Chicago – The Windy City | Personal

The beautiful windy city of Chicago! Wow, Sara and I can’t believe that we are already back in the office after a WONDERFUL trip to Chicago!! It has been such a long time coming for a family vacation that we couldn’t believe we were able to plan this!


Portillo’s in Chicago

I, Sara, am stoked to write all about what we did, where we went, and what we recommend to you for when you go to Chicago next!!! Our trip was from Thursday, August 20th, to Monday, August 24th with a packed weekend full of fun things!

Each day was jammed packed full of different sites for us to go see. Well, why did we go to Chicago? Good thought! We went for a few reasons: one, who doesn’t want to travel to an amazing city?! Two, Jake had never met a lot of my family since we have gotten married and this was the prefect chance! Plus, he LOVES food so it only makes sense. Third, we wanted to see Michelle’s sister, Ida, who just survived cancer!

We started off by flying into Midway, IL on Southwest! When we arrived we used their rental car, which was fantastic! We spent the rest of the day exploring downtown. Of course the first thing we did was stop at the first Portillo’s in site! We went to the Millennium Park which holds the Cloud Gate (aka. The Bean), Buckingham Fountain, The Lurie Garden, and the Jazz Band playing in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion! We even walked down by Lake Michigan towards the planetarium, taking in the beauty of the lake. The water was so clear! You could see all of the sail boats gliding across the water so effortlessly. It looked like a picture perfect moment! At the end of the day we went to enjoy a thin crust pizza at Giordano’s!


Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Day two we spent in another part of downtown Chicago, Navy Pier! Again, the water was stunningly clear and the weather was gorgeous!! Navy Pier has tons of attractions and little shops you can go into. Stores that are lined with fudge, all varieties of candy, caramel corn, and some really adorable souvenirs! That is just the inside!! The outside has all sorts of different rides, boat tours that you could take, and a BEAUTIFUL Ferris wheel I have always wanted to ride! Which Mom and I did do! It was about an 8 minute ride, but the view was breathtaking. You couldn’t have asked for more! After trying, but not making it, on the Skydeck in Willis Tour we heading back to get ready with a lovely dinner out with old friends of Michelle’s!


Navy Pier in Chicago

This part of vacation brought us to tears…in a GOOD way! For dinner we went to Sabatino’s, a GORGEOUS Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. The only way to describe this was it was like a scene from a movie. Our food came out in a way that we ate so much, but it didn’t feel like a lot! The Gnnochi…..was just amazing. As Italians, we love our food a certain way especially for making Gnnochi at home, but these were SO good. This is the best part, the owner of the restaurant (Angelo) remembers working with my grandfather, Ray, when he owned his own meat company in Chicago! That was probably over 30 years ago! Michelle had tears in her eyes and the night couldn’t have felt more like home.


Sabatino’s in Chicago

Saturday started off by eating at this breakfast nook which was created by Maggianos’, The Corner Bakery. With coffee in hand, we went to explore through the Shedd Aquarium! I haven’t been there since I was little and it has changed so much! Trust me, you think you might wanna miss out because it has a lot of fish, don’t! Go see all the amazing animals they have, from the beautiful to the interesting! When we left the Shedd, we went to spend the rest of the night with my relatives who I haven’t seen in 5 years! Great food surrounded by even better company!


Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

On Sunday, we spent FIVE hours looking around The Musuem of Science and Industry! Even at the end of five hours we still didn’t get to see everything. It was HUGE, but all so amazing to see. They had everything from old time trains, to how tornado’s are created, to everything that you can think of! My favorite part was going into each section and getting a mold-a-rama made! All a mold-a-rama is, is a machine that presses hot wax into a mold and instantly cools it to create a waxed figure! They had a Submarine, a Train, an Airplane, and a Spaceship. So cute!! We ended the last evening with a quiet dinner with a gorgeous lakeside view at Weber Grill.


Midway Airport in Chicago

When Monday came around, we packed up and headed home! It truly was a wonderful vacation. If you are ever in Chicago, go check these AMAZING places out!! You will never regret seeing this city!


