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So with this internship I am not just learning the in’s and out’s of running a business and about photography, I’m also getting a lot of new experiences thanks to the one and only Miss Crystal Genes.

This all started in Burgaw when I tagged along for Beth and Daniels wedding.  First, Crystal took me to Topsail Beach (where I had never been before).  It was a treat for me because I don’t make my way to the coast much, but I love the beach. After the beach we went to Flaming Amy’s Bowl.  It’s this awesome little restaurant hidden in the most random spot you don’t know it’s there unless you know it’s your destination.  I think it can be classified as Mongolian food. While I’m hardly considered a picky eater I love the idea of throwing in whatever foods I like.  I will TOTALLY be going  back there!  Next on the list was blueberry picking!!!! Seriously, it was so hot and I don’t know if I was completely up for it at the time because of the temperature but it was so worth it.  Mom and Dad loved the blueberries I brought back to Charlotte with me.  I told my mom I’d be at a blueberry farm every week if there was one in Charlotte (I don’t think there’s one?). The whole time we were there Crystal kept talking about Duplin Wine and going to the Duplin Winery.  While we didn’t make it there, I did get to taste some while in Burgaw.  It was super tasty! I have a feeling I’ll be picking it up in the grocery store soon!  Lastly, Crystal took me into downtown Wilmington to go to Nikki’s Sushi.  I was sooo scared when she told me we were getting sushi (yea, i know.  Artsy college kids typically like sushi).  I figured i could always fall back on the california rolls if I needed to. I don’t remember what I had, but I liked it!!

Okay! Back to Charlotte! I think the biggest thing here that Crystal has introduced me to is the Plaza Midwood area in general.  She took me contra dancing guys!!! We were supposed to have a shoot and it was rescheduled last minute for some reason (maybe bad weather). Just as I was walking out the door Crystal remembered it was Monday night Contra Dancing at Chantilly Hall.  She asked if  I wanted to go, I figured why not.  It was so much fun; even though it was my first time I felt like a fool for not knowing all the steps. People were great though and they really helped me along!!

watch this video Crystal put together of us dancing!  (i’m the one in the bright blue skirt and black tank)

Crystal & me Contra Dancing

Crystal has also introduced me to a lot of new flavors!  While working with her I have now tried falafel, eaten take-out from ZiZi’s Vegan restaurant (I like my meat though, in case you guys were wondering), eaten at Crisp (I LOVE salad!!!) and have sipped on Vietnamese iced coffee.  There is not a single thing I’ve eaten/had to drink from this list that I haven’t enjoyed.

Thank you Crystal for opening my eyes to all these new things! I’m sure there’s still more to come!!

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such a GORGEOUS couple!

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It was finally time to update the ol’ blog, so here we are and we’re so glad that you’ve found us.

Go ahead and bookmark us and/or add us to your blog reader before you forget!

We’ve imported most of the weddings from our old blog below.  If you want to see past engagement or other portrait sessions prior to August 2010 just visit our old blog and have fun browsing our old stuff.  If for any reason you still need to visit our old blog, you can view it here… http://www.crystalgenes.wordpress.com

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When I first talked to Kelsey, I could tell right away that she has an eye for detail.  Chatting with her about her wedding plans over the months just made me more and more excited for their wedding day to arrive.  The day was gorgeous, the details were beautiful yet classic with a touch of personality, and their reception… well I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.  So much fun!!!  Click below to check out their wedding day slideshow and to see more images!

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Okay, are you ready for these details?!  Cause here they come!

I can’t stress enough how important your choice for entertainment is for the success of your reception.  Band of Oz was absolutely wonderful and kept the party hopping and engaged for hours and hours.

They had the LOOOOOOONGEST wedding train I’ve ever seen!

take a moment to study what’s happening in this image…

good thing lavender is good luck in marriage cause it’s raining on the couple!

In case you missed it above… check out their wedding day slideshow below to see more images and video clips from their wedding day:)

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Vendors:

Ceremony – Cenetary United Methodist Church

Reception – Forsyth Country Club

Cake – Cumberland Cafe

Florist – Occasions of the Hart

Invitations – Twin Ravens Press

Band – Band of Oz

Hair & Makeup – Silk Road Salon

Gown – Custom made, designed by bride

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Crystal Genes Photography is traveling the USA from May-September of 2011.  Invite us to your town for a wedding or any sort of custom portrait session and receive our Road Trip special pricing!  Contact us here for more information!

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click here to view our charlotte nc wedding photographers website:)bridal portrait at tanglewood park in clemmons ncKelsey gets married today! I’ve been so excited to share these photos since April! We went to Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC near Winston Salem for her bridal portrait session and it was just a fantastic Spring day and Kelsey looked so pretty that I could have photographed for hours and hours if the light allowed it:)bride running through the green field at tanglewood park in clemmons ncbride twirling in her wedding dress for her bridal portraits at tanglewood park in clemmons ncbride with a dandelion in tanglewood parkbride blowing a dandelion in the wind for her bridal portraits at tanglewood park ncbridal portrait by the stone wall at tanglewood park in clemmons ncbride in her wedding dress by the stone wall at tanglewood park in clemmons nc for her bridal portraitsKelsey’s new husband works for the Railroad, so she thought he might like a bridal portrait of her by the train for his office! How adorable!bridal portrait by a train at tanglewood park in clemmons ncbridal portrait by the train at tanglewood park in clemmons ncbridal portrait by the manor house at tanglewood park in clemmons ncKelsey is the kind of girl who knows exactly what she likes. When she couldn’t find the exact dress she had envisioned for her wedding, she had it made from scratch! Her silk and lace dress is absolutely beautiful and it has pockets to boot! I mean who doesn’t love a wedding dress with pockets?!bride wearing a custom made wedding dress for her bridal portraitsbridal portraits by the entrance gate to the fragrance gardens in tanglewood park in clemmons nc

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