Blue Barn Photography: Blog en-us (C) Blue Barn Photography 2009-2018 (Blue Barn Photography) Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:16:00 GMT Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:16:00 GMT The Harrison Wedding at Jones Chapel BBT-allielucas-3338BBT-allielucas-3338

I don't even know where to begin with this couple. Having graduated together from East Carolina to begin their careers in Raleigh, to raising their two sweet pups (Monkee & Beau) side by side, to a joyful season planning for their beautiful wedding day, Allie & Lucas have grown into the most amazing couple! We captured their engagement session in the fall & Allie described her excitement to marry the man of her dreams with these words, ""Whether we are in the valleys or on the mountaintops, our love for each other has remained constant. It has been amazing to reflect on how far we have grown as individuals and as a couple and we couldn't be more excited to see what the Lord has in store for our future!" We were confident the day we met them that their marriage would be a lasting legacy & we have been beaming with joy knowing we'd get to share their wedding images with you today! Their genuine smiles are absolutely radiant, enjoy!

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Ceremony: Jones Chapel at Meredith College  // Transportation: Raleigh Trolly // Planning: Occasions Event Design // Make-up: Make-up by Ashley Mooney // Reception: Market Hall // Cake: Simply Cakes NC // Catering: Cook Shack

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:16:07 GMT
Amanda & Aaron's Romantic Charleston Engagement bluebarn-amandaaaron-10bluebarn-amandaaaron-10

As a photographer, I love having a job that allows me to take my work literally anywhere. Heading south to Charleston this past spring was no exception as I was able to meet up with our sweet clients, Amanda & Aaron. Neither one of them had ever been to the charming city before, so I loved getting to show them around a few of my favorite avenues and vignettes as I captured their romance (and their adorable pup, Sawyer)! 

If you're as smitten with the vibrant colors, historic buildings & cobblestone streets as we are, be sure to hop over to our print shop to see a few Charleston images available for print. 

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xo Rachelxo Rachel

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) engagements rachel Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:55:04 GMT
Share the Love with a Spring Mini Session! bluebarn-mckinney-437bluebarn-mckinney-437

As wedding photographers it's so natural to think of our incredible couples this time of year as we celebrate the sweetness of Valentine's Day. And as fair as it is to commemerate each new devotion they've made to one another, we wanted to make sure we acknowledge other very special kinds of love this year as well! Through the past several months we've had the privilege of preserving moments for the simplest of love between faithful friends, the great & binding love of extended family & the unexplainably deep-rooted love between a mother & her beautiful children, all to which touched our hearts in such incredibly unique ways. In honor of every kind of love imaginable, we're hosting mini sessions early this year! We want to capture you with the ones (few or many) you share your heart with & offer you memories of this fleeting season that will last an entire lifetime. So, spread the word, gather your tribe & join us on March 3rd at The White Space

We reserved The White Space because it is beautifully bright! With a 12-foot windowed garage door, the space is flooding with natural light - our all time favorite! This adorable collection of images of Shannon & her cute twins (Rooney & Navy) are from a session captured here last year. Take a browse to get a feel & book your slot today! But hurry, there's just a few left... see you soon! :)

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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) family lifestyle rachel taylor Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:46:28 GMT
The Merrimon-Wynne 2018 Bridal Show MW-2018-Bridal-Showcase-124MW-2018-Bridal-Showcase-124
Last month we had the privilege of working the 2018 Bridal Show at Merrimon-Wynne for the very first time. We greeted old friends, new faces, incredible vendors & bride-to-be's as each filled the house with their talent & charm. It was so much fun getting an opportunity to connect with all the brides (as well as some grooms) as they peeked at the beautiful space each vendor had put their hands to. There were live models dancing about the venue in the most beautiful gowns, yummy treats that knocked our socks off, beautiful antique furniture & so much more! We collaborated with Meristem to capture brides with their dream florals & they designed the most breathtaking floral installation, bouquet & a few cute flower crowns for them to play with. But, by far the most fun we had was listening to the sweet stories between the couples... each were so unique! One couple was recently engaged on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland & another in Paris beneath the Eiffel Tower (heart-eyes), but each told their tale with such elation & joy. It was so confirming that these moments of excitement is exactly why we do what we do... preserving authentic moments to last a lifetime!

