Erika Dotson Photography: Blog http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Erika Dotson Photography erikadotson@gmail.com (Erika Dotson Photography) Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:10:00 GMT Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:10:00 GMT http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u645787018-o694533380-50.jpg Erika Dotson Photography: Blog http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog 80 120 Paxton Turns One! II Northwest Arkansas Family Photographer http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/9/paxton-turns-one-ii-northwest-arkansas-family-photographer I know this little guy named Paxton, he's super cute, cuddly, and all smiles!  Happy 1st Birthday big guy!  Sterling, his big bro, was super excited for him too! These two are so cute and I'm so thankful I got to spend this little moment with these guys!  Hope you have many many more cake filled birthdays!

 

 

 

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Mattie and Luke // Kansas City Temple Wedding Photograpers http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/9/mattie-and-luke---kansas-city-temple-wedding-photograpers You guys have no idea how long we all have been waiting for this day! The entire family is so excited to finally welcome Mattie to the Dotson clan!

A few weeks ago my husband and I (along with the littlest of our crew) got to hit the road and head to Kansas City, mini vacay, to witness Mattie and Luke get sealed in the Kansas City Temple!  It was such a beautiful day, just a tad windy ;) !  I'm so thankful I was able to witness their sealing, it was so fun sitting in the sealing room with all the couples and watching their love grow for each other!  We started with a few candid moments to preserve the day, moved on to a quick run through of family photos, and wrapped it up with couple portraits! We had a quick dinner at Arby's and headed home to start over the next day with their ring ceremony and reception!  More on that later! ;)

 

"Love is intended to last longer than time, to span the veil of death and continue everlastingly".  - Robert L. Millet

 

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I'm so excited for you Mattie and Luke! Congratulations!

 

-erika

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Country Chic Engagements / Arkansas Wedding Photographer Erika Dotson http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/9/country-chic-engagements-/-arkansas-wedding-photographer-erika-dotson I'm so excited Mattie is becoming part of our family officially! These two have been dating for years so we are all so happy for them and glad this day has finally come! We shot Luke and Mattie's engagements in our hometown, Huntsville, Arkansas and couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather!  I absolutely loved each of her outfits, Mattie has such a unique style and she's not afraid to be a little different! Congratulations! I can't wait for the big day!

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Morgan's Summer Bridals at Stone Chapel http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/2/morgans-summer-bridals-at-stone-chapel I don't get to shoot too many bridals but I really enjoy the opportunity when allowed. It's a great trial run for the bride but it's also a great trial run for me, I get to see the style of the dress and have poses in mind for the wedding day before I even arrive. Another perk is I usually get to meet the mother of the bride, sisters, and even bridesmaids if I'm lucky! When I have the opportunity to meet with my couples many times before the wedding that results in the best photos as compared to meeting the day of the wedding. I'm able to get to know them a little better, their tastes, their style, all around that just makes my job easier and I'm able to provide them with timeless images that are more unique to their story. 

We took Morgan's bridals last summer at Stone Chapel and I'm excited to share them with you!  I loved the dress she chose, so classy yet still an original. 

Morgan's hairstylist tagged along too and added a fun little ribbon for a couple shots. I loved changing up her look for a few! Eventually we took the ribbon out but kept the sideswept ponytail for the remainder of the shoot.  Morgan had her younger sister and mother came along!  Morgan's mom really wanted three generations of wedding rings captured but feared on the wedding day it would be forgotten so bringing them to the bridal session was a great idea! 

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Rebecca and Barret's Sassafras Springs Vineyard Wedding http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/2/rebecca-and-barrets-sassafras-springs-vineyard-wedding If I remember correctly Rebecca and Barret's wedding day was one of the only perfect weekends in October! Rebecca got pampered with all her girls at a friend's newly built home while Barret and his guys just got ready at the church. 

 

Groomsmen ordered pizza!

Their ceremony took place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I love how Barret glances over at Rebecca during the ceremony, he's so excited! Best guestbook ever!    Such a fun idea in place of a traditional wedding cake!

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Arkansas Engagements at Lake Fayetteville | Jill and Kent http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/2/arkansas-engagements-at-lake-fayetteville-jill-and-kent Jill and Kent are such a cute classy couple! Before our session Jill seemed a little worried about what Kent would wear......when they arrived at Lake Fayetteville I was excited! They looked great! I love a good blazer and Jill's dress is so adorable! We started out by the water, that dock is one of may favorite spots! Later we ventured to another favorite spot down the road. We had a great time dodging frisbee golfers and bikers! lol 

Meet Jill and Kent! I love their engagement images!

This one is totally my favorite portrait of them from this session!!!! LOVE!

 

 

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Frozen Princess http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/2/frozen-princess  This little girl has my whole heart! She's a spunky, rowdy, sassy gal that I can't get enough of! It's weird at times being her momma, because I see so much of myself in her! 

