Alicia + Nick // Destination Elopement at Banner Elk Winery, NC

When it came to getting married, Alicia and Nick were firm believers in keepings things simple (which I love). This summer, I was invited to photograph their destination elopement on top of a mountain at Banner Elk Winery in North Carolina… and it was incredible. I live for the beautiful outdoors, so it was perfection to witness such a stunning view and partake in such a relaxed and intimate special day.

A huge thank you goes to my good friend, Emily Chastain, for accompanying and assisting me on my road trip down to North Carolina for this fun day!

Bridal Gown: Macy’s (off the rack)
Cake: Banner Elk Winery & Villa
Cake Topper: PNZdesigns via Etsy
Cuff Links: White Truffle via Etsy
Earrings: Divine Jewel via Etsy
Embroidered Dress Bag: The Brown Bobbin via Etsy
Florals: Banner Elk Winery & Villa
Hair Comb: Paris XOX via Etsy
Hair Styling: Leah Amador
Just Eloped Sign: The Summery Umbrella via Etsy
Men’s Attire: Banana Republic
Photography: Serena of Love by Serena
Photography Assistant: Emily Chastain
Shoes: Hand-dyed by Paris XOX via Etsy
Tie Clip: Hibiscusdays Jewelry
Venue: Banner Elk Winery & Villa


Alina Thomas The Santa Monica Pier Engagement was my favorite but also loved the “just eloped” sign. Beautiful images and lifetime memories!

Lindsay Anne Dransfield Ooooh love these [insert cat with heart eyes emotion] ;) I’m going to through your blog to find all the shoots you told me about this weekend!

Kat Forsyth Super sweet and pretty!

Denis Adonis I love the portrait session :)

Joseph Hall Love the couple shots – so romantic

Justin Beautiful work, love your style!

Heather Kanilopoolos Awesome work!! I love those shots in the forest. Gorgeous!

Luke Hayden Fantastic work Serena!

Anton Chia Love the light and the glow of your photography. Very beautiful.

Jessica Oh gorgeous. so light + airy. and those trees!

Caryn Sooo lovely! Especially that portrait with all the detail in the twigs in the trees! So natural!

ALMA // Wow..The whole set is amazing!!

Mercedes This is absolutely beautiful! I love the sweet, romantic mood.

Dominique / York Place Studios A beautiful set :)

/mariahedengren This place is so gorgeously decorated with the flowers dropping from the barn ceiling. I love the portraits in the forest.

Sarah Adams That first shot?!??! Insanely gorgeous. I love the romance in elopements- and the way you captured it?!? timeless, gorgeous, elegant. so much beauty!

Lauren C What a beautiful setting! Everything is so romantic. You did an incredible job!

Jackie Phillips Beautiful! I love the intimacy and romantic feel of elopements!

Kathy THOSE TREE SHOTS – Unreal beautiful!! The whole set is gorgeous! Beautiful job!!

Emily Yay!!!! Was looking forward to seeing these appear. :) Sooo awesome – you totally nailed it!

Michael and Carina LOVELY work!! Truly incredible, simple, timeless shots. Great job!!

Laura Gorgeous work and I love the location! You found some many great outdoors spots to work with and the barn too!

Natalie This is one of the most beautiful elopements I’ve ever seen! So genuine and beautifully captured. Well done, Serena!

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Stephanie // Jamaica Pond Lifestyle Portraits in Boston, MA

Earlier this year, I spent a summer afternoon photographing Stephanie for some lifestyle portraiture at Jamaica Pond in Boston, MA. The weather truly could not have been more perfect (70 degrees and sunny) and we had a pretty grand time. Some of these shots are, without a doubt, new favorites of mine.


lam Lovely use of natural lights. Beautiful moments.

Kat Forsyth GORGEOUS (her and your pics!) xx

Joseph Hall Great work – lovely styling and great shots to boot!