We were ecstatic to see the line-up of vendors for this event in the main house & had such a blast working with each & every one including Merrimon-WynneSally Oakley WeddingsGreenhouse Picker SistersPerfection by PatriciaMason Dixon DesignsTwo RoostersCatering WorksThomas Blake FilmsAshley CakesCoastal Knot - Shout out to everyone who made this vision come to life. We're so excited to share the images, enjoy!
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Sally Oakley Weddings
Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Perfection by Patricia
Mason Dixon Designs
Two Roosters
Catering Works
Thomas Blake Films
Ashley Cakes
Coastal Knot

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) press rachel taylor weddings Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:26:15 GMT
The Whitlock Wedding at The Carolina Inn BBT-annajeff-3001BBT-annajeff-3001

During her time in residency (literally while on call at the hospital) Anna called me to discuss her desire for photography in capturing the day she'd always dreamed of. I knew from that call it was inevitable that we would become friends through the process. She was laid-back, absolutely sweet & filled with love for others. We had to pause conversation more than once as she was called to assist patients that needed her & I knew her faithful dedication would flourish in her marriage to come. 

Due to their busy schedules & a lot of travel plans throughout the year, we planned to meet up at the beach to capture their engagement session. They welcomed us with open arms to their beach house in NC & the four of us (with their sweet pups) spent two days exploring the beautiful land around the ocean. Though we had a blast documenting their love through the weekend, there's no comparison to the fun we had at their wedding the following summer! 

This couple had one of the most lively celebrations with the largest bridal party we've ever seen, a full Church as they exchanged their vows, a bluegrass band to begin the reception & a party we'll never forget at The Carolina Inn! Each element was so unique to who they were & it made the day shine with every detail. We're so excited to finally be sharing their images today & hope you enjoy every one. Congratulations to the Whitlocks & may it always be this merry! 

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Planning, design, styling Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue + catering Carolina Inn
Videographer Dogwood Media
Florist Stephanie Shaul Events
Band 10 Spot Band
Bluegrass band Counterclockwise String Band
Rentals CE Rental
Hair + makeup Teighla Norris
Cake Simply Cakes
Invitations, signage, calligraphy Haylily
Bridal gown La Belle Mariee Brida

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:19:06 GMT
Olivia's Chicago Home Tour bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-2bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-2
Originally from Raleigh, Olivia knew she didn't want to stay put forever & decided to move to Chicago after she graduated. While the journey was not nearly as easy as she expected it to be, four years and eight addresses later, she finally feels like she has a space she can call home. We are so excited to be sharing a tour of her beautiful place in the city! Keep scrolling to view images of all 900 square feet of this cozy abode's unique character & to hear more from Olivia on why she adores every inch. We're kicking it off with her living room featuring two of our favorite Blue Barn Prints. We love how "Water's Edge" (on the right) welcomes a bit of home from afar. Enjoy!
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Olivia: "While I wasn’t looking for an apartment with a dining room, I was lucky to find one within my budget since I was apartment hunting during winter when it’s harder to find renters. I was excited about the extra unexpected space, but since I’m not throwing frequent dinner parties at this stage of life, I decided to make the dining room into more of a hands-on studio and library to better suit my lifestyle. It easily converts into an entertaining space when I’m having friends over and I love the multi-functionality of what it’s become (the table doubles as a desk and the reading nook doubles as a guest bed). I actually end up spending most of my down time in that room whether reading in the nook, attempting to keep new plants alive and pursuing creative endeavors -- currently photography, calligraphy and learning Italian. The spot by the window is probably my favorite spot in the whole apartment. I love putting on a record in the summer and opening the windows for a cool breeze and in the winter it’s the coziest spot to drink tea and read." bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-9bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-9 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-10bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-10 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-11bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-11 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-12bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-12 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-14bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-14 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-15bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-15 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-16bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-16 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-19bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-19 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-20bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-20 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-21bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-21 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-23bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-23 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-24bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-24 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-25bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-25 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-26bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-26 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-27bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-27 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-28bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-28 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-29bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-29 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-30bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-30 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-31bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-31 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-32bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-32 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-34bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-34 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-18bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-18 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-35bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-35 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-39bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-39 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-38bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-38 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-44bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-44 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-45bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-45 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-49bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-49 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-50bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-50 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-51bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-51 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-52bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-52 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-53bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-53 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-54bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-54 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-55bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-55 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-57bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-57 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-59bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-59 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-60bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-60
"Most of the bigger pieces like the couches and the large bookcase are newer, but my favorite parts of my apartment are the re-purposed items. The dresser in my bedroom was actually my mother’s when she was in her 20s. It’s shocking how well it’s kept up for 40+ years and it still blends well with my taste. Being so far from home and family, having those little reminders are much more meaningful than I ever anticipated they would be. The little turtle by the front door was in the yard of my childhood home, the records were my father’s, the photographs above the couch were taken by my hometown photographer friend Rachel Linder, and many of the other details are souvenirs from my travels. Home decor is the one of the few types of souvenir I can bring myself to buy when I’m traveling." bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-67bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-67 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-68bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-68 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-69bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-69 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-70bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-70 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-63bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-63 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-72bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-72 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-73bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-73 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-75bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-75 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-76bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-76 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-79bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-79 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-78bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-78 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-80bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-80 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-82bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-82 bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-83bluebarn-olivia-chicago-tour-83
"When I decided to move to Chicago after graduation it was mostly just because I could. I knew I wasn’t ready to move back home yet like most of my friends were doing because I was afraid if I did, I’d never leave. I really wanted to work in a creative field within the travel industry and there just weren’t opportunities like that where I was in N.C. Plus, the idea of living in a big city sounded like an adventure. So two weeks after graduation with two suitcases and an internship, I moved to Chicago. Now I am so glad I did."
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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle rachel Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:24:28 GMT
Rebecca & Matthew's Wedding at The Mahler bbtt-beccamatt-2096bbtt-beccamatt-2096

