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    Hi there! Come on in to the blogsite for Laura Simson Photography! This blog journals the lives of my fabulous clients and every once in a while chronicles happenings in my life as well. So sit back, grab a cup of {insert favorite beverage} and stay a while.

    You can learn more about me under Meet Laura, see all the Things I Love, view portrait sessions of my amazing clients or watch a love story unfold in the gallery section below. I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment or a "like," and of course, you can always email me here .

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Scott + Amanda: Downtown Raleigh Wedding, The Stockroom at 230

When I first met Scott and Amanda, I could immediately see how connected they were. They have a way of looking at each other that makes it seem like they’re the only two in the room. And even through the excitement of the day, they never lost sight of each other and why they were there. 2013 was a big year for them as they not only became husband and wife, but also mom and dad! Their sweet son, Mason, served as a “best man” and even though the poor little guy had been fighting an ear infection and the trauma of teething, he made it through the day with flying colors. It was a gorgeous October day and I am so excited to relive and it’s warmth all over again.

The day started early for the girls with hair and make-up at my favorite salon, Bottega Studio on Glenwood South. The mimosas and laughter were freely flowing as Amanda and her friends prepped.

After hair and make-up, the entire bridal party headed to Christ Church for dressing.

LOVE these next photos my sweet second shooter Katie got of Scott and Mason.

Then it was time for the first look. This moment is always a favorite for me. I love the anticipation, the emotion, the sweetness, and the looks on their faces as they embark on their wedding day together.

Congrats Scott, Amanda & Mason!
Wedding Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Raleigh
Reception Venue: The Stockroom at 230
Wedding Planner: Shonelle Singler
Florist: Fancy Bloomers Flowers
Catering: Empire Eats
Reception Music: MikeMickXer Music
Second Photographer: Katie Burbank

Maalika - This is absolutely amazingggg!!! What a beautiful way to reminisce! I love you always and forever Gamanda, Scotty, and Mase Face! :)

The N Family

Gah! That face! Lily is about as cute as you can get. It’s hard to believe she was this itty bitty just 9 months ago. I’ve loved watching this family grow from pre-baby to newborn to an active and happy family of three. Get ready for a lot of cuteness!

Mark + Trina: Engaged!

October engagement sessions are always a favorite. The lighting in the fall just has a certain glow that can’t be captured any other time of year. Throw in a fun couple like Mark & Trina, and I’m in photog heaven.  Can’t wait for their wedding next May!

Alex + Nori: Angus Barn Pavilion Wedding, Raleigh, NC

When I first met Nori and Alex around Christmas time last year, I was immediately struck by not only how adorable/gorgeous they are, but also, and more importantly, how comfortable they are together and easy it was to see the love and sweetness between them. I knew that their wedding day would be a perfect reflection of them, mixing his British heritage and her southern charm. And as soon as I arrived, it was evident that it would be exactly that. A beautiful day of celebrating their commitment to one another, the joining of their families from all over the world, and A LOT of dancing!

I love the energy of getting ready on a wedding day and its beautiful chaos, and I found it as soon as I arrived at the home of Nori’s parents. Girls bustling in between the lunch spread and the chairs for hair and make-up, the smell of coffee brewing and hairspray flying, dresses and shoes everywhere, music blaring, lots of giggling… and then the house gets quiet because it’s wedding dress time. It’s always such a sacred part of the day and one of my favorite moments. Everyone hushes as the final buttons are clasped and it always seems to be the moment when it all starts to feel very real. I love this part of the day and loved that Nori and her friends and family relished it so much.

Now the gents on the other hand…. just kidding! I actually am not usually able to photograph the guys getting ready due to timing, location, etc., but have a trusted second photographer friend, Kate, to hang out with them and give me the scoop. And with the guys there’s always lots of banter and laughter, a few libations, some ribbing of the groom, and then figuring out who knows how to tie a proper bow tie.

They’re married!

Love these gorgeous table details arranged by the lovely Watered Garden and CE Rentals, and captured by the lovely Kate!

The day goes by so quickly, so if possible, I love to steal the couple away for a few minutes to give them some time to relax together, soak in the day, and catch a breath before more dancing.

LOVE the band, Heart Beat of Soul! Though I may be a bit biased since they played at our wedding!

 Congrats Alex & Nori!

Wedding Vendors:
Reception & Caterer: Angus Barn Pavilion
Wedding Coordination: Tia Jones-Nusbaum of Erin McLean Events
Ceremony Music: NC Strings Quartet
Reception Music: Heartbeat of Soul
Bridal Gown & Veil: Reem Acra
Bridal Shoes: Something Bleu
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Hair: Katie Largent, 23 Indigo Lounge
Make-up: Fiquet Bailey-Swain, Luxe Apothecary
Baker: Edible Art
Decor: CE Rental
Second Photographer: Kate Pope

Jason + Erica: Downtown Raleigh Engagement

Jason and Erica made the trip down from their hometown of Virginia Beach to Raleigh for their engagement session, and since it was their first trip to the City of Oaks, I felt the need to shove in use as many landmarks and favorite spots as I could. We covered a lot of ground (and poor Erica did most of it in heels!), but it was a great way for me to get to know them and hear about their wedding plans for June next year.

After spending those few hours with them it was easy to see how much fun they have together and keep each other (and me!) laughing constantly. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next year just so I get to hang out with them again!

Thanks for a fun afternoon Jason & Erica!