Monthly Archives: January 2012

something tasty and rather addictive

Lovin' From the Oven  |  Millie  |  

I recently spotted a great recipe on Pinterest (which I pinned a while back) and decided to whip it up. I adjusted the recipe to my liking (which you’ll find below) and it was so well received by the office staff at MHP that I made it yesterday and today. No leftovers here and it’s healthy!

What’s your favorite Pinterest recipe lately? Leave me a link in the comments below!

5 Responses to something tasty and rather addictive

  • February 29, 2012 | 8:42 PM

    j’adore ce blog!

  • February 28, 2012 | 4:29 PM

    Can’t wait to try this. YUM

  • February 1, 2012 | 8:24 AM

    This is my new fave and it’s called Angel Chicken which is appropriate because I was thinking something like “This is so good it must have come straight from heaven and have bits of starshine in it” or something like that. Seriously. My husband was eating straight out of the crock pot.

  • January 31, 2012 | 3:49 PM

    Super Easy Crockpot Chili! And of course it tastes even better the 2nd day.

  • January 31, 2012 | 3:11 PM

    ohhhh….that sounds good! My favorite recipe that I found on Pinterest is Thai Coconut Curry Soup.

    I’ve made it twice so far and it is YUMMY. (just ask Linds and Dan…)

stephanie + shane

Rachel  |  Weddings  |  

Stephanie and Shane were married on a beautiful day on Bald Head Island.  The day was filled with exciting moments including a bagpipes and bells exit, a ride on a tandem bike, and even a flash mob during the reception headed up by the parents.  The florals stood out as an elegant touch.  They were designed by Stephanie’s mother, and were absolutely beautiful.  Another standout was the dresses.  The bridesmaids picked their own and Stephanie had a surprise costume change for her and Shane’s first dance, which was really swinging!




































The sunset was a perfect reminder of the beauty of the day.  The thing that stood out to me above every other detail was the way Stephanie and Shane looked at each other throughout the day.  Love is in the air!

Ceremony Location: Bald Head Island Chapel
Reception Location: Bald Head Island Club
Reception Music: The Shakedown

Also, a big thank you goes to Ashley for being the best assistant/sidekick/comic relief I could have asked for on this wedding!

7 Responses to stephanie + shane

  • February 24, 2012 | 7:20 AM

    Rachel, I LOVE the boat shot! Was that something that was there already, or did you guys place it there?

  • February 2, 2012 | 4:44 PM

    Beautiful wedding! Beautiful couple! Looked like a fun wedding to shoot! Great Job!

  • January 31, 2012 | 8:02 PM

    Thank you so much Rachel and Ashley. You both were so fantastic! We loooooved all the pictures and can’t wait to share them with our family! You are the best.

    Stephanie and Shane Wood

  • January 31, 2012 | 6:40 PM

    I’m in love with everything from the bridesmaids dresses – all different, from the flowers, to the fun chandeliers to the GORGEOUS bride and groom. The last picture is AWESOME!

  • Rachel Barker
    January 31, 2012 | 4:35 PM

    Thanks Ashley, I had a great time with you too! The golf cart ride on the way back to the ferry is something I’ll never forget. 🙂

  • January 31, 2012 | 3:32 PM

    I absolutely LOVEEEEEDDDDDDDDDD this wedding! They were so fun and working with you is always ALWAYS a blast! 🙂 Sureeeeeee wish I was around to keep doing it, wah. 🙁
    Absolutely gorgeous, Rachel! The group shot in the willow trees is fantastic. And the BAGPIPER!
    The tiltshift is perfect for a lot of these, too. so good!

  • January 31, 2012 | 2:31 PM

    Amaaazing!!! The last image is just… so gorgeous!! These are so lovely, great work!

melissa + nick

Rebecca  |  Weddings  |  

A beautiful girl, a handsome Marine, an incredible location, gorgeous light… what more could a photographer ask for?

Melissa and Nick’s gorgeous wedding on Bald Head Island may have just been one of my favorites of the year.  When we met for their First Look, they were so excited and giddy to see each other that they literally could not stop smiling and laughing.  It was absolutely contagious!























Three things I loved about being with you on this day: I love the genuine joy your families had for the two of you getting married.  I love the way Nick played with the new ring on his finger.  And most of all, I love the way the two of you are completely smitten for each other!

4 Responses to melissa + nick

  • February 1, 2012 | 11:32 AM

    Melissa is so beautiful. She is positively glowing. The pictures of the love and happiness that Nick and Melissa share are breathtaking. It was hands-down the most beautifuly wedding I have ever seen.

  • January 31, 2012 | 8:40 PM

    These are some of the most beautiful and JOYFUL wedding photos I have ever seen. I’m so happy for both of you!

  • January 31, 2012 | 3:46 PM

    These photographs are gorgeous and most importantly….like Susan said, capture everyone’s happiness. I wish I could have been there.

  • January 31, 2012 | 3:15 PM

    absolutely gorgeous!!! These pictures capture their happiness!

jenny + brig

Engagement  |  Rachel  |  

I have known Jenny for almost as long as I have lived in North Carolina.  She is one of the best, sweetest people on the planet.  Just ask her friends.  It was such a pleasure to meet Brig, her fiancé, and take them out for a day of fun in the midst of their wedding preparation.  The one thing Jenny asked for during this session was that it would be different.  She didn’t want pictures that could be mistaken for anyone else’s.  I think we accomplished that by adding personal touches with the skateboard and starting their shoot in an unlikely place.  A parking garage!












My favorite thing about working with Jenny and Brig was finding out how much Brig adores my beautiful friend Jenny.  He twirls her hair and makes her laugh.  Love is in the air.


3 Responses to jenny + brig

  • February 28, 2012 | 12:51 PM

    Loooooooove these pics, Rachel!

  • February 4, 2012 | 11:50 PM

    The pictures in the parking garage are amazing!

  • January 31, 2012 | 3:53 PM

    Rachel, you did an amazing job … what a gift! I know that Jenny and Brig were so happy that you were doing their shoot, I am amazed at how you captured their hearts!

another day in the office

Amanda + Brent  |  Millie  |  One Fine Day  |  

A little sneak peek of some random images we snapped on our iPhones last week around the studio.  Milo sleeping on the desk while Amanda works (an every day occurence), and our brand new air plant installation which was a fun group effort to put up. We love our creative and spacious MHP studio, incredibly grateful to call this home!


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