Brittany + Jeff | North Raleigh Wedding

The last wedding I shot in Raleigh, was the gorgeous Autumn nuptials of Brittany and Jeff. I shot their engagement photos about a year before at Yates Mill Pond and their wedding had the same beautiful fall backdrop.

We started the day out at the Marriott Crabtree, where Brittany had her makeup done and hung out with the bridal party before getting dressed and heading to Lake Lynn for some pre-wedding photos. Since their ceremony was to be held late in the day, we had a first look before the ceremony to ensure plenty of time for outdoor photos before the sunset. The fall colors looked gorgeous against the purple bridesmaid dresses!

The ceremony and reception were held at the North Hills Club in Raleigh. There was a lovely outdoor pavilion for the ceremony and after that, everyone headed to the reception in the ballroom. Brittany and Jeff are huge Wolfpack fans, and their table decor incorporated that so creatively. Every table was named some element of NCSU - so cute! My favorites were definitely the Mr. Wuf and Ms. Wuf tables. After dinner, the night continued with lots of dancing and wrapped up with a sparkler exit. Congratulations to Brittany and Jeff! I hope to see both of you next time you visit NYC!

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Makeup: Ashley Money

Venue & Catering: North Hills Club

Flowers: Fresh Affairs

Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery

DJ: Melbourne Entertainment

Courtney and Jake | All Saints Wedding | Raleigh, NC

Right before leaving Raleigh, I shot Courtney & Jake’s wedding in downtown Raleigh. I knew what sort of quirky cuteness I was getting into since we’d meet up last Fall for an engagement session at Yates Mill Pond. The engagement session was loads of fun and I think they managed to have twice as much fun on their wedding day.

I started the day with the girls who were getting ready and doing a little pre-wedding celebrating at the Doubletree on Hillsborough. After makeup, we all headed over to All Saints Chapel where the girls dressed and waited for the start of the ceremony. Courtney did a gorgeous job with the decor - there were lots of cute details, that reflect their personalities and gave the whole wedding a very intimate, personal feel. The ceremony was held upstairs in the chapel area and after the ceremony the guests went downstairs for the cocktail hour while they flipped the chapel for the reception.

While the guests were enjoying the cocktails, the wedding party took a little walk to Fayetteville Street and the Capitol grounds to squeeze in some shots before dark. The weather was a little overcast and I love the moody look of all the shots we took downtown.

The reception was lots of dancing, some cupcakes to snack on, and a late night snack of Cook Out, which is such as adorable idea! Courtney and Jake escaped through their sparkler exit and drove off into the dark on a Crank Arm rickshaw.

Congrats, you two!

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Megan & Candler | Engagement Session at Gregory Vineyards

Megan and Candler will be getting married this October in Carolina Beach (I cannot wait for this wedding!), so for their engagement session they wanted something that felt a little different from the beach destination wedding but reflected their love of gorgeous outdoor settings. They chose to do the session at Gregory Vineyards in Angier, which is a lovely little vineyard just 30 mins south of Raleigh. The vineyard is just beautiful and makes some tasty wine (yes I did sneak a taste and definitely recommend their wine slushies).

Megan and Candler meet as babies and are obviously childhood friends. Their chemistry is relaxed and hanging out looking cute is completely effortless - always a fun thing to photograph. I had a great time getting to know them a little better and exploring the vineyard. Luckily, the rain held off so we were able to shoot till sunset.

They love to travel (hence the destination wedding) and ride their bikes on adventures around town, so they brought their bikes along and we took some adorable bike shots. I also discovered that Candler can ride his bike backwards - a totally awesome talent.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their e-session below and check back in October for their wedding shots!

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