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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Matthew’s one year birthday and family portrait session | Wilkesboro NC child and family photographers

There is love and there’s love and then there’s the Minick family. You can say the name Minick and my heart fills up. We have the best history with this family and our love for them runs deep. We’ve photographed just about every milestone of their adult lives. On May 17th, Matthew (“Matt Matt”) celebrated his first birthday and we photographed his celebratory portrait session 10 days after. We decided to make this session a family affair and snagged some photos with parents Rachel & Ryan and with his big sis Amelia.

One year portrait and outdoor family portrait photographers Wilkesboro NC child portrait photo

One year portrait and outdoor family portrait photographers Wilkesboro NC child portrait photo

Matthew (May 2017) and big sister Amelia (October 2013) photographed in the same family heirloom high chair.

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We’ve been photographing the Minicks for so long, including their engagement and wedding, Christmas photos, maternity and Amelia’s one year portraits and Matthew’s newborn portraits. They are absolutely family. Matthew had a Little Blue Truck themed birthday party and photo shoot as well. We love seeing these kids and family grow and especially watching the little ones develop their own personalities. No two are alike!

One year portrait and outdoor family portrait photographers Wilkesboro NC child portrait photoOne year portrait and outdoor family portrait photographers Wilkesboro NC child portrait photoOne year portrait and outdoor family portrait photographers Wilkesboro NC child portrait photoRachel, Ryan, Amelia and Matthew: we love you to pieces. We love how open you are in your lives, how you invite us in to share and how your amazing family is growing in size and in love. We look forward to the next milestone and another chance to hang out and do life.

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Autumn Outdoor Bridal Portraits at Leatherwood Mountain Resort

Just a few weeks ago, we shot another June wedding. Katie Vance married Patrick Carlson at Leatherwood Mountain Resort. We photographed Katie’s bridal portraits on November 4, 2016 at this very same spot. Katie wanted photos at Leatherwood both in the fall as well as in the summer to show off the various scenic views. Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Leatherwood – a place we love and have shot many times for brides and grooms – is a favorite for its bucolic setting and rustic atmosphere. Katie chose it to showcase the opposite. She is more princess than country bride and loves to sparkle. Even the Vans she wore with her gown had purple glitter on them. Katie grew up in Boone and loved being in the glorious mountain views that surrounded her all year. She loved how the mountains could be so massive and still be charming in the details. Her challenge to us was not to photograph the farm’s rustic style but instead to capture the more elegant natural surroundings. We were happy to oblige.Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Katie's Leatherwood Mountain bridal portrait by Pixels On Paper NC wedding photographers photo Wedding photos are coming soon! If you’re interested in Leatherwood, here’s more about this venue from us.

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Kendra & Nathan Wed at Elkin’s Barn at Blueberry Hill

On May 20th, we photographed the wedding of Kendra and Nathan as they tied the knot at The Barn at Blueberry Hill in Elkin NC. It was the first time we’ve ever shot a wedding at this venue and we LOVED it. It’s a real barn with a real barn feeling, but with air conditioning (!!) and the owner, event coordinator, setting – everything – was perfect.
What was also perfect was the couple. Even the groom’s goof made the occasion memorable.
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Kendra is a lot like me: a Type A personality who wants every single detail to be perfect. She looked gorgeous and so did her bridesmaids in this setting. The weather turned out to be perfect (it rained for 5 days straight after the couple left for their honeymoon) and the guests were so much fun. There were no dull moments!Kendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoGroom Nathan teared up watching Kendra walk down the aisle. Kendra: “Most people might have needed a tissue after seeing Nathan become a little emotional as I walked in. I luckily, did not. I had the biggest smile on my face that nothing could wipe away. Why? Because I knew I was moments away from marrying the man of my dreams. Sounds cliché; I know, but it’s true. I had waited on that day for many years and that day, the day I had dreamed about for a long time, had finally arrived.” Kendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoA highlight for the couple (and a laugh moment for the guests) was when the little groomsman just wandered across the aisle while vows were being said. Super cute!!Kendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoThese two told us that Nathan’s performance really hit the high point when he kept messing up repeating his wedding vows. The pastor finally had to turn the page with the written vows so Nathan could just read them instead of trying to repeat them.Kendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoOther memorable moments, according to the bride, groom and family include: when Nathan’s young cousin Ava walked up to the bridesmaid who’d caught the bouquet and snatched it out of her hands; when the groomsmen took over the photo booth to get shots of them wearing only their underwear and suspenders and when, coming back from their honeymoon, the TSA officer at the airport opened Kendra’s bag and those same underwear shots of the groomsmen were on display. They confiscated her belongings.
Kidding!Kendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoThe barn vibe was so much fun, along with their photo booth, DJ, barbecue and amazing desserts. There was a LOT of laughter and silliness, dancing, chatter and sheer joy. Between Kendra & Nathan’s family members, there are 303 years of marriage experience surrounding them. This bit of info was shared at the ceremony and we thought it was so lovely. We hope that Kendra and Nathan add a minimum of 50 years to that total and enjoy every moment of it.Kendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photoKendra and Nathan's Barn at Blueberry Hill Elkin Outdoor Wedding Pixels On Paper Photography NC wedding photographers photo

