Meet Brett and Chelsea. 

Nestled on the top of Loon Mountain, Brett and Chelsea exchanged heartfelt vows in front of their closest family and friends. The views were extraordinary but even that paled in comparison to the love, joy and excitement these two shared as they became husband and wife. It was a day full of laughs, happy tears, snuggles and extraordinary moments and it was a total blessing to tell the love story that was their wedding day. 

You may remember this AMAZING couple because of Brett’s surprise proposal down on Ocracoke Island. It totally caught Chelsea off guard in the most beautiful way possible. They were complete strangers at the start of that session but by the end and after experiencing their love first hand….I was pretty much in love with them too. 😉 So when they asked if Robbie and I would be willing to travel all the way to New Hampshire for their wedding, I literally could not type the words YESSSSS fast enough 🙂 You can click on over and view the proposal here.

Their friends were hilarious and welcoming, their family was warm and gracious and their venue was breathtaking and glorious. Enjoy this beautiful recap below from Brett and Chelsea’s Wedding Day…..Blessings to you all!

Vendor Details: 

Wedding Venue and Reception: Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia

Wedding Dress Store: Studio I do in Roanoke, VA

Rings: Blue Nile

Florals: Mountain Laurel (NH)

Wedding Decor: Deere Signs (Clinton, MD) (Chelsea’s Dad)

Cake/Cupcakes: Leandra Bitterfeld (Cupcake Queen Bridesmaid)

DJ: Peak Entertainment (NH)

Makeup and Hair: Loon Mountain Salon

Day Of Coordinator: Alexandra Gifford of Loon Mountain Resorts 

Second Shooter: My sweet husband, Robbie Myrick

And here are Chelsea and Brett’s sweet words: “Katie and Robbie are AMAZING. They have consistently provided gorgeous photographs that capture the moments perfectly. There is an artistic blend of candid and portrait photography, all full of warm light and talent. The little details and excitement from Katie really make a difference. I would highly recommend Katie Myrick Photography to capture any special moment!”  

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Meet Jordan and Jessica.

These two were destined to be together. Their history and future were beautifully woven together by the hands of the good Lord above. You see, they first met in preschool. Then, their paths crossed again in college and they became inseparable. Their wedding day was incredibly full of exuberant happiness, joyful tears and love filled moments so wonderful that you never wanted it to end. Jessica and Jordan, you are what love is supposed to look and most importantly feel like. It was an incredible honor to tell the love story that was your wedding day.

And because I LOVE to share what my bride and grooms favorite moments were, here’s what they had to say: 

There were so many it’s hard to choose.

Jess – My favorite moment from our wedding day was our first dance. We were filled with so much love and excitement and even though we were surrounded by all our favorite people, it felt that we were the only ones there. And in that moment, wrapped in each’s arms, I was the happiest I’ve even been.

Jordan – Hands down, my favorite moment of our wedding day was seeing Jess walk down the aisle in her Wedding Dress.

As you look the beautiful images from their wedding day, my prayer for you is that you are transported into their moments, their happy tears and their love. Blessings to you!

Vendors: 

Wedding and Reception Venue: Benjamin May-Lewis House in Farmville, NC

Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston Ella Rose Collection- The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmingon, NC

Rings: Jewelry Unlimited in Goldsboro, NC

Florals/Cake/Food/Decor: Susan Cooke Colomaio- Olivia’s Catering in Kinston, NC

Table Rentals: the venue

DJ: J & J Entertainment: Josh Deaver and Jonas Howard

Hair: Brittany Creech- The Boulevard Hair Company 

Videographer: Kurt Dunlow Productions

Officiant: Leah Riddel

Beer: Uptown Brewery 

Guest Book and Globe: Whimsy Worlds Etsy Shop based out of NC

AMAZING Second Shooter: Kam Goodrich of Kam Goodrich Photography out of Wilmington, NC

And because Jess said she’d love to share a review with you guys, here are her sweet words below: 

Leading up to our wedding day, Katie became not only our photographer but also our friend. My husband and I were so excited to share our wedding day with her. The day of the Wedding, Katie and Kam were nothing short of amazing. They were both just as excited as we were to be there. As Katie and Kam were shooting me and my bridal party getting ready, they were constantly giving us sweet compliments and encouragements which made us all even more excited for the day ahead. During the ceremony, Katie and Kam were very professional and blended in with the flow of the ceremony. I even heard that Katie jumped in to move a walker that had been left in the aisle before I walked out. Katie and Kam tackled shooting two large extended families to make sure we were able to get a photo with everyone. They both even stayed later at the reception to make sure we got all of our requested shots when our timeline went over. We loved working with Katie and Kam so much. Even though they were working, they felt like guests celebrating our day right along with us. We love you guys!

