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    We are a team of professional wedding photographers solely devoted to "happily ever afters". Our commercial studio is based in Charlotte, NC and we capture weddings in the Carolinas and beyond. We believe in family, love and the power of storytelling through our photography. The ladies of Old South would love to capture your big day!

Down Home Engagement Session
Joe and Lauren


Lauren caught me off-guard one Sunday afternoon when I answered her phone call.  She is a classmate at UNC of another bride of mine and loved the engagement images she had seen.  She wanted to book me 20 MONTHS in advance of her wedding day. Now, I have had lots of “planners” on my past bride list but no one has been this committed to booking so far ahead.  When she told me WHERE she was getting married- I totally understood her enthusiasm.  The Fearington House Inn is my all-time favorite Bed and Breakfast and it is just a few hours outside of Charlotte.  It is oozing with Southern charm and I have said  before that if I were ever going to redo my wedding….it would be held there.  I was thrilled to become her photographer that day!

So here we are, 12 months before their big day and Lauren and Joe drove down from Chapel Hill for a fun afternoon with me at the horse farm.  It really didn’t take much to keep them laughing.  They are the type of people who have great attitudes, positive spirits and a very connected relationship.  He reminds her to have good posture and she fixes his collar.  The connection between them is effortless and so sweet.  I can’t wait for their amazing wedding next summer at The Fearington House Inn.

Aren’t they the cutest together?

I kept telling them to get “cross-eyed close” for this shot.  They laughed when they saw what I meant:)

NINE of the Arabian horses on the farm are pregnant. Soon the barn will be brimming with babies and all the horses seemed on alert.  They were keeping a close eye on what we were doing too.  I love seeing their big faces in our shots!

Hooray for cowboy boots!  They MAKE a barn shot in my book.

I should mention that these images are straight out of camera.  Zero editing.  These two are just that darn pretty.

One of my favs of the entire day.  She has a GREAT laugh!

I have to give Joe credit.  Since he loves photography himself, it made him an excellent subject.  No complaints all night (even when the posing was awkward at times!)

kissy, kissy:)

Oh that sunflare- so romantic in these shots!

He may or may not be kissing her ear in this one.  I appreciate all the help I can get!

These horses were so excited to meet Lauren and Joe that they got into a little scuffle pushing one another aside for the prime spot.  Sibling rivalry exists in all species, I suppose!

Love the hay texture in these shots!

No Southern engagement shoot is complete without a little swinging:)

These two can serve as my witnesses that these sunset shots are STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA!! We were racing the setting sun to set up our big light in this field and popped off just a few when the sky turned coral.  I cannot lie- I did jump up and down and squeal a little when I saw this beauty on the screen.  I LOVE this image!!

What a beautiful night shot to end with.  He loves her.  She loves him.  We have a date for next May and I cannot wait!!!!

Natalia Creech - May 9, 2012 - 5:31 pm

love! love! love! them! :)

Lauren Helton - May 9, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Love these pictures, especially the sunset ones!

Sarah Bothwell - May 9, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Beautiful sunset portraits! Excellent job on the lighting:)

Julie Phillips Staley - May 9, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Thank you 😉

Joseph Morrow - May 9, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Amazing Julie Phillips Staley, we couldn’t ask for anything better. I love the detail you put into the captions, it adds to the personal touch of the photos. Thank you so much again and we can’t wait for next may!

Julie Phillips Staley - May 9, 2012 - 9:13 pm

you are so sweet! thank you for your kind words. can’t wait for your fantastic wedding next summer :)

Jill Loftis Glasscock - May 9, 2012 - 9:20 pm

These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I adore them all! Impossible to pick a favorite!!!!

LeAnne Romascanu - May 10, 2012 - 1:03 am


Lillienne Umar - May 10, 2012 - 3:39 am

Beautiful, I want an invite! :) I love the country theme.

Julie Phillips Staley - May 10, 2012 - 11:11 am

thank you, Lauren :)

Julie Phillips Staley - May 10, 2012 - 11:11 am

thank you for your nice comments :)

Julie Phillips Staley - May 10, 2012 - 11:12 am

I am excited to photograph their wedding!

Julie Phillips Staley - May 10, 2012 - 11:12 am

thank you :)

Kristina Morrow - May 12, 2012 - 3:04 am

These are amazing!!