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

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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As many of you know, my sister Lisa passed away in 2012 just a few short months after learning she had stage 4 cancer. This was devastating for me, as she has always been my best friend and confidant. This was also difficult to grasp for our family and all who knew her. It was hard to make sense of the fact that she just starting feeling “bad” over the holidays in 2011, received the “C” word diagnosis in February, and lost her battle less than 4 months later.

Lisa Moments

I miss my sister and think about her all the time, but sometimes these crazy, magical things happen (it varies – sometimes it’s once a week or less, other times it’s constant/daily). I call them “Lisa Moments”. They are these tiny puzzle pieces and reminders that she is still all around me. Though she’s no longer here in the physical form, I am amazed at these occurrences – like she’s popping up to say “Hi”.

One of Lisa’s “things” was owls. She was funky and eclectic, and seemed to find these crazy owl items that were just awesome. I see them everywhere and I’m reminded by her. (This also fueled my mini-obsession with funky owl decor that I find and must have in my life).

2 summers ago, it was ladybugs. Everywhere I went, I saw a ladybug. There was one constantly on my windshield that would ride along wherever I was driving to. I saw them in my office. At photoshoots. Online. Everywhere, ladybugs!

When I started my new job last year, there was a bird outside my office window every day for at least a week. It would just sit in that tree and seemed to greet me every time I looked up from my computer. Just weeks later, I had a deep conversation with my mom and the sweet woman who has come into our lives by way of my brother in law (Lisa’s widowed husband) about birds and their significance in death. Mind blown.

“Hootie Hoooooo!”

A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing some current events, obscure holidays, you know – browsing the internet and losing track of where I am through a rabbit hole – and I came across this gem:

There is apparently a couple in Pennsylvania who have developed a holiday on February 20th of each year called “Hoodie-Hoo Day”. While this may sound a little ridiculous to most of you, this stopped me in my tracks.

Leading up to Christmas, when you’re wrapping gifts, you know how at the end of the roll of wrapping paper, you’re left with a long, empty tube? I think it’s safe to assume that many of you throw it in the recycling (or garbage), or perhaps give it to your kiddos for a sword-fight of sorts. That tube is something a bit more purposeful for my family – It was always dubbed the “Hootie-Hoo” stick. Its purpose was to bother your family members as you march around the house, sneak behind corners, etc while shouting “HOOTIE-HOOOOOO” through the end of the tube and into the ears of your annoyed kin. Ridiculous, I know. But it was our thing! I don’t know how or where this originated, but it makes me laugh every Christmas when someone remembers the “HOOTIE”.

So when I learned that this “Hoodie-Hoo Day” was thought up by this creative couple to go outside at noon, wave your arms and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” to chase winter away, I just knew it. This was another Lisa Moment. Want to know the real kicker? Lisa’s diagnosis came on February 20th (or within a day or two), which is the date of this holiday. I can’t believe the string of events that led me to stumble across this random website to find this crazy holiday.

I have goosebumps just thinking about it.

So go out and celebrate this wacky holiday tomorrow… and please let me know how many people give you crazy looks for waving your arms and hollering like a crazy person!  🙂

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Sometimes, I am amazed at how small the world is.  How people you meet at different stages of life are connected and how things and people just come full circle.  This totally happened when I met with Bill & Monica for their engagement session in Greenville, NC!

It’s a Small World…

I know Monica through a sorority I was a part of while a student at ECU.  I learned that Bill and I worked together under different divisions of Campus Living at ECU.  Bill was roommates with Cody, who is engaged to marry Darcie later this year, who I went to high school with in Raleigh! WOW! Did you catch that? What a crazy start to our session to learn how everyone is connected. I love learning about how my ABP couples are connected, but that one was completely unexpected! (Bill & Monica didn’t even realize the connection when they reached out to me in January!)  What a fun surprise! Anyways, back to this amazing couple I met with a few weeks ago –

Bill & Monica are Engaged!

