Bobie & Bo

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Bobie & Bo | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie and Bo | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie and Bo | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

Family Portrait Photography | Bobie & Bo | Winston Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | alysonlawton.com

52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

There is always enough time to re-visit and re-appreciate history. These photographs preserve culture, time and fading eras. Not only are they iconic but, nerd note, the colorization is exquisite!

Read the original article by Jake Heppner from Distractify here.


52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

Jake Heppner 08-Jul

Up until the 1970s, color photography was rare. Thus, our vision of history is so often in black and white only. Rare colorized historical photos are our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like...and, boy, was it spectacular

Claude Monet in 1923

Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart

Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939

Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Times Square 1947

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

Oswald being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Oswald being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918

Girls delivering ice 1918

Burger Flipper 1938

Winston Churchill 1941

Albert Einstein in 1921

Madison Square Park New York City around 1900

Marilyn Monroe

Samurai Training 1860

American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868

Hindenburg Blimp crash

British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939

Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932

Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina

Mark Twain in 1900

Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

Audrey Hepburn

Union Soldiers taking a break 1863

Charles Darwin

World War 2 soldiers on Easter

Clint Eastwood, 1962

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923

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Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916

Elizabeth Taylor in 1956

Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953


Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946

Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905

Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut

A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924

Boys buying flowers in 1908

An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939

Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961

Brooklyn Bridge in 1904



Two Boxers after a fight

1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept


Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield

Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "Ted" Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960

Cornell Rowing Team 1907

View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864


Baltimore Slums, 1938

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933

Henry Ford, 1919

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.

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Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939

Alfred Hitchcock

A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921

People standing in line Louisville, Kentucky 1939

President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862

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Our Story : Matt & Jessica

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Matt and Jessica met in the Game room on Winston-Salem State University’s campus in September of my freshman year in 2005.

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

When we first met, I was with a High School friend and he was with his friends. It was not a love at first sight connection, but lets just say he was very persistent. We have been together ever since, through all of the ups and downs.
— Jessica
{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

I knew Jessica was The One because she showed me the true meaning of love even through all of my hang-ups over the first couple of years.
— Matt
{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

I knew he was the one because of how he had grown and continues to grow into the Man of God I knew he could be.
— Jessica
{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

I didn’t see the proposal coming. I thought I was going to deploy to Afghanistan a single woman. I was actually at my boiling point because I felt our relationship was becoming stagnant and we needed to either move to the next level or break-up. We discussed the topic numerous times but he wouldn’t budge. Then the night before I get on the plane, he came to Savannah and surprised me at the door of our hotel room. I was speechless. After a few light jabs, I accepted. He loves getting my pressure up, but I love him.
— Jessica
{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

On our wedding day, I look forward to how beautiful she is going to look coming down the aisle.
— Matt
{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

I look forward to dancing with my husband for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Gattison.
— Jessica
{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Congratulations, Matt and Jessica!

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Matt & Jessica | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Rocco

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

We have new addition to our family! I took the opportunity to photograph the cutie the other day and wanted to share. 

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rocco | Photography by Alyson Lawton | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Poise : Audra

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Audra | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

To Our Sweet Brides and Grooms, Thank you.

Deep breath. {inhale}

Hold steady. {Slowly exhale}

Patience.

Waiting with a keen eye to anticipate the brief intimate moment a person makes themselves truly vulnerable, open, expressing their bare feelings, is key. 

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Samantha and Aaron | Wake Forest University | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Samantha and Aaron | Wake Forest University | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

It could be the honest glance between a Bride a Groom on their wedding day, the split second a High School Senior forgets they are trying to look perfect and their eyes open with a floodgate of raw personality, the brief sigh a model takes between poses. A fraction of a second. 

Over the years, we've been privileged to witness genuine emotion that has brought us many a time to tears.

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Alexandra | Model 101 | Winston Salem | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Alexandra | Model 101 | Winston Salem | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

That fraction, that split second makes a beautiful photograph a portrait. An image that captures YOU, our sweet Brides and Grooms.

