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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

Aaron & Susannah: engaged | Eno River. Durham, NC

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Luckily, Aaron and Susannah are friends of friends/clients and found me, because if they hadn't, I'd have two less friends right now and that would be sad. I got to tag along on their proposal last month. It's a bit hard to tell the story properly without making it just look like a series of random photos all around Durham and Chapel Hill. Aaron sent Susannah out on a scavenger hunt, that took her to all sorts of incredible places that are meaningful to them both, all the while I was following Susannah and trying my best to not be seen. It worked for awhile. First, she went to Trader Joe's where she picked up some flowers (I hid behind the onions) and a bottle of wine, then to ACME in Chapel Hill where they had a beautiful breakfast (I had a delicious baked french toast. Thanks Aaron!) and looked like they had a great time (I hid behind the wall in the back, getting in the way of waitstaff, and went across the street, getting in the way of cars.), then we went to the Rock Quarry on the Eno (where I hid in a little divet along the trail), then to Nasher where Susannah had to look for her next clue in the gift shop (I hid in the employee locker room), then Susannah went to the main desk (when I hid behind two security guards, where she finally saw the lens pointed right at her between their shoulders! BLOWN! I even got the shot where she saw me), then finally to Parizade (where there was just nowhere to hide at all).

Now that they are properly engaged, we can take some photos. For their engagement session, we went back to the Eno (but a different spot). This time at the Cole Mill trailhead with the suspension bridge. It was super fun because they are hysterical, kept me laughing, and I got to play in the water with them. It was also the best because they are super adventurous and wanted to get wet! And the water was only a little cold but they were great sports.

Thank you to all the amazing peeps and businesses who made the proposal just incredible.

Aaron and Susannah! I am so glad that you found me (thanks Jordan and Mindy!!!!), that we get to be friends, that I get to photograph your wedding and for just being awesome!
Mwah!
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Rebecca & Scott: Wedding | Duke Gardens and Parizade. Durham, NC

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I don't know if you know, but basketball at Duke is huge. The students will spend months living in tents outside of Cameron Arena, in K-ville to get tickets to the Duke-UNC game. This is where Rebecca and Scott fell in love.

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The amazing Vendors!!

Getting Ready: Washington Duke Inn  //  Ceremony venue: Duke Gardens // Reception venue: Parizade  //  Officiant: Robin Renteria  //  Florist: Ninth Street Flowers  // Cake: Guglhupf // Catering: Parizade 

Rebekah + Ben: Married!!! | Parizade. Durham, NC

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Ben and Rebekah are one of my favorite couples. Not because they are super awesome (even though they are) or funny (they are that too) but because I like seeing them together. They are so obviously in love that it's so wonderful to see. They don't ever stop kissing, saying "I love you" or "You are so beautiful" or "You make me so happy". They are patient with one another. They love each other whole heartedly, completely. I love seeing that in a couple. Especially one of my couples. I love knowing that they are still going to be all ridiculously happy 30 years from now.

Ben and Rebekah chose to have a Durham-centric wedding. We had their engagment session at Brightleaf Square and Duke Gardens. We did their first look at The King's Daughters Inn and part of their formal photos at the East Duke Campus. All the other excitement happened at Parizade on a very stormy, wet day. The storm was so loud that I could barely hear the ceremony and we got soaked. This is actually my first rainy wedding ceremony (There goes my streak!) and also my first Jewish Wedding (which was super cool. Loads of fun!!!!).

Special thanks to Amanda Scott who did the most amazing job planning this wedding too. Everything was beautiful and went off without a hitch.

On to the many moments of their amazing day.  

Thank you so much to Bridget McEnaney for second shooting.  

Venues: The King's Daughters Inn & Parizade  // Event Planning: Amanda Scott at A Swanky Affair  //  Rentals: Party Reflections  //  Officiant: Rabbi Friedman  //  Flowers: Farm and Filligree  //  Music: No Regrets Publications  //  Stationary: Indigo Envelope  //  Cake: Sugarland Bakery  //  Hair and make-up: Lauren Vincent at Salon 1

 

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