Nick+Amber : Married! Mordecai and Flander's Art Gallery Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Nick and Amber were brought to me by my amazing friend Lauren Mann of Lauren Mann Photography.   She was actually a guest at their wedding and thought I would be a perfect fit for them!  So right she was! Our schedules were so all over the place that we were unable to meet up prior to the big day but it didn't take long to feel like I'd known Amber for years.  She's such a calm spirit and so loving.   The way Nick adores her is so evident in the way he simply looks at Amber.. they are simply perfect for each other!  So many friends and family came together to make this day spectacular.. and it was.  When talking with Nick, I think our first of many emails/conversations he mentioned "that one photo"  that he really wanted to get out of the day.. That one photo.  You all know exactly what he's referring to.  We all (in our big fat photo albums covered in dust or proudly displayed on coffee tables) have that one photo of our parents, grand parents, great grandparents on their wedding day.  I hope I gave them much more than that one photo.. but I totally knew what he meant.

I think many couples feel that photography maybe just an extra and all that really counts is marrying the one you love.. being surrounded by family and friends and pledging your love for one another.   If no one captures it.. will you remember what color of blue your shoes were?  The bright yellow in the daisies?  The moment your father walked you down the aisle..and then you think.. YES!, I want a photographer to capture this moment.  These moments.  To give us that one photo and many more.  <3

Below is a super long post because I was over the moon as to how this wedding turned out.. just beautiful!  Amber and Nick's wedding was an intimate get together of close family and friends inside the Chapel at Mordecai in downtown Raleigh!  Followed by the reception at Flander's Art Gallery and  a night filled with the BEST music by DJ Triple B!

Thank you Nick and Amber for trusting me with these moments.  They are truly some of my very favorites from 2013.

Thank you to all the vendors for an AMAZING job!

Caterer: Belle's Catering

DJ: DJ Triple B (Blake Burney)

Bridal Party Flowers: Mews Floral Designers (Marsha Snyder) 

Pies: Sweet T, a Cakery (Tammy)

Amber and Evie's Hair/Makeup: Glam Lounge (Debra Goodyear)

Dress shop: Bridal Garden, NYC

Source: http://libbymcgowanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Mordecai-Flanders-Gallery-Raleigh-North-Carolina-Wedding-77.jpg

Cordie+Christian : Engaged! NCSU and Downtown Raleigh Engagement Session

I was showing these photos to a friend today and realized I'd only shared FOUR on facebook!! It quickly prompted me to do a blog post!  Love this couple and am patiently waiting their approaching wedding date this October!  We met up back in April to photograph their engagement/save the date photos!  Their love for NCSU took us to the campus which photographs beautifully.. Love the layout of this campus!  and they brought along they SUPER cute pup! and we had a great evening walking around campus and then headed to Boylan Bridge to catch the amazing sunset and skyline of downtown Raleigh! Oh and BEER! Yes, Christian is a brewer so it was only fitting we would end up here! <3 Enjoy the following favorites from their engagement session!

 

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Jen+Andrew : Engaged! Raleigh, North Carolina Engagement Photographer

The other night I met with Jen and Andrew to capture their Save the Dates! I am in LOVE with Save the Date and Engagement sessions! Such a great time to get together.. it's relaxing and fun and a great way for my couples to see me work and just makes the wedding day more comfortable.  Jen already had plans of a paint war and I was so excited to do something completely different!  We met at the Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh, while being serenaded by Umphrey's McGee playing at Red Hat Amphitheater that evening!  The thing I love the most about Jen and Andrew besides Jen's GORGEOUS freckles and Andrew's super sweet smile... the way they are when they're just quiet with each other..it was as if I wasn't even there.. I LOVE THAT!! <3 So looking forward to their wedding next year!  Here are a few of my favorites from the evening! :)

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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

 

Source: http://libbymcgowanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Carolina-Country-Club-Raleigh-North-Carolina-Wedding-84.jpg

Lauren : Bridals-Carolina Country Club & St. Mary's Chapel, Raleigh, NC Wedding Photographer

Lauren and Billy were married back in June and I had to sit on these for months!  Lauren's bridals were some of my all time favorites!  The Carolina Country Club is where their reception was held so we started there and ended up at St. Mary's their ceremony venue.  Both locations were just picturesque and add in Lauren looking beyond exquisite.. and BOOM!  Gorgeous, Gorgeous portraits! Here are a few of my favorites from Lauren's bridal session, can you guess which ones she chose for her portrait?  It was hard to choose just one so she had TWO! <3 

 

Source: http://libbymcgowanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Bridal-Portrait-Raleigh-NC-Wedding-Photographer-240.jpg