I went a watched my niece play a basketball game last week and her mom said "I wish I would have just let my girls wear what they wanted and took their pictures, you know capture them in their element".  So I took that as advice and ran with it! I'm so glad we did this! It was magical to watch her light up and show off her hair, makeup, princess dress, bracelet, and heels! She thought she looked beautiful and her personality was absolutely beaming! 

I can't wait to do the same thing with the other two kiddos! Maybe I'll remember to shoot in RAW this time.....(photographer problems).

 

Twirling and nervousness about the cows in the pasture....‚Äč

I think she must have been a tad nervous too.....her little hands barely came unclasped, or maybe she was being elegant?

Show me how old you are!

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Oklahoma Wedding Photographer | Riley Vineyards http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/2/oklahoma-wedding-photographer-riley-vineyards Anna and Scott were married at Riley Vineyards in Blanchard, Oklahoma last summer. They had a simple yet fabulous gathering with immediate family. I loved how much attention Anna paid to the small details even when they were hosting such a small event, made for a lovely evening!  Embroidered date in wedding dress and fabulous wedding shoes Engraved wedding bands Wedding flowers at Riley Vineyards in Blanchard Oklahoma Bride and groom first look at a southern vineyard Romantic wedding couple Romantic wedding couple with long veil intimate wedding ceremony at riley vineyards These gorgeous pups were the venue owners' and they never left our side! rose gold sequin cake table with gorgeous gold and pink wedding cake and sugar flower gold cake forks on rose gold sequin tablecloth bright summer floral centerpieces wedding portraits in a southern vineyard golf course wedding couple portraits romantic sunset modern portrait of bride and groom covered by veil sunset at riley vineyards with southern wedding couple

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Fayetteville Wedding Photographer | Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/2/fayetteville-wedding-photographer-stone-chapel-at-matt-lane-farm Jill and Kent were married, last August, at the beautiful Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm.  It is one of my favorite venues in Northwest Arkansas for sure!  Such a perfect day and I can't wait to share their photos with you!

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Gotta have the crazy sock shot! Trendy mens shoes and socks at a southern wedding Kent and his groomsmen look pretty dapper if you ask me! casual groomsmen attire with navy pant, tie, and suspenders Precious precious precious! Loved seeing these little bell ringers! gorgeous wedding party in front of Stone Chapel Flower girl ballet shoes Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm reception patio with gorgeous chandelier Tennessee and Arkansas shaped cookies at a southern wedding at Stone Chapel Coral ruffled ombre wedding cake Interior of Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm in Goshen Arkansas Wedding kiss inside Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm in goshen arkansas They were so excited after their ceremony! Love it!

Someone had a little too much fun! Real moment captured of flower girl asleep during reception Grand exit with ecofetti in front of Stone Chapel at Matt Lane farm

Photography: Erika Dotson Photography

Cake/Cupcakes: Shelby Lynn Bakery

Florals: Ladybug Floral

Videography: Striegler Photography

DJ: Groove Productions

Catering: The Event Group

Cellists: Lauren Leonard ad Cole Leonard

Venue: Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm

Bride's Attire: She Said Yes

Bride's Shoes: BHDLN

 

 

 

 

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Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer | Erika Dotson Photography http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/book-now It's very rare for me to offer discounts, especially on wedding collections, but I'm changing my pricing around this year and wanted to extend this limited time offer to the first 5 couples to book with me for 2016!

Let's arrange a time to chat on the phone, if we seem like a good fit we can schedule a time to meet and talk all about your wedding plans!  Email me at erikadotson@gmail.com if you are interested!

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Thanks!

-erika

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Unique Northwest Arkansas Bridal Portraits http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/alli-bridals---northwest-arkansas-bridals Alli and I were the best of friends in high school. We traveled to and fro on many school buses whether it was for volleyball, basketball, or soccer.  We ventured off to the same college in Conway but then I disappeared and started my career as a wedding photographer in Northwest Arkansas. She always told me when she got engaged that I would shoot her wedding, so it was no surprise when I got her call! I'm so thankful for her friendship and that she had me by her side for her engagements, bridals, and wedding day!  We started at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum and then ventured to a nearby open park. Enjoy some images from her bridal session!

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Enjoy!

-erika

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NWA Wedding Photographer | Bella Vista Wedding at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2016/1/tara-and-james-bella-vista-wedding-at-cooper-chapel Tara and James were married at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Their story began by getting ready at her sister's home with her mom and her fiancee's daughter.  I was thrilled to learn these two would be walking down the aisle, in late November, barefoot!  Her sister and her mom did most of the planning for her and had a surprise up their sleeves they thought Tara and James would really appreciate.  

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SURPRISE!!!!!!

