance in Manhattan to the surface of these blank canvases & I feel so honored to be a witness of it all. Start scrolling to see her studio tour & hear more of who she is in her own words below. We hope you get the opportunity in meeting Morgan through your ordering process, because you're gonna want everything you see that this girl has put her hands on. ;) Enjoy!
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M: "I'm not exactly sure where I see Morgan Elizabeth Art in five years, let alone the rest of this year. I'm still in the brainstorming start-up phase. Someday I would love to be in art shows, up in coffee shops & maybe have a few local shops stock my prints. I'd want to slowly transition out of my day job into making a living off of what I love to do most. Being an artist is too wonderfully tempting not to be brave & try!"
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M: "I guess I've always loved the arts & music especially! I can throw on any genre depending on my mood, but I'd say it's usually 90's psychedelic post punk stuff. The dark & dreamy stuff really gets me moving."
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M: "Although I don't have much time for the miscellaneous, I LOVE to read. I'm currently finishing up "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn. I want to get more into cooking & learning to make cocktails. I also have two little doggos that don't seem like a hobby but take up most of my time. They are basically two little toddlers running around."
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Oh & for the record, Morgan was just married this past Sunday to her very best friend, Jordan Wells & their wedding was a dream. Stay tuned for more images of her & her dreamboat coming soon!

xo Taylorxo Taylor

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle taylor http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/morgan-elizabeth-art-blog Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:47:25 GMT
Ballgowns at The Bradford http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/ballgowns-at-the-bradford bbtt-ballgowns-3004bbtt-ballgowns-3004

Ballgowns at The Bradford was inspired by Lana Addison Bridal team. Lana Addison Bridal provided three of the most dreamy gowns that AnnaLaura got to model for us and spin around like a princess. The flowers she carried around were designed by Flower Cupboard as well as the beautiful head pieces. Greenhouse Picker Sisters provided those gorgeous chairs that we moved around the property. Putting these chairs in an empty space brought life and style in the simplest ways, plus they are just stunning when a bride sits in one. This styled bridal session reminded me how much I enjoy getting to photograph bridal portraits with the soon to be bride. It allows us to connect and get to know each other before the wedding day. Bridal portraits are a great way for us as photographers to slow down and take our time capturing the bride in all her beauty. Bridal portraits are most commonly done before the wedding day, but I know some brides that waited until after. Sometime brides decide not to do a bridal portrait and after the wedding they found themselves wanting to slip back into their gown. Who doesn't want to dance around in their wedding gown again? I know I sure do.

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xo

tatum

 

Venders Involved: Flower Cupboard// Bailey Leitch// Chassidy McCombs// AnnaLaura// Greenhouse Picker Sisters// The Bradford// Lana Addison Bridal

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/ballgowns-at-the-bradford Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:19:46 GMT
Brooke & Matt's Wedding in the City http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/brooke-matts-wedding-in-the-city BBT-brookematt-3277BBT-brookematt-3277
There is something so romantic about a wedding in the city. Amongst the hustle & bustle of Raleigh's loud & busy streets, this bride & her groom were calm & still. Locked in one another's gaze, Brooke & Matt stood hand in hand in the middle of Fayetteville Street as if they were the only two people who existed in the world. Their love grew into one that would last forever far before their wedding day, but it was so sweet hearing them promise each other their lives at The Stockroom this spring. If their marriage is anything like their wedding day, we're confident it will be filled with beauty, love & lots of laughter! Enjoy!
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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/brooke-matts-wedding-in-the-city Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:09:22 GMT
Lindsay & Stephen's Duke Mansion Engagement Session http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/lindsay-stephens-duke-mansion-engagement-session bbtt-lindsaystephen-1007bbtt-lindsaystephen-1007

Earlier this year Lindsay & Stephen invited us down to Charlotte to capture their engagement session. We arrived a little before Lindsay & Stephen to walk around the Duke Mansion to scope out the best spots to photograph them. Anytime we are headed to a session we try to get familiar with the space before the clients arrive. We do this in hopes that we can spend less time worrying about the next best spot, but more time getting to focus on the couple and getting to know them. Our time with Lindsay & Stephen adventuring around Charlotte was just what we needed to get to know them. Lindsay and Stephen are two people who make you laugh in an instant, feel welcomed as soon as you meet them, and their kindness is contagious. In every soft kiss, they shared we could see the deep love these two shared. As their wedding day is a little over a week away, we are getting so giddy to see these two vow their love to one another! We cannot wait to celebrate with them as they start their forever!

