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User Image nancyray Posted: Oct 15, 2017 2:24 PM (UTC)

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My yesterday. 😍 It was sunny and foggy and colorful and autumny and breezy. My last wedding of the year couldn't have been more beautiful in the mountains of North Carolina. So grateful. #nrpweddings

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User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 18, 2017 4:15 PM (UTC)

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This session means so much to me. Because of this session, my love for my work was renewed like never before. If I may be honest for a second, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Not because of Sydney and Fletcher (goodness I already knew I loved them), but because I had to spend 7 hours in a car + 1-2 hours of shooting time away from my 2.5 month old baby in order to capture this session.⠀
But do you know what I discovered during this incredible session?⠀
It was SO WORTH IT. The alone drive time did my mama heart some good, and I captured the love of a couple and the legacy of a family home that left me inspired, energized, and passionate for my work all over again.⠀
And goodness do I want my girls to know the value of good, meaningful work that lights your heart on fire! Thank you, Sydney and Fletcher for this sweet gift.⠀
More images of this sweet couple and the most incredible family home I've EVER captured - on the blog today! #nrpsessions #nrpbrides #nancyrayphotography #shootfilm
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 16, 2017 1:49 PM (UTC)

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I went for a record breaking TWO runs this week and this morning I am crazy sore 🙈🤣. With no double stroller, I’ve been struggling with some major Mama guilt asking for help so I can run. But I have to remind myself that I’m my best for my family when I’m healthy. Baby steps after having a baby, am I right? #nancyrayruns
User Image nancyray Posted: Dec 15, 2017 2:29 AM (UTC)

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The day before Jess and Kyle's wedding, heaven welcomed Grandaddy Gene home. He was Will's granddad, the last of our living grandparents. He watched from heaven as his only granddaughter got married, and his funeral was a little less than two weeks later. Then we all got the flu, and life has just been crazy between it all. (Read: 2 little girls, Christmas, and our craziest course launch and editing season ever.) All that to say, I am oh so grateful for photographs. I love legacy even more, and this picture I took of Grandaddy Gene 2 years ago reminds me of how beautiful life is, even in the crazy seasons. How life is short, and how life is good. Grandaddy Gene was a photographer too, and we talked many times about how he loves the fact I still shoot in film💕. Praying we all keep our legacies in the forefront of our minds this Christmas season.
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 28, 2017 7:47 PM (UTC)

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4 months with this one. 💕 She loves to talk loudly to her sister and sleep and giggle. Her smile is so bright and full of life, it’s straight from heaven. #lyndonraytoday #lyndonmonthbymonth #winstonthedane
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 22, 2017 3:47 AM (UTC)

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Me: “What was your favorite song today at library story time?”
Milly: “The whip and nae nae song.”
😂 #millyraytoday
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:06 PM (UTC)

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Because you need to know about #nrptopknots . 💁🏼‍♀️
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 21, 2017 11:44 AM (UTC)

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I’ve been up since 4:30am (thanks little Lyndon!) ... I washed and curled my hair 🙌🏻 and now I’m sitting on the couch with a candle lit, my journal and Bible in hand. It’s been a while since I’ve had this time all to myself and Jesus. Usually it’s shared with a toddler climbing on my lap while I’m nursing my 3 month old. 🤣
I picked up the book “How’s your Soul” and began to read. And I remembered all at once how needed it is to be refreshed, how healthy it is to REST, how it’s important to really ask yourself: “How is my soul today?”
It took me back to Return to Rest - a retreat I’ve spoken at for two years now. I retreat that I’ve come to love because of the rest and healing it’s brought to me. This image is from that retreat : my view from a tiny cabin in New Hampshire on a frozen lake at sunrise. I’m already looking forward to the retreat again in January!
Take some time today to ask yourself the scary question and honestly answer it: how is your soul today?
And if you’d love an extended time of soul rest and worship and meeting with the Lord who restores our souls completely, you might consider joining me at @returntorest again. It’s the sweetest retreat, and without fail God shows up and does something really special ever single time. 💕 #returntorest #returntorest2018
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 20, 2017 1:52 PM (UTC)

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They are MARRIED. One of my favorite engagement sessions of all time is on the blog today. I love you two a whole lot, @jessray and @kylemlangdon. Also - can you even handle this biker that passed at the perfect moment? 🙌🏻🚴🏼 #jessandkyledowntheaisle #nrpsessions
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 18, 2017 2:36 AM (UTC)

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It’s the fourth one like this. Sam gave us these rings one Christmas while we were still in high school, and they have “forever” engraved on them. At each of our weddings, we have taken this picture - us holding our bouquets with our forever rings. And we’ve been waiting for this day - the fourth picture. Jess’s wedding. Today my best friend and my sister got MARRIED. We walked all through beaufort and we cried our faces off in worship during the ceremony and we danced like goons and we have the FOURTH PICTURE. Today was so, so good. Thank you Jesus. #minkiesforever #jessandkyledowntheaisle
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 18, 2017 2:27 AM (UTC)

