Coming Soon | Briana & Chris' Sparkly Durham Wedding

It's been a busy and productive last couple weeks of the year in the editing queue! Our latest production is quick teaser for Briana and Chris's upcoming highlights for their wedding. Enjoy it and get excited for the final pics and video!

PS - I've been peeking over Ari's shoulder at the edits on the photos and they are looking awesome!



FAQ: What is an Engagement Trailer?

For this week's FAQ post, I'm tackling a topic near and dear to my heart, our Engagement Trailers!  Perhaps you've seen these short videos that accompany our engagement shoots and wonder what they're all about?  Wonder no more!

1 - What is a Faces in Focus Engagement Trailer?

A Faces in Focus Engagement Trailer is a short video that comes with every single engagement session we shoot.  Set to music that fits our couple and around 2-5 minutes long, it's a short preview of the love and excitement surrounding the big day "coming soon".

2 - Why call it a trailer?

Ever gone to see a movie at the theatre and sat through a trailer or two (or 10 it seems like nowadays)?  Same idea with our trailers, a short video to get you excited for the big event!

3 - How can I get one?

Our Engagement Trailers are complimentary with each and every engagement session you book with Faces in Focus.

4 - Who can I share it with?

Everyone!  We use the video-sharing service Vimeo for our videos, so you can easily share, post, tweet, link, email, text... you get the idea.  Part of the fun of getting engaged is sharing your love for each other with all your friends and family and our photos and Engagement Trailer let you do just that.

5 - You got any examples?

Sure we do, check some out!




6 - How do I schedule one?

Click HERE to fill out our form and schedule your own engagement session and trailer! We can't wait to hear from you!



The Lucky One

You should be kissed every day, every hour, every minute. 

- The Lucky One

Oh, how true that is! Thank you Nicholas Sparks, for giving me something to tell my husband every, single, day.

I saw The Lucky One over the weekend, and I have mixed feelings about it. I read the book a couple years ago and wasn't that in love with it. The movie wasn't exactly spectacular, but Zac Efron was quite the cutie, and he played the piano, so who cares?! Ha, I kid. It was a nice romantic reminder though, and even though I didn't cry, I did enjoy Zac Efron the movie!

So, public apology time! I promised an FAQ post last week, but I never had a chance to post it! I know, sad face. Fortunately, I will have that up on the schedule this week, for sure! So keep an eye out ya'll! :) In the meantime, I'll be sharing some images from a wedding I second shot for J. Darren Photography, last October at the gorgeous Hotel Concord. Here's a little sneaky peeky...

And in case you missed anything last week...


My Jelly Bean recommendations of 2012

An Engagement session at Coker Arboretum

A Chapel Hill Engagement Trailer


Feel free to visit these previous posts and leave some love!

Have a Happy Monday!



Engagement Trailer | Chapel Hill | LeKisha & Erminio

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It's a wonderful thing to have the opportunity to shoot our couples lately.  When you think about it, someone trusting you to to capture the big day is huge deal!  Fortunately, the worry I could have is severely lessened when each and every couple is a blast to walk around town with AND we're able to catch some great images of their love.  Case in point, our recent romp through Chapel Hill with our latest couple, LeKisha and Erminio!

Enjoy the trailer and can't wait until y'all's wedding!




To see the photos from LeKisha and Erminio's Chapel Hill Engagement Session, click HERE!

If you'd like to discuss us making you your very own engagement trailer, click HERE!


Coker Arboretum Engagement | LeKisha & Erminio

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I am quite certain that the odds were against us that day. When we got to the Botanical Garden we intended to do our session at, it was locked. So we drove around to another part and found a great little spot, parked, and watched as a MILLION cars drove in, obscuring us from being found.

Fortunately, we did find and meet up with LeKisha & Erminio, and began our session at the perfect locatio - the Coker Arboretum, next to the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. It was beautiful there and these two only made it better. There sweet conversation, romantic hugs and kisses, and expert small-talk made for a wonderful session!

Thanks you two for giving us the opportunity to photograph you both! September is going to be awesome - we can't wait until your wedding! 


Much love,

Ariana & Brian

I found this one spot that filtered in the PERFECT LIGHT! I didn't want to leave it. Ever.

You two are just so sweet together!

This vine path at the Coker Arboretum just made my heart pitter patter! So lovely!




To see LeKisha & Erminios Chapel Hill Engagement Trailer, click HERE!

If you'd like to discuss booking us for your engagement session or wedding, click HERE!


Engagement Trailer | Duke Gardens | Jessika & Kevin

Ah, what can I say about the Spring that hasn’t already been said? 

Life, beauty, love.

And the way it assaults all your senses - the vibrant hues of blooming flowers, the sneaking warmth back into the days, birds and bugs declaring their approval of the change in weather, fragrant plant life accentuating the air, and that unmistakable taste of the rain ahead of a spring shower.  This is a time of year to be enjoyed deeply and our recent session at Duke Gardens afforded such an opportunity.  Jessika and Kevin are such a cute couple and we can’t wait to share in their wedding day.  In the meantime, please enjoy this new trailer as we enlist a bit of the language of romance to convey this couple’s affections for each other.