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) engagement tatum http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/lindsay-stephens-duke-mansion-engagement-session Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:04:14 GMT
The Lovettes Go to Rodanthe: Closing Out the Summer http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/closing-out-the-summer BBT-beachblog2017-1BBT-beachblog2017-1
Fall has finally made its presence known through changing leaves & brisk air… so, we thought it was time to bid summer farewell by sharing our family road trip to Rodanthe! 

Sometimes it’s great to learn that you're horrible at certain things to keep you humble & we can undoubtedly say that camping is high on our list. In celebration of Andrew’s last birthday in his 20’s (cue the old man jokes) I wanted to gift him with an experience. We’ve always been those weird “pusher” people that give gifts to one another that force us outside our comfort zones. This year it was camping - in a mini teardrop travel trailer - & having just had a baby we knew it wouldn’t be easy. But, after trying our absolute hardest to tackle all things wilderness, we had a blast making memories that will last for years to come. One thing we are good at is being at the beach! So, naturally our favorite part was introducing Jack to the ocean & we just so happened to have a camera nearby. ;) Enjoy! 
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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle personal taylor http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/closing-out-the-summer Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:14:12 GMT
Mike & View's Chapel Hill Wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/mike-views-chapel-hill-wedding BBTT-1448BBTT-1448

You might recognize these two from an earlier blog we shared of them during their engagement session in Chapel Hill, North Carolina! My husband and I got the privilege to get to know them in the beginning of their engagement all the way until they said " I do!" 

Mike and View have shared many years together learning to love one another, growing together as one, and never ceasing to get to know one another. Their wedding day was finally here and they both could not stop smiling. As View was getting ready, Mike was anxiously waiting for his bride to come outside so he could see his soon to be bride. The time finally came for Mike to see View for the first time dressed in white, and as soon as she tapped him on the shoulder he turned around with eyes full of tears. We could see the way Mike looked at View, that his love for her grew every passing moment we stood there. He couldn't take his eyes off of her, and it was as if time had stopped for them to soak up this moment. Mike and View's first look was one of my favorites moments on their wedding day. 

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Venue: The Great Room at Top of The Hill

Rentals:Themeworks-Event Rentals

 

xo

Tatum :)

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) tatum wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/mike-views-chapel-hill-wedding Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:35:34 GMT
Megan & Avery's Downtown Engagement Session http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/megan-avery-engagement-blog BBT-meganavery-1029BBT-meganavery-1029

Megan & Avery met in high school back in 2009. They paired up for an assignment in Spanish class to realize they wanted to break down more than just a language barrier & started dating shortly after. Young & in love, it took just a few months of Megan getting to know Avery to know he was the one she'd marry. "He is a Christian man with a kind heart who truly cares for others. He is one of the sweetest, most self-less people I have ever met," she says. After spending much time with the two of them, I can say she's much the same to him. The way they look at one another melts my heart & we couldn't be more thrilled to capture their wedding this weekend! They're sealing the deal at Highgrove Estate with their friends & family as their witnesses. We can't wait to stand alongside them as they make these promises with one another, but for now we're sharing their romantic engagement session to pump you up for their wedding story to come!

Oh & we can't forget to mention their little fur baby, Oakley (who may or may not have stolen the show on their downtown stroll through the city). Enjoy!

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What are you most looking forward to in marrying Avery?

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) engagements taylor http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/megan-avery-engagement-blog Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:40:23 GMT
Aubrey & Cameron's Getaway to New Bern, NC http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/aubrey-camerons-getaway-to-newbern-nc BBS_5014BBS_5014

Cameron and Aubrey are the people that instantly make you feel welcomed and like you all have been friends for a while. This is something I love about them, that they didn't know us at all and just welcomed us into their love story like we had been old buddies. We met up with Cameron & Aubrey at Whiskey Kitchen where we all started dreaming about where the perfect spot would be for their engagement session. We thought about going to Asheville, NC or the mountains. We soon realized that we all love adventure and the outdoors, but knew our busy schedules could not fit a road trip in. Then the light bulb went off for Aubrey; she mentioned traveling to New Bern, North Carolina where her parents have a house on the water and we all knew that was going to be perfect. 