Brittany & Garrett | Engagement | UNC Carolina

It was a just so much fun meeting our lovely bride and groom, Brittany and Garrett! UNC Carolina was the perfect place to photograph their engagement session!  A place that holds a lot of great memories for these two. Brittany was attending UNC Carolina while Garrett was at NCSU when they met. How did they meet?  Through a mutual friend, Adam! Adam set up the couples first date in May over four years ago!  Soon these two are going to be married at the Great Hall at Castle McCulloch. While they are busy planning a wedding and working, they both are currently getting their Master degrees at NCSU!  They are just the sweetest couple ever as we spent our time photographing we talked about their careers, cotton farming, weddings and Coldstone ice-cream!

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Sarah & Daniel | Day After Session | UNC Carolina

Sara and I  have to say that we have been SO EXCITED to blog about this Day After Session since we began to photograph it! Let us introduce to you, Sarah and Daniel! (Double Sara(h)’s!!) :) Sarah and Daniel were just thankful to be standing outside in their wedding dress and suit without freezing! Wait, let me explain. Sarah and Daniel were married in Burlington, North Carolina along with taking photographs at The University of North Carolina campus in front of the Old Well in DECEMBER. They told us about how it was around 28-30 degrees outside, brr! So they were not able to get a lot of pictures of just them outside. At the end, you could just see the smiles on their faces of just being able to spend the time in their wedding outfits without freezing! And let me just say, they just completely LIT up in front of the camera!! It was a joy to watch it unfold as we photographed it as they were amazing to work with!UNC-Carolina-Day-After-Session15These two won our giveaway that we held a few months back and I can’t stop saying how perfect the timing was! We waited until the heat cooled down a bit and then they decided on the perfect location. The University of North Carolina! It is just on our LOVE list right now! Perfect lighting, many locations to photograph in, and at GOLDEN HOUR, it made it so dreamy and perfection.

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Just For Our Brides: It’s All In The Details!

Details, details, details! It is all in the details! Think of it! You spend so much time finding all these perfect details to accent your wedding beautifully, shouldn’t they be photographed? Documented for you to cherish and remember the memories attached to each detail?  The details not only add to the wedding, but it transfers beautifully over in your photographs to have for generations!! It makes a WORLD of difference when your details are all together for us to photograph right away. Something brides will ask us is “Michelle, when you say details, what does that all include?” That is a valid questions, what does it mean when we say details! In this blog I will be showing you lovely brides a few different ideas of details that would be AMAZING to photograph the day of your wedding! Each detail to every bride is unique and cherished in unique ways. Here are some of our favorite details to photograph, but we love all different types of details!


After all the time spent choosing the right gown, it is something that you should have photographed! For us, this is how we start our day by seeing you getting even more gorgeous then by photographing your dress! It is a little window into what the day will hold. A tip with the dress, make sure that you have the right HANGER to display your dress on.  Instead of the plastic hanger it comes with, you can get an elegant customized hanger!  Even a wooden hanger makes an elegant display for your dress! Trust us, this detail you will not want to miss!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Dress Detail Photograph

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Dress Detail Photograph


Another critical part of the wedding details are the RINGS. We really love the BLING, please make sure all three rings are ready for their close up as soon as we start photographing! While you will be wearing them everyday from that day onward, it is wonderful to have a lot of photographs of them!  Once we have the ring shots THEN they can go back to where they belong. :)

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Ring Detail Photograph

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Ring Detail Photograph

Veil and Hairpieces:

Veils, whether long or short, add their touch of softness to each wedding! Just as an example, Sara had a birdcage veil for her wedding and it was perfect to photograph the rings on! They are beautiful to photograph on or off the bride (and sometimes groom)! Especially when photograph details, the veil will add a beautiful glow to the picture, it will be worth it to have it ready!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Bridal Detail Photograph

When doing Carla and Richards FIRST LOOK we got this beautiful image with her veil!Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography|Wedding Photography