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Nikki & Thomas | Linwood, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Nikki & Thomas | Linwood, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

We get to capture those fleeting, beautiful moments of life. A 1/100 of a second, a miniscule fraction of time in an extraordinary day - the genesis of a Family. Even in the whirl of a 12 hour wedding day, a beautiful moment composed in the frame of our cameras brings an inner peace and profound stillness - a moment forever preserved in history.

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Samantha and Aaron | Wake Forest University | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Samantha and Aaron | Wake Forest University | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

These are the moments which preserve your memories and rekindle emotions when you look back on your wedding day.

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Boone, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Boone, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

It is an honor and a delight to be the people to capture these moments. 

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Adam and Kelly | J.H. Adams Inn | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Adam and Kelly | J.H. Adams Inn | High Point, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Thank you, to all of our Brides and Grooms who chose Photography by Alyson Lawton as their wedding photographer. We have greatly enjoyed getting to know each of you, being swept up in the romance of your days and forming lasting friendships. 

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Christa and Will |Greensboro College | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Christa and Will |Greensboro College | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

It has been our delight.

With love and best wishes,

PbAL

Poise : Marrah

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Marrah | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Itsyouryouth

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | High Point NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | High Point NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | High Point NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | High Point NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | High Point NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Fashion Photographer | Itsyouryouth Stylist | High Point NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

32 Secrets From Married People About Wedding Planning (Buzzfeed Guest Article)

This article crossed my screen not too long ago and I had to share. Being a wedding photographer and a newlywed, I couldn't agree more with some of these!! To read the original article on Buzzfeed, click the following link : 32 Secrets.

If there’s something you’d WISH you’d known before planning, what would it be?

1. “People want to help; let them!”

2. “Someone told me to set up a separate email account for wedding planning. I’m glad I did, because the amount of junk mail I get there is ridiculous.”

3. “You’re not gonna make everyone happy, so focus on what’s important to you.”

4. “It’s OK if you have never thought about your wedding day until they popped the question.”

5. “I wish we’d skipped the wedding and put money down on a house or gone on a better honeymoon.”

6. “You will not eat your wedding food that you may have spent hours planning and/or tasting.”

7. “Best advice I got while wedding planning: This might be YOUR wedding, but think of it as the first party you and your spouse HOST together. Make sure your guests are taken care of, don’t skip the cocktail hour to hang out with your wedding party. Mingle, make everyone feel welcome, and just ENJOY it.”

8. “There’s a Jewish tradition where the couple goes off for private time after the wedding ceremony and before the reception. Historically, I think that was supposed to be the time when couples were supposed to consummate, but now most couples use that as a time to eat. We got married at a B&B, and we had them set up dinner for us in our room as our guests went to the cocktail hour and started the reception. We took like 30 minutes to just eat and have some quiet time before heading into the madness of saying hello to everyone, and it made it so much easier to enjoy the time socializing. I’d recommend it to every couple.”

9. “Things you SHOULD worry about — ample clean bathrooms, having enough food, having a backup plan in case of weather problems, parking/travel accessibility (esp. for older family members), and please, please just get the open bar! That was my dad’s only input on my wedding and he was CORRECT.”

Is there something you spent WAY too much money/time on that you wish you hadn’t? OR something that was WORTH the $$/time?

10. “Don’t go insane on the flowers. They’re done the next day.”

11. “Invest in a great photographer. They will help document the memories that last. And spend time on figuring out your photo style, don’t be afraid to tell them what you want!”

12. “We picked a venue that also did catering and decorations, which saved a lot of time and stress that would have gone into coordinating different parties.”

13. “We had a DJ who played dance tracks, but also had a surprise performance by a Beatles cover band (in the Beatles’ costumes and everything). It was totally worth it — everyone thought we were the typical wedding with a DJ, and then halfway through the reception we surprised everyone with the Beatles! Everyone danced like crazy, and it made our wedding memorable.”

14. “Weddings are totally individualized and personal, but for me a big wedding (like 100 people) was worth it because it made my family SO freaking happy. There was a moment when we were doing the Horah, where I just looked at my husband and around at all these people who we love so much and I could feel the love coming from them and it was probably one of the most powerful things I’ve ever felt in my life and I totally didn’t expect that.”

15. “Hiring a limo to go from the ceremony to the reception was a splurge for us that was worth the money. It was a way to enjoy a moment together without the ‘noise’ and feel like we were special.”

