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Katie's Bridal Portraits

I am so unbelievably excited to share Katie’s beautiful bridal session with you today! Isn’t she absolutely glowing and so incredibly stunning?! I think the answer is a unanimous and resounding “yes!” And as beautiful as Katie is, she is even more beautiful on the inside. She has a true heart of gold, is so loving, generous, and kind, and she loves her family and friends deeply. And I think these bridal portraits capture her sheer excitement and joy for her upcoming wedding and marriage to Pace! I love how her bridal portrait session was at UNC Chapel Hill and around campus in some incredibly special locations – Katie, Pace, and their families are diehard Carolina fans and graduates of UNC (as am I!).

I had the privilege of planning and designing Katie and Pace’s wedding just a few weeks ago at The Carolina Inn, and it was an utter joy from start to finish! We featured Katie on the blog recently with a bridal spotlight, and you can also catch gorgeous glimpses of their late July wedding on my Instagram and this sneak peek video (swoon!!).

You can bet we’ll be sharing so much more from their perfect wedding day soon, but for now, here are some portraits of sweet Katie during her bridal session with the incomparable Anagram Photo. Graham and Anna are simply phenomenal, and I think these images speak for themselves. Brittany Berrier hit it out of the park on hair and makeup, and Petal and Oak created this breathtaking bouquet. What an honor is was to bring Katie and Pace’s wedding day to life alongside these supremely talented vendors!

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Stunning, indeed! Stay tuned for their wedding day – it was perfection from start to finish!!

all photos by Anagram Photo

Bride Spotlight: Amy

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Amy and Joel are getting married so soon, and I am over the moon excited for them!! I have been looking forward to this day for over ten years now, actually — Amy is one of my dearest friends from college, and knowing that she is mere days away from marrying the love of her life makes me so incredibly happy for them! Amy and I have been close for many, many years, and Rob and I even attribute us meeting to Amy, so you know she’s someone amazing in every way.

I know how excited Amy and Joel are for their wedding day to be here and to become husband and wife. It’s been so special to not only celebrate Amy and Joel as friends but to also be intimately involved in their wedding planning. Getting to talk with Amy almost every day since they’ve been engaged has been so sweet for me (though I’m sure she’s more than ready to wrap up wedding planning!), and I love getting to know them as a couple more and more. Amy and Joel are such steadfast, thoughtful, wise, and giving people, and they bring out the very best in one another. I love getting to witness a love like theirs, and it brings me the deepest joy knowing that we’ll get to be a part of their ceremony and vows to one another, celebrate such a joyful occasion with their beloved family and friends, and kick off married life for Amy and Joel in such a beautiful, marvelous, romantic way! It’s going to be so special, meaningful, gorgeous, and oh so remarkable in every way for two people who were clearly made for one another.

Amy and Joel, your wedding week is finally HERE, and I hope you feel nothing but an abundance of love, peace, and joy as you two are married and are celebrated with such happiness!

I’m so excited to share Amy’s bride spotlight with you today, where you can learn more about the two of them, their love story, and what they’re most excited about on their wedding day! Also, are they not the most attractive couple just bursting with joy?! Their love and happiness simply radiates in their engagement session by Erin Kranz Photography — swoon!!

EKP-AJ-engaged-371. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Joel!

We met in the fall of 2016 on Match.com, and we both lived happy, busy lives before we met…but we quickly found that life is even better together!  We both share a love for good food, wine, exercise, and information/data (self-proclaimed nerds 😊).  Although we make the most of our time together, maintaining our separate activities and interests has been a large component of our success as a couple.  One of our goals for our marriage is to take at least one trip a year together…Napa and Hawaii are on our short list, and we will spend our honeymoon in St. Lucia.

2. What are you most excited for about your wedding day? Do you have a moment of your wedding day that you’re most anticipating?

Besides the obvious of marrying Joel – seeing everyone I love in one place, getting to enjoy the pay-off of our hard work and planning, and I’m excited about our cake from Whole Foods!

3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design? 

I don’t know because Stephanie and my mom handled all of it for me, which was a godsend to this accountant whose design aptitude leaves much to be desired 😉.

4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle? 
Saving it for the aisle, but I am doing a first look with my dad.  

 

5. Describe your style in one word. 

Graceful.

 

6. What’s your favorite way to relax and unwind? 

A massage or pedicure, a wine and dessert night in with girlfriends, snuggling on the couch with my sweet boy cat, Simba, and a favorite show or book.  

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7. What is something you’re passionate about? What are some things you and Joel love to do together?

Joel is an avid runner, loves watching sports and is a history and nature buff (based on his Netflix history 😉).  I love to cook and volunteer at the Salud cooking school at Whole Foods.  Together, we both love day trips to wineries, Saturday night church, and eating awesome food in or out.
8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process?
How kind and generous people have been in celebrating us – I already knew “our people” were kind and generous, but we have been overwhelmed by all the love! 

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design? 
Combining all my favorite pastel colors (but the real answer is: Stephanie doing it all for me 😉).   

10. What is your favorite thing about Joel?

His kindness and stability.  From the beginning, our communication has always been strong, and much of that is attributable to Joel’s confidence and affirmation.  I always know he’s on my team, and I’m incredibly lucky to have him for life.

EKP-AJ-engaged-28Stayed tuned this weekend for lots of sneak peeks of their wedding on my Instagram! I already can’t wait to see it all come to life for Amy and Joel as we celebrate this joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by Erin Kranz Photography

PS: read more bridal spotlights here + here + here + here + here + here!