SUMMMMMMMER!!!

Summer 1963. Artwork by Roy McKie.

Some days, this is all I want to feel like. And I find that I’m grateful every time I do. It’s crazy-happy, fireflies, unbridled silliness, rocking in a rocking chair at twilight, watching the sun burn off the dew over morning coffee, wandering barefooted to check the garden for new veggies …… summer. This is the last summer Ryan and I will have as a family of 2. It’s precious in that it’s our last and it’s beautiful in the anticipation of our son joining us.

I’ve been thinking of the photos we take each summer of families, weddings, babies, etc and how they are unmistakable. It’s as if every person has that feeling that Roy McKie drew in the early sixties. We have another month or 2 of summer to celebrate, so whatever your plans, breathe it in. Let yourself go sock and shoeless, take a beat to feel the sun’s heat and the relief of A/C, as we southerners do. Here’s to summer!

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I mean, seriously. Look at little man Brock. You know that he knows summer is awesome. He’s practically applauding it.
Pixels on Paper Photography Summer 2016 BirthdaysAnd so are we! Last year, on my birthday, we were having a summer celebration. We did again yesterday to celebrate Ryan’s 40th. We had no idea then that we’d be preggers at this point. Summer is special, you guys. We love you and hope yours is perfection!

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Chetola Sporting Reserve Shooting Club at Blue Ridge Mountain Club Blowing Rock NC architectural photography

We love working on architectural shoots and adding commercial photography to the mix of brides, babies, families and vistas. In fact, we take photos of our own century plus year old home as we remodel and improve it. Recently, we got to work with MBI Builders again, photographing another architectural project of theirs. Rather than a private residence, this time it is a commercial space. Chetola Sporting Reserve is a Shooting Club located in Blue Ridge Mountain Club in Blowing Rock NC. We were hired by MBI to document the work for their own portfolio.

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The collaboration between Chetola Recreation Sporting Reserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain Club is a smart and fairly seamless one. “On 67 acres of rural rolling terrain, among towering pines, red maples, and mighty oaks, and surrounded by the incredible Blue Ridge vistas in the heart of the gated Blue Ridge Mountain Club, lies Chetola Sporting Reserve. The private club, open exclusively to those with annual memberships or lodging guests at Chetola Resort, features an array of outdoor sportsman activities including gun, rifle and pistol ranges, sporting clay course, 5-stand clay station, archery range, and fly fishing. All activities are led by NRA-certified instructors specialized in a particular discipline, with customized Churchill-style instruction based on each guest’s proficiencies and needs.”

What Ryan and I saw was the usual amazing work from the minds at MBI Builders. It is an absolutely gorgeous timber frame lodge for the members and guests of the Resort and Club to enjoy and perfectly situated with beautiful views and area to practice your marksmanship.

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Madison’s NC Mountain Outdoor Bridal Photos

Madison Ball (Madi) married her sweetheart Preston Roberts 2 days ago. Yep! They are brand-spanking newlyweds! We’ll share those as soon as we can, but let’s start with Madi’s bridal portraits we took on May 27th in Glendale Springs and Jefferson, NC. Beautiful day, beautiful girl, beautiful gown – all of it was picture perfect.Madi Ball Pixels On Paper Photography Bride Outdoor Bridal portrait photography West Jefferson NC photoMadi Ball Pixels On Paper Photography Bride Outdoor Bridal portrait photography West Jefferson NC photoMadi Ball Pixels On Paper Photography Bride Outdoor Bridal portrait photography West Jefferson NC photoMadi Ball Pixels On Paper Photography Bride Outdoor Bridal portrait photography West Jefferson NC photo

This was a fun shoot for a number of reasons. Madi was excited on this day. She was dressed as a bride for the first time completely and the trial run was sort of her first opportunity to feel all bride-y. She was practically jumping out of her skin.

Secondly, this young woman is an only child, which I “get” entirely. I am one too and watching her mom get chocked up during the session took me back. Her mom shed tears multiple times and made me think about my own mom – how critical that relationship is and how much we’ve shared and will share in the years ahead. I loved watching them relate as bride and mother of the bride – that mix of unbridled excitement and nostalgia.

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Madi’s dress: New York Bride & Groom, Charlotte NC
Hair & Makeup: Shear Shakti, Boone NC

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A Leatherwood Mountain Resort Outdoor Wedding for a Princess and Her Engineer

Katie Vance loves Disney Princesses and Patrick Carlson is a computer engineer and self proclaimed geek. Together they are absolutely perfect for each other and their wedding was perfect too. Perfect location, perfect weather, lots of sentiment and love, laughter and tears. It’s what you hope for when you decide not to elope.

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The couple told us that their favorite moments were the toasts from the maid of honor and best man, watching Katie’s dad try to keep it together while dancing with her and Patrick dancing with his mom. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Family and friends from all over and from various cultural backgrounds came to Leatherwood to celebrate with these two and boy did they ever. The dance floor was jumping. The DJ and vendors they chose are listed at the end of this blog and everyone worked well together to keep the stress to a minimum — something Katie shared with us that she was so grateful for.Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo. Katie Vance and Patrick Carlson Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding. Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro, Boone, Blowing Rock NC Photographers Photo.

Katie arrived to walk down the aisle and the couple departed in Katie’s Dad’s classic muscle car, a Supersport Nova. Not bad, huh?

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Location: Leatherwood Mountain Resort
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal, Charlotte
Wedding Planner: Abbie Hanchey
DJ: Soundstorm DJs – Boston Bobby Cavanaugh
Catering: Woodlands BBQ
Cake and Desserts: Lowes Foods
Another big shout out to our close friends Anna & Devin Ulery of Boone Photobooth.

CONGRATS to the newlyweds! We wish you nothing but happily ever after!

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Happy Anniversary – Wedding Portraits of Celebration

Author and environmentalist Rick Bass has a great quote about the seasons of life:
“My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August,
but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.”

Erica & Mark Makowski, 7 years July 2nd

For each of these couples, in their year, in July, they were in the beginning of their new lives. Childhood was June. But they were entering the July inside of July.

Anna & Jordan Isaacs, 6 years July 9th

Elizabeth & Chris Bankett, 8 years July 11th

Jessica & Jason Clinton, 1 year July 16th

Precious & Damon Murray, 9 years July 18th

Lila & Joseph Duke, 6 years July 23rd

From Jessica and Jason, who were married in 2016, to Precious and Damon who’ve been married for 9 years, we hope that for the best and longest Julys in their lives. August can wait. Keep celebrating. Keep enjoying each other. Keep planting and harvesting, knowing how loved you are. Happy Anniversary, all of you!

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