Shoes! Sara is a complete shoe girl! Who does love shoes, especially those you wear on your wedding day? Don’t let anyone bring you the shoes later, have them with the dress so you don’t have to worry. Everything will be together and ready for us to photography! Here are two important tips we have learned throughout our course of photographing: first, you NEED to break in your shoes before your big day! Secondly, when we take you out for your couple session, it is important to think of pointy heels and grass! If you purchase heel stoppers, it will save you worry on your wedding day to spend dancing with your husband!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Shoe Detail Photograph

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Shoes Detail Photograph


Speaking of shoes, lets not forget about the earrings, bracelets, purse and necklaces! It is so tempting to put these on but please wait for us to get ALL the details and then slip these on after your dress!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Jewerly Detail Photograph


A favorite broach from your grandmother or handkerchief from your mother, it is important to photograph for you to have! Something that we really love learning about it favorite keepsakes that each bride cherishes.


Flowers add a beautiful backdrop to all your other details while photographing. Please have ALL your flowers delivered to wherever you are getting ready so that we can have a few for your before photographs! Especially if you are considering, which we encourage, a FIRST LOOK.

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Flower Detail Photograph

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Flower Detail Photograph


Invitations, just like all the other details, add that special flare to each wedding. It creates and adds another dimension to your detail photographs and its something you will want to keep! You can either send us an invitation (which we will accept! :) or have a copy of one on your wedding day that we can use!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation Set

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation Set

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation Set


Letters and/or gifts adds beauty and happy tears to a wedding day! Whether they are shared between bride and groom or for your parents/attendants. Every bride, groom, or parent has a different response to these letters/gifts. They provide a beautiful moment of peacefulness or excitement before the wedding ceremony! Just a tip, if you do want to share a moment together, think of where you would like this to happen and will you include this in your first look(?)!

The groom was given a surprise gift, right before the wedding! While he was out of town on a business trip, the bride did a bridal portrait session and included his Harley Davidson Bike!

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You can even do special gifts for your children! A special gift for a son.

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These are most of the details that you can have photographed! From head to toe, everything about your details are important. Everything has it place and if it is important to have in your wedding, we want to make sure it is photographed! There are a numerous amounts of other details that you can add into your wedding day, just let us know! The more details, the better! We hope that this helps you when it comes to planning your wedding details! We just can’t get enough of them.

Website Relaunch – 2015!!!

Website Relaunch

Ahhh! The new website is HERE! Wow, it honestly is so surreal actually writing that we are done. That massive to-do list is finally completed! This website has felt all the hard work and love that we have poured into it. After a month filled with new goals, new dreams, and new to-do lists!

How we began the process was like any other, we desired something fresh and new. A website that completely fit us in every way, something clean and timeless. I can’t tell you how much we fell in love with this website. The website idea came to us before even met our dream photographer, Katelyn James! Along with getting our photographs taken, she worked with us in a coaching session to revamp our website and our brand. There were some days that it was difficult, but the long nights were incredible worth it! Sara and I have revamped this website to be better for YOU! This is about how we can create a lovely experience for you when looking for wedding photography! Along with creating a new site, we have created a new Timeless Wedding Experience, just for you!

Sara and I would really love to thank our husbands, Joe and Jake, for helping and supporting our dreams! They truly are the support system to each of us and we couldn’t be more thankful for them! To our friends and families who have listened to our ideas, rants of frustration, and encouraged us! Our friends at Showit, who helped us out throughout the process of this website relaunch! And to Katelyn, who encouraged us to dream higher and serve more!


Want to experience the new website?! CLICK HERE. :)

Mother/Daughter Girls Night Out Ideas | Personal

Sara and I cannot even begin to explain how much has been going on behind the screen!! We have been working hard (we promise!!) to bring you guys something special!! Yet, we will reveal what we have been working so hard at the end of this blog so just a little longer!
One thing I love about my work is working with my daughter. We make such a great team as we know what each other thinks and how the other works. Yet, family businesses always have a difficult side especially when we live with each other! We can disagree with how something is supposed to look or how a workflow needs to flow.  Something that we learn to do is discuss with each other how we feel about this or that, and we talk it through.  We don’t leave the room until we work through whatever needs to be discussed. And honestly, this does not happen that much which is why I really do love working with Sara.
However, we all need breaks! We need those times to recoup and have a turn off the brain from thinking anything to do with work/business! And when this time comes around when we need a break, Sara and I have Mother/Daughter girls night out ideas! We wanted to share a few of our ideas we do at least every month to help us have a quality, personal, and carefree date night with your daughter (or mother!).