As we arrived in New Bern, my husband and I slowly fell in love with this small town on the water. We arrived to this sweet house on the water and the first person to greet us was their sweet pup Fozzie! The air was filled with the smell of fresh flowers and salt water, the sky was dusted over by clouds and the winds were moving the water all different directions which made for such a sweet noise to our ears!

Cameron and Aubrey made it EASY to capture their love; they are naturally drawn to each other, wanting to be close and snuggly. Cameron also had a few good jokes up his sleeve that made the most genuine and warming smile radiate off of Aubrey's face. We stayed on Aubrey's parent's dock for a while because it was just too good to leave, but for the second half of the day we headed downtown.

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Downtown New Bern had so much history and Cameron was filling us all in about how deep the history actually was! For you all who love history, it was settled in 1710 by Swiss and Palatine German immigrants and they named the area after Bern, the capital of Switzerland and hometown of their leader Christoph von Graffenried. As we walked throughout the town, we got to see the history in the churches and the buildings that were old and rusty, but just looking at it you can almost imagine yourself there when it was first settled. This part of our day was full of sweet conversations getting to know the couple and just enjoying the day with some new friends of ours.

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Their Love Story:

Cameron and Aubrey met while he was finishing up school at NC State and she was at Meredith College, where they were friends and would make small talk when they saw each other. Then, after college, Aubrey had the amazing opportunity to move to New York for work (Cameron was still in North Carolina)! After about 5 years her job offered her a position in Durham, North Carolina and for Aubrey it seemed like things were aligning for her and Cameron to be together again to see what could happen between them. When Aubrey moved back to North Carolina, Cameron and her were together everyday after that. They dated for a few years and then, about a year ago, Cameron took Aubrey on a hike to Umstead that was not like any other hike... this was going to be the start to their forever. He asked Aubrey to marry him and she said yes! They finished their hike celebrating this new chapter of their life. The surprise wasn't over yet, there was a house full of their best friends and family that all surprised Aubrey as they welcomed the couple with loud cheers and warm smiles.

About a month out from their wedding day, Aubrey told me , "we thought we knew each other before we were engaged (after 10 years you think you know it all), but we have learned so much more about how to love and support each other. It's been an amazing experience and I can't imagine doing it with anyone else. We are growing and learning together everyday, ultimately cherishing how to have even more patience and compassion for each other than ever!"

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To the soon to be Mr. & Mrs!

xo

Tatum

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) engagement tatum http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/aubrey-camerons-getaway-to-newbern-nc Thu, 05 Oct 2017 21:32:34 GMT
Abby's Sunset Bridal Session http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/abbys-sunset-bridal-session BBT-abbyportraits-2043BBT-abbyportraits-2043

This beautiful sunset seemed dim in comparison to our gorgeous bride Abby. During her bridal session we talked all about her wedding details. She told me about her floral arrangements, centerpieces, bridesmaids dresses & more, but nothing lit up her eyes like the mention of Patrick, her soon-to-be husband. Each time I said his name she literally giggled. Abby was smitten & there was no hiding it! We hope you enjoy these images from this special day of anticipation of her & Patrick's (giggle giggle) day!

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Stay tuned for Abby + Patrick's Wedding coming to the blog soon!
xo Taylorxo Taylor

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) bridals taylor weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/10/abbys-sunset-bridal-session Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:21:10 GMT
Sarah & Stephen's Summer Wedding http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/9/sarah-stephens-bright-summer-wedding BBTT-1012BBTT-1012

I have to thank The Lovette’s for allowing my husband and I to be able to capture Sarah and Stephen’s wedding, because if it wasn’t for them and baby jack being born we might not have gotten the chance to cross paths with this wonderful couple. As Taylor had to step away from work for a little bit, I had the opportunity to work with a few of her clients and they were troopers at understanding the switch in photographers. I am thankful for their trust and willingness to let me photograph their beautiful day. Sarah & Stephen are a couple who love each other deeply as well as people around them which was the first thing I noticed about them.