 

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I seriously feel like I should preface this and let you know that I was NEVER one of those moms that dreamed of homeschooling her children. It just wasn’t something that crossed my mind. EVER. In fact, if you would have told the me of five years ago that I would be homeschooling, I wouldn’t have believed you. But when you feel backed against the wall, you have two choices…to either give up or go down swinging. I choose to swing every.single.time.

So, here I am, 6 months into the hardest AND most beautiful season yet. Homeschooling not one but two out of my 3 kids. And since I get asked ALL the time WHY I decided to homeschool, here is our story. The story that brought us to where we are now.

My oldest has always struggled in school. Absolutely brilliant in art and anything physical, she could have cared less about the major subjects. And although she tried very hard, her grades unfortunately rarely showed her tremendous effort. We switched to a private school for a year and forked out over 4k for a smaller class size but that really didn’t help either. We put her in Sylvan and forked over another couple thousand to attempt to get her “caught up”. And then we invested in a private tutor (an angel of a woman), Mrs.Theresa, who has been with us since Sophia’s 3rd grade year tutoring mostly in Math every day of the school week and then 4 hours each week during the summer. Because of her constant love and encouragement, Sophia has a genuine love for math now and she is literally a part of our family. We love her. Private tutoring has been THE only investment worth the time and money. And because we were SO at a loss as to what in the world was going on (and to rule out everything), I insisted that she be tested for any developmental learning disabilities (to which she had none). There was no social problems or bullying going on either. I was literally dumbfounded.

So what was the pivotal moment, you ask? It was when my 6th grader pulled a move that ANY 6th grader in her position with a bad progress report would pull. Progress reports were sent out on a Friday and instead of giving it to me, she went and had a fabulous weekend at her friends house (full and well knowing that she would have NEVER gotten to do that with grades like that). So when Monday rolled around and an email was sent out, I asked for her progress reports. Livid and showing my true CRAZY mom colors, I told her that since she decided not to give me her progress report that I was going to go to school with her the next day and SIT in every one of her classes. Hoping that it would be a lesson she would never forget. So, I called the school and let them know that I would be sitting in on the classes. And off I went.

I quietly sat, observing and desperately trying not to let my eyeballs pop out of my head and trying to keep my jaw from remaining open with the “OMG look”. (Side note: One teacher asked me to get back in line because she thought I was a kid..that was about the only funny moment of the day).  And while I don’t consider myself a confrontational person (I tend to shy away from that sort of thing), it took every ounce of strength I had not to get up, yank my kid out of her seat, throw up the peace sign and walk out. What I witnessed was a terrible learning environment, serious lack of control, children being escorted out of the classroom, the principal coming in to speak the to class, one teacher who wouldn’t even acknowledge my presence in the classroom (no hello, nothing at all), one teacher who reprimanded a student (in a way that made my face turn red) when the child simply asked for help with a question, and a hundred other reasons. All of which made me call my husband in tears and tell him that she wasn’t going back there.

What I thought was me trying to teach my daughter a lesson, turned into God teaching me a lesson. That very same day, I was running into the local organic store and I ran into one of my bride’s moms. I don’t have a poker face so she knew that something was SO wrong and after quickly explaining the events of the day, she gave me the number of a homeschooling mom. Yet another God thing, setting me up to be exactly where we are today.

My amazing husband, God Bless this man, told me to do the research and truly take an internal look at myself to see if it was something I could undertake. With a full time photography business, two other little children, nursing shifts a few times a month and then just life in general, he wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to go off the deep end. SO, I set up a meeting with this mom, Aimee, (a Classical Conversations Director) and was truly intrigued but still wholeheartedly scared to death over the thought of homeschool. On the recommendation of this sweet woman, I decided to attend a 3 day practicum (which is basically an introduction, training and supportive environment put on by CC). My mom, Sophia and I went all the way to the mountains of NC to attend this practicum (STILL not knowing what in the world we were going to do) and within 20 minutes of the first day, BOTH Mom and I just looked at each other and nodded our head in agreement. THIS was what Sophia needed. So with the blessing and support of my husband and the support of my mom as a backup homeschool teacher, we decided to go for it. My mom is literally AMAZING ya’ll! She follows along with us (even learning Latin too) and attends to community day to keep up with what is going on. Having her do this allows me to pick up an occasional weekday nursing shift or go away for a week to photograph a wedding in New Hampshire. I couldn’t do half of what I do without her and her love!

So if you’ve stuck around reading my wordy story above, you’re probably wondering how the whole homeschooling thing is working. We picked the curriculum Classical Conversations, which is a classical way of educating (Christian based) with the motto being “To know God and make him known”. For Sophia, she is in Challenge A (7th grade) and the only thing we needed to supplement was Math (we use Abeka Math for that). CC (Classical Conversations) meets up every Thursday for “Community Day”. That basically means that we work super hard Fri, Mon, Tues and Wed and then we come together to learn with others on Thursday. This Thursday CC day holds us accountable. The papers, presentations and reading that she’s done on the previous days is talked about, presented and the tutor gives an introduction to what we’ll be working on over the next week. We are blessed with an absolutely gifted and loving tutor, Christi, who is also a parent of one of the other Challenge A students. What I LOVE about CC is that it is a community and I truly needed that. I am still “feeling my way around” this whole homeschooling thing but with the support and guidance from the other moms, I don’t feel alone.

