PreOwnedWeddingDress.com

Okay, brides, looking for the PERFECT wedding dress? Well, I found a site that will help you out! PreOwnedWeddingDress.com is a website designed for all brides with all sorts of budgets.

Basically, after their weddings, brides list their dresses on this site to sell to others who either want a deal or have a budget. There are dresses available from Vera Wang, Pninna Tornai, St. Pucchi, Michelle Roth, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar De La renta, Oleg Cassini and more! You can pay $20,000 to $200 for a gently used dress and there is a vast array of styles available.

There are the glamorous....

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... the classics ....

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... the colorful and unique ...

... dresses fit for a princess ...

and those that are simple, yet stunning.

I REALLY wish I knew this site was around for my wedding! I was lucky enough to get my dress on sale, but this website could have saved me a lot of wait-time hoping my dress would be marked down.

Whether you are looking to spend $30,000 or $200 on your dress, this site has a something for you. There are hundreds of dresses, all styles, sizes and designers. Happy hunting!

Ribbons and Roses : Emma

Emma's Bridal Portraits!
There may have been a bit of rain, but that didn't dampen Emma's radiance.

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston-Salem Bridal Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Brookstown Inn | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Jessica & Matt

Spirited! That's the best word to describe Jessica and Matt. Our Engagement session at the Graylyn Convention Center was fast-paced and fun. Matt and Jessica are energetic individuals who's magnetism draws people in. We had a blast and I, for one, can't wait to photograph their wedding this fall. 

Here's a sneak peek of their Engagement Session.

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graylyn Convention Center Engagement | Jessica and Matt | Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Graduates : Aubrey Claire

Congratulations to Aubrey Claire on graduating!

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Senior Portrait Photographer | Piedmont Triad Portrait Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Beach Portraits!

Had a blast on our family's beach vacation this year :) It's been tradition since the beginning to do family portraits. This year was a bit tricky with a storm rolling in on the only day we could do it, but we pulled it off! 

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Topsail Island, NC Outer Banks Portrait Photography | Lawton Family | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Paper Doll Portfolio

At the heart of our business, we appreciate our clients and value keeping our business collaborations local. With these conducts in mind, we are excited to announce an incredible partnership! We will be partnering with The Paper Doll Portfolio

What is The Paper Doll Portfolio?

Chelsey Wolf, Founder of The Paper Doll Portfolio, explains it best. "Each and every portfolio is made to represent YOUR personal style by featuring a collection of garments that can be cut out and placed on YOUR unique doll. I make a doll that look just like you or your loved one, with 3-4 garment collections that fit their unique personality. There is also a Design Guide in each portfolio that consists of my favorite Fashion Laws and Faux Pas as well as some Basics to Color Theory for you to use as a muse."

Chelsey also personally handcrafts Paper Doll Portraits for your life's cornerstones. We will be giving their one-of-a-kind Paper Doll Portrait's away to our wedding clients and some of our portrait clients! With the incredible likeness of each portrait, our clients will be able to enjoy a charming artisan gift preserving their Life Event.  Make sure you check out The Paper Doll Portfolio and send some love to them on Twitter (@dollportfolio) should you be one of our lucky clients to receive a Paper Doll Portrait.

You may also place an order through their Etsy Shop- www.etsy.com/shop/paperdollportfolio

We are looking forward to the new avenues our Partnership will open and are happy to share the joy with you! 

Ribbons & Roses : Johanna

CONGRATULATIONS to Johanna and Paul because today is their wedding day! Such a generous, loving couple who are absolutely perfect together. I wish them the best and all the happiness in the world as they begin their lives together.

Not too long ago, I photographed Johanna's Bridal Portraits. It was a bit of a crazy trip to Fayetteville, NC to meet up - with grand adventures such as my steering wheel locking up, odd traffic and meeting a few interesting individuals along the way - but against the snags along the way, I made it. 

