The Stockroom at 230 : Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding : Shelley+Matt

I could not have picked a better couple to kick off 2016's Wedding Season!  I walked away from Shelley and Matt's wedding with a heart bursting at the seams and feeling so incredibly fortunate to work with couples like them and do this amazing job that I love so so so much! 

The first time we met I went home going.. "I hope they want to work with me as much as I want to work with them"! They were oh so cool, laid back and took me out for beers.. that's a WIN in my book.  

Matt broke his wrist a few weeks prior to the wedding and he mentioned he was worried about telling Shelley, because he knew he'd have a cast, etc.. and her reaction was more of concern for how he was feeling.  That my friends, is what it's all about.. <3 

I made Shelley promise on Saturday that they wouldn't be strangers.. and we'd stay in touch after the wedding! :) 

I could go on and on about them.. but I'm going to let the images speak for themselves and give you a glimpse into their perfect wedding at the Stockroom at 230. 

Amazing vendors came together and pulled off the perfect day for Shelley+Matt

Assistant Photographer : Amanda Beavers of Amanda B Photography //  Venue: The Stockroom at 230, The Glassbox // Coordination: Jess MacDonald of Handstitched Events  // Floral Design: Eddie at Distinctive Designs // Hair Design: Bettie Hair // Makeup Artist: Lindsay Greenwood // Catering: Catering Works // DJ: Collin Yarborough // Beer: Home brewed Klemouth Rock Brewing // Bridal Gown: Gorgeous Gowns of Cary // Groom's Suit : Bunbury Suits // Chalkboard Artist : Austin Bagwell of AB Chalk+Designs





The Garden on Millbrook Bridal Portraits | Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Kathlyn

Kathlyn is not only stunning but she has to be one of the sweetest bride's I've ever had the pleasure of working with.  Leading up to her wedding day (and after) I received little messages of thanks and appreciation from her.  I feel incredibly fortunate to work with such loving and thoughtful couples. 

I literally just finished their wedding images and am currently uploading their gallery!!! and I wanted to take a moment to share some of my very favorites from Kathlyn's bridal session at The Garden on Millbrook, which was also their wedding venue! 

I remember when I showed Kathlyn proofs from this session and she messaged me "this one is one of my favorite pics of me ever taken" That right there, is the best compliment a photographer can ever get! <3 That image was and still is a fast favorite but wasn't chosen as her bridal portrait.   I am still completely head over heels for the one she ended up choosing... you'll have to scroll to the end to see which one she ended up going with! :) 

Venue: The Garden on Millbrook  // Make up Artist: Julie Robbins Make-Up  // Hair Artist: Alli Carter // Floral Design: Fresh Affairs  // Gown : David's Bridal 

Knew the moment I clicked the shutter, this would be it.. Usually, brides choose a different image than my very favorite for their bridal canvas....except for this time! Love how Kathlyn's canvas turned out! <3 

JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC Save the Date Photographer | Amy+Tony

Amy and I met up in a Starbucks on a super cold and rainy day in  December to chat all about her wedding!  I love it when I meet with a bride or couple and during the meet up at some point all of the people around us fall away.. We were laughing, slapping the table, comparing cuteness of our fur kids on our iPhones, just enjoying the time together like old friends catching up. 

I asked her to describe Tony to me.. "he's my balance" I think is what she said.. or something like that.. See, Amy is VIBRANT!! She's loud, she's expressive, her mind is going a million times a minute.. Tony is the calm one, the relaxed one, the problem solver.. I KNEW Tony and I would get along.. I was like "Tony's just like me!" HAHAHAHAAH.. 

I could not be happier to be chosen as their wedding photographer for their wedding in October!

We decided JC Raulston would be a great place to meet up for their Save the Dates.. just looking at how these turned out I am ECSTATIC to see how their Engagements and Wedding Day images are going to be!!! <3 

More to come from these two...... 

Downtown Raleigh Mint and Peach Wedding | Jen and Andrew

I first met up with Jen and Andrew at Tyler's in Apex.  They were a referral from Cordie and Christian.  Jen and Cordie had been housemates for awhile and when Jen was looking for a wedding photographer, Cordie sent her my way! (Thanks Cordie!) 

I knew they were a perfect fit.. they’re laid back, enjoy good beer and had thoughts of doing their save the dates in a place where it wouldn’t matter if paint got spilled! HA! You can check out their paint fight here.. Save the Dates

Jen and Andrew were married back in May of this year in one of my very favorite weddings from 2014!  They had their ceremony at West Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and immediately folioing a reception at the Mordecai Historic Park also in Downtown Raleigh. 

The girls got ready that morning at the Oakwood Inn.  What an awesome BnB!  If you’ve not checked it out, you should! and it’s a gorgeous spot for getting ready for brides! 

We all met up at the church and Andrew’s mom officiated their wedding ceremony! 

After the ceremony we all hopped on a Raleigh Trolley and visited a few different spots.. Fayetteville Street and Moore Square to grab some quintessential Downtown Raleigh wedding images! Then headed over to the park to have a wonderful party! 

Jen and Andrew! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day! It was one I will always adore!  The attention to detail was impeccable! Looking forward to our raincheck/engagement session with Luna coming up!! 


Many amazing vendors came together to pull out all the stops on this one! 

Second Photographer: Carolyn Stotts of Carolyn Marie Photography // Videographer: Travis Hinton of Travis Hinton Creative // Coordination by: Monica B. Noa of Nouveau Events // Venues: West Presbyterian Church, Raleigh-Mordecai Historic Park, Raleigh // Hair Artist : Lindsey Ajaj // Make up Artist: Megan Brown with Simple Bliss // Bride’s Details-Dress: Victorian Rose Bridal // Shoes: Dolce Mint Green Flats // Hairpiece and Bracelet: BHLDN  // Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan - "Donna" in Peach Fuzz // Groom’s Details:-Suit: Jos.A. Bank Slim Cut Traveler Suit in Grey Sharkskin // Floral Design: Teacup Floral // Cake Artist: Teal Petal Cakes // Officiant: Deborah McEachran // Music: Tom Lohr // Transportation: The Raleigh Trolley  Raleigh Rickshaw // Rentals : Party Reflections // DJ: Griffy Edwards // Catering: Clyde Cooper’s BBQ

This Weekend : A New Start and a sneak at Laura and Brendan's Big Day!

So I'm once again going to try to get on to some sort of blogging schedule.  I've just started making walking a part of my day most days and I think I always thought, I needed to have the right shorts, or the right t shirt or the right headphones, playlist, temperature, etc.. JUST DO IT ALREADY! and that's exactly what I've been doing.. just doing it and it's paid off! So here's where I'm going to try the same approach with blogging!  

I have a backload of super duper amazing weddings and I will absolutely get to each and every one but I am going to start now.. starting with Laura and Brendan's wedding from this past Saturday! 

Mother Nature owed me BIG TIME! Absolutely NO RAIN and it was just perfection..Here's a few sneaks from their downtown Raleigh wedding at the always DELICIOUS Caffe Luna! I must say, what a beautiful venue for an intimate ceremony.  I've photographed rehearsal dinners in this spot but never a wedding and it was just gorgeous!  Looking forward to sharing more with you later this week (<---see what I did there? I just committed myself to having another post done this week!)  Enjoy!