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Lisa and Myron opted for an intimate elopement at the Coker Arboretum at UNC Chapel Hill. We woke up at sunrise to get the best light and to enjoy the silence of the space. While I love weddings, I also have a deep appreciation for elopements too. Sometimes turning off the noise, being together in a beautiful space, the only sound being the words passed between the two of you, is so sweet.

The three of us met while working at UNC Chapel Hill in the Cystic Fibrosis Center (which later because the Marsico Lung Institute). I was lucky to be there from the beginning of their relationship which was nothing short of romantic, genuine, and truly special. Seeing the light on my friends face when she would talk about the love she has for Myron just brought so much joy to my heart.

If you are considering a wedding at Coker Arboretum, I highly recommend it. There are so many cool little hidden spots and an amazing tree that would be the perfect backdrop for any wedding. It’s also one of my favorite places for engagement shoots and bridal shoots. Even in the Fall the arboretum does not dissapoint.

If you are thinking of eloping, let’s talk!

Fall in love with as many things as possible.

She was so easy to be completely comfortable with and made us feel like a movie stars while she snapped pictures as we interacted as we usually do as a couple madly in love.  She was able to capture the most beautiful moments; the small looks and touches in-between that take a photograph from oh that is nice to WOW. When we opened up our gallery, we were blown away with how beautiful the images were.  She captured the way we look at each other when nobody is watching in a gorgeous setting.  I have looked at the gallery so many times and I get lost in it every time, they are the kind of photographs that put you back in your seat and you cannot look away.  I would love to shout from the rooftops use Amina Ford Photography for any occasion because it’s so worth it!!!!!! - Lisa and Myron




















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Belle and Rob had a beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony at Houston Hall in New York City. If you are looking for a warm, intimate space with exposed bricks and a rustic feel, Houston Hall is definitely at the top for New York Wedding Venues. The florals were done by NYC Flower Project based out of Brooklyn. They were spectacular! They gave the rustic venue space a Hollywood glam feel. And can I just talk about the food for a second? Houston Hall does all their catering in house and the food is delicious!! For Belle and Rob, this wedding represented a decade of being together, and many more decades to come full of lots of love on the Sunshine Coast!

Fall in love with as many things as possible!

Thank you Amina!!! You really captured the fun of the day. Thank you. The whole family is enjoying these. - Belle Lenz

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Vendors: Venue Houston Hall | Florals NYC Flower Project

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Belle and Rob had a beautiful, intimate ceremony at Houston Hall in SoHo which happens to be my favorite neighborhood in NYC. The florals, the venue space, the guests, THE DRESS, could not have been more perfect! And can I just talk about the food for a second. It was so delicious! Not only did this wedding represent a decade of being together, but many more decades to come full of lots of love on the Sunshine Coast!

Fall in love with as many things as possible!

Thank you Amina!!! You really captured the fun of the day. Thank you. The whole family is enjoying these. - Belle Lenz

Planning a wedding?? Let’s connect!!


























Vendors: Venue Houston Hall | Florals NYC Flower Project

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Cait and Jeremy had a beautiful wedding day at 1705 East in Raleigh! I first met Cait back in 2011 when we adopted our amazing pup Myrina from her mom and dad who was fostering her (Go check out this amazing rescue Pawfect Match). Not only is Cait an amazing human being, but a super talented hair and makeup artist as well. She has been providing wedding services for brides all over NC! If you are a bride in search of beautiful hair and makeup, make sure you check her out at Bella Trio (link below!)

1705 East provided the perfect backdrop for a southern wedding with delicious food and beautiful florals by Tre Bella (who also happened to do my wedding at the Cotton Room back in 2011!) I loved that on the outside it looked like an historic home, but on the inside it was fresh and modern. You can truly flip this space to fit any type of wedding. Cait’s wedding was soft and romantic, with a gorgeous color pallet fit for a southern spring. This wedding is also featured on Southern Bride and Groom.

Wishing these two a lifetime of love and happiness. And, as always, fall in love with as many things as possible.

I chose Amina Ford Photography because not only is Amina extremely talented, she's a dream to work with. You can tell she's passionate about what she does and it shows in her photos. She's  professional, creative and has a very artistic approach which I love. I cannot say enough about how much I loved our wedding photos. My biggest problem was trying to choose which photos to print! - Cait Hodge

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Vendors:

Venue 1705 East | Dress Tre Bella Bridal | Floral Tre Bella Flowers | Hair and Makeup Bella Trio Salon and Spa | Catering Rocky Top Catering | Engagement Ring Diamonds Direct | Cake Stephanie Richardson | Stationer Minted | Reception Music Elite DJ Solutions | Party Rentals CE Rental | Transportation White Horse Transportation 
































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With the Royal wedding in our rearview mirror I couldn't help but reflect on what it means to be in love. Love doesn't have one definition. It can take on so many different forms, and can manifest itself in so many different ways. As a wedding photographer, I get to meet so many wonderful couples and learn about what love means to them. The first question I ask any couple is "How did you meet?" I get answers that range from "Tinder" to "1st grade!" And every once in a while a couple comes in to your life, or better yet -- steps in front of your camera-- and the chemistry, devotion and love towards one another is undeniable. 

