My 2014 will be celebrated, and cherished, and remembered because this year brought so much joy both personally and professionally.  2014 brought me a new son, a new home, and clients that filled my heart as they too started a path together as a new family.  The longer I shoot, the more I realize I photograph because I believe that a family, no matter what size, or shape or makeup can bring a soul more happiness than can be imagined.  So cheers my friends, clients and colleagues.. to being happy and documenting it.

Here’s a look at my 2014.

photo by Kellie Kano | kelliekano.com

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photo by Kellie Kano | kelliekano.com


 

Dear Amazing Clients (and when I say amazing, I mean the best, most generous brides and grooms on the planet..),

Here’s to a fulfilling year.  Here’s to putting smiles on each others faces during intense and emotional days.. days that will last a lifetime in our memories because of what these days were.  Forever days.  Thank you for putting your trust in me, and in my lens.. and in who I am as a person.  Because when you get JWP, you get JWP.  Every ounce of my heart.  And thanks for letting me take sweet Ashton along for the ride this spring.. (he was pretty great!)

Here’s a look at my 2014.. behind the scenes.  (Gives me chill bumps thinking about what 2015 will bring..!)

Love,

J

 

Big hugs to Vanessa, JJ, Carrie & Melissa.  I love every frame.

 

Dear friends.  She’s married.  My beautiful, baby sister.  Jeffrey Kruger gave a TED talk in Asheville in 2011 and in it he spoke about the profound, lifelong bond siblings can have.  He submits that siblings are a rich, fertile ground for lasting relationships, because truly they are the only people who walk almost your entire life with you.

Sarah, I love you and I so deeply happy that you have found the love of your life.  And I am so grateful to walk this life with you as your sister and as your friend.

We created these images for her in Salt Lake City.. our home town.

  1. Becci Ames said:
    These are so fantastic. Love them all.
    Also, really love the soft color palette. Beautiful.
    January 15, 2015  11:22 am
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Ahhh.. this wedding.  I get a little dreamy-eyed every time I think about it.  Sprawling fields, ancient trees, a beautiful breeze, long white fences.. quintessentially North Carolina if I do say so myself.  And Meredith and Tim.. what an incredibly beautiful couple who love each other immensely.  That, along with an incredible group of people who put their heart and soul into this wedding and couple, made for a perfect wedding day equation.

What I want you to pay attention to most is Tim.. and the way he embraces Mere all day, relishing in his bride’s beauty and heart.  It made my heart full and reminded me of how beautiful the start of a new marriage is.  We did run into rain on their day, and it was handled by everyone with flexibility and smiles.. and an even more poignant lesson came after the storm.  Sun.  And one of the most memorable sunsets I have ever witnessed.  To watch Meredith and Tim soak in every moment of that gorgeous pink sky and each other.. well, you know that’s why I do what I do.

Congratulations Mere and Tim.  I am so, so very happy for the two of you.  Here is their story.. frame by frame at Adaumont Farm.

My heart as a photographer is in the story.. the story of a couple in love, their wedding day that they’ve put their heart and soul into, and their people.  And goodness, was Tina and Alex’s story a beautiful one.  Tina, originally from Wilmington, North Carolina brought her southern gentleman home to say their I dos, and because these two would be at the beach any moment they are able, the pastel skies of Wrightsville Beach was perfect.  More than perfect.  What I loved most about their day was the laughter, the smiles, the tears, the quiet moments.. and the heart.  I felt it from everyone on their day.. a quick squeeze from a college roommate, tears from cousins moments before a first look, a pep talk from mom, a beautiful embrace from a sister, a kiss from dad before walking down the aisle.  This whole community cheered Tina and Alex into their marriage and the energy was real.  So real.

I’ll say it once, I’ll say it again to every couple.  Congratulations.  Marriage is a beautiful ride, and no doubt Tina and Alex will enjoy every moment judging by this day.  Here is their love story.