16. “Something that was worth the money was my dress. It was over the initial budget but I felt so beautiful in it and couldn’t have imagined wearing anything else.”

17. “Nobody looks at the label on your wedding dress. If you look through wedding magazines and see a dress you like, you can clip it out, go buy fabric, and pay a seamstress to copy that design for you. Way cheaper than Vera Wang.”

18. “Get married in a developing country: That’s my advice. We got married in Argentina in 2004 (my wife is from there, so it wasn’t really a destination wedding). The peso was extremely weak against the dollar. In other words, everything was super cheap. Seriously, the wedding, all in, cost only $… you know what, I better not say it because it’ll just piss people off. Anyhow, it wasn’t even close to crazy.”

If you could give one piece of advice to brides/grooms to be, what would that be?

19. “Advice: Eat beforehand. Have a big breakfast/lunch since odds are people will interrupt you as you eat. Alternatively, have someone run interference for you (like someone from the wedding party) to keep people from bothering you too much as you eat. They can also save you from getting trapped in an awkward conversation with that weird cousin of yours.”

20. “Chill the F out. No one likes a bridezilla. Everything will end up perfect in its own way.”

21. “Someone told me that the day will wash over you like a flood, and it does. They said when I caught myself in a moment, to take a breath, and think of it as my own personal snapshot. Some 11 years later, I don’t remember the color of the chairs I agonized over or care that the candles burned holes in all of the rental tablecloths. I remember my moments, the times when everything felt beyond perfect. Invest well in the real photos too. After the wedding, all that lasts is your love, your memories, and the photos.”

22. “Plan specific times during the wedding day to be alone together. A few minutes after pictures, a few minutes after the ceremony, and a few minutes in the middle of the night to just step back and watch it all go down, together.”

23. “There’s going to be something that goes wrong. Just know that. So when it goes wrong, say, ‘Oh, that’s it.’”

24. “Budget more for the honeymoon versus the actual wedding. I could’ve totally spent two plus weeks in Jamaica and had a more intimate wedding!”

25. “All those DIY weddings you see where everything looks so rustic and shabby chic or whatever — TOTAL LIES. Hands down it is cheaper and more efficient to have your wedding at a place that is used to hosting weddings and is equipped to do so. I never, ever thought I’d get married at a ‘wedding venue’ but I did — and everything went so smoothly and those people know their shit!! I didn’t have to worry about anything except the details that I could have fun making myself, and that added personality without worrying about huge things on the day of the wedding.”

26. “We limited inviting my wife’s family to direct family and some first cousins only. Her dad has 10 siblings and her mom has four and it would have gotten hugely out of hand really quickly. Deciding who not to invite is important.”

27. “Remember to always invite the friend who will enjoy the party the most. You may be slightly embarrassed when your grandmother is watching them dance but they know how to get people dancing. Besides she’s seen it all before!”

Is there something you wish you’d done differently on your wedding day?

28. “I wish we had a professional videographer. We had a photographer, but video of the ceremony and the reception would’ve been nice to have.”

29. “I would have had the facilities people turn on the air conditioning in the party venue earlier. Way earlier. It was 100 damn degrees in there and people were crowded around the A/C vent to cool down.”

30. “We designed our own invites and spent huge amounts of time on that trying to wow everyone. But I think in retrospect people don’t care about the invite unless it’s a train wreck. Simple and clean and get the hell out of Dodge.”

31. “Wish I wasn’t quite so drunk at the end of the evening.”

32. “Only thing I regret is that I wish I had taken a moment to slow down and really enjoy the reception while it was going on. Everyone tells you to do that because it will go FAST. But holy hell, it really flies by and then this event that you’ve been building up to for months, or even YEARS, is suddenly over!”

Poise : Mary

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Mary | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Our Story : Thomas and Nikki

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Recently, I worked as a Secondary Photographer for Washington D.C. based Wedding Photographer Bethany Grace Photography (http://bethanygracephoto.com). Bethany is a wonderful photographer and this couple was the cutest! I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Nikki and Thomas's wedding. Here are some of my shots from the day!

Congratulations Nikki and Thomas!

