This year has been amazing! I have met the most incredible people on this journey. I have been sitting and staring at this computer because it look me so long to narrow it down to 5 photos. All of my galleries are something I hold near and dear to my heart. These photos in particular are my favorites for reasons all on their own.

5. Secret Handshake

After the ceremony, we made our way back up for family photos to the hay field. You can see more of this beautiful wedding here. As Barrett and Silva waited for friends to join them OUT OF NOWHERE I catch them doing this secret handshake. I don't know what the requirements are for getting into this club, but I want to learn this handshake!

4. These Foreheads are Made for Touchin'

Jennifer and Dwayne were the bubbliest (is that a word?) couple I have met to date. Every pose or idea that came their way they put in 110% effort. You can see their amazing photos here. As we were ending the session I asked them to touch foreheads. This became a much bigger feat to accomplish than I thought. At most, it gave me a good laugh along with Jennifer and Dwayne. Side note, they nailed the pose.

3. Here Horsey Horsey

Something about this picture just is amazing to me. My eyes have to adjust every time I stare at it. It just gives me the warm and fuzzies. When you can capture a moment that seems like we were on a farm with wide open spaces, but in reality we were pretty close to the road. I told Genia that people were going to think they had horses after seeing these images here.

2. Give it the Old College Try

Jess is a friend of mine who is graduating from NC State. We walked around Camden Park until we got to these sheep sculptures. You can see more of this model-in-training here. Her mom came up with the best idea for pictures. She handed over her glasses and told her to push the tassel up with her breath. At first, Jess was acting like it was a mustache tickling her lips. Then she inhaled deeply and sent that tassel flying! It was the best action shot to date!!

1. Not Your Mom's Wedding Photo

This may seem like a normal picture to most, but it has a different feel. The sun was setting and Samantha was freezing her tail off as we shot these portraits. We walked around this large tree and got every angle at lightning speed so we could get this beautiful bride inside. As I walked up towards them for this picture I could just see their relationship radiating from their smiles. I mean, look at how happy they are! My face hurt because I was smiling so much that day. You can see their gorgeous wedding here.

So, that's it! I send this year off with a letter like all my blog posts.

Dear 2018,

Even though we didn't start this journey until July, you have given me blessing after blessing with clients. I have so many new friendships that I hold close to my heart. 2018, you were great, so I know 2019 has many more surprises waiting for me.

Thank you everyone who has allowed me to take pictures of your weddings, families, babies and loved ones! If I didn't have you I wouldn't be able to fulfill my dream. Love you guys!

Preston stands at the altar. His smile is brighter than the two o'clock sun. His eyes are locked on the french doors. His heart is probably racing with adrenaline. To see her. Samantha. In her dress. I follow his lead. Watching the doors with anticipation. I recall a card I found in the bridal suite. Under her hanger a card was addressed to his bride. 'I just wanted you to know today is the happiest day of my life.' I look back at Preston. His eyes let the whole world know. Today is the happiest day of his life.

Just short of a month ago, I met Samantha and Preston at a coffee shop in Chapel Hill. We talked for over an hour and right away I knew this would be a dream wedding to work with. Samantha and Preston got engaged October 6th, 2018 and managed to plan such an amazing wedding in just 10 short weeks. As we talked, and Laila drew pictures for me, I noticed how calm they both were. Samantha has a shyness to her, but a beauty that could silence a room. Her quiet, powerful presence gave me the impression that she knew she would be in good hands. We drew up a timeline for the big day and went our separate ways.

After our final phone call and prepared our wedding timeline together, Christa and I arrived to The Addison Farm in Elon, North Carolina. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and despite everything running behind Samantha still had a great attitude. Her, her mom, her bridesmaids Brianna and Chasity and her daughter Laila got into their dresses. You could see the excitement from Laila as she danced around the bridal suite.

Just as Samantha hoped, the ceremony started on time and went off without a hitch. These two have such a playful and loving relationship that showed from beginning to end. Preston's emotions that day were infectious. It was almost as if he felt complete. As cliche as that sounds. But the man I met prior to the wedding was a different person after the ceremony. As he held his bride during the golden hour pictures he wouldn't stop smiling. His smile got bigger, his hugs got stronger. His kisses got longer. It was the end of an unforgettable day.

Samantha and Preston,

Thank you so much for allowing me into your special day. It was an honor to serve you both during the most beautiful time in your lives. You two have a special place in my heart. I had a blast getting to know you two, Laila and your family. I know this won't be the last time we see each other. Love you guys!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Massey,

xo Taylor