Amy+Keith: Married! Belt Line Station, Durham, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Looking back at the first meeting we had at The Raleigh Times, I knew these two were a great fit.. I remember leaving with lots of laughs and a hug.  This was a perfect match.  

Amy is an amazing artist (www.amydraws.com) .. seriously, I have her art hanging over my computer and look at it every day with the reminder that this little dream I'm living is possible.. and that I "Refuse to Sink".  Her piece was a gift to me on their wedding day and I will always cherish it!  Keith runs an awesome screen printing company called DogWood Print (www.dogwoodprint.com).. Two very creative souls could not have picked out a cooler venue in Durham to celebrate with friends and family, than Belt Line Station!  This is the funkier, outdoor complement to it's sister and next door venue The Cotton Room in Durham.  Beltline Station is a restored train landing of the former freight depot, the Golden Belt. 

Such a cool spot! Exposed brick, open air, and beautiful string lights everywhere! 

These two are very special to me and I consider myself very lucky to call them friends.  I went over a couple of weeks ago to photograph some of Amy's goods for her Etsy shop and it was so good to see them and of course Scout, their amazing dog,  too!  

Enjoy some of my very favorite images I've captured this year!  This wedding was absolutely one of my very favorites!  There was a first look with Amy's Dad and then with Keith.  Amy had a first dance with her mom that quickly turned into a hug fest with her mom and two other sisters!  

DJ Triple B, seriously, I love working weddings with him. This was the second one I've had a chance to work with him on and he's just fantastic.. the music.  Oh, the music! 

I walked away that night thinking "I've not laughed until I cried at a wedding, I think, ever"  I had so much fun, thank you Amy+Keith for trusting me with these moments. 

Huge thank you to Travis Hinton for assisting! 

 

Coordination/Planning: Amalia Sarnecki-Ackley of Triangle Catering

Venue: Belt Line Station

Catering: Triangle Catering Hospitality Group

Cake: Edible Art

Officiant: Doug Stults (Bride's Uncle) 

DJ: DJ Triple B, Blake Burney

Hair+Make Up: Blu Salon, BrierCreek, Raleigh, NC

Floral Design: The Button Florist

Bride's Gown: by Martina Liana 366 purchased at Lana Addison

Bridesmaid Dresses: Louise Hedley of Sohomode NYC

Tuxes: Heather Gray Moda by Jean Yves at VIP Formalwear

Pianist: Grace Vaughn (Bride's Niece) 

 



Lauren+Billy : Married! St. Mary's Chapel and Carolina Country Club of Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Lauren and Billy were married this past June in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The weeks leading up to their wedding we'd experienced record breaking torrential downpours.. there were days it felt like the sun was never going to shine again.. and the night of their rehearsal dinner the clouds parted.. and the rays poked out and  Lauren and Billy had the most beautiful and sunny weather for their wedding day! Lauren and I met along with Billy's Mom, Susan to shoot her bridals a couple of weeks prior to the wedding.  Her bridal portraits were just stunning! I did a post about them right after the wedding and you can view them here.   I was so excited I could finally share them all!

Lauren and Billy's wedding day started out as any other day, but it felt different.  The difference.. they were there to get married.  They didn't worry about "who was where... was the cake delivered.. who's got the ___ and why aren't they here?" None of that.. Lauren and her girls were busy teaching me the Mojito Dance and jumping on the bed!  Enjoying and embracing every single moment of their day.  Billy and the guys went bowling and sat around talking about Vegas stories or what NOT to talk about that happened in Vegas. HA!  As a photographer it really allowed me to be creative.  To relax and take time to take it all in.. and Lauren and Billy, for that, I thank you! <3

Below are a few of my favorites..I think you can tell from just the few below how incredibly special the whole day ended up being for Lauren and Billy.  One of my favorite weddings from this year and after all was said and done, I received the best compliment from Billy.. Normally, it's only the brides who gush about working with us but Billy's email afterwards just made it..

Big shout out to my right hand, Jess! Who was able to shoot alongside of me!  Thank you ALWAYS!! <3

 

Lauren and Billy had amazing vendors who also helped make their day run smoothly!

Ceremony: St. Mary's Chapel (St. Mary's School) http://www.sms.edu/about_sms/renting_campus_facilities/index.aspx

Reception : Carolina Country Club, Raleigh http://www.carolinacc.net/

Wedding Coordinator: Angie Wright Chic Details Weddings & Events http://www.chicdetails.com

Dress: Victorian Rose Bridal (designer James Clifford (dress)  http://victorianrosebridals.com/

Judd Waddell (belt)) http://www.juddwaddell.com/

Tux Rental: Men's Wearhouse  http://www.menswearhouse.com

Hair/makeup: Douglas Carrol Salon  http://www.douglascarrollsalon.com/

Flowers: Kelly Odom  http://www.kellyodom.com/

Cake: Edible Art  http://edibleartnc.com/

DJ: SPIN  http://www.spinnc.com

 

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