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Thomas and Nikki | Harvest Acres Farm | Limestone, Tennessee | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Our Story : Ashley & John

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Five years ago today it was foggy and miserable. Five years ago today my motivation to go outside and photograph like I planned was out the window and 100 miles down the road. Five years ago today I was pushing myself out the door and begrudgingly starting up my car.

Five years ago today was one of the most memorable days of my photography career.

Five years ago today, September 11th 2009, I donned on some ratty sweat pants, fingerless gloves, an oversized hoodie, my torn up converse, grabbed my camera bag and headed out the door to do some scenic photography. I was a college student in Tennessee at this point in my life and begging to graduate and get on with my career as a photographer. I'm not sure why it had all hit me that morning, but I was rebelling against my own will.

As I approached the parking lot for the dam, I noticed several men walking around in tuxedos. I had assumed the dam would be vacant due to the weather and the early hour at which I arrived. Curious, I parked and poked my head around the corner. More men in tuxedos, a few well-dressed ladies and a younger boy running around with a point-and-shoot camera taking pictures of these people.

Piecing together the idea that this very well might be a wedding or some big to-do, I asked someone what was going on.

"My daughter is getting married today," the Father of the Bride answered me.

I congratulated him and he started to chat a bit. His daughter, Ashley, and soon-to-be son-in-law, John, had been planning their wedding for next summer. Ashley, a school teacher, had to plan everything around her school schedule, but John, who was an enlisted Marine, found out Monday of that week he was being deployed early.

This was their last minute wedding.

I had a heavy tug on my heart and a pressure on my tongue to ask if they had a wedding photographer. After debating in my head for a little while, the urge grew stronger. Suddenly, before I even decided to ask, I heard myself saying, "do you have a photographer?" 

"No."

One syllable and I knew I needed to do something. One syllable and I realized my purpose for going to the dam the day in the miserable gray weather at such an ungodly hour.

Now, every time I am burdened with stress, lose sight of my purpose of begin to lack motivation and think 'I'll just stay inside today,' I remember that foggy September morning. I remember the lack of motivation I felt and I think of the wedding photographs Ashley and John would not have received if I had stayed in bed. I remember that I have this day to live, these memories to make and there is no time like the present to live.

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Ashley & John | Bristol Virginia | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Ribbons & Roses : Jessica

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

This lovely lady is got married yesterday! 

Congratulations to newlyweds Jessica and Matt! These two are just perfect together! It has been such a blessing to be part of their journey. I can't wait to share their wedding images!

For now, here are Jessica's Bridal Portraits :)

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

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{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Winston Salem | Jessica's Bridal Portraits | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

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{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Nancy | Winston Salem | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Nancy | Winston Salem | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

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An Unplugged Wedding - "Loverly" advice for Brides and Grooms

These Ruined Photos Will Make You Want to Have an Unplugged Wedding

by Corey Ann on Tue Aug 12 2014

Corey Ann is an award-winning photographer based in Northeast Ohio, and serving destinations in Ohio and worldwide. This post originally appeared on her blog.

Recently, the idea of “guest photographers” came up in one of the photography groups I am part of online, and someone asked what the big deal is. Why wouldn’t we want more people capturing images for our clients? I thought this was a great question! I don’t have a single problem with guests taking images and sharing them with the couple later. It makes me happy to know there will be other photos of moments I may have missed, or alternate angles that I couldn’t cover. I also completely understand that some have a love for capturing images and enjoy taking pictures at weddings when they are guests. However, my heart breaks when a guest ruins an otherwise lovely image or jumps in front of me when I’m capturing a key moment from the day.


It completely slays me when this happens. While I am not remotely egotistical at all, I am fairly confident that my image would have been better than the one they captured. In my past seven years as professional wedding photographer, it’s been sad to watch the progression from seeing smiling, encouraging faces as the bride is escorted up the aisle to faces hidden behind the cameras and cell phones that line the aisle. These are all reasons why I am elated when I hear of couples opting for an unplugged wedding—or, at the very least, an unplugged ceremony.

