Rebecca and Jeff were married in Hilton Head, SC on a beautiful balmy summer day that was scheduled for an enormous thunderstorm.  Luckily, they made the call to keep the ceremony outside and the storm passed the other way, allowing for a perfect evening at the pristinely maintained garden at Belfair Plantation overlooking acres of untouched marshland.  I loved all of the elegant touches and the inclusion of enthusiastic children (2 ring bearers, a flower girl, and flower boy!).  For favors, guests took home tiny potted succulents.  And my favorite part was getting to photograph the couple and their wedding party under the Belfair Plantation’s iconic oaks, which form a breathtaking tunnel at the entrance to the grounds.

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With Luis and Lindsay’s wedding fast approaching, I thought I would post a few favorites from their Duke Gardens engagement session last month:)  I love the beautiful pockets of light there and how amazingly planned the grounds are…each time I go back it looks totally different.

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  • Wow, that location is so beautiful! I love the framing of that first one. They look like they were having a lot of fun with these:)ReplyCancel

Now that Scott and Tiffany have said their vows and are officially a married couple, I can post some images from Tiffany’s lovely bridal session at The Sutherland in Wake Forrest.  Can’t way to share some images from their gorgeous wedding!!!

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  • Whoah, that is such an awesome place for a bridal session! I love it:) She looks so happy to get the chance to wear her dress for more than just the wedding day! She looks beautiful. The dress really complements her shape:)ReplyCancel

  • What a stunning bride! I love that first one! What a pretty location. Well, I love them all honestly. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • what a beautiful bride .. and location! love that last image!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my, these are so lovely! She is absolutely gorgeous and you did such an amazing job capturing her beauty.ReplyCancel

  • This is a beautiful bridal shoot. Her dressis so pretty and the location great. I adore the close up veil photos.ReplyCancel

  • She is stunning! Love your use of the venue and your perfect processing! The last image is absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • What a stunning bride! These are completely amazing, she looks so beautiful and your images are perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous!! Amazing set and that last one…WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Hubba Hubba! Absolutely gorgeous. I am so glad that the two of you found each other! I cannot wait to see the photos from the wedding. It was so fun getting to see you work!ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Absolutely stunning!! These should be in a magazine!ReplyCancel

  • Jason Rubenstein

    Beautiful shots of a beautiful bride Alexis! After seeing The Sutherland in person, I was blown away by its serenity and privacy. The absolute perfect spot for a wedding (and stellar after party). :) ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Pippa Middleton has nothing on Tiffany! She is very photogenic,
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It is such a treat to be able to photograph some of the defining moments and times in people’s lives.  Witnessing the joy of the newly engaged couple, then the look in their eyes as they say their vows on their wedding day, and as time continues on, the sweetness of expectation as they await their first child together.  And then on and on as their family continues to grow…  I photographed Lael and Peyton’s beautiful wedding at Eden Gardens last year, and was so excited to meet up with them once again to capture their maternity photos:)  Can’t wait to see their sweet little girl the next time I’m in town!!

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  • Beautiful work!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous Gorgeous maternity session! I absolutely love the location!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful place for maternity portraits! They are such a cute couple and they look so happy in these. I love all of the photos on the little footbridge.ReplyCancel

  • These are so sweet, looks like they were so giddy during their session too. You did a beautiful job capturing this special time!ReplyCancel

  • Such a happy and fun maternity session! I love that you can see the joy and excited for their new little in each image!ReplyCancel

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    What a beautiful maternity session! Lovely couple and light! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • How neat you photographed their engagement, wedding and now maternity. Beautiful couple and mom to be is just radiant and glowing! Loved every image!ReplyCancel

  • I just love the shots of the 2 of them together. They look so in love and happy!ReplyCancel

  • beautiful work as always!ReplyCancel

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This St. Augustine wedding is one of my absolute favorites ever.  Coordinated by the talented Adair of Dairing Events , the day was filled with love and beauty.  The elegant ceremony in St. Augustine combined Indian and Western traditions flawlessly. The color palette was silver, watermelon red, and ivory. The ceremony was at a gorgeous historic church and the reception was at the Casa Monica Hotel. Instead of a guest book, everyone was asked to sign a Jenga block for the couple to enjoy in the years to come.  Guests wore colorful sarees and Lena changed into one later in the evening to surprise Sam!

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  • These are amazing! I love how bright and vibrant your work is. Such a lovely wedding.ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous wedding! You captured it flawlessly. Beautiful images!!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful wedding! They must be thrilled – lovely work!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous wedding and amazing photography work! I love your vibrant processing. One of my favorites was the reflection on her husband’s ring.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness these are stunning! Such a beautiful bride and gorgeous wedding! You did an amazing job capturing them and all the love on their special day!ReplyCancel

  • Wow gorgeous photos! You are an amazing wedding photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! I just love your work.ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful wedding! I just LOVE that gorgeous ring shot!ReplyCancel

  • Oh these are beautiful! So colorful and look like you really captured their special day!ReplyCancel

A perfect sunshiny evening for David and MaLi’s Duke Gardens engagement session!  Can’t wait to post images from their stylish and unique wedding!!!