Wilmington NC wedding photographer

Wilmington NC wedding photographer

Wilmington NC wedding photographer

Wilmington NC wedding photographer

Wilmington NC wedding photographer

I first met Kristin at a shoot for Southern Weddings late last summer.. and then we connected again when she emailed me about getting together for lunch and to chat about a personal shoot for her and her sweet Kyle.  I knew I needed to connect with Kristin the moment I met her.  She was one of those people who’s light was so bright and heart was too big.  So I am forever grateful that she opened her arms up to me and to my work.. Our shoot together was one I won’t forget.  Full of sunshine, honesty, smiles and laughter.  This girl is going places, and with her incredible husband by her side, these two are people I am so grateful to have in my corner, and to count as friends.

Happy, Happy Birthday Kristin.. wishing you the most joyous of days and another beautiful year to come. xo, J

  1. Carrie Geddie said:
    Love these Julia! She looks so radiant and what a glorious afternoon you had! Awesome way to celebrate her birthday. :)
    April 21, 2014  6:03 pm
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There is a certain tangible energy that surrounds a wedding day.  I love feeling it time and time again, wedding after wedding after wedding.  Lauren and Joe’s day in Charleston, South Carolina teemed with it.. a quiet energy in the morning as preparations were made, a building excitement as we photographed and visited the reception site at Boone Hall Plantation, and an overflowing amount of joy as these two made promises to each other in front of dear family and friends and said “I do..”  This joyful energy carried through the afternoon, into the evening, into the night, and without a doubt will carry Joe and Lauren through their marriage.

It is a beautiful thing to witness this excitement and joy that propels two people forward into a union that is lasting and so meaningful.  And for me, at this particular wedding that joy was palpable.

Congratulations Lauren and Joe.. Congratulations on the joy you have found together, and the joy you have found in your community and your marriage.  And thank you for the reminder that it is truly what life is all about.  Here is their wedding story:

 

 

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  1. Kimberli Nelson said:
    You are so talented, Julia. These are amazing.
    April 8, 2014  3:00 pm
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  2. Kelly said:
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
    April 8, 2014  3:10 pm
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  3. Holy cow, you outdid yourself, Julia…. SO many of these should definitely be in a magazine. Absolutely gorgeous, timeless, classic images with such a beautiful editorial feel. This is my favorite wedding of yours to date!
    April 8, 2014  3:28 pm
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  4. Erin Snyder said:
    Wow! These images are stunning!
    1. BEAUTIFUL bridesmaids' dresses
    2. I LOVE how the guys are clapping and cheering for the groom as he comes down
    3. Those shots in the tree...breathtaking!

    The happiness and love is so evident here! Great job, Julia! And, congrats to the newlyweds!!
    April 8, 2014  3:41 pm
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  5. Lauren Luecke said:
    Julia, the pictures are as beautiful as any I've ever seen!! You captured my BFF's wedding in a way she will appreciate forever!

    Thanks for all you did that day from bobby pins to band aids, you rocked!

    The Other Lauren (ie the one who did the flowers for the wedding day)
    April 8, 2014  7:02 pm
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  6. Lisa said:
    Julia!! This wedding could not be more stunning. LOVE the sweet moments you captured, and what a stylish couple!
    April 8, 2014  11:18 pm
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  7. Jessica said:
    RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!! So beautiful, Julia!!
    April 9, 2014  11:35 pm
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  8. Carrie Geddie said:
    Okay, the tree shots are RIDICULOUS, but second runner up for my fav is the bridal portrait with her veil blowing in the wind!!! O EM GEEEE!!!! Outstanding work again, dear friend. Just outstanding.
    April 11, 2014  6:48 pm
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These two were a serious breath of fresh air.. and so was their engagement.  I discovered Lexington, North Carolina along the way.. a town near and dear to Ivy and Chase’s hearts.  Photographing there made this shoot even more meaningful.  Enjoy a few frames.. You can see Ivy and Chase’s wedding here, and a beautiful feature of their wedding on Elizabeth Anne Design’s here.

 

  1. Carrie said:
    So pretty!!!
    March 20, 2014  8:48 am
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