Rebecca & Matthew are one of the most down to earth couples we've had the pleasure of working alongside of. When we first met with Rebecca to discuss her hopes & dreams for their wedding day, she began by telling us how Matthew proposed. In between her sweet giggles she exclaimed that he used flowers to cover every inch of her apartment. He didn't need a big crowd or an extravagant location - just the two of them in a familiar place to commit their love! We captured their romantic engagement session months before their big day & I just knew they were made for each other. Their wedding was even more precious & absolutely beautiful at The Mahler Fine Art Gallery downtown, but the beauty couldn't distract either of them from the love they were there to promise. I'm totally guilty of crying at this ceremony as the minister intimately described the use of both of their hands throughout their marriage- yes, hands! He read aloud how their hands would reach for the others in times of comfort, wipe away tears in times of grief & one day hold their children. It was the sweetest thing! We're seriously so blessed to be able to capture such incredible moments like these. Enjoy! 

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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:07:52 GMT
Victoria & Edward's Winter Engagement in Raleigh BBT-victoriaedward-1018BBT-victoriaedward-1018

This chilly weather has us reminiscing on Victoria & Edward's winter engagement. All the shivers from the sharp January breeze had these two even more cuddly then usual & we loved it! There's something about the fresh start to a new year & snow on the way that makes all our hearts happy. Victoria & Edward are newly weds now, (don't worry they're wedding is soon to come) but we just had to share a little magic with you from their snuggly session last year. Enjoy!

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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) engagements taylor Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:15:37 GMT
Katie & Nick's Rose Garden Engagement BBT-katieandnick-1059BBT-katieandnick-1059
As we begin to wrap up with all our incredible couples of 2017, our hearts rest in awe from each & every wedding we've had the honor in capturing. The past 12 months have been filled with beauty, joy & so much love! 

Katie & Nick are some of the firsts to be tying the knot in 2018 & we're bursting at the seems to use all we've just learned to preserve their many special moments to come. These two (& their cute little pup) ventured through Raleigh's gorgeous rose garden in celebration of their engagement & we're sharing it all here with you today. Enjoy & make sure to keep watch for their wedding at St. Mary Magdalene next spring!
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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) engagements taylor Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:24:11 GMT
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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Venue - Market Hall
Hair & Makeup - Salon Saia
Shoes - J.Crew
Florals - Bushel & Peck Designs
Dress: Traditions by Anna
Cake: Sugar Euphoria 

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:30:36 GMT
Carrie & Tony's 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) engagement tatum Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:00:00 GMT
Lauren & Adam's Spring DIY 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) press taylor weddings Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:37:26 GMT
Nick & Jenny's 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//




]]> (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:30:00 GMT
Laura & Nissan's Engagement Session
 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) engagements taylor Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:39:22 GMT
Ben & Jennifer's 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:24:33 GMT
Anna & Jeff's Classic 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:29:33 GMT
What is Going on in The Thomases life? 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle personal tatum Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:37:42 GMT
Morgan Elizabeth Art: Studio Tour 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

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) lifestyle taylor Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:47:25 GMT
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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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Venders Involved: Flower Cupboard// Bailey Leitch// Chassidy McCombs// AnnaLaura// Greenhouse Picker Sisters// The Bradford// Lana Addison Bridal

]]> (Blue Barn Photography) tatum weddings Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:19:46 GMT
Brooke & Matt's 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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]]> (Blue Barn Photography) taylor weddings Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:09:22 GMT