Homeschooling is no walk in the park. It is challenging. But OH MY GOODNESS, IT IS SO WORTH IT. I have seen Sophia’s attitude of strongly disliking school and having very little confidence transform into a LOVE for learning and a newfound confidence in ALL the subjects (not just art and pe). Before homeschooling, she never brought home books. Now our living room is covered with them and she actually ASKED for a book for Christmas (ya’ll, I just about fell out on the floor of the mexican restaurant when she asked for one…not even kidding!). We are having to relearn things that should have been taught (and I am seeing holes in my own education) but we are learning together and it’s a beautiful thing.

She does Cartography/History/Debate where she has learned to draw Canada, North America, South America, Central America, Caribbean Islands and now Europe. She can draw most from memory (which is pretty amazing).

She does Rhetoric and Catechisms where we are learning the glory of God and his design in a sweet book called “It just couldn’t happen”.

She does Exposition and Composition (English) where she she is learning how to brainstorm, generate ideas, create ANI charts, create outlines for the essay and generate a beautiful and persuasive essay. (This has been amazing to see this process and it’s one that I wish I would have known about when I was learning the writing of papers). In this subject, we’ve read 5 novels and they have been absolutely incredible books. Books that stir up emotions, make you ask tough questions and elicit great conversations.

She is learning Latin as well. And believe it or not, we’ve learned MORE about the english language that I could have ever dreamed just by learning Latin. I was pretty overwhelmed with the thought of learning a language but it turns out it’s not too bad. She’s whispered a translation with me in church before and we’ve been able to pick out Latin in a famous Christmas song (totally awesome!!).

She does her 7th grade Math that is taught by her fabulous tutor. (Math and I, we do not get along…so outsourcing has been the greatest gift for both Sophia and me.)

She does Research (Science) where they research, compare sources, fuse sources and write beautiful research papers on different subjects each week. They then support each paper with art (whether it be a drawing, painting, etc) and also have to present it on CC day. I’ve watched Sophia (on the first day) sway side to side, not make any eye contact and literally rush through her paper TO now standing confidently still, make eye contact, pause at appropriate spots and take pride in her work. THAT transformation has been so amazing!

We also do Devotion each day which is absolutely beautiful. It is drawing us nearer to God and changing the dynamic in our family daily.

With homeschooling, we have flexibility but that does not mean we have laziness. We may be in our PJs for the entire day but it doesn’t mean we are taking naps. We are working our butts off, embracing this new adventure and delighting in the fruits of our labor.

There is no doubt in my mind that this was ALL in God’s beautiful plan. It was clearly not my plan but when you hear the whisper “homeschool” and you know it’s Him speaking to you, do you really have a choice? So here we are.

Are there days when I’m weary and questioning “Am I REALLY qualified to do this?”? HECK YES….but I’m quickly reminded that NOBODY is going to work harder and pour into these kids like I am. This homeschooling thing…. Has changed our lives for the better and I couldn’t be more grateful.

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Meet Emily. C/O 2018 and student at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, NC. She MAY be a self proclaimed tomboy, a phenomenal swimmer AND most at home with her feet in the sea….and I’ll give her that. BUT she’s also a girl who has the MOST infectious smile, dances on the other side of comfort zones and loves so fierce it hurts. And goodness gracious ya’ll…She is absolutely breathtaking. We were able to incorporate her love for competitive swimming and the ocean into her session and the results…are one of my favorite sessions of the year. (The first picture below is my personal favorite 🙂 ) 

Professional Makeup: Crystal Colson at Merle Norman of Elizabeth City, NC

To book your session, click the CONTACT button up above and shoot me over an email! I’d love to hear from you, get a session date on the books and start planning your session! xoxo! 

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Photography has truly brought some wonderful people into my life but most pale in comparison to the friendship I’ve found in this girl. The words that come out of her mouth are like a warm hug, always encouraging and lovely. I always describe her as the girl you just NEED to hug. It’s so true. So to be able to photograph her PIVOTAL life moments is nothing short of a blessing. From her wedding that you can see here, to her maternity session in the golden light, to the lifestyle newborn session of sweet baby Ava, to the last minute session we just did for holiday cards with Ava and her goats. It’s been wonderful. Ava is SO blessed to have Jason and Erica and parents. And I can’t wait to photograph more amazing moments and growth through the years. 

Professional Makeup: Crystal Colson of Merle Norman of Elizabeth City, NC

To book your session, click the CONTACT button up above and shoot me over an email! I’d love to hear from you, get a date on the calendar and start planning your session! xoxo!

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