1. M o v i e  D a t e : Whether this is inside your own home or at a movie theater, pick a funny movie that will make you laugh and just laugh away! Laughing is something that is so helpful with releasing tension and stress. Sara and I just went to the movies to see the Minions with a LARGE tub of buttery popcorn and our favorite candies! I haven’t laughed that hard in a while and it just helped put everything into perspective. We also have movie nights at my house where we wear our comfiest outfits and watch old black and white movies. Of course we have popcorn and candy, that is a must!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Momma and Baby Bear
2. R e a d i n g : Sara and I never get the chance to read something other than photography books and other blogs we love, and when we do its is very rare! Is that how it is with you? Because honestly, I don’t know how some people even get a chance too! Yet, when Sara and I need a break, we read together. It might or might not be the same book, but we sit down in a quiet room together and read. It helps clear your head of everything you might worried about and leaves you focused on something else. Oh, don’t forget the beautifully soft music playing in the background, because I can’t read in just a died quiet room. Are you like that too?

3. S h o p p i n g : Okay, this might get us into a little bit of trouble with the Husbands, but who doesn’t need some retail fun every once and a while?!  Sara and I really do have similar taste in A LOT of things…we even have matching purses. (We love Target so much, maybe a little too much?) But this doesn’t have to mean shopping for clothing or journals, this also could mean taking a trip to Trader Joe’s for flowers and cookies. For us, this is an hour drive round trip and in this time we have time to talk about everything and anything (except business!).

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Momma and Baby Bear
 (Say hello to our beautiful mugs from Pier 1! Sara really loves her #calithecoffeecup!)
4. T a k i n g  S e l f i e ‘ s: I love this because it doesn’t cost any money, but it is the funniest thing to do! Selfie’s don’t always have to be beautiful, but can be goofy! You can make silly faces and just laugh at yourself and each other (and no one has to see them!)!! Just have fun and have no expectation! You could also do this at a photo-booth if you have one near you and keep the pictures in your memory box! Afterwards, you could pick up some ice cream and ask for extra sprinkles to share. :)
5. P i c n i c  T i m e : In North Carolina, it is SO hot lately, but when it hits the evening hour it can cool down enough for a picnic! Now, you don’t have to travel, but have one in your yard! It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. That is beautiful thing about picnic’s! Our favorite thing to put in our basket is watermelon because we ALWAYS eat it all up. Just take your favorite snacks, sit down and enjoy the beautiful outdoors (we try to do this without our phones, but always have to take photos)! Some fresh air is perfect so helping tension especially being caught up in front of a computer/phone screen.
With how crazy life can be, take some time out to enjoy some of these date night ideas with someone that you hold dearly. I know that I can’t wait for next week because Sara and I are going to take a day off to enjoy the hard work we have been working on! Which leads me into talk about our secret!
Everyone better keep a look out because by this time next week, Sara and I are releasing OUR NEW WEBSITE!!! Along with this beautiful new website, we will be releasing our new PRICING and new LOGO COLOR. We have been working so hard since June to do this and it has been even harder keeping it from you! We want you to get excited because these changes will help YOU out as a bride with new resources and more for you to experience!! We hope that you are just as excited as we are and will stick around to see the transformation!!!

10 Things You Want To Know About Us!

It has been such a busy few weeks on the blog! Why you should say YES to an Engagement Session, meeting the beautiful Pasha who does even more beautiful wedding invitations, and our blog mission statement! Not only just on the blog, Michelle and I have been working hard on a secret project!! Don’t worry, we will soon be revealing it to you soon! Keep an eye out for a blog post on Tuesday! BUT, today we wanted to write a fun blog post for you to enjoy! Of course you know who we are, but we want to tell you even more about the quirky fun facts of us!

