Rebecca Ames Photography | Durham, North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer

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Michael: headshots | Durham, NC

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Michael recently wrote a book and needed a photo for the author bio. I was thrilled to help out, especially since it's about a photographer set during World War I in Colorado. It sounds right up my alley. It's called The Trench Angel, by Michael Guttierrez. It'll be out in September, so you will have to wait a little while to give it a read but it'll be fall and chilly outside and the perfect time to curl up inside with a good read.

Amanda & Max: Wedding | Mateo. Durham, NC

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Amanda was one of the very first people I met here in North Carolina. She is the wedding planner and owner of A Swanky Affair. I had emailed her before I even moved here because I loved her website. We met for coffee at Parker & Otis and I liked her right away. We have worked together several times now and became such good friends along the way. She has made every single wedding day fantastic and has become my favorite planner in the Triangle. Anyways, so fast forward three and a half years and I go out to lunch with Amanda again and she had this sparkly ring on her finger. Beautiful. I almost offered to shoot it, but I didn't. Amanda knows every photographer in the Triangle and there is so much talent here. So much talent. Then one night, I'm getting ready for bed and there's a text on my phone from Amanda. She was asking me to shoot her wedding!!! This is where you need to imagine me jumping up and down. Not only that but she hadn't picked her wedding date yet, so I wasn't her fifth choice. I way giddy and I said YES!, of course. Then the panic set in, because I was going to be shooting her wedding. Their wedding also gave me a chance to really get to know Max and I am so glad. He is such a great guy and it makes me so very happy for the both of them.

Their wedding day was absolutely amazing!!! The day was so emotional. I cried my eyes out watching my friends tie the knot. Such joy. I even got choked up a little seeing her get into her dress. It was totally funny watching her be a bride and try not to be a wedding planner. You can see the detail oriented planner in her, trying to burst out.

When the ceremony started, Amanda and Max walked upstairs followed by Robin (my favorite officiant), the musicians, family and friends to find an intimate ceremony place with their homemade chuppah and ketubah waiting to be signed. After all the vows were said, kisses had been kissed, we went downstairs to eat some really fantastic food, some seriously amazing cake (there were five and yes, I tried all of them. I like cake.), a hysterical cake cutting, and such a heartwarming first dance. After the party was over, we all walked to Alley 26 for some post wedding celebrations. All in all, it was a fantastic day.

Also, it was the style I had always hoped for (My sweet hubby even says that I dress like a Spanish peasant from the early 1900's). The colors are fantastic, that deep red, and Mateo completed the feel perfectly.

Enough writing. Here are the photographs.

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Thank you to all the amazing vendors, who made this wedding incredible. Special thank you to Caroline Lima, of Caroline Lima Photography, for second shooting.

Planner: Lora Brooker, Soigne Events  //  Officiant: Robin Renteria  //  Venue: Mateo  //  Wedding Gown: Tre Bella  //  Flowers: Tre Bella, Rachel Price  //  Cake: Yellow Bird Baking  //  DJ: McSound Productions  //  Hair: Meredith Powell  //  Make-up:  Seema Aziz, Blushed Artistry  //  Men's Formal Wear: Bernard's  //  Live Music: Andrew Gorodesky  //  Stationery: Indigo Envelope 


Liz & Shane: Wedding | The Stockroom at 230. Raleigh, NC

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I met Liz whilst photographing a wedding at Sitti, back in April. She coordinated the lovely event and she had such great ideas for neat angles in the back patio, and then she unlocked all sorts of doors so that I could go up in the balconies to get those shots. I was so thrilled and because of this, I seriously wanted to hug her and work with her over and over again. A few months later she contacted me about photographing her wedding!!!! YAY!. I was so thrilled and so very, very honored to get to be a part of her event.

They had their wedding on New Years Eve!!! And even cooler, First Night Raleigh was happening right outside the front door of The Stockroom. Amazing lights, fireworks, ferris wheels, everything. Amazing!

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Venue: The Stockroom  //  Catering: Sitti  //  DJ: Kent Blooms, Joe Bunn DJ Co.

Sara & Trevor: Engaged | American Tobacco Campus. Durham, NC

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A couple of months ago I was sitting at Guglhupf, chatting with a couple, and looked over and saw Sara. She was laughing and looked so very happy. I also noticed something very sparkly on her finger and really wanted to go over and say Congratulations!!!, but I didn't. I was in a meeting. Anyways, a few days later I got an email from Sara asking about an engagement session and I am so glad because these two are so awesome!!!

Macro photography | North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Chapel Hill, NC

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I spend 99.9% of my time photographing people, or wedding sentimental items and I realized that I've never really tried macro photography. Not really. Well, here's a go at it. I took the little ones to NCBG to give them a little photography lesson and I tried something new too. If you want a print for your own, head on over to the gallery. I think I'm going to make postcards out of a couple of them. I haven't decided which yet, if you have a favorite let me know. You may just get a note in the mail.

Meredith & Stephen: Wedding | The Cookery. Durham, NC

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Meredith and Stephen met singing in the Duke Choir, the Duke Vespers. They were friends for a long time. I am so glad that they decided to become a couple. They are so stinking cute together. I really really like them both. They are good people and incredibly fun to be around. So are their friends! Everybody was so nice and I want to just inject myself into their circles (Hi Christie!!) and invite myself over for dinner. Their wedding was the same way. I cried like a baby during the ceremony, when I wasn't laughing. The Vespers added to the mood, by singing during the ceremony. When the ceremony was all over, the Mint Julep Jazz Band kept the guests tearing it up on the dance floor (Thanks for twirling me around the dance floor Ben!). The Cookery, along with the swinging jazz and Meredith's dress really gave the wedding a very 1920's vintage feel. Very smokey, dark, jazz club. It reminded me of this bar I used to frequent in Big Sky, MT.  It was incredible. But the wedding still screamed out, Durham!!!! I love their details, including the North Carolina magnets, the peach jam, the musical horns, and the market lights. It was perfect.

Thanks to all the AMAZING vendors who made the day absolutely perfect. You rocked this wedding. Amanda Scott, at A Swanky Affair, made the day smooth and beautiful as always. I love her. Oh, and that cake was the best wedding cake I've ever had. YUM!!! It was a lemon cake. Not too sweet, just perfect. As were the chocolate covered strawberries, that's where you could find me once they were on the table.

p.s. I saw this article on the internet somewhere about animated gif's and thought I'd try it, what do you think?

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Getting Ready Location: The King's Daughters Inn   |   Wedding and Reception Venue: The Cookery  |  Wedding and Event Coordinator: Amanda Scott, A Swanky Affair  |  Catering: Durham Catering Co.  |  Ceremony Music: The Duke Vespers  |  Cake: Details Cake Design  |  Flowers: Ninth Street Flowers  |  Officiant: Rev. Meghan Feldmeyer  |  Rentals: American Party Rentals  |  Linens: CE Rentals  |  Bridal Party Hair: 140 Salon and Dry Bar