The song is “La Vie en Rose” covered by Duo Gadjo and their Hot Friends originally made famous by Edith Piaf back in 1947.  The title literally means “Life in Rosy Hues” and we hope you enjoy both the literal and figurative interpretations of that in the trailer.





To see photos from Jessika & Kevin's Durham, North Carolina Engagement session, CLICK HERE!


Wisteria Lane

I have done a ton of sessions at Duke Gardens, but at the most odd times. I have never been right now, at the beginning of April, just as spring has peeked out around the corner. So imagine my surprise when I got to Duke Gardens for Jessika & Kevin's engagment session - and it was absolutely GORGEOUS! It was arrayed with my favorite flower - wisteria! And the main garden featured every type of tulip you could imagine. The azalea's were in full bloom too and the garden was totally transformed. As an added bonus, our bride Jessika loves wisteria too, and even spent some time on "Wisteria Lane" in Japan, though I'm pretty sure that the Japanese name sounded way cooler!

I do not posess a green thumb, nor do I have the ability to keep many things alive, so I am overly appreciative when someone else does it and maintains it perfectly. 


Here is a sneak peek of last weekends engagement sessions. Tune back in later this week for the rest, as well as an all new Engagement Trailer from Brian! 

Photo from Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Happy Wednesday!



Guest Post | Time Lapse Awesomeness

It's easy to get jaded nowadays.  We have little devices in our pockets that can access the sum of mankind's knowledge to date in seconds.  We can soar around the planet in metal tubes just as easily as we would lay on the couch.  We can capture reflected light, transform it into 1's and 0's, and change it back into light again to be viewable world-wide with a few deft keystrokes.

But, in the case of this week's finds, I stumbled upon a couple of gems that reacquainted me with "wonder" and "awe" for a few moments.  We hope you enjoy!

And here's my own try at a little bit of time lapse and tilt shift during our vacation last year!



Duke Gardens Engagement | Candace & Scott

Candace & Scott - thank you so much for letting me photograph you both! You two are very cute together AND you think I'm funny, which means you're Awe. Some. Brian and I cannot wait until your June wedding!

With Love,

Ariana & Brian

Benson Park engagement session in Raliegh North Carolina.

Bride and groom in Downtown Raleigh NC

Couple hug at Benson Park in Raliegh NC.

Sweet hug from the bride & groom in Raleigh, NC

Lovely lens flare at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC

Downtown Raleigh engagement session.

Stunning engagement ring at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC.

Walk down the pathway at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham

A kiss on the cheek from the groom at Duke Gardens in Durham.

To see more of Candace & Scott's Durham, North Carolina engagement session, watch the trailer below!

Guest Post | An Engagement Session Film

You read that right, it's time for another engagement session film!  This one features one of our awesome 2012 wedding couples, Jonathan and Araceli.  Sit back, relax, grab a cold beverage of your choice, and press play!  (Or just press play, we're easy like that.)  The song is "Photograph" by Lee Coulter, hopefully you'll find the lyrics as fantastic as we did and it really just has a great feel overall. 

We hope you enjoy it!

Guest Post | An Elon Engagement Session Film

The sun, the crisp air, jackets and coats. And, oh, the leaves!

No two ways about it, autumn is pretty awesome. But our fun-loving couple from last weekend, Kelsey & Brad, may just give the season a run for its money.

Determine who wins the awesome crown for yourself this week in our newest film below! The song is "I've Got This Friend" by the Civil Wars. This song has stood out to me since I heard it, and I’ve been looking for the perfect couple to use it for. I hope you like it too!



Guest Post | It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Greetings and salutations everybody, it's your friendly guest-blogger Brian!

Some love the winter, with it's layer of white that brings quiet and moments for contrasting warmth among family. Others the spring, it being hope personified and holding plenty of new chances to appreciate everything living. And then the summer is just plain fun and moments of pure joy are felt at every relaxing moment at the beach or at the local cook-out.

But above all my friends, autumn/fall is the season of all seasons! It's so nice they named it twice! It's more than the gradual hibernation of all things, it's more about the memories that have built up over time during this part of the year. That crisp smell in the air, new clothes and supplies heading off to school, all tree's last vibrant breaths in hues of yellow, red, and orange. And, more to the point, the cacophony of sights, smells, tastes, and sounds at the local fair!

Enjoy this short video that will hopefully capture some of what the fair is about to you. And be sure to stay tuned until the very end as we'll get to see our favorite photographer tame a particularly wild animal.

And I apologize in advance for the song getting stuck in your head.

Enjoy! :-D


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Lebanon, Virginia Wedding | Cherise & Stu

No one can really put into words how special the love between Cherise and Stu is. It radiates between them, exists in every glance, kiss, smile. They belong together, and everybody knows it. On September 24th, there closest friends and family got together to celebrate this amazing kind of love. They put together a wedding that, as Cherise puts it, was like a dream. A dream come true, of course. Much like their love.

