Friday, September 22, 2017

Campbell Lodge Durant Nature Park: Raleigh NC: Robert and Erica

The laughter could be heard from the hall as I made my way to see Erica and the girls on the wedding day.  The door still closed but the joy was bursting open.  I walk in on Erica surrounded by all her bridesmaids, mother, grandmother, and mother in law all talking, laughing, and enjoying all the glamour of being dolled up by the very talented Eye Do Makeup crew.

Erica, detailed, organized and ready to get this day going, between laughing was rattling off check lists making sure the day had everything in rolling as intended, showing off the ease in which Erica seems to take on multitasking.  

The beautifully detailed, ivory, lace, off the shoulder, dress and the gorgeous beaded, laced veil, compliments of David's Bridal and the elegant bouquet created by Flowers on Broad were built to make Robert swoon over his beautiful wife to be!  And it didn't disappoint, Robert's face filled with joy and love as Erica made her way to him down the cascading stairs at Campbell Lodge back terrace.  

The ceremony was beautiful filled with small details of their love and family including a beautiful moment for their five year anniversary where they will open a bottle of wine and the letters they wrote to their future selves. 

Thanks to the joy of the day, love of family and friends, sugar high from the delicious naked spiced wedding cake by Cakes by Francis and the talented Frank at Bunn DJ Co, once the dance floor opened it was never empty till the final cords of the last song of the night.

From laughter filled moments before the ceremony, to the seemingly endless smiles of the bride and groom during the wedding to the full out dance celebration that made up the reception,  joy never seemed to leave this wedding. 

I am so honored and grateful to have been with you Erica and Robert on your wedding day!  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your joy. 

Live. Love. Loud.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

JC Raulston Arboretum: Raleigh NC: Caleb and Kelsey Learned Wedding

It isn't often I get to come along side other photographers and work together.  This past weekend was just that.  My first ever collaborative photography experience. I'm not sure if I'd sign up for more but it was joy to have a new experience.  

An even greater joy was to be with Kelsey on her wedding day.  Her endless smiles and inviting laughter was wonderful to be around.  I'm ever glad to have been allowed to be a part of such a special day and I'm glad to be able to show you a bit of the magic that was Caleb and Kelsey's wedding!

There is not much missing in beauty at the JC Raulston Arboretum but you add some flowers and a Mermaid wedding dress... Can't go wrong!

Kelsey absolutely LOVED her flowers.  She was adorably smitten with the rose wedding bouquet 

This group of ladies was so cute I couldn't help but smile!

I love how none of these ladies could stop smiling!

Metallic wedding shoes?  I think so after this pair!

I love when a bride places her bridesmaid's comfort so high!  Kelsey allowed each of her bridesmaids to pick out any dress they so desired just asking that it be in the family of color.  As a result not only did each of her girls get a dress fitting to them, it ended up with a beautiful look of cohesion but not canned!  I'm in love with it. 

Kelsey you made a stunning bride and I'm ever glad to have been a part of your wedding day!

Live. Love. Loud.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Vino Oasis: Stem NC: Megan and Ryan

One of the best parts of my job is being invited in on such a special day for wonderful couples.  Not just being honored with capturing their moments but also being included in the actual celebration with the couple.

When I was invited to photograph Ryan and Megan's reception I was honored but I did understand the full impact of the honor.  If you ever meet Ryan and Megan you'll see that any and all photos of them just in full out joy and laughter is how they live their life.  They are very sweet to others and each other.  Appreciative and just really sweet.

At the reception Ryan got up with Megan at his side and made his way through one of the most touching speeches I've ever had the privileged of hearing.  He spoke of he and his bride meeting at the classes he taught and how nervous he was to teach and that he selected the "girl in the pink shirt" like he was only teaching her to help him make his way through this challenge in his life.

He went on to speak clearly about how the people that were invited impacted one or both of them individually or as a couple.  That he was honored to have each in his life.  It was touching, heartfelt and just an amazing representation of how giving Ryan and Megan are in their life.