Johanna was provided a space to get ready by Rhonda Bright and Fayetteville Business and Professional Women's Club, where Khalilah Frederick did her makeup and Maria Celeste Sallie styled her hair. Surrounding the Women's club an array of locations waited at our creative fingertips. As fellow photographers Christy BealTamara May, and William Harris joined us, Johanna donned her wedding dress - custom designed by Cassie Young and Cassandra Couture - grabbed her bouquet and we headed out the door.

Johanna's session went wonderfully and I've been bursting at the seams to share her portraits! Without further adieu, here they are!

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fayetteville Downtown Bridal | Johanna | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Getting to know me : Danny

My name is Sade Carter; I am the assistant to Alyson Lawton owner of Photography by Alyson Lawton (PBAL). I am a college student perusing a degree in psychology and another in criminal justice; I am also going for a certificate in photography.

Here are some facts about my silly self 

  1. Are you a morning or night person? Morning, even though I cannot sleep at night
  2. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods? Sweets!!
  3. What was your favorite childhood television program? Barney
  4. Are you a collector of anything? Yes so much actually jewelry, cameras, books, and science related stuff.
  5. If you could be any animal, what would you be? A wolf!
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I'd want to fly, and turn back the hands of time.
  7. What is usually your first thought when you wake up? Alright, another day!
  8. What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? Nothing, I just zone out and then I wake up some odd hours later, hehe.
  9. What's your favorite color? Purple
  10. What's your favorite animal? Wolf/Elephant
  11. Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)? Street fighter, Mortal Combat, and Crash
  12. If you were given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on? Open a center for kids in need, kids in danger, children just needing help in general. I would also try as much to help the homeless by trying to get them back on their feet with a job then, buying foreclosure homes around the world fixing them up so they could have a place to sleep. I would put the money in account and save it for the day I have children and invest it in their college funds.
  13. List 3 of your best personality traits: Funny, Kind hearted, Helpful
  14. List 3 of your worst personality traits: Sarcastic, not sure!
  15. List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself: Learning not to dwelling on the past.
  16. Any tattoos or piercings? Yes, both actually.
  17. What personality traits do you dislike in other people? Arrogance, I don't like when people think they are "above or better" than others.
  18. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? In another country not sure which one. If having to stay in the states I would say somewhere upstate New York.
  19. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Ecuador, Africa, and Spain.
  20. List 5 goals on your life's to-do list: finish college, travel, buy another house, buy my mom a house, and be at the top of my career.
  21. What's your favorite song of all time? No favorites
  22. What's your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night? Hang out with friends,or go to the movies and dinner.
  23. What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon? Animal adventures (zoo, aquarium, farm, etc).
  24. Have any hidden talents? Model, sing, photography, crafting.
  25. What would be your dream job? Forensic scientist/zoologist

Sade Danny Carter

Photographer: Alyson Lawton

Adventures at the Georgia Aquarium

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta and visit the Georgia Aquarium. Since I have an odd fascination and acute fondness for fish, of course I wanted to bring my camera. (Thankfully I have wonderful friends who understand my passion for fish and photography)

Here are some of the photographs from the day!

Beautiful Beluga whales Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Beautiful Beluga whales

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Beluga whales dancing Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Beluga whales dancing

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

More Beluga whale dancing Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

More Beluga whale dancing

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Sea Dragon Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Sea Dragon

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Another Sea Dragon Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Another Sea Dragon

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Eerie and gorgeous, no? Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Eerie and gorgeous, no?

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Under the surf Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Under the surf

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

At the coral reef Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

At the coral reef

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Portrait of a lion fish Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Portrait of a lion fish

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

A brilliant pair. The "couples portrait" of fish :) Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

A brilliant pair. The "couples portrait" of fish :)

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

A blue in the Big Blue. Glamour shot! Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

A blue in the Big Blue. Glamour shot!

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

This one was a curious fellow. He followed me around, practically asking me to photograph his portrait. Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

This one was a curious fellow. He followed me around, practically asking me to photograph his portrait.

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Beauty can be deceiving. These are the glittering scales of a river piranha.  Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Beauty can be deceiving. These are the glittering scales of a river piranha. 

