Where do I start?? What a year it's been with these two..Sarah and Jon just fit. Sarah is so detail oriented and made my job so easy and Jon is so laid back and silly. We started off this adventure with an engagement session at Carter Finley Stadium!! Jon had a family friend that pulled some strings and allowed us to shoot on a cool, drizzly morning but it was AMAZING!! We then scheduled another session more in the fall with pumpkins and a yummy golden sunset. I enjoyed getting to know these two..watching the days count down until their wedding at the JC Raulston Arboretum. I will never forget that day...Raleigh had been having a record breaking heat wave and that morning was no exception. We arrived to the Arboretum only to find the electricity out...think about it..groomsmen, caterers, other vendors all at a dead stop. See, their gates are electric and the night before they'd been hit by lightning in a horrible storm and we had no way to enter the park. It was 10 am and the wedding was to start in about an hour... We rolled with it..once we were able to physically pull the gate they started setting up like nothing was wrong all the while, Sarah had no idea.. I started with the Groomsmen portraits hoping the power would come on soon! My amazing sidekick Jess, was acting coordinator for Sarah and called everyone at Progress Energy working as amazingly as she does to get this show on the road! Shortly after Sarah arrived with her girls and somehow with the help of her bridesmaids convincing her it was a great idea?? We convinced Sarah to get dressed outside!! The power came on about 15 minutes into the ceremony and all was right in the world. These two can handle any wrench that's thrown at them...with the support of their friends and family. I had to tell this story, 1. because it explains why Sarah is "getting ready" amongst the tress 2. you'd never know we were without power and it was 105 degrees outside!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC
Catering: Clyde Cooper's BBQ, Raleigh, NC
Cake: Gigi's Cupcakes
Florist: Posh Studios
Make-Up: Amanda LaBrecque- Mary Kay Cosmetics firstname.lastname@example.org
Violinist: Meera Venkataraman email@example.com
Videography: Nathan James