Kendra & Nathan’s wedding vendors:

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding & Reception Venue: The Barn at Blueberry Hill
Flowers: Richard Hincher
Photographers: Pixels On Paper
DJ: Kevin Carter of Dirt Road Entertainment
Caterer: Brushy Mountain Smokehouse

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Celebrating June Wedding Anniversaries | Pixels On Paper NC Wedding Photographers

Ever heard of a June wedding? Me, either, but apparently they are really popular.

Pixels very first wedding was a June wedding – that of Sandy & Mark Sherill on June 18th 2005. That’s where it all began.

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Sarah & Jeremy Caudle, 4 years June 1st

Winters & Greg Androney, 10 years June 2nd

Erin & Brad Farmer, 6 years June 4th

Kristy & Rob McConnell, 7 years June 5th

Shannon & Lance Townsend, 8 years June 6th

Jordan & Chris Ferguson, 7 years June 6th

Jordan & Matt DeFlon, 9 years June 7th

Kirsten & Nate Smith, 6 years June 11th

Kelsey & Andy Schuster, 7 years June 12th

Amber & Clark Schlinsog, 4 years June 15th

So now to Sandy and Mark – our very first wedding shoot. Sandy and I were middle school youth group leaders together as well as friends. She watched for a few years when Ryan and I would take candid photos whenever we were with the youth group. When it came time for her own wedding she asked us a few times if we’d photograph her wedding. We kept saying “no way.” She finally put her foot down after asking four or so times. “You two are going to shoot my wedding.” She was sweet and we caved and it was on. The only complication is that her wedding was at the end of a week that we were chaperones for our youth group’s annual mission trip to the Pittsburgh Project. We left PA early to head to the wedding in Norfolk, VA with a car full of middle school girls who were also attendants in their wedding. YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP! With equipment that was far from professional, packed in suitcases with our mission clothing, we made it and photographed our very first wedding together. 12 years later Sandy and Mark (just below) still love their photos and we’re still friends. Sandy even hired us to photograph her oldest daughter’s wedding years later.

Sandy & Mark Sherrill, 12 years June 18th

Katie & Tim Mahon, 1 year June 18th

Candace & Ken Bloch, 9 years June 20th

Robin & Nick Schroote, 8 years June 20th

Vicki & Brandon High, 3 years June 21

Vicki & Brandon High, 3 years on June 21

Looking through these June weddings makes me smile. Each one represents a day that changed the trajectory of that couple’s lives forever and there we were, pulling those indelible moments out of the air and making sure they made it on film. So many stories!

Erica & Andrew Walecka, 6 years June 25th

Adrian & Banks Church, 1 year June 25th

Hali & Jim Pyles, 7 years June 26th

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Sherae & David Johnson, 2 years June 26th

Neely & Eric Westbrook, 9 years June 28th

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Lauren & Patrick Allen, 3 years June 28th

Meghan & Jeremy Arnold, 5 years June 30th

By my count, that is 22 and we added new ones to the list this year. Happy Anniversary to each one of you. Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives and keep celebrating! We love you!

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