Amanda Brendle Photography » Raleigh NC Wedding, Engagement, & Product Photographer

It’s crazy to think that I’ve known Lori for about 12 years.  She and my (then)boyfriend/(now)husband became friends during their freshman year in college at ECU.  Pretty much everyone from that group remains in touch to this day – all thanks to marching band!

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby…

Ever since Matt came into the picture, Lori has glowed.  These two are meant to be together and are always so happy.  They love.  They love each other and they love those around them.  I just know they’re going to make amazing parents, and they’re finally in the home stretch!  Baby girl will be making her big debut oh-so-soon, and I can’t wait to meet her for a newborn lifestyle session when she does.

Here are a few of my favorites from Matt and Lori’s maternity session at J.C. Arboretum in Raleigh – Enjoy!

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Looking for a Maternity Photographer in Raleigh?

Raleigh has amazing parks, gardens, and other fun spots for a maternity session.  This is a great opportunity to get a snapshot of you lovebirds before a baby joins the mix, and – trust me on this – life will never be the same!

The love you have for each other now will grow exponentially through the new little life you’re bringing into the world, you’ll be exhausted and won’t be able to sleep for at least a few more years, and the whole dynamic of your relationship as you know it will forever be changed.  But oh, is it worth it.

Take a little time out and make it into a fun day together. You deserve it!  Drop me a line to plan on a date. You might not get another “day out” like this for a while, mama.  And while you’re at it, go out for an ice cream cone and treat yourself after!

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Bill & Monica tied the knot at the Gardens at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach, NC.  Perfectly sunny, breezy, gorgeous, and joyful – just as any beach wedding in North Carolina should be!

Bill & Monica’s Story

I had the opportunity to take their engagement pictures on campus at East Carolina University while they were still setting their wedding plans.  Check out that session and learn about their story here!

This is one of the most loving, sweet couples I have ever met.  I knew Bill & Monica individually before they ever started dating – Monica is bubbly, caring, and incredibly creative;  Bill is smart, attentive, and has the biggest heart.  They balance each other out perfectly, and it’s clear they are head over heels for each other.

Monica made all her own plans for their August wedding at the beach – she worked full time but also did a lot of the details herself.  DIY brides rock (and talk about time-management)!  I loved her creative wedding programs, personal touches to her bouquet and Bill’s boutonniere, and just how thoughtful she was with their entire wedding.

Here are some highlights from their Sunset Beach, NC wedding!

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Sunset Beach, NC Wedding Vendors

Venue: Gardens at Sea Trail
Caterer: ART Catering
Cake: Cakes by the Sea
Photographer: Amanda Brendle Photography
DJ: Scott Shaw Productions
Florist: The Briar Patch Floral and Gifts
Hair Stylist: Coral Tree Salon
Invitations: Monica Jackson
Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

Looking for an NC Beach Wedding Photographer?

I’d love to talk with you about photographing your coastal wedding in North Carolina!  I love our beaches and have lived in this great state my whole life.  It’s an incredible place to explore.  Shoot me a note so we can chat about your plans and how I can help capture your sweet memories!

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Y’all… I wrote this blog post nearly 2 years ago and realized I never published it.  What a fun little time capsule to re-visit!  Since this was a quick vacation, there’s a mix of iPhone and camera pictures here, but it’s fun to share, nonetheless!

Dated: April 13, 2015

To say that I love Colorado is a complete understatement. It’s one of my most favorite places in the world, and I always look forward to visiting. My brother lives with his sweet wife at the base of the Rockies in a suburb of Denver, and is the epitome of “Colorado Living”. He is super active in the outdoors arena with biking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, etc. He knows all the best places to eat (and is a pretty amazing chef, to boot!), holds the best company with the friends he keeps, and is just a blast to hang out with. My husband and I had the opportunity to travel there again this spring and had a great time! You know I love taking pictures, so here’s a quick recap of our long weekend in the Rockies.

From Colfax to the Rockies

After landing just before lunchtime, we left Denver International and headed towards Downtown Denver to meet one of my oldest and dearest friends (and her sweet baby boy!) for lunch at the Denver Biscuit Company. I had the biscuit pot pie – the rest of the table had these amazing biscuit sandwich stacks. Amazing! I’ve also heard they have really great pizza.

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Colfax Avenue is the longest main street in the nation. Pretty neat! Pretty crazy. After lunch, we headed to down to VooDoo Doughnuts. < drool > Got the VooDoo Dozen and headed onward.

 

On Day Two, we went to OPENING DAY at the Rockies! We love Rockies Baseball, and Dinger with his belly shirt. Baseball! America! Mountain View! We had a really great time there as always, we took a petty cab (fit 4 people in there!), and I also called for my first Uber ride.

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The High Life in Denver

Day 3, we had a “fun-venture” and went to Heritage Square and rode the Alpine Slide. That thing was ridiculous! We took a lift to the top of the mountain, grabbed our crazy bobsled things, and headed to the slide. I have never been so nervous! Totally thought I’d fly right out of the slide, and was seriously questioning why I wasn’t given a helmet, knee/elbow pads, required to suit up in a sumo suit, and also be encased in a giant bubble for protection. (Okay, maybe that’s a little overboard!). Even though I went slow as a granny, it was super fun and had some amazing views of Golden, CO.

We also hit up the Go Karts, where I also questioned the lack of super safety gear with how fast I felt like I was going. I finished 3rd (of the 4 in our group). Haha! Again, we’re talking about me, Little-Miss Slow-Poke… but I got a (little) fearless!