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Anatomy of a predator. Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Anatomy of a predator.

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Jellies! Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Jellies!

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

They make floating look elegant. Portrait of a jellyfish. Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

They make floating look elegant. Portrait of a jellyfish.

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fewer living creatures are more graceful than a jellyfish. Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Fewer living creatures are more graceful than a jellyfish.

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Solitary. Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Solitary.

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Last, but not least, the manta ray. Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Last, but not least, the manta ray.

Winston Salem Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Event : Engagement Portrait Class

Quickly approaching this Saturday is our down-to-the-basics Engagement Portrait class we have so kindly been invited to teach by Kristin Shadrick of EVE Entertainment. We are anticipating a fun day AND we are getting excited! 

Our notes are ready, gear is prepped and we are set to have a blast! This is going to be a packed five hours including giving an inside look at our shooting methods, learning how to deliver beautiful images in all situations every time, exceeding client expectations and even participating in a live Engagement Session involving our class participants. We're packing it in and looking forward to refining the Photography industry!

To all who are attending, we are looking forward to meeting each of you and working with you one on one. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail us at alysonlawton@aol.com and we will help you sign up.

See you Saturday!

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Bethany & Matt

For Bethany and Matt, a very special couple - your Feature Presentation! Enjoy. 

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Welcome to our new site!

Hello and welcome to our new website and blog! Here, you will have more opportunities to interact and keep up with what's going on at Photography by Alyson Lawton. Plus, we have our blog, social media, current projects and ways to get in touch with us all in one place! 

What's New :

We have a LIVE Twitter app! This keeps current with our Tweets and any Tweets YOU tag us in!

Our blog has a new format. It's clean and easy to use and won't slow down your browser! At first, you'll see an influx of blogs, and that's because we wanted to carry over some of our previous postings so you wouldn't miss out.

Contacting us will be hassle-free. We're mostly excited that your e-mails and inquiries will no longer be lost in SPAM folders.

You are able to "Like" our images and even Pin to Pinterest!

Those are only a few of our new features - and, OF COURSE, our site is extra pretty!

Thanks for your loyalty and investment in Photography by Alyson Lawton. If there is one thing we can consistently say, it's that we LOVE our Clients! Here's to 2014, a year of progress!

Booking a(n Event) Photographer

If I were a customer looking to book an event photographer, having the knowledge and ability to recognize which professional was best suited for my photographic needs would be very important. 

My best recommendation for booking the right photographer for you is to study the location during the time at which you are to have your portraits or event photographed. Review the work of the photographers you are considering booking and compare the images each photographer took at locations similar to your venue's situation. 

For instance, say you've just booked your wedding venue and you're planning on a beautiful New Year's Eve wedding at a luxury hotel with a great view of the fireworks show they'll be having at midnight during your reception. Now, you're looking to book your wedding photographer and here are 3 photographers under consideration. 

The work of Photographer A has all been photographed outdoors during optimal sunlight hours and is beautiful. However, there are no examples of them using a light source other than the sun. 

Photographer B's work, shows photographs indoors using flash. People are in focus, there is no red eye and the color of the photographs looks natural. Not to mention, you love their style! 

Photographer C displays work that is indoor and outdoor using both available light and lighting equipment. Their photographs are creative and it is easy to see they know what they are doing. 

So, who do you choose? 

Photographer A is not a good choice, as they do not show experience or capability photographing in the situation you require. Photographer B and C both show the ability to create quality work in situations similar to the environment in which your wedding will be held. Photographer C holds a technical advantage because they have the knowledge and ability to photograph in any situation, using any and all light sources - including the Fireworks show that will happen during your reception. Photographer C is your best choice as you can trust that no matter what they will capture the moments that count because of their ability to work in any lighting situation. While photographer B only displays proficiency in indoor and night situations, they are still a viable second option as their skills are fairly suited for your needs. 

Once you've narrowed down the able candidates, all that's left is determining which photographer you get along with best, which photographer's style you love most and who fits your budget and provides the products you are looking for.

