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Cheryl & Darren: Wedding | Duke Gardens. Durham, North Carolina

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Special huge thank you to Caroline Lima for second shooting for me.

The Amazing Vendors
Getting Ready Location: The Washington Duke Inn   //   Wedding and Reception Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens   //   Officiant: Robin Renteria   //   Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz   //   Florist: The English Garden   //   Cake: Guglhupf   //   Caterer: Durham Catering Co.   //   Band: The Shakedown   //   Ice Cream Truck: The Parlour   //   Donuts: Rise


Stephanie & Matt: married | The Oaks at Salem. Apex, NC

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"Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say 'I love you' at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry." - Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day. 

Stephanie and Matt had all these great marriage quotes scattered throughout the tables and they are all so sweet and touching. I love them. It says so much, that the wedding is just a rite of passage and that the best part is being married. They made me so happy to read on the wedding day and made me so happy to read again while I was editing. 

This wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Every single thing about it. Especially the laughter and the joy. Thank you so much for having me!!! xoxoxoxo, b

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All the vendors: 
Venue: The Oaks at Salem   //   The BESTEST Officiant: Robin Renteria   //  Hair and Makeup: Makeup for your day   //   The amazing Florist: Tre Bella!!!!    //   The delicious cakes (The carrot cake was my favorite): Yellowbird Bakery   //   Catering: The Cook Shack   //   The totally badass Frank Meldau from Joe Bunn DJ Co

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 


Colin + Molly: Married!!!! | The Cotton Room. Durham, NC

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Molly's mom made the first contact with me, to photograph the wedding and it was fantastic. We chatted on the phone for quite some time