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Hi there! Welcome to the blog, a journal that is updated at least twice a week with recent work, helpful tips, and personal posts! Grab some tea a stay while!

Hi, I'm christa

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One of my closest friends from college moved to North Carolina after we graduated. She lives right in the Blue Ridge Mountains and whenever she would post photos of her new home I would always be drooling over how beautiful it was. I always wanted to visit her and this past September she got married […]

Intimate Mountain Elopement | San Clemente Wedding Photographer

Jan 17, 2019

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One of the biggest things I love about being a wedding photographer is the stories. Each couple has one. And I love meeting with newly engaged couples for the first time and listening to the “long version” over coffee. I love all of the little details and like what they were thinking, who made the […]

Our Story: The Infamous Movie Night

Jan 14, 2019

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I’m not just a wedding photographer because I like beautiful bouquets or wedding gowns (though I do love those things). I do it because I love people and I want to see marriages thrive. My husband and I have been married for 3.5 years and counting, and though that isn’t terribly long by any means, […]

Newlyweds: Our 2 Most Influential Books

Jan 11, 2019

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Since everyone that was a part of SMU spent so much time together, fast friendships formed and a wonderful community began. And we spend as much time together in training as outside of it.

Our Story: Tinkerbell and Peter Pan

Jan 7, 2019

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The semester was off to a great start. My classes were great. My team leaders were doing great. And we were about to head up the mountain for a retreat with all of the leaders. I loved these retreats, the cabin with a view of the lake, and the all the fun activities we had planned. But during this cabin retreat, something was different.

Our Story: Is this Going to Be Awkward?

Dec 31, 2018

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Not only did Kyle and I not meet freshman year but I don’t even remember seeing him around. I have one vague impression of a curly haired guy sitting with our friend Scott and other cross country dudes in the Caf.

Our Story: First Impressions

Dec 10, 2018

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One of the biggest things I love about being a wedding photographer is the stories. Often at the end of these coffee dates, my couple’s will ask, “what about you?”. So I decided it was time to share the story of how Kyle and I fell in love. All the way from “hello” to “I do”.

Our Story: Ships Passing in the Night

Dec 3, 2018

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  Jennifer and Calvin had been longtime friends. They went to undergrad together and had been teaching overseas in China together for almost a year when Calvin asked her on a date. Jennifer’s initial reaction was to say no. Why run the risk of ruining their great friendship? But the more she thought about it the […]

Southern California Country Club Wedding | Japan Wedding Photographer

Jul 12, 2018

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    Not your average date night ideas. They aren’t just a list of things you could do but they are prompts to help you stay connected with one another and stay present in your lives. Love must be tended in order to thrive and these ideas will help you do just that! Here are […]

5 Fun Date Night Ideas July

Jul 10, 2018

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      Going to Italy for your honeymoon but don’t know where to start when it comes to planning your itinerary? It can be hard to know how much time each place needs, where to go and what to do on top and work and wedding planning! This post is a simple frame work for […]

3 Week Itinerary for Italian Honeymoon

Jul 3, 2018

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Christa Norman is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County California and Nagoya Japan