I met Sarah & Stephen for the first time just a little bit before their wedding date, and in that short time I got to see the love this couple had for one another as well as their love for NC State (Go Pack)! They both went to school at NC State, and after graduation they both moved to Georgia for their next chapter of life together. When they got engaged, I think they both knew they wanted to go back where it all started to take their vows in their favorite city (Raleigh) in front of their favorite people. To know this couple is to know what it looks like to be bold, energetic, and how to love people. Sarah & Stephen, thank you for letting us be a part of your big day, and letting us witness your vows to each other. 

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After traveling to the Rose Garden for some intimate couple photos and (big) wedding party photos, Sarah & Stephen invited all their loved ones to Lonnie Poole Golf Course for their reception. Lonnie Poole Golf Course is located on NC State's campus which the couple's alma mater and when you meet them you will soon find out that they belong to the Wolf Pack! NC State was where the couple grew to love each other and where their best friends were made; it only made since to to back to where so many great relationships started! 

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Sarah & Stephen captured the hearts of their family and friends during their first dance, not because of their smooth moves (which they had), but the way their love was radiant and so apparent to everyone in the room. As they danced for the first time to celebrate their new covenant of marriage, it was as if time had stopped for them and it was just them in the room soaking up the moment together. 

 

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I am a sucker for love stories & I am glad I got to witness it begin it's forever!

xo

Tatum

 

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/9/sarah-stephens-bright-summer-wedding Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:00:00 GMT
A Warm Lovette Welcome http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/9/lovette-newborn BBT-jacknewborn-31BBT-jacknewborn-31

He's here! He's here!
Jack Harrison Lovette born the 14th of June has officially made us a family of three! The past several months have been indescribable learning to raise our sweet son & now that we're shoulders deep into September I'm finally ready to share a bit of the journey. Between knock-out naps & lots of daddy duty, I finally found the time to collect a few jumbled thoughts on motherhood. I hope somehow/someway they can be encouraging to you through whatever season in life God is growing you in. A huge thank you to Tatum for documenting these first moments at home with our little one to look back on as Jack grows too big for his mama's arms.

P.S. If you'd like to order prints like the ones displayed in our home, visit the Blue Barn Print Shop & use promo code: JACK for 10% off your purchase!

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THE DELIVERY:
(cue Jaws theme song)
Like every first time mom, I wanted to know exactly what a real contraction felt like... until the first wave of them came over me & then I wish I'd never knew. I decided early on in pregnancy not to paint a portrait of expectations, but deep inside my desire for childbirth was to do everything as natural as possible. God had a different plan. 27 long hours full of blood, sweat & tears, my bed grew wheels & off I went for a cesarean.

I remember one of the most raw moments Andrew & I shared as the doctors broke the news of an inevitable C-section when my mind, body & spirit completely fell apart. The thought had never crossed my mind with a healthy full term pregnancy... yet there we were signing the consent forms. After 24 hrs of contractions & 3hrs of pushing, i threw my head back without an ounce of hope in my heart yet, there stood Andrew with his hand in mine & prayers on his lips expressing how grateful he was that we had a medical team who knew the right decision to be made for the moment at hand... grateful. While I laid focused on my fears, asking myself "Was Jack going to be ok?" "What if something goes wrong?" "How will my body look when all is done & through?" God still faithfully made all things happen without a flaw in His design. My heart was stripped that day as I heard Jack let out his first breath of air & the moment my wet eyes met his, I knew each detail of Jack's life both in the now & forever had been assembled by God's perfect hand.