Enter the King and Queen of Greenpoint, Peter and Nicole. Nicole's style is reminiscent of Time Magazine -- circa 1960's --Elizabeth Taylor glamour, while Peter reminds me of a tattooed version of Benedict Cumberbatch -- a refined gentleman with impeccable taste. We spent the afternoon in historic Greenpoint, an established neighborhood drenched in charm. We started with photos on the stoop of their home, and ended the night with coffee and burgers at their favorite diner where the servers knew their order by heart. Oh, and did I mention we made a stop for donuts along the way? Because hello, have you met me? I practically live on a diet of coffee and donuts (but don't tell my trainer!)

As the shoot went on, around every corner we ran in to people that Nicole and Peter knew! Honestly, one of them should consider running for Mayor of Greenpoint, because I think they would win. We even had our very own NYPD, boys in blue, ask to be in their photos (well their patrol car that is!) 

In July Peter and Nicole will tie the know on the rooftop of the Box House Hotel, one of my favorite (and new) wedding venues in Brooklyn. There is no doubt in my mind that their wedding will be every inch as stylish as they are. I am so thankful and grateful they chose me to be their mirror, their story teller, and I can't wait to share their story with you.

Fall in love with as many things as possible. 

xoxo

Amina 





































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Well 2018 is sure turning out to be one of the busiest! My business has doubled this year and NYC has welcomed me with open arms. I also paid taxes for the first time as a small business owner which was both exciting and scary all at the same time. As wedding season in this beautiful city is gearing to take off, I wanted to share a beautiful Brooklyn wedding on the blog. 

My friend and second shooter Melissa Toma (who is amazing and incredible at everything she does) flew up from North Carolina to shoot this wedding with me. We had such a blast together (per usual) sightseeing and working. Melissa, If you are reading this, thank you so much for being my second pair of eyes and running around NYC with me! 

Katie and Roger's wedding was absolutely gorgeous and a true reflection of them as a couple. I loved that Katie opted to do her own wedding flowers, and that Roger had his rad suit custom made by The King Sarah! Katie wore a gorgeous Hayley Paige dress that was out of this world! Her bridesmaids dresses wore a combination of different shades of gold and LOTS of sparkle! Her shoes and purse were unbelievably stylish and adorable by Kate Spade. 

Greenpoint Loft is an amazing old warehouse located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. I love the high vaulted ceilings, the exposed brick, and the rooftop views of Manhattan are insane! I could never tire of that view. Katie and her Bridesmaids got ready before the ceremony at the Box House Hotel in Brooklyn as well. Talk about eclectic. This place is oozing with interesting things in every corner. 

What I love about weddings is that there are no rules. If you want a huge cardboard cut out of your cat on the greeting table, then gosh darn it, DO IT! If you want to see more of Katie and Rogers cuteness overload, check out their engagement session here

Well enough blab for me. A picture is worth a thousand words, and way more interesting :) 

Remember to fall in love with as many things as possible.

xoxo

Amina 

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Recently I have had multiple discussions with my 2018 brides about wedding timelines. I remember when I was getting married I had no idea where to begin. I relied heavily on my wedding photographer and day-of-corrdinator to help me, because honestly I was completely clueless. 

My goal here is to provide you with a few things to think about as you move forward with your own wedding timeline. So enough small talk, lets jump right in! 

{Totally unrelated-- but the Whitney Houston Pandora Station is the best station of all time!} 

Ok, moving on!

The first step I do when I meet with my couples for the first time I try to get a feel of how they see the day going. For example, is the ceremony going to be in the day time, night time, inside, outside, location etc. How long is the ceremony going to be etc. So here are some questions to ask yourself, and why they are important:

When is the ceremony? This matters because it will help you determine how much time you need to get ready and if you have to account for travel time.

Do you want to do a first look? This is important because we need to figure out locations, set aside time for this, and of course look for beautiful light for photography.

When do you want family photographs? This is probably one of the biggest time investments, and one of the most important as well. Some couples want family photography before the ceremony to get them out of the way, others opt for them to be during the cocktail hour. Those are things to consider. Nowadays couples want to spend time with their guests during the cocktail hour.

How long is the ceremony? I think this is self explanatory ha!

Is the ceremony at the same location as the reception? If you are going to multiple locations, you need to allow for adequate travel time. I can't stress how important this is especially for my NYC couples. 

Do you have a cocktail hour planned? If you do, think about how you want to spend this time. Do you want to use it taking couples pictures, with your guests, taking family photos or just spending some quiet time jus the two of you practicing your first dance moves? 

After we work through the ceremony I next ask them about the "getting ready time." Here are some things to think about:

How many people are getting hair and make up? This is so important because it will help you decide how early you need everyone to start the process. The bride should always be last so she looks the freshest.

Where will you be getting ready (bride and groom)? Again, can't stress allowing for ample travel time between the getting ready location and ceremony/reception site. Also one thing to consider if you aren't having two photographers is to have you and your fiancé get ready in the same hotel. This way we can capture both of you as your spend your last moments as single people. 

Will you have bridal party photos? The answer is always YES! This needs to be accounted for when planning your timeline so that we can have fun, not be rushed, and get the most of our time together. 

The next thing I love to talk about is the reception! It is my favorite part of the day because all the stressful parts of the day are done. Here are some things to keep in mind as you make your reception timeline:

Are you doing a formal entrance?

Are you doing a first dance? Father/daughter mother/son dance?

Are you doing a cake cutting?

Are you doing speeches? And how many?

Are you doing a formal exit? 

Hopefully this will help you as you get started with putting together your own wedding timeline. There are no rules when it comes to your wedding day. Be creative, be zen, and be yourself. And always remember to fall in love with as many things as possible. 

Till next time

xoxo

Amina 

 

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