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I couldn’t let today pass without saying a few things about this beautiful lady. 1. @oliviasuriano & @andrewsuriano ’s wedding is on my blog after waiting a year! (Why? Because it was her dream to get it published and thanks to @thesoutheasternbride it is now in print! 🎉) 2. She spent the entire day photographing a wedding that I was a bridesmaid in, and goodness did she nail it. 💪🏻👊🏻 3. I just love her a whole lot. She’s been my #nrpbride and she’s on the #nrpteam and she keeps me organized in the #nancyrayshop . Oh did I say that I love her? Because I do. Thank you for serving my sweet family all day long today alongside @calliepittsdavis & @beccakatephotography . It’s always good to be on the other side of the camera!
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:08 PM (UTC)

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I LOVE surprises. More than being surprised, I love being the one to surprise someone else. That’s what happened at @oliviasuriano ‘s rehearsal dinner and it was SO much fun. Read the whole story on the blog today! Link in profile 💕 (PS. Her long awaited wedding is hitting the blog tomorrow!! Get ready because it is incredible!) #nrpweddings #nrpbrides #nrpteam #shesaidyessuri
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 14, 2017 7:50 PM (UTC)

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Seeing my work in the pages of the new @southernweddings magazine is such an honor. I’m so grateful! The ladies who put this magazine together pour their hearts into every page. This is the 10th anniversary issue, so RUN and get the latest issue! It’s gorgeous and filled with depth and advice and meaningful celebrations. I’m still savoring every page and I don’t want it to end! #southernweddingsv10
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 13, 2017 5:01 PM (UTC)

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It took me forever to name my new course. But I couldn’t pass up the name when I finally landed on: Foundations in Team Building: A blueprint for the Creative Entrepreneur. You know why? Because of the hidden analogies of “foundations” and “building” and “blueprint”... it spoke so much to my journey with my team. When you build a team, there’s a strong foundation you HAVE to lay. You need a game plan - a blueprint. And you are always building your business and building your people - a win win in my book. This course had my heart from day 1. And the doors are open until Thursday at midnight, then it’s closed up until next year! So if you want to learn more, click the link in my profile! #foundationsinteambuilding #nancyrayshop
Ugh to all the question marks in this post! 🙄 Isn’t it always the hardest to get out the door and go somewhere you love to recharge? It ends up happening at the most inconvenient, busiest time of year, am I️ right? But those are the times we need it the absolute most. Our journey to the cabin was tense and frustrating and I️ was so overwhelmed with all I️ had to do. But I’ve never had a weekend like this one. Life giving words were spoken to one another, business ideas and advice was passed around freely, and oh my word I️ haven’t laughed that hard, that much in a long long time. This past weekend was the reminder I️ needed to MAKE TIME for the good stuff in life. Make time for hiking and French toast and friendships and catch phrase and bonfires and hot tubs and hanging around a fire in your pjs all day. It’s always, always worth it. Love these people. #grandviewvacay
User Image nancyray Posted: Nov 4, 2017 3:14 PM (UTC)

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Goodness knows how thankful I am for this man. Happy birthday to my best friend, the one who holds our family together by loving us, protecting us, leading us and providing for us. I can’t wait to watch how God uses you and blesses you this year! I know this: He’s got really really great things for you. I love you @willrray . Happy birthday!!! #millyanddada #lyndonanddada 📷: @elizabethtate_
User Image nancyray Posted: Oct 31, 2017 11:21 AM (UTC)

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She’s 110% two years old these days (adorably precious and loving one second, and throwing a tantrum the next), but goodness those cute moments are worth it all. Don’t you want to just put her in your pocket? 😍 #millyraytoday
User Image nancyray Posted: Oct 31, 2017 3:14 AM (UTC)

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3 months with this sweet girl. She loves to talk and her cheeks won’t stop for nothin. 😍 #lyndonmonthbymonth #lyndonraytoday
User Image nancyray Posted: Oct 26, 2017 4:26 PM (UTC)

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Because when will I ever get the chance to dress up as matching unicorns with my girls again?! 🦄✨ #millyandmama #millyraytoday #lyndonandmama #lyndonraytoday #millyandlyndon
User Image nancyray Posted: Oct 26, 2017 2:58 PM (UTC)

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I love it when nothing can shake a bride on her wedding day. Like Leah, who was smiling this big while the rain was pouring just as much as when the sun was shining. The weather was unpredictable and all over the place on her wedding day, but her joy never once changed. 💕 #nrpweddings #nrpbrides #fearringtonvillage
User Image nancyray Posted: Oct 25, 2017 4:07 PM (UTC)

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We run on mission, because when you hold the keys to light and life, you don’t hide them. - @jessaconnolly
My friend Jess wrote this amazing book 👆🏻. I’ve read a few pages and I’m already hooked. I love the way she speaks with boldness and writes with passion about our mission in Grace. It’s beautiful and it lights my heart on fire. And talking about running on mission? YES. Let’s do this. #nancyrayruns #dancestandrun