Hiring the right photographer is a pertinent part of being satisfied and getting the quality images you deserve. 

Our Story : Karyn & Nathan


Congratulations to Karyn and Nathan!
Such a wonderful couple surrounded by a loving family. 

Davis Memorial Chapel Wake Forest University Wedding | Karyn and Nathan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Davis Memorial Chapel Wake Forest University Wedding | Karyn and Nathan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Davis Memorial Chapel Wake Forest University Wedding | Karyn and Nathan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Davis Memorial Chapel Wake Forest University Wedding | Karyn and Nathan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Nathan and Karyn's wedding took place at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Wake Forest University's campus and the wedding reception took place at the Holiday Inn located in Winston Salem, North Carloina off of Universtity Parkway.

Karyn waiting to put her dress on. Davis Memorial Chapel Wake Forest University Wedding | Karyn and Nathan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Karyn waiting to put her dress on.

Davis Memorial Chapel Wake Forest University Wedding | Karyn and Nathan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

VENDOR LIST :

Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Ceremony Location | Davis Memorial Chapel at Wake Forest University

Reception Location | Holiday Inn Ballroom off University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Dress Designer | David’s Bridal Collection

Musings : Snow Days!

IT'S SNOWING OUTSIDE!!!! Let's grab some cocoa, a blanket and get cozy! ... Well, after I go out and photograph a lovely artist model for an hour and a half in below freezing weather late into the evening. (Says pretty much every crazy artist)

Soooo here's to the snow! 


Our Story : Sarah and Garrett

Where forever began...

Sarah and Garrett met through a mutual friend, Kerri Davis. She was Sarah’s freshman roommate at Wingate University and Garrett knew Kerri through middle school. Garrett had invited Kerri over to his apartment at Guilford College for a party and thought she would take Sarah along. As the night went along, Sarah and Garrett found each other in a separate room from everyone else, sat down, and talked the whole night.

"We laughed and got to know one another. It was love at first sight." 

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Garrett knew that he was in love with Sarah that first night they met. They stayed in touch by talking on the phone and texting, even though Sarah was at Wingate University and Garrett was at Guilford College. Sarah was wanting a change so she moved back home to go to UNCG. Once Sarah moved home, they started going on dates frequently. Sarah felt like she could be herself around him and appreciated that he made her laugh a lot. 

Friday, June, 24, 2011...

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Garrett had asked Sarah’s family to come over to his parents house for a “going away party” since he was leaving the next week for the Virginia State Police Academy. Sarah thought it would be a great idea since their parents had not met yet either. Garrett had gone to Sarah’s dad the week before for approval and Sarah's hand in marriage. Sarah had no idea that this was all going on.

After everyone had finished eating, Garrett’s mom got up and said “I would like to thank you all for coming. We are going to miss Garrett as he leaves for the Academy." She began to cry.

Garrett then got up after her and thanked everyone again for all the support. As he had tears in his eyes, he turned to Sarah and said…”Sarah I would like to do one thing before I leave…” He got down on one knee and right then Sarah began to cry tears of joy.

“Will you marry me?”

Sarah could barely get out “yes” because she was so happy.


Meanwhile, Kacie, Garrett’s sister, was in the corner of the room videotaping everything without Sarah knowing.

This is where their forever began.

Sarah loves that Garrett can make her laugh at any time, even if she is upset. One thing Garrett loves to do to make Sarah laugh is dance at any given point of time.

"We can be in a store and if he likes a song, he will dance."

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Garrett and Sarah looked forward to walking down the aisle and seeing each other.

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

When asked one thing Sarah and Garret wished they would have known earlier in regards to planning for their wedding, they answered it was best "to really take your time and research all the possibilities of what is out there to choose from."