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  • What a cute couple:) I really love the shot with their shoes. And the one with the ducks in the foreground. And I love the out of focus purple plants framing them in the series of photos in the middle. You did a wonderful job.ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous session! They look so natural and in love. I love the shots with the hats. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous session! They look so happy in love. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I absolutely love the triptych and the ones on the bridge. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Oh these are so amazing! I love the “fun” in this session. They look like such a happy couple. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous session! They look so happy and in love, you really captured them being themselves and comfortable together.ReplyCancel

  • What an adorable couple! So in love! Such a great session.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful .. love the 5th image when she’s leaning against him .. they look so relaxed! And I love that last image too .. great session!ReplyCancel

I was so crazy excited to receive my copy of the groundbreaking new book by Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds “The New Art of Capturing Love; The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography”.  I knew they were using some images from Jon and Dwayne’s amazing wedding last spring, and I couldn’t wait to see them!  I was so honored to open the book and find nine of my images, including the inside front cover!  The book as a whole is a wonderful tool, really an essential book for any wedding photographer, and especially one who is new to photographing same-gender couples.  It’s full of beautiful imagery and a ton of useful advice on posing and many of the unique issues one might face when venturing into this rapidly expanding market.

Within a week of it’s release, Capturing Love jumped up to the number one best selling wedding photography book spot on!  For anyone who’s interested in purchasing the book, here is the link: (Amazon Link) and here is the main site with information on the book tour, signings, etc.: (Site)


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  • What a huge accomplishment, Alexis! The photos are so bright and cheerful. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • That’s so exciting! Of course, I’m not a bit surprised that they’d use a ton of your images. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Incredible!! I love seeing all your work up there, so beautiful. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Just incredible! Congratulations to you on such an amazing achievement! You absolutely deserve the honor.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! Wonderful work. I love how vivid your images are.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! How awesome! You did such a beautiful job on that wedding!ReplyCancel

Forrest and Mackenzie’s wedding was a fun, laid back destination beach wedding and a joy to photograph.  Beautiful warm Florida spring weather and a celebratory spirit among all of the friends and loved ones who traveled in for the week combined for a magical day.  I loved the bold color palette they chose and the scrumptious cake by Tanis topped off an evening of dancing under the glowing cafe lights on Carillon Beach’s Market Street.

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I first photographed the Hayes family several years ago while we were living in Okinawa, Japan.  Janel and I kept having schedule and weather conflicts when trying to plan the shoot, but it was very important to her that we get it done before John headed out for a deployment.  He deployed often and had a very hazardous job.  As a bomb disposal technician with the United States Marine Corps, he often faced danger in his missions. For some reason though, Janel felt very strongly about documenting their family prior to this trip even though they hadn’t had photos done in a long time. We managed to find a time the day before he left and despite her worries about his leaving, we had a great time and a wonderful family shoot (here is the post).  A few weeks later, I received a call early in the morning from a newspaper in Florida asking for permission to use his family photos.  My heart sank and I knew something terrible had happened.

John just barely survived the explosion that took his legs and he and his wive and three little girls have had a long struggle throughout his recovery.  Last year I received an email from Janel with an update on everyone and a request for a family photo session that captured them “as they are now”.  I was honored to meet them at a park during their visit to Destin and get some new images for them, and was struck by their strength and enduring closeness and love.  here are a few favorites…

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  • beautiful!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! He’s definitely a hero!ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing family and hero! These are beautiful, I love all the sweet connections between them.ReplyCancel

  • This family (and these photos) brought tears to my eyes. What special memories. He truly is a hero!ReplyCancel

  • These are so beautiful! What a wonderful family!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely a hero. Thank you to John, for being an inspiration and for all your work! What an important job to have.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, I just love these. I especially love the fun ones at the end. Thank you John for everything you do!ReplyCancel

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    I still love these pictures Alexis! You are absolutely amazing and it always makes it easy getting pictures done with you cuz ur so sweet! We have 2 pups now one I got for john one his 3 yr mark from when he got hurt so we’ll have to track u down again! Lol!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Janel! You guys are fun to photograph because your love just shines through:) I’m in North Carolina now, so let me know if you’re ever up in this area!!! And congrats on the puppies:)ReplyCancel

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      Janel, love these pictures! Girls are getting so big!! John looks great and of course you look fabulous. We think about you guys a lot. Are you coming back to LB this year?

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    These pictures warm my heart and I can’t believe how far John and the entire family have come. I am so proud of all of you. I love you Hayes family!ReplyCancel

  • I love them all. What a beautiful family with a wonderful story of love.ReplyCancel

  • Donella Spencer

    I love all these photos ;D they are great! but I have to say I am kind of partial to the one where John is laying on the ground and the family is kind of sitting on down his back… kind of recreating the earlier one? that is great! we didn’t know your family, when my hubs was in USMC EOD, but we knew a lot of the same people and when you got injured we were all pulling for you and praying for you constantly. finally did get to meet you, at the Tarters, at that party! so glad you are doing so well now! your family is definitely one of EOD’s (and the Marine Corps’) biggest heroes!ReplyCancel

    • You’re right Donella…it was a recreation of the earlier image:) Thank you for your kind words!ReplyCancel

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        you are very welcome! ;D beautiful work. beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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    Beautiful pictures, you all look wonderful! I can’t believe how grown the girls are and John looks good with a beard!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!! What an amazing family!ReplyCancel

  • This is a beautiful family and I love that they want to continue to have their family portraits taken. There is so much love in this family and it shines through with your photography. He is a hero!ReplyCancel

  • Patrick

    Awesome pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Jesse

    John has been and always be my hero. I have had the honor of serving along side him in Iraq and his actions were nothing short of amazing. Even the tragic incident that took his legs did nothing to even slow his spirit. God bless you and your family John.ReplyCancel

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