Cherise - I've known you for a very long time. I've known your ups and downs, your awkward moments and your silly ones. And who you are right now? Well, you're simply gorgeous. I am so proud and so happy for you. Stu - you're her perfect match. You two should be together. I'm so glad you two fell in love with each other. Take good care of her. I know you will.

Thank you for letting Brian and I photograph your absolutely amazing wedding! Now sit down with a bag of Sour Patch Kids and enjoy... Love you both!... *Ariana*

To begin... our Fusion Video of the wedding highlights...

Cherise's stunning David's Bridal lace gown.

David's Bridal gown hanging in the Virginia Mountains.

Pink Fioni heels as bride gets ready.

Stunning jewelry from Eden's Bridal in Burlington, NC.

Bride gets ready at home in Lebanon, Virginia.

Stunning portraits of Cherise Caviness.

These aMAzing Dahlias arrayed the entire venue. Still can't believe how big and beautiful they were!

Pink and Orange Dahlias decorated the ceremony & venue.

Cherise's mother zips up her wedding gown.

Light brightens the face of the amazing Lebanon bride.

Ceremony at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Family photos at Cliffside Catering & Grille.

Stu's brother was recently married in Charleston, SC back in August - so I thought this would be a very appropriate photo for these four lovebirds!

Both Bratton brothers recently married to their beautiful wives.

Aaron & Cherise Caviness pose together at the wedding.

The bouquets were absolutely stunning! *sigh* Gerbera daisies!

Gerbera Daisy filled bouquets.

I officially LOVE this hill. And the girls green David's Bridal dresses looked incredible on them!

Group shots at the top of a hill in Lebanon, Virginia.

Look at this stunning group of women!!

Gorgeous bride with her bridesmaids by Burlington Wedding Photographer.

And these charming men (who couldn't avoid making EVERYBODY laugh all day!)

Groom and groomsmen pose on top of Lebanon hill.

Hay bales!!

Stu and his groomsmen play on top of hay bales.

Silhouette of groom on top of hay bale against the blue sky.

Bridesmaids pose in their green David's Bridal gowns.

Maid of Honor Thanh with bride by Burlington Wedding Photographer.

Cherise poses with her bridesmaid Crystal.

Bride with her cousin Shannon.

Green David Bridal gowns on bridesmaids.

Bride and bridesmaids pose on hay bale.

Group photo of the bridal party on Lebanon, Virginia hill.

Some people just don't know how to let go... :)

Cherise holds on to her man.

Bridal party jump in the air.

Goodness, Cherise, you're GORGEOUS!!!

Portrait shots of bride.

Golden light + brook = lovely goodness!

Cherise & Stu pose in front of babbling brook.

Cherise & Stu kiss outside of Cliffside Catering & Grille.

Bride and groom pose by brook.

Cherise smiles for the camera.

Lebanon, Virginia bride & groom.

Bride & Groom kiss by Burlington NC Wedding Photographer.

Lens flare photo of bride & groom.

Black and white photo of bride.

The reception venue was indescribably stunning. Green & pink paper lanterns arrayed the dinner area.

Green and pink lanterns hang from ceiling.

The ceiling was covered in twinkle lights!

Lace drapes hang from ceiling of reception.

Monogrammed B for Bratton.

Mason jars as wedding favors.

White table cloths with green apple centerpieces.

Candy table and fruit cocktail table.

Pink Chinese lanterns by Burlington, NC Wedding Photographer.

A birds nest out of toasted coconut? Yes please!

Stunning coconut cake with birds nest topper.

Bride and groom smash the cake in each others faces.

Cherise & Stu's first dance, Lebanon, Virginia.

James Taylor song for father daughter dance.

Pat and Stu dance their mother/son dance

Pink gerber daisy bouquet with twinkle lights behind drapes.

Cherise & Stu - you guys are awesome! I hope your honeymoon was amazing! Love you two!

Bride and groom portrait shot.

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Burke Manor Inn Wedding | Maggie & Mike

He was a business owner. She was a yoga instructor. They were two people who may never had met had it not been for one thing - Maggie reached out to Mike, impressed by his smile, and his adorable bald head. For the next two years, they would come to understand just how much they were meant to be.

With him, Maggie was herself. And then some. She was the lace and pearls kind of girl, driving around in her mud-covered Jeep. She was strong, and weak. Mike accepted her as she was, told her what he felt and made sure she knew that no one in the world could replace her in his heart.

Maggie and Mike... I walked away from your wedding feeling as if I'd known you forever. Thank you for making me feel like a friend and guest. Both Brian and I enjoyed every minute of your day, knowing that love flowed in every direction. I hope you two have an absolutely incredible life together - you deserve it! And thank you for letting us see the kind of love that transcends everything - hurricanes and earthquakes included! :)


With Love,


Wedding Program by Julie Patoolie's

Venue: Burke Manor Inn

Invitations & Programs: Julie Patoolies

Florist: Eleventh Hour Florist

DJ: Island Sound DJ & Video

Makeup: Stacie Sherrill

Hair: Jillian Cannon

Gown: David's Bridal