5 Things to know about Sara:

1.  My favorite store to shop at is Trader Joe’s! (Oh goodness, I could be in there for hours buying everything!)

2. I am OBSESSED with journals. I always have an abundant amount on hand!

3. Even though I got a bachelor degree in Medieval and Ancient Roman History, I always wanted to go for the study of Italian. I took a total of 4 classes before I had to switch! (Ciao, mi chiamo Sara! Io amore a parlo Italiano con tu!)

4. I really do love going to as many fairs as I can throughout the year!! The ride I love the most? The Ferris Wheel!

5. My favorite guilty snack is a large spoonful of Cookie Butter. (Okay, make it two!)


5 things to know about Michelle:

1.  I love pretty journals and ink well pens. One of my favorites is a pen my husband brought home for me from Germany.  It is a hand glass blown pen!

2. I’m in love with being in love. That could a big reason why I love movies that always have a happy ending. So needless to say I love the Hallmark Channel!
3. When I was 16 I found a pen-pal in England.  We still write and talk to each other!! (Hello love!)
4. My favorite homemade dish would be Gnocchi with meat sauce, I learned how to make these from my mother and she learned from her father. Favorite takeout Chicago Pizza or Portillo’s Beef Sandwich.
5. Dogs! There has always been a dog in my life since I was 3! Starting with a German Shepperd named Sable. I couldn’t imagine my life with out my furry ones!
We love to know something wonderful about you please share with us in the comments below!

Invitations Inspiration

When you’re planning your wedding, you have everything in the world to think about! The dress, the colors, the invitations, the decor, the venue (either one or two locations), the cake, the flowers, the photography, and the list never ends! But honestly, don’t worry!! Taking it one step at a time and asking for help is a wonderful thing! Also, professionals in the wedding field are a great resource for you to use to help you!! Not to run over your dreams, but to help make those dreams a reality.

One of the first thing your guests will see a preview of the wedding is the invitation! It sets the stage of elegance, beauty, and how timeless your wedding will be. Pasha Davis, with Davis Design LLC, has created beautiful invitation sets from Charlotte, North Carolina. Pasha sent us a few of her favorite invitations she had previously created for her past brides. The invitations held so much beauty and each one was unique in their own way! Different fonts, colors, sizing, and shape! It makes my head spin with how creative she is when designing these!

Pasha took some time to share her thoughts with you:

1. Why should a bride have her invitations professionally done?

A bride should have her invitations professionally done for many reasons. The biggest reason is because her time and effort is valuable. A professional ought to be able to take a bride’s vision and create a stationery set that showcases the personality and style that the bride wants, which takes stress off of the bride. Just like with their floral arrangements and table setting, a bride ought to be able to find the stationery set that they love and a professional ought to be able to replicate it while personalizing it for the happy couple.

2. How far in advance should she begin working with her professional?

Depending on what stationery pieces a bride wants will depend on when she should begin working with a professional. For those brides that can’t wait to send out engagement announcement, they ought to begin working with a professional soon after the engagement. For those that are sending out save the dates, then she would ought to start working with a professional 9-11 months before the big day. For those brides that are just sending out invitations, then she should begin working with a professional 6-8 months before the big day.

3. Can you tell us about yourself, what you do, and why you love it?

I’m Pasha Davis, co-owner of Davis Designs. We’re a small design boutique located in Charlotte, NC; but we serve clients worldwide. We love working with couples and bringing their personality and style out in the stationery we create for them. Everything we do is custom because we feel no two brides are alike and it should show in their wedding stationery.

While our website is being revamped, take a moment to check out our Instagram page for a look at our past work:

Sara and I really had a BLAST pulling out our cameras to photograph! If you are getting ready to start your invitation planning, here are a few ideas to help you along your journey!

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitation


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Greensboro Wedding Photography | Michelle Robinson Photography| Wedding Invitations


Thank you Pasha for letting us photograph these gorgeous invitations!