I'm deeply honored to be able to present to you some photos from their reception for you to enjoy.

Their reception was held at this gem in Stem NC: Vino Oasis

This family is just the cutest!

The beautiful interior of Vino Oasis was so nice and wonderfully open!

The full family got in on the fun!

Delcious and diverse choices in these wonderful cupcakes from Cupcake Bar in Durham

Everyone couldn't help but enjoy themselves. And who could they not with the delicious catering of SR Catering 

World's most touching speech award goes to: Ryan and Megan!

Megan's laughter filled the air... such joy!

The built in bar is perfect and staffed wonderfully

Wonderful outdoor space at Vino Oasis was even put to good use on this rainy day!

As in true form: Megan and Ryan's dance was as cute as they are!

 Who Shot John was great, lively and enjoyed by all!

Everyone got in on the fun and who could you help it with such great music!

It was a joy to watch as everyone celebrated on the dance floor to welcome this new family!

Megan and Ryan: Thank you again for the amazing honor of being there with you!!

Live. Love. Loud.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hope Valley Country Club: Durham NC: Neijia and Mike Wedding

It was a crisp cool March day when I made my way to the Hope Valley Country Club.  Over a year of anticipation on my end and oh so much more investment and excitement on the parts of these two families.

The stark white building against the blue sky, wind cutting through and a deep breath before I made my way into the building.  It didn't take long to find the bride just had to follow the sounds of laughter.  

Family surrounding her as she got ready.  Each overjoyed for Neijia and Mike.  Each excited to play their part and make this an amazing day.

Neijia's attention to detail, whether the linked estetic of her shoes to jewery or the choice in the amazing staff at Hope Valley Country Club, was shown through the day.

The cream open backed and lace wedding gown from New York Bride of Raleigh was beautiful compliment to her soft and cascading hair as well as her flawless smile. 

Making sure to fit the tradition Neijia made sure to have her something borrowed, blue, old and new.

Her choice for colors was a wonderful example of spring and complimented her bridesmaids!  And Fallon Flowers bouquets complimented perfectly.

There was so much joy an celebration for this amazing couple.  I was overjoyed to be a part of the day.  

Nothing like grabbing a few moments with the groomsmen in their element and looking fine thanks to the help of VIP.

Flawless and radiant in their blue and aqua Alfred Angelo dresses. 

The vaulted ceilings and hard wood floors were such a beautiful setting for such a special moment to start such an amazing new family.

Neijia's son was overwhelmed with joy for his mother.  The moment when he pulled her into a hug to celebrate with her took my breath away.  Such joy and willingness to embrace his mother with joy at his new family... it was an honor to be there for that moment.

Mike and Neijia: you two are adorable and I'm so glad that you allowed me to be with you on your wedding day.  Your joy shown brightly and I enjoyed feeling the glow of your happiness. 

The chandeliers and candles everywhere allowed the glow of the room to give an air of romance. 

Their choice of classic beauty was shown throughout their reception decor, including the beautiful choice of a long straight head-table 

Alone in a crowd.  Their dance was for them and them alone.  Neijia sang softly to her love and they floated around just lost in their own moment. 

There was no shortage of toasts and blessings on this new marriage. 

Mike's dance with his mother was one of the sweetest moments.  They chose a faster song that was a song that had history for them both.  Their joy was intoxicating.  I couldn't help but want to sing and dance along with them as they took a moment to celebrate. 

Sweet and quiet their mother son dance was sweet and tender, filled with smiles and embraces. 

Suzie Q Cakes did a great job in both beauty and taste!

Everyone was ready to have fun and celebrate Mike and Neijia!

I am ever glad to have been there with you on your wedding day.  It is the best thing about my job.  Being able to stand by your side as you go through your day, taking those moments and allowing them to be held for you to recall for all the years to come!

Live. Love. Loud.