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THE PROCESS:
I was telling a friend just yesterday how marriage has been the best preparation for motherhood. Before Andrew & I tied the knot, I had always imagined there being this euphoric heart-bursting shift in perspective that would immediately take place after i said "i do"... like a big fairytale POOF to change me from a single woman to a wife. But, it didn't happen. Though the day we said our vows was undoubtedly the most wonderful in my life, it held no magic "click" for my heart. We smiled real big, gave each other a long smooch & celebrated our love as the same people we were. It didn't hit until we arrived home from our honeymoon that I wasn't a wife at all. I was married, yes... but I wasn't a wife. That was something I had to work at. Becoming a mother has been much the same. Although I technically brought Jack into this world, it took me weeks to be a mother to him. Honestly, the first few days I felt more like a machine than anything... with default settings to feed him every 2hrs & change his diaper when things got funky. But as time continues to go by I feel myself holding him a bit differently. My stiff & stable arms have softened to a snuggle. My prayers have switched from anxious to praise. And although there's unknowns to come that will both rise & fall, this love is more than enough to press on toward the call.

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THE JOY:
This smiley babe has produced in me all sorts of fresh perspective & the best by far is joy! The way his lips curl when he wakes up in the morning & the way his fingers trail my arm when I rock him to sleep -gosh I could just melt. But, it's in the difficult times that joy shines most bright because no matter how strong my frustrations grow in the midst of a loud cry, ruined outfit, or whatever failure I've gone through that day, it's in these moments I must throw my own will out the window. Joy is an emotion, but it's not fleeting... for me it's deeply rooted in loosing control of how I think my life should go, or Andrew's life & now Jack's little life too & instead allowing Christ lead us together through the chaos. 

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Prints: Blue Barn
Brush lettering: Milk & Honeycomb
Muslin Bison Swaddle: Little Unicorn
 

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle personal taylor http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/9/lovette-newborn Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:05:58 GMT
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Seasons seem to come and go quickly these days. It seems like just yesterday I was interviewing Michaela for our summer internship, and now here we are spending our last day with her in the office before she heads back to Greenville. I love Michaela's sweet personality, her steady drive, and the way she pursues every task with grace, confidence and tenacity. It's been such a fun season having her with us behind the scenes, and before she leaves, Michaela is sharing a few bits about herself and what her internship looked like this summer! 

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Rachel

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Hi everyone! My name's Michaela Hudson and it has been a joy to be Blue Barn's intern this summer. I am a senior at East Carolina University working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Cinematic Arts and Media Production. I have a passion for photography and it has been awesome to be surrounded by people who do as well. During my internship I worked on blog posts, Instagram posts, and even helped install Blue Barn's first gallery wall. Another fun thing that happened this summer is my sister Kayla Brewer, opened her own store in downtown Raleigh called Voda Boutique. Here you can find the Blue Barn gallery wall that I mentioned and Blue Barn prints for sale, which you can also shop here. During this internship I have learned so much about photography and branding that I know will help me in the future. I'm so sad to be leaving but so thankful to have been a part of the Blue Barn team these past few months! 

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1. Where are you from? Tell us about your hometown.

I had the privilege of growing up in a cute little one stoplight town called Star, NC. Living in such a tight-knit community has taught me the importance of family and friendship and I will be forever grateful for that.

 

2. Why do you love photography?

My favorite part about photography is being able to capture moments that people can cherish forever and hoping that one day when they look at a picture I have taken that it might take them back to a special time in their life.

 

3. What is one fear you would like to conquer or one thing you would like to learn?

For as long as I can remember I've had a huge fear of heights. So, this summer I decided to face that fear and rode in an airplane for the first time. Although I was terrified the trip to Florida was worth it!

 

4. Favorite free time hobby?

During my free time you can find me taking pictures. I have my camera everywhere I go. I just love capturing moments in time that I will be able to look back on in the future.

 

5. What is something you're looking forward to right now?

I am looking forward to Voda Boutique's grand opening party happening this Saturday, August 12th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm! You can see more about this event on Voda's Instagram

 

6. What inspires you creatively?

My inspiration comes from the world itself. There's beauty within everything that God has created and when I'm not trying to capture it on my camera, I like to sit back and enjoy everything around me.

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XO
The Blue Barn Belles

Photography: Tatum | | Film Processing: Photovision | Styling: Voda Boutique

 

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hello@bluebarnphotography.com (Blue Barn Photography) fine art film lifestyle tatum http://www.bluebarnphotography.com/blog/2017/8/meet-our-summer-intern Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:53:29 GMT