Candice & Nick | Engagement Photo Session

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Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

I met Candice and Nick at Candice’s parent’s horse farm in their small hometown of Red Oak, North Carolina.  It was a warm, humid, summer evening very typical for North Carolina.  The sun was setting slowly and the Eastern no-see-ums were buzzing around.  I was greeted by the lovely couple and their two energetic, tail-wagging, yellow labradors — Annie and Bailey.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Candice, a paramedic, and Nick, a firefighter, met at work and have known one another for 10 years.  They maintained a work friendship until one day in March 2016, they started talking a little bit more.  Soon Nick asked her to dinner.  Candice was smitten as soon as she saw him step out of his truck and walk onto her porch.  She saw him in a whole new light and things were never the same!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

In December of 2017, Candice and Nick were preparing for a weekend trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina when Nick called Candice into the living room.  He was down on one knee with both of their dogs beside him – ring in hand! Nick asked her to be his wife and make their little family complete.  So simple and perfect! Candice mentioned she was glad he did it before their trip because he would’ve been occupied with nerves the entire time.  They were able to enjoy their trip as a newly engaged couple!

Their love for each other was evident during their engagement photo session.  They picked on each other, shared inside jokes, laughed incessantly, and couldn’t help but hold hands for most of the time.  Even when they weren’t meaning to, it seemed as if their movements were a choreographed dance; they were so in-sync.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Candice and Nick gave me complete creative control for their engagement photos, with one exception.  She requested a couple of photos with the other two men in her life, ET and Splash; her two 31-year-old horses, who have been around since her childhood.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyET and Splash have been Candice’s heart horses for what seems forever, watching her grow and navigate through life to this wonderful next chapter of marrying her soulmate.  They were quite important to include in the photos since they did love her first!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

We ended the session at sunset with their two pups! Annie and Bailey were so excited to be a part of the engagement photos; they could barely sit still.  Just imagine two yellow labs running around, so happy, so full of excitement! We all got a good giggle out of watching the chaos ensue. Candice chasing Annie, Annie following Bailey’s lead, and Nick trying to get Bailey to stand still for just 5 short seconds.

Eventually, they calmed down and rested beside their beloved owners for us to capture “the shot.”  Bailey belonged to Nick and Annie to Candice long before their relationship began. Now they are fast friends, inseparable, and so happy to have found each other, much like their parents!

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The wedding date is set for October 2018 at the same family horse farm in Red Oak.  Candice and Nick are looking forward to marriage and they can’t wait to share this special time with their loved ones!

 

 

The Hoge Girls | Equine Photo Session

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Riley and Berkley Hoge have been horse crazy ever since their parents could remember! They’ve played with Breyers, ridden their grandparent’s horses, gone to horse summer camps, and taken advantage of every possible pony ride at a birthday or trail ride on vacations.  Riley began riding when she was 11 and Berkley began at the age of 8. The first time the girls rode a horse was at Seabrook Island Equestrian Center for 30 minute pony rides; that’s when the horse craze began!  Berkley and Riley have been around horses since they were young; their Grandpa Ed, Grandma Kelly, and Aunt Shelby have horses in Ohio, where they’ve enjoyed learning the basics and the occasional trail ride.  What started as just beginner lessons to try out this whole horse deal, led them to become permanent riders at Sunnybrook Farm in Advance, North Carolina.

Riley enjoys learning Dressage and Jumping on her leased horse, Scout, a 9-year-old American Paint mix, who has been a therapy horse for mentally and physically handicapped individuals.  They just became a riding duo less than a year ago.  She’s learned a lot with Scout so far, including Intro Level Dressage and Show Jumping.  They recently competed at a local Combined Training event in Dressage and rode really well, considering they were a new pair.  Her favorite memory with Scout was when they had a phenomenal jump lesson back in April; he was so good!  Riley’s favorite thing about Scout is his sweet and goofy personality.  She enjoys buying him gourmet horse treats and pampering him with lots of love.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyPhotos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyBerkley has been leasing, riding and showing Dok for over 2 years, developing their partnership as they go.  Dok is a registered 24-year-old Purebred Arabian, retired from the show-ring, and living his best life at Sunnybrook Farm.  Dok enjoys teaching Berkley the ropes of Dressage and showing at open horse shows. On the same hand, Berkley loves learning what Dok has to teach her.  They have had their fair share of life lessons.  Berkley credits Dok teaching her to never give up and to keep working hard.  She pampers him with treats, neck scratches, and lots of hugs and in return, he gives her his trust and confidence.  Berkley’s favorite memory with Dok was at a horse show in Raleigh when Dok stole a pita chip she was eating.  He thought it was delicious and he started getting a bit greedy and shoving her with his nose signaling that he wanted more!

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These two sisters are in it for the long haul! They spend most of their summer vacation at the barn; grooming, riding, and grazing their beloved partners.  Often begging their parents to go to the barn every chance they get!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyWe had a wonderful time on this summer evening, photographing the four together during their equine photo session.  Lots of laughs and huge smiles were shared.  And the quote ‘Sisters who ride together, stay together’ was coined!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Location: Sunnybrook Farm in Advance, North Carolina

Hair: Jessica Smith at Gemini Hair Fashions in Advance, North Carolina.

Maggie & Chas ⎸A Walk to Remember.

Maggie & Chas' engagement session at River Road Farms in Franklin, Virginia

Maggie and Chas’s engagement session, located at the beautiful River Road Farm in Franklin, Virginia was full of laughter, dancing and chit chat about their upcoming wedding. It was a cool morning in August that we spent roaming the hay fields, pastures, and farm lands looking for the picture perfect spots.

The couple picked an ideal location to showcase their interests. Both Maggie and Chas love to be outdoors — whether that means they’re hiking, walking their dog, or taking trips to places they’ve never been before. On Saturdays during college football season, you can bet that Chas will be rooting for Tennessee while Maggie is pulling for her VT Hokies! They may be sipping on their favorite homemade limon/watermelon mojitos, especially if the two teams decide to play each other again. And on Sundays, you can find them at their favorite breakfast spot, the Roanoker, before going to church.

In fact, it was during one of these beloved activities that “the proposal” happened. As Maggie describes it, “it was a normal morning”, consisting of blueberry waffles and sausage for breakfast. They walked their dog, Coal, like normal, stopping briefly at a bridge over the river that ran between two parks. Maggie had turned her back for a second taking in the view and when she turned around, she discovered Chas down on one knee professing his love for her. Most of what Chas said was a blur, Maggie recalls, but of course she said “Yes!” and they laughed and cried joyfully. This is one walk they’ll remember for years to come.

Maggie will make a gorgeous bride for their summertime wedding in June of next year. I look forward to photographing their special day and know it will be magical, if these pictures are any inkling of what’s to come.