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

The Loft of High Point Wedding | Sarah and Garrett | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

VENDOR LIST :

Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Videographer  |  Red Letters Media

Ceremony Location | The Loft at Union Square-4th floor

Reception Location | The Loft at Union Square-5th floor

DJ | Keith Henderson

Catering Company | Culinary Innovations, by Phil Flores

Florist | Paper Party Place

Dress Designer | David’s Bridal Collection

Dress Salon & Make-up Artist | Belk’s 

Hair Stylist | Tonya Atkinson at Prodigy Hair Salon

Our Story : Clinton & Stacey

I would do anything...

How did you meet?

"We first met as bartenders together at Red Lobster!  We started dating off and on, then when Clinton moved away to Richmond, I went for a visit one weekend." - Stacey

That weekend, they realized how much they hated being apart and decided that long distance or not, being together was what they needed.

"I knew he was the one pretty quickly into our relationship.  I remember talking to my mom on the porch of my old house in Christiansburg, telling her I knew it had only been a couple weeks and it was really fast, but there was just something about him that was different, important, and completely captivating and I knew he was the right one for me." -Stacey 

"When I lived in Richmond, there was a weekend where Stacey came to visit me.  I remember lying on my couch with my head on her chest, listening to her heartbeat, and thinking that I would do anything for that heart.  That was when I knew." - Clinton 

Tell us about your engagement...

"I knew that Clinton had talked to my parents and that it was coming at some point, so I had to try to restrain myself from asking too many questions or ruining it.  I held it in for a long time, talking to my mom, sister, and best friends, but trying not to push Clinton too much.  We were in Gatlinburg the weekend after my birthday for a weekend getaway, and it all just came to a boil, and I had a meltdown at dinner.  In an effort to comfort me, Clinton told me he was planning it for the next day on the SkyLift at sunset.  He still managed to pull off a surprise by doing it on our hike at the waterfall, and it was perfect!  I was beyond excited – and still am!" - Stacey

"I had been planning it for a couple months.  I was excited, and all the way up our hike, I just wanted to hurry up and get there.  When the time came, I slipped on wet rocks and almost lost the ring in the river!" - Clinton 

What do you love about each other?

"I love that she loves me unconditionally and really does try so hard to make me happy, oh and that she is a great cook, and all the kids love her, and my mom does too." -Clinton

"I love the safe, secure trust I feel with him, and that he challenges me to be a better version of myself." -Stacey

"She always bites the inside of her cheeks and it’s cute." - Clinton

"I love when he wakes up singing, especially his usual wake-up song (Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right)." -Stacey

Does your wedding have a theme? 

Stacey grew up in a rural area on a farm and drew much of the inspiration for the theme, as well as gathered many pieces for the décor, from her grandparents’ house, around the barn, and from the property, so there’s a lot of heritage and sentiment in it.

What are you looking forward to on your wedding day?

"Dancing with my wife!" -Clinton

"It’s hard to choose just one thing!  I’m really looking forward to being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Surratt, and walking out through our closest friends and family." -Stacey

What advice can you give future Brides and Grooms? 

"Time goes so fast!  Especially as the date gets closer – it seems like weeks just fly by faster and faster!  It’s something people say, but you don’t really get it until it happens. Enjoy the small moments and book people early!" -Stacey & Clinton

VENDOR LIST

Photography – Photography by Alyson Lawton

Florist – Mother of the Bride

Ceremony and Reception Location – Hanover Park Vineyard

Wedding Planner – Jennifer Bowen

DJ – our iPods

Dress Designer – Allure Bridals (via Bedazzled Bridal, Gastonia NC)

Makeup Artist – Sister of the Bride

Catering Company – Pepper Moon Catering, Greensboro NC

Cake/Cookies – Kai’s Cookies, Charlotte NC

Our Story : Nathan & Sarah

Love never Fails

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. "

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


Congratulations to Sarah and Nathan, surrounded by love.

1 Corinthians 13:13  "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."


VENDOR LIST :

Photography | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Ceremony Location |  Laurel Springs Baptist Church - Boone, NC

Reception Location | Laurel Springs Baptist Church - Boone, NC

Dress Designer | David’s Bridal Collection