ames and jess jewelry

First of all, head to Ames And Jess’ website and check them out.  They’re two amazing women who create and sell amazing things.

I’ve been thinking a lot about these gorgeous pieces from Ames And Jess, and had to share some of our favorite shots of some of our favorite pieces!  Jordan and I are in major countdown-to-wedding-day mode, as our day is now only four days away.  We’re meeting with Ames & Jess tomorrow evening to pick up my custom wedding necklace, and I am THRILLED to see what they’ve done for us!  There will be plenty of photos of the necklace, be sure of that. :)

We took a few shots of some select pieces from Ames And Jess’ fall collection.  Wanna see?  Yes, you do.  On to the photos!

Before shooting these pieces, we had an initial design consult with Amy (“Ames”) to discuss my custom necklace.  At this meeting she asked if I ever wear yellow gold, to which I basically replied, “No, never ever.”  I later saw the “Dotty Initial” necklace, and immediately retracted that statement.  LOVE it, and the Starburst necklace is also quite snazzy.


These are seriously rockin.  I so wish my ears were pierced so I could wear something like these, the lovely Paradise earrings.  We may have to remedy this non-pierced situation.  Gorgeous!


This is probably my favorite shot of the day.  The Big Island earrings are so much fun, and they really shine with these fall colors!


Ah, the Gunpowder Grey. These pearls are beautiful!


Simple and lovely. Love this “Beach Party” necklace.


This last one is just for me. My birdie was apparently feeling left out of the jewelry party…how could I not add a Dotty Hoop earring? :)


We hope you hop on over to the Ames And Jess site (they’re on facebook too), and check out more of their beautiful pieces.  We provided the homepage photos, and love those to pieces as well!  We know it’s only September, but we’re already thinking holidays…keep these ladies in mind when you’re ready to do some shopping!

carly + travis *married*


 Carly & Travis are married, everybody shout hooraaaaaaaaay! Okay seriously, this wedding was beautiful, and we had a “JAMing” good time.  Get it, get it?  Cause we’re JAM?  Alright enough of the silly rambling, on to the photos.

But wait, first you have to be informed of the lovely folks who helped make this day possible.

The wedding & reception were held at the  Hilton Mansion on the Hill 

Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day helped organize and plan Travis & Carly’s beautiful day

Flowers by Brides & Bouquets

Hair & makeup by Bella Trio

DJ Services by KM DJ Company

The delicious cake was made by Sweet Memories Bakery

Carly you are right, I am overwhelmed with cuteness.  Look at those rolls on baby Shea!!


 Carly’s mom putting on her “something old” necklace. 


Carly & Travis chose to do a “first look” and see each other before the ceremony. This gave us a tiny bit of time to grab some shots of just the two of them before they were lovingly swarmed by guests. 

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LOVE this




The guys, just before heading into the sun. You all were awesome in your suits.


Shea was so curious, about the dresses, the outlets in the middle of the floor, the beads on Mommy’s dress, the bright yellow flowers in the bouquets…and oh so much more. :)


Before the ceremony…takes a little stress off when you’ve already seen each other! :) 


Carly was escorted down the aisle by her mom & dad.


These two have no trouble with kissing. ;)  We have kissy photos galore!


The beautiful married couple



Details from their day

Love the card favors!  I do love flower & ring shots, so there are several more of those coming soon. :) McDetailsWeb.jpg

 You guys are a couple of fun-loving goofs, and I love it!


Love that Carly’s the only one really aware of what’s going on right here!


Carly’s a big fan of selective color.  We’ll do a few more, but I thought this one was a good candidate to start.


Nothing too formal and posed wherever we go.  That’s just how we like it!


Straight chillin at the Mansion on the Hill


I love this shot of you ladies!


First dance, Carly & Travis style.

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Carly’s dad gave a wonderful, hilarious, and heartwarming toast.


There was laughter everywhere we went!


Two of the sweetest father-daughter dances we’ve seen…first with Carly & her dad, then Travis & Shea.


 A few of the guys popped out to the front porch to enjoy some yummy-smelling cigars.


This is just awesome, yes?


Relaxin with the boys


This is also pretty fantastic.


And as with our last post of Carly & Travis, let’s end it with the cutest girl there. Baby Shea!


Congratulations Carly & Travis it was a beautiful day!  We wish you many more of those!


Reed Roams Durham

 We were so excited to finally meet up with little Reed and his family this past Sunday.  We’ve been attempting a session for months, but rain and tricky schedules held us back…until now!  I think it was meant to be, ‘cause I’m loving the photos we got around town. :)

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He was fascinated by the grates he was walking on here. Lots to see down below :) 


 Checking out the Durham Bulls ball park


 You’d think we posed him, wouldn’t you? :)


 Reed was putting his pennies in his pocket as we headed up to the fountain outside the DPAC. Love that first shot with hand-in-pocket! :)

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 Reed was a “nice monster,” chasing Jordan and I around the fountain and across the street!


 Again, we didn’t pose him, but look at that face and stance!  He’s a natural, Miranda…when he wants to be. :)


 Building with a little pile of rocks :)


 I absolutely love this…I think it’s the look


rockin’ the lookback


 this photo makes me smile :)


 Reed has a great eye for photography already!  These last two were taken by him, on Mindy’s camera.  Cute mom & dad shot, and he got Jordan, too! :)

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Lots more cute shots with the whole bunch! :)