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One thing there is absolutely NOTHING I can do to combat is a flash from a guest photographer’s camera. There is rarely anything that will save the image and no repositioning will change the outcome. The above photos are just two of the hundreds of images of the wedding processional that I’ve had ruined from a camera flash. (I rarely, if ever, use flash for the ceremony, so the light you see here is ALL from the one camera’s flash.)

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This girl’s father literally shoved me aside and gave me grief because I was blocking his daughter from standing in the aisle to get a picture. This sanctuary only had one aisle and very little room to move thanks to the small space that was filled with guests. I took this image to protect myself later in case the clients were upset that I had to stand slightly off-center for a portion of their day. Also? That Nintendo DS made the LOUDEST noises when it took pictures. It was crazy.

Since this image was taken four years ago the DSs have been replaced with iPads, which are a million times worse when it comes to eyesores.


This kid’s dad yelled at my second shooter during a wedding and shoved his kid up in front to make sure he got an image with his iPhone during a destination wedding in Cozumel. Note: he wasn’t a guest of the wedding, just a guest of the resort.


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This whole situation broke my heart. In many churches, photographers are HEAVILY restricted as to where they can work, and the Heinz Chapel is one of the strictest I’ve ever worked at. We are only allowed to be outside of the sanctuary in the door opening where the center aisle is, and in the balcony. We are not permitted to move during the service. Thankfully, my second shooter was in the balcony, but that didn’t make these guests go away. Luckily, he was able to get images of the service where you could actually see the bride and groom. I argued, begged, and pleaded for the church lady guarding me to at least allow me to go into the side aisle so I could get a clear shot of my clients when these guests jumped into the aisle but I was not allowed. Instead, I just had to take what I could get and cry a bit on the inside.

I also want to add this: if you are a guest at the wedding, please make sure to withhold posting pictures of the bride and groom online until AFTER the ceremony. I can’t tell you how many “first looks” have inadvertently happened online before the wedding because a bridesmaid or groomsman has uploaded pictures to social media before the wedding and a bride and/or groom who were killing time by browsing Facebook saw their future intended before the ceremony. Don’t do it!!!!! And make sure that it's OK with the couple to share the images on social media later; sometimes people prefer to keep things quiet, and you don’t want to cause undue stress.


Another image of a guest who jumped in front of me during a ceremony where I could not move to get around him.


The flashes don’t quit for the service either, and with the white dress there isn’t a lot I can do to save these images.


This almost made me cry. Not kidding.

I had my eye on this gentleman because he was standing up on the altar with the bride and groom during the service, but I was able to zoom and crop around the couple so that he wasn’t in too many of the images. But after the pronouncement of the couple, he swiftly moved and stood RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME during the first kiss. I jumped quickly to the side but I missed the quick kiss. Luckily I was still was able to capture the hug after, but I am still SO SAD that I missed their first kiss. I sure hope he got it…

I also felt doubly awful because I had to jump in front of other guests, and during a ceremony my goal is to never block a guest's view. I apologized profusely after the wedding, and thankfully they all were very sweet and understanding.

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Back to the Heinz Chapel, and as you can see, the guest did not move for the majority of the ceremony. I’m still sad when I look at this image.


It doesn’t matter what kind of camera it is or how big or how small the flash is—the flash is almost always too bright to work with once it is fired.

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I really cringe when guests try to take pictures during formals. Not only am I generally under a time crunch, but the flashes ruin at least one or two shots in each batch I take. The subjects' eyes also tend to wander, and I rarely get everyone looking at me at the same time when there are multiple cameras present. This is the only time that I will sometimes tell guests that they have to stop taking pictures, and I have been told off more times than not when I’ve had to do this. However, my priority the day of the wedding is on my clients. I don’t care about the sale of the portraits, but I do care about the quality of the portraits, and if there is a circus going on behind me, it rarely ends well for anyone involved. So trust me when I beg and plead for you to tell people to put their cameras down and go enjoy the cocktail hour while we take some portraits with the special people in your life.

The reception generally is a time when I can quickly move if a guest decides to take pictures. But one time when I can’t move around them? The special dances.


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I do have to say, this little old guy does warm my heart a bit. He was pretty cute with his disposable camera even if it was a bit distracting when he wound the camera after each photo.


Another guest deciding the first dance is a great time for that portrait of the bride and groom.


