Rebecca Ames Photography | Raleigh Durham Wedding Photographer

Haley & Evan: Wedding | Duke Gardens and Parizade. Durham, North Carolina

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Wedding Venue: Duke Gardens   //   Reception Venue: Parizade   //   Officiant: Austin Pennington   //   Videographer: Wil Davis, Mechanical Eye Films   //   Hair and Makeup: Moshi Moshi   //   Florist: Whole Foods and the Durham Farmer's Market   //   Bakery: Mad Hatter Cafe and Guglhupf   //   Reception Music: Straight Up Jazz

Ellie & Matt: Wedding | 21C Hotel. Durham, North Carolina

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Ellie and Matt live in DC and decided to have a Fourth of July wedding down here in Durham. They chose the 21C Hotel and booked it before the hotel even opened their doors! They were the very first wedding there! The ceremony was conducted in one of the art galleries then after we went down to the basement, where we found an old bank vault, for some portraits. They had a small, intimate wedding with just their closest friends and family with a delicious brunch. After the wedding, everyone headed to the Fourth of July celebrations at the Durham Bulls game (Go Bulls!!) and capped off with fireworks at the end of the game (we coincidentally had seats close to each other and I got to snap a quick iPhone pic of them later in the day. I'm not posting it, it's an iPhone pic.). 

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Special thanks to Joseph Dix for second shooting.

Venue: 21C Hotel   //   Catering: 21C Hotel   //   Make-up Artist:  (I love her. She's fab!)   //   Officiant: Kaylily Middleton 

Alex & Carolynn: She said YES! | The Durham Hotel. Durham, North Carolina

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Alex called me, just a couple days before he planned on proposing to his girlfriend. He had already done some planning. He had contacted the (brand new) Durham Hotel and asked to use their roof. It has a very cosmopolitan, New York feel up there with a great view of the city and the sunset. He had them set out some roses on the corner table, to bring out champagne after she said yes, and oysters on the half shell after that. He knew she would say yes. He had said he could just feel it, that she was dropping little hints that she was ready. He was too and wanted it to be perfect.

p.s. All of this took place in the time span of 15 minutes. Amazing, right?

The Shamps: A day in the life | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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I LOVE this family. I got to meet them when Mindy was still pregnant with Riley and we have done a whole lotta sessions together now, starting with his birth! I'm even going back next month for Riley's second birthday. They are some of my favorite people in the whole world and I'm so glad that I get to call them friends now. I also love this kid! I think since I was there from the very beginning, it's like he's one of my own. He even loves me too! He calls me "Be-beee" and gives me the very best hugs! 

So, this session. This is a day in the life. Nothing is posed. I told them to do absolutely nothing. I just hung out and took photos. They are imperfect, but that's what makes them perfect. This is them just hanging out and spending their day the way they normally spend their day. Mommy swam some laps, daddy got mommy flowers (making him look like the best husband to the photographer), daddy went to work (we even visited daddy at the office", lunch, naps, playing with toys, reading books, all the usual stuff. 

Oh, and I've got to say a couple more things about this family and just give them a shameless plug. Jordan and Mindy are also really fantastic photographers. Before Riley was born they were the owners/photographers of JAM Photography and I'm sad that the world lost the pleasure of booking them for their family sessions. They are super talented, way more than me, and I keep getting blown away that they keep having me come over and take their photos. Also, Jordan is the co-founder of a social network/journaling app called Noteables. You should check it out, create an account, think about how it would be super awesome for your school/workplace/etc. and then talk to Jordan and set that up. 

Heather & Colin: Engaged | Coker Arboretum. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Heather and Colin came down from DC for their engagement session, and I was so thrilled that that I finally got to meet them. They are both super sweet, and really cute. They really ooze warm fuzzies and I imagine their wedding is going to be filled with so much laughter and friends that I am so excited and can't wait for it to happen.

The news called for storms and we made it all the way through most of the session when the rain finally hit for the last 15 minutes. They were such good sports and still rocked the photos, even though we were totally soaked. 

The Webers: Family | at home. Pittsboro, North Carolina

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I love this family. This is the fifth time I've photographed them. I got to be there for their oldest's birth and now, I get to call them friends. I'm so glad about that, because they are just good people. I was so thrilled to go out and meet Astrid! She is adorable and perfect and totally squeezable (I know this, because I cuddled her for a good amount of time. She smelled divine). 

Lysandra also is the owner/designer for Geek Chic Clothing and she hooked me up with a gorgeous skirt during the shoot. 

Cathy & William: Wedding | The Burwell School. Hillsborough, North Carolina

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Cathy and William had a small, intimate wedding at The Burwell School. They invited twelve people to celebrate their day with them. It was a lovely affair, close and with lots of laughter. I love that Cathy had decided to wear a cherry red wedding dress. It's such a great color on her (She was gorgeous!) and it just showed off how non-traditional wedding theirs was. During the ceremony, her two sons played music for everyone. It was a treat!

The Vespas: Family | Auntie Em's Farm. Denver, Colorado

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Jen is my bestie. I love her and we've been best friends since we met ten years ago. She's one of the best people I know, always caring, never judgmental, and always totally there for you. She was also the first family in front of my camera ever, when she was pregnant with the younger of the two girls, Sophia, so I was thrilled to go visit my friend and take their pictures. 

P.S. This place is not really called Auntie Em's Farm (as the fictional farm is located in Kansas), but when Jen sent me pics of the location she found, I thought it was missing Dorothy and a dog named Toto.