Tara's mom and sister surprised them with a get away ride in a VW bus from Hogshead Tours! As you could see from their expressions, they loved it!

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Their family decided they wanted a barefoot photo too! 

Congratulations you two! I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy many many happy years together!

 

-erika

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Crescent Hotel | St Elizabeth Catholic Church | Eureka Springs Wedding Photographer http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/crescent-hotel-st-elizabeth-catholic-church-eureka-springs-wedding-photographer Hannah and Duncan's wedding was held at the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Eureka Springs and the reception followed at Crescent Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom.  I just loved their wedding florals!  They asked me to focus on the reception, so there's LOTS and LOTS of party pics (I tried to share a few fun ones!

 

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Wedding Planner: Claudia Slezak with The Event Group

Wedding Ceremony: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Crescent Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom 

Florals: Flora

Photographer: Erika Dotson Photography

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Pj and Rhett // Eureka Springs Wedding Photography - Part 1 http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/pj-and-rhett---eureka-springs-wedding-photography---part-1 I arrived in Eureka Springs at the Crescent Hotel and headed down to the New Moon Salon and Day Spa where PJ was getting her final touches of hair and makeup taken care of.  PJ is such a kind sweet loving girl! She's totally laid back and I can see why her and Rhett have so many wonderful friends that were there to help celebrate their big day!

 

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Happy Mother's Day! http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/happy-mothers-day I just wanted to quickly say Happy Mother's Day to all of the mother's I've had the pleasure to work with this year! Each year I (thankfully) get to document special and important times for so many people.  As I've been sitting here going through my files and searching for, mothers I've snapped photos of this year, I've been reminded just how important my job is and how near and dear it is to my heart!  I'm thankful for each of these mothers, my own, and my own blessings that are making me a better mother each day!

 

My beautiful sister in law and her son  (their announcement photoshoot for their 2nd child)

A gorgeous client/friend that I've had the pleasure documenting since their wedding day!

Hannah with her lovely family and such a kind mother that made sure I was ok while shooting her daughter's wedding

My high school friend with her momma and new family at their wedding shower

That beautiful sister in law of mine again, this time with her momma, at their gender reveal party!

I met Elizabeth last week and shot her college graduation portraits and we slipped in some family pictures while we were at it!

Here's Amanda with her new inlaws!

As well as with her pretty momma!

Over the weekend I was part of the wedding team for PJ and Rhett, such sweet families!  Great family portrait with moms!

I don't often share this many family portraits on the blog, but this is a keeper for sure! I love this!

Here's another important one, three generations! Everyone is so perfect in this!!!

Moms sure are important! You can tell Rhett loves his momma!

And this post wouldn't be complete without a snapshot of my own momma which I've got to admit is a pretty fun and ambitious one! I'm so thankful that these kiddos get to experience such neat things with her!

And finally the three that are daily making me a better person! It sure is an adventure being your mom! Thanks to our cousin Hay for capturing these from today!

I couldn't resist including this one too.....this is us....all the way!

Big thanks to all the moms out there!

-erika

 

 

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Andy and Ally Silly String Gender Reveal! http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/andy-and-ally-silly-string-gender-reveal My brother and sister in-law had their Gender Reveal party Sunday afternoon for Baby Dotson #2 and IT'S A BOY! Yay!!! We had a great time and I'm so thankful I have a career I can capture such special moments for those near and dear to me!  Love you guys and congratulations!

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Autumn Ridge Plantation Snowy Styled Shoot // Arkansas Wedding Photography http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/autumn-ridge-plantation-snowy-styled-shoot---arkansas-wedding-photography I can not even begin to explain how excited I was about this year's snow! We patiently waited for the perfect weather and this was it! Jessica Kersey at JLK Weddings put together this awesome  snowy styled shoot at Autumn Ridge Plantation, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite southern wedding venues and she is a styling genius!

Get a peek at that letterpress..... above..... from Shindig! I absolutely love their style for wedding invitations, hands down you want them!!!!!

Pam from Flora is one of my favorites too! She's such a sweet lady and super duper talented! I get a little excited when our couples say they are using Flora for their wedding florals!!!! If I used three words to describe her style it would be organic, modern, and unique.

Look at that snow! I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS SHOT!!!!!!!

Eventures always has the perfect rentals for your event and they had just the perfect decor for our snowy shoot!

Rick's Bakery is a well known local favorite and was very gracious to supply our perfect simple wedding cake!

That stunning dress.....I loved it! Thanks Lindsey and the gang at Tesori!!!!

The jewelry too!!!! Lovely!

Meet Daisy, she's one of Autumn Ridge's furry family members and she looked so good standing alongside our bride!  This is another one of my favorite shots from that day!

SoHo Clothiers did a great job dressing our groom!