I am so so SO excited to be blessed with the opportunity to photograph Bill & Monica this year.  She glows when she looks at Bill.  They are so in tune and so in love.  I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in Sunset Beach later this year! Here are some of my favorites from their engagement session on campus at East Carolina University a few weeks ago.Bill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEI love that Bill & Monica brought their bible to incorporate into their session!  We found their favorite passage, 1 Corinthians 13:8 – “Love Never Fails”Bill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGEBill & Monica - Amanda Brendle Photography - Greenville, NC PhotographerPINIMAGE

Greenville, NC Engagement Photographer

Are you engaged or know someone who is?  I’d love to chat with you about your photography needs!  Shoot me a note through my contact form and I will get back to you in a jiffy.  (While you’re waiting, check out some other featured engagement sessions!) xo, Amanda

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I met Heather earlier this year as she was planning her wedding.  We met at a local Starbucks to chat about what she was looking for in a photographer, and we immediately hit it off!  She is such a sweet, kind, gentle person.  She was cool and collected and so easy-going about the whole wedding planning process.  I wish I could say the same for myself when I was in her shoes – I feel like I was so worried about things falling into place!

So here’s my topic for today: Why Engagement Sessions are Important!

Heather and her fiancée Max booked me as their wedding photographer, and at the time they didn’t think they wanted to have an engagement session.  However, a few weeks before their wedding, they thought about it some more and decided they did want to have a session before the wedding after all!  I had availability and it was perfect!  Up until then, I had not met Max, and weddings always tend to go smoother when we’ve had a “practice run” / “meet & greet” with my camera in advance, during the engagement session.  This gives couples a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, and with enough time planned before the wedding, a great opportunity to see what you do/don’t like from your pictures (expressions, poses, hair/make-up, etc.) prior to the Big Day.  While we didn’t have much time between the session and the wedding, it was a great opportunity for them to get comfortable with me and for me to see how they interact with each other.  I learned their smiles, their laughs, when they were at ease and even when they were not as comfortable.  I also was able to learn more about their love story and how strongly they care for one another.

When you have a strict timeline for your wedding and don’t have much time for pictures together (whether intentional or unexpected), having an engagement session is critical!  I knew that we had a limited amount of time at the wedding for family, bridal party, and Bride & Groom pictures, however I was about to figure out in advance what worked for them since we had an engagement session in advance!  This turned out to be a blessing, because I was able to do their pictures quickly – and not a moment too soon!  It started raining on us as we were wrapping up their pictures after the ceremony!!  What started as a beautiful, sunny day eventually turned into a soggy, rainy evening.  We were very fortunate with circumstances and got everything we needed and more.

I feel so strongly about this, and that is why my wedding packages come with a complimentary engagement session!  Rather than viewing this as just a regular portrait session,  my main goal for this time together is to “get to know you” – this is for both myself and you as a sweet couple in love.  Treat it as a practice run for your wedding and a fun get-away from the stresses of planning a wedding, and get some great pictures to use in your wedding decor as a bonus.  Heather and Max ordered some beautiful prints with me to display at their wedding and they were a smash!

So without further ado, here are some highlights from Heather & Max’s engagement session!  I had so much fun and laughed a lot with these lovebirds, and I could be more thankful for our paths to have crossed.  Thank you for putting your trust in me to capture some of the most exciting moments of your new life together.  Look out for an upcoming post with highlights from their wedding!

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Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Max & Heather - Raleigh Engagement Photographer - Amanda Brendle PhotographyPINIMAGE

Photographer: Amanda Brendle Photography
J.C. Raulston Arboretum – Raleigh, NC
Engagement Session: Heather & Max

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  • Tosha - This is very true! I love engagement sessions and find them very important as well! Hello from a fellow North Carolinian! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mary Eklund - Well said, and I love this session and your work! So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • ann blake - I love the fall colors and the sunset photos. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - Great post!! =)ReplyCancel

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