Jacqueline Elizabeth So beautiful! I think every girl should have beautiful photos like these taken, she must be so happy. The ones of her on the dock are my favourite, especially the one of her laying down.

don barrington mmhmm.. them lips. nice

Shyann so so lovely. I love every one of them. Seriously. Gorgeous.

Janelle Chung AMAZING WORK!!! Love love!!! <3

Michael and Carina Lovely work!! Last shot = fave!!

Fete Photography These are all so gorgeous. Not sure I could even pick just one favorite!

Veronica Varos Stunning! Wonderful light and beautiful captures of a beautiful girl!

Sarah Adams OH my goodness! These are incredible! Totally magazine quality!

/mariahedengren Gorgeous! Love every one of them.

nadine lovely!

Alex Miller WOW! She’s so incredibly pretty, the light is dreamy and wonderful and your composition is perfect on every shot. Simply sublime.

mathias wow. Awesome set of images. Super clean

Albert Palmer One word. Beautiful. No, radiant!

tPoz beauuuuutiful! that hat is just perfect!!

Emilia Jane Ohhhhhhhhhhhmygorgeous

Kelly Ewell Wow! I feel like any of of these could be put into some fancy magazine feature. Stunning!

katie I remember when you posted previews of this! Incredibly and absolutely amazing!

Sam Docker Loving these Serena, especially that last frame, stunning!

Natalie These should be in a magazine!

ashley barnett These are divine Serena! You are so talented! :)

Jennifer Beautiful!

Banafsheh Such beautiful portraits!!

Kelly Heck These photos are glorious Serena! That last shot is so killer it needs to be an album cover as well as a wallpaper pattern. :D

Lee Morton holy smokes!! These are truly stunning.. wow. Amazing job. :)

Dani I’ve been wanting to see these since the photo of her laying on the dock! Absolutely beautiful!

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Joey + Michael // New Orleans, LA Engagement at Audubon Park

Today, I’m excited to share some images of one amazing couple. I’ve known Joey for years, so when we flew to New Orleans back in May for a wedding, we absolutely had to meet up.

Joey, and fiancé Michael, are two incredibly intelligent and stylish individuals. They actually met in Maryland, but decided to make the move to New Orleans for medical school. Their love for each other is contagious and we had such a grand time photographing these two. We spent a fun afternoon (with perfect weather) taking a walk through the gorgeous Audubon Park.

As locals (with stellar taste in food and music), they also took the time to show us around their beautiful city. Maurepas FoodsBacchanal Wine, and Verti Marte were some places that they introduced to us – so if you ever head out that way, be sure to check them out!


Chris Turner Such beautiful use of light throughout the whole set of images. Especially that last one! Difficult to focus something like that, but great great job.

Tracy Morter Ooh I love these! Especially that third one with the kiss and the last one of course!

Nicole Vallance That last image is pure gold. LOVED THIS!

Albert Palmer O man – you saved the best tip last – great ending image Serena

ashley barnett Serena these are absolutely incredible! That black and white of them laughing – one of my favorite images, EVER.

Melissa These are so beautiful! Adorable couple, gorgeous location, gah!

Johanna Such a beautiful session. Love the last silhouette! :)

Jessica Schilling These are adorable and I love their style! That last shot is so great and fun!

Serena Severtson Thanks so much, Brea! :)

Denis Adonis The last photo it’s a killer one

Breanna Marie Shaw LOVE THESE SO HARD

Joseph Hall Love the last shot but they’re all gorgeous :)

Heather J Beautiful. That hanging moss is dreamy. Joey and Michael seem to have a real sense of joy about them, which you beautifully captured.

Anni These are so sweet – love all of them but especially the second two frames. Beautiful work.

Dani It would be impossible for me to love these more. So awesome!!

Kelly Ewell You’re right – they are super stylish! Love the colors they wore together and those hats!

katie Oh!! This so gorgeous! Love love love it!

Jane Haglund A gorgeous setting. Sweet couple. Beautiful images. The last one is outstanding!!

Elissa These are really lovely images. I am kind of obsessed with the last one!! But the far-away B&W under the tree is also killer. Lovelovelove!!

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