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Day 4, We took a hike in Golden, CO – Michale’s first hike in Colorado, and my first successful incline-hike to the top! Only about 30 minutes to the top and the view was incredible. We could see Downtown Denver to the East, Coors Brewery, the town of Golden, and Colorado School of the Mines to the West and South West. We were sucking air (minus my brother, of course… he lives here!) but the hard work was all worth it.

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We headed out to another Rockies baseball game that afternoon, got the last of the bobble heads given away, and even found an arcade bar with 4-player PacMan, Giant Jenga, and Skee-ball.

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Truly a Garden of the Gods

Our last day, we drove south to Colorado Springs and showed Michale the Garden of the Gods. I visited and climbed around about 3 years ago with my brother on one of our crazy summer road trips to/from Texas, but he showed us some spots I hadn’t seen before. Plus, we only had a quick amount of time to buzz through before heading to the airport. There is always a ‘view’ in Colorado!

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Denver Wins Again

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty amazing trip. I mean, how could it not be? The company was the best, the weather was perfect, and everyone loves a good vacation to unwind and unplug. Denver is always such a fun place to travel to!

Can’t Wait to Visit Colorado Again

I would totally love an excuse to come back to Colorado again (aside from the bonus of visiting with my family again!). If you are looking for a wedding photographer, updated family portraits, etc, drop me a line! My bags are packed and ready to go, and I can only dream of the incredible backdrops and blue-sky weather for your outdoor wedding or family get-together in Colorado. I love to travel, and Colorado is my favorite place to visit. I can’t wait to start planning our next trip out west!

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Where do I begin with these lovebirds?  I took Cody and Darcie’s engagement photos at JC Raulston Arboretum last year, and began learning of their love story together.  Watching them interact and engage with each other was really special.  Seeing the details unfold and Darcie’s vision come to life for this wedding has been unreal.  She and Cody know all the “right people” and had so many friends and family members contributing to make this day super special for them.  From her great-aunt’s sugar cookie recipe to florals made by her mother, handmade touches throughout and even using Cody’s DJ expertise to get guests to boogie with the music they love.

It rained something fierce that day, a tradition it seems is being passed through all of Darcie’s friends, but the skies opened up for a beautiful ceremony with beautiful arrangements of Disney songs playing as they walked down the aisle.  The day (and the newlyweds) are like characters from a fairytale, and they are living their “Happily Ever After”.

 

Dear Cody & Darcie,

Thank you for inviting me to capture your wedding day.  I couldn’t be more lucky to be witness to your love story.  Your dedication to each other is obvious, and I’ve never met a more tender or compassionate couple.  I am looking forward to seeing your family storybook fill up with your life story together.  And, as the story goes – “Adventure Awaits”!  I feel so lucky to have been a part of your magical wedding day and be witness to your dedication to each other.

xo,
Amanda

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Venue: The Matthews House
Caterer: Basil and Thyme
Cake: Patisserie
DJ: Shane White
Photographer: Amanda Brendle Photography
Florist: Darcie Vyner
Hair Stylists: Victoria Satterwhite & Salon Blu at North Hills
Make-up: Julie Robbins Makeup
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Favors: Lisa Vyner
Honeymoon: Disney Cruise Line
Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo
Jewelry: Downton Abbey jewelry
Shoes: Etsy
Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
Groom/Groomsmen: Jos. A Bank, The Tie Bar

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Senior sessions are some of my FAVORITE things to photograph. I love people in love, but I just LOVE the phase of life graduating seniors are in. They are surrounded by their best friends, ending a huge chapter of their lives, and ready to take on the world!

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Announcing Class of 2015 ECU Senior Mini Sessions

For the last several years, demand has been high, and I’ve been able to run a promotion in the spring for senior sessions for the nearly-graduates wanting pictures to commemorate the end of their college career. It’s such an exciting time in their lives! Graduating, moving on to careers or even-higher education, moving across the state/country/world, and sometimes, it’s the last time they’ll see some of their best friends (at least for a long while).

These senior portrait sessions are a fun way to regroup the last few years at your alma mater, get your friends together for a last-time BFF photo shoot, and of course, get those cap and gown pictures your mother is dying to see. A lot of students want these pictures for Facebook/Instagram fun, to update their LinkedIn with a professional headshot as they begin their job-hunt in the real world, and mom/Dad/Aunt Jane love to have great senior pictures to display at the party they’re throwing for their graduate in May. 😉

Book Your Senior Portrait Session Now!

I have opened up this event for March 29, 2015 on campus at East Carolina University. Spots are limited and early subscribers have already been able to snatch up some time slots! Get in touch today to book your spot – the rest are going to go quick! The session fee is due at the time of our session together, along with a signed contract that I will send to you in advance. You’ll get your proofing gallery back in plenty of time to have your images in hand for April graduation announcements and May grad parties!

Prints and additional image files will also available for purchase, so be sure to inquire if you’re interested in either of those. I know Grandma sure would love a picture of her Pirate Grad framed on her wall as a gift from you!

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Greenville, NC Senior Photographer

Are you or someone you know graduating in 2015? Contact me, Amanda Brendle Photography, for current availability and senior portrait information! I would love to capture those timeless images of your graduating High School or College senior on campus or at the location of their choice. I love to travel, so it’s time to get creative with where these pictures will mean the most for you!

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