This is another one that makes me a sad panda when I look at it. This guest came up at the last bit of the father/daughter dance and there was nowhere I could go to get her out of the picture. Luckily, I have numerous beautiful images from the dance, but the last hug is always my favorite.


Another pet peeve of mine? THE RED (OR GREEN) DOT OF DOOM! As you can see in the above photo, these focusing beams are quite irritating because, again, there’s not a lot that I can do to get rid of them outside of turning the image black and white. (And even then, there will still be a light circle.) There have been quite a few images that I’ve had to toss due to these beams; this is just one of the many.

Bottom line: my priority the day of the wedding is on my clients. They have paid me their hard-earned money to make sure I document their wedding, and when an overzealous guest gets in the way, it makes me sad. I think most people don’t realize what they are doing and I'm writing this post hoping to educate even a few people. Either have an unplugged wedding or think of the professional photographer before jumping in the aisle for that perfect shot.

Last year, one of my friends got married and I was so thrilled to be her photographer that day. What was even more amazing was that she had an unplugged wedding after seeing pictures and reading my rants over the years about well-meaning guests who have inadvertently (or heck, even completely on purpose) ruined images. Prior to the ceremony, the officiant read this:

“Welcome, friends and family! Good evening everyone. Please be seated. Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks—I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology. If Dan can do it, then so can you.”


I can’t tell you how many happy leaps of joy my heart did when I heard this! The guests all obeyed, and even after the ceremony, many decided to keep their arms down and their hearts open and actually enjoyed the day instead of being an observer from behind their cameras.


Poise : Mckaylee

Mckaylee booked a "Top Model" session with us recently. She was provided one of our elaborate locations, a luxurious wardrobe including a Badgley Mischka dress and Nicole Miller earrings as well as Makeup Services. These Beautiful pieces, location and subject made for stunning Glamour Portraits. Not going to lie, I've been DYING to share these images! 

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Top Model Fashion Portraits | Mckaylee | NC Fashion and Glamour Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Charlotte Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graduates : Victoria

Congratulations, Victoria!

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Victoria | NC Triad Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Loving Arms

There are 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United states today. By 2014, it is estimated that the population of cancer survivors will increase to almost 19 million. These are simply the survivors. There are many brave individuals who have lost their lives to cancer. 

Many of us have been affected by this disease. My best friend is a breast cancer Previvor; I lost two of my grandparents to cancer, my mother has had bouts of skin cancer throughout her adult life and there are many in my church body who have suffered from or are fighting cancer. It is each of these individuals who have inspired our Loving Arms Portrait Sessions. 

As a photography company, we are in a unique position to safeguard the memory of your family. We have heard too often of situations where families have lost loved ones and photographs are all they have and most photographs are not recent. So we wanted to offer our help and support in the best way we know how - Portraits.

What is a Loving Arms Portrait Session?

A Loving Arms Session is a free portrait session we are giving to families and individuals who are being affected by cancer. Beginning in September and continuing every following month, we will be giving two families or individuals who are fighting cancer one of these sessions. We are asking that friends, family members, people with cancer or people who know someone with cancer to send us their story. The two stories selected will receive a One Hour Session and Digital Portrait Prints.

How do I nominate someone?

It only takes a two simple steps to nominate someone.

1) E-mail alysonlawton@aol.com the story of you, the individual or family you are nominating.
2) Include your name, the family's name and a way to contact both of you.

You will hear from us within the week.

We appreciate the support you have given to the Cancer Fighters in your life. Please spread the word about our Loving Arms Portrait Sessions so that our gift of love can spread.

All the Best,

Alyson

Poise : Alexandra, Maelyn & Kaaviya

Thank you to the wonderful models Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya; the stylist, Heather Walker; Style in the City and Fashion Gallery for a beautiful session. These girls are gorgeous inside and out. I can't wait to see what they will do in the world of Fashion.

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fashion Portraits at Style in the City | Alexandra, Maelyn and Kaaviya | NC Triad Fashion Photographer | Winston Salem Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Vendor List 

Hair & Makeup | Heather Walker of Model 101
Wardrobe | Style in the City and Fashion Gallery
Jewelry | Style in the City
Location | Style in the City
Photographer | Alyson Lawton