Check out that view! This locatation screams Arkansas wedding! It's grand view of the mountains is breathtaking!

A little behind the scenes action for you....here's Lindsey and Nikki from Enve Salon making sure the bride was in tip top shape!

Thank you to all these wonderful vendors for offering your time and talents to bring this snowy shoot about!

 

Autumn Ridge Plantation- The Perfect Southern Wedding Venue

JLK Weddings- Super talented wedding planner extraordinaire

Tesori Bridal & Formal- Dressed our bride head to toe

Soho Clothiers- Supplied stylish mensware

Flora Fayetteville- Unique original florist

Erika Dotson Photography- Easy going friendly photographer

Nikki Corning at Enve Salon- Famous NWA hair and makeup stylist

Rick's Bakery- Favorite local bakery with awesome wedding cakes

Eventures Party Rentals- Limitless wedding decor provider

Shindig Paperie- The best letterpress available!

 

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Megan and Lee's Reception at Scarpino's // Arkansas Wedding Photography http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/megan-and-lees-reception-at-scarpino-s---arkansas-wedding-photography As my last blog post for Megan and Lee I wanted to share their simple but oh so fitting story.

Megan and Lee met for the first time over Thanksgiving break in Fort Smith where Lee's band, Mas Agua, was playing. Megan complimented Lee's funky shirt and Lee complimented Megan's eccentric hat. The rest is history. If you want to see more here's their wedding website http://theyoungs.weddingwoo.com

 

In case you missed their previous posts

Getting Ready at The Chancellor Hotel

Wedding Portraits at Wilson Park

Wedding Ceremony at Scarpino's

#foreveryoungfay14

 

Now on to the pretty pictures!

My absolute favorite detail was the cute little bride and groom fox cake toppers!

We ventured out for a little fun with the sparklers!

While we were away, somehow word got out that it was time for the big sparkler send off. We returned to all the burnt sparklers and guests waiting for us lined up outside. Any bride could have been upset by this but not Megan, she had amazing friends and family that thought quickly to give the couple the send off they deserve! I'm honestly glad this mishap took place because without it they wouldn't have these unique exit photos! It's not everyday your guests are willing to hold hot burning candles in the air for you!

Makeup - Kimberly McGuire

Hair - DIY

Jewelry - Dark Star Visuals
Lee and I both got out rings from different etsy sellers. Mine was custom designed from Lee's sketch. Opal is his birthstone, raw diamonds, and a black pearl which represents a song he wrote for me called "Rare Find" Lee was a JR High art teacher and he is a musician.

Attire: The Funky Yard Sale and Cheap Thrills

Venues - Scarpinos and Wilson Park

Florals - Zuzu's

Dress - BHLDN

Catering - Shannon French

Shoes-Aldo

Transportation- grandparents thunderbird -the one and only time either of them will get to drive it

Favors - Sugar Creek Candles and Soap

Decor - All handmade or collected by Lee's mother and father

Something Blue: Blue toenails

Something borrowed: vintage fur

Something new: necklace
 

 

You two are amazing! Thank you for having me! I'm better for knowing you two!  Congratulations and good luck in your future!

Enjoy!

-erika

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erikadotson@gmail.com (Erika Dotson Photography) weddings http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/megan-and-lees-reception-at-scarpino-s---arkansas-wedding-photography Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:53:59 GMT
Megan and Lee Scarpino's Wedding // Fayetteville Arkansas Wedding Photographers http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/megan-and-lee-scarpinos-wedding---fayetteville-arkansas-wedding-photographers Megan and Lee exchanged vows at Scarpino's in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with quiet a large crowd at their side!  While this was my first experience working with them (other than their engagement session), it was still easy to see why they are such a loved couple! Thank you guys for trusting in me to capture your perfect day!

#foreveryoungfay14

Congratulations!

Enjoy!

-erika

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erikadotson@gmail.com (Erika Dotson Photography) weddings http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/megan-and-lee-scarpinos-wedding---fayetteville-arkansas-wedding-photographers Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:52:44 GMT
Megan and Lee's Wedding Day Portraits at Wilson Park // Fayetteville Wedding Photographers http://store.erikadotsonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/megan-and-lees-wedding-day-portraits---scarpino-s---fayetteville-wedding-photographers After all Megan's bridesmaids were ready (see their getting ready post here) they headed to Wilson Park to meet up with Lee and his guys! #foreveryoungfay14

Getting ready to see each other for the first time...

Megan's maid of honor teared up as she watched her walk up the hill...love these moments!

 

I'd say Lee thought she looked beautiful!

Oh I just loved all the Bridesmaids dresses!!!!!! GORGEOUS! Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography

Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography

Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography

Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography

Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography

Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography Fall Bohemian Arkansas Wedding Photos by Erika Dotson Photography

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