Old Salem Bridal Portraits | Emily Warren

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

When chatting with the bride, Emily, about the location for her bridal portrait session, she mentioned how much she loved Old Salem historic district in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  I inquired about her love for this place and she stated it was where she and Taylor had their engagement photos done. She really loved the look of the old houses and buildings, the original brick walkways, and what the history represented.  So naturally, this is where we chose to shoot her bridal portraits. And boy am I glad she did! The images of Emily in her beautifully fitted wedding dress from David’s Bridal are stunning!

We spent our time together at a few of my favorite photo spots at Old Salem incorporating what Emily loved about this location.  We began in an open field to get a greener background and a little more of nature before moving to the brick buildings.  Emily brought along her grandmother’s blush pink Victorian chair to use during her session.  It was the perfect addition to the overall look.  She said this chair had been in their family for some time and her grandmother had planned to reupholster it.  Hopefully, she changes her mind since the light rose pink is a trending color right now.

Old Salem is declared a National Historic Landmark where it depicts the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many of the buildings are original and have only been restored over the years by homeowners.  There’s such rich history in this small part of Winston Salem and we have the Moravians from 1766 to thank for that.

Our photo session took us to a few different, but fun places throughout Old Salem combining brick walkways and steps, white columns, and picket fences.  Emily laughed and danced throughout her photo session, completely comfortable in front of the camera.  She had her sister and mother there for assistance; they made Emily giggle with silly faces and reminding her of funny moments they had shared together in their childhood.  Emily’s bubbly personality shone through in the images!

Now that the wedding is behind us, it is so nice to share these gorgeous final images of Emily!

Location: Old Salem Museum and Gardens

Dress:  David’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Hair by Kristin Nicks

 

Salem College Senior Session| Logan Bowling

senior women's lacrosse player lacrosse stick

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Logan Bowling, a native of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina came to Salem College her Freshman year in 2015, excited about starting her undergraduate career. An academic scholarship and the promise of playing softball brought her to Winston Salem, North Carolina, home of the oldest women’s educational institution still in operation in the United States.   It was founded in 1772 by the Moravian Church. The liberal arts school has a long history of educating young women and maintains the motto of “Knowledge and Virtue.”

Logan, her sweet mother, and grandmother met me on the Salem College campus for her senior photo session, dawning a beautiful royal blue dress (one of Salem’s school colors) which complimented her summer tan and long blonde hair.  She was all smiles and ready to jump in front of the camera! We began the session on the college’s campus center, which is usually bustling with students during the school year.  We were lucky to have scheduled our session the week before move-in began, so the campus was relatively quiet, peaceful, and open to our creative exploration! Logan danced and laughed throughout the session, proudly wearing her cap and gown, and honor society cords for a couple of photos.

Logan changed into a more comfortable and casual outfit so we took advantage of Salem College’s many beautiful brick pathways and stairs, finally landing on the main building’s steps.  Logan’s smile radiated as she proudly showed off her beloved campus, where she’s made many memories with new friends and learned so much in her career field over the last couple of years.

To finish out our photo session together, we ended up on the athletic field with Logan in her lacrosse uniform. I know you’re wondering, “Lacrosse? I thought she played softball.” Logan took up the sport of lacrosse in 2016 and has maintained a position on Salem College’s team ever since.  Instead of a softball uniform with pants, she now wears a jersey with her lucky number ‘7’ and a lacrosse skirt.  She has sported the number ‘7’ since her sports career began at a very young age!

As a Senior, Logan has one more year to go until she is an official SC alumni.  The Exercise Science major has her eyes set on the May 2019 Graduation, but is excited to enjoy her last year and all that it will bring. When asked what she plans to do after graduation, she simply replied that she will be enjoying a few days under an umbrella on the beach!  After a break from reality and a little relaxation, she will be going to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She has submitted her grad school applications and will be anxious to receive the acceptance letters in the beginning of 2019.  I wish her the best of luck in her Senior year of undergraduate school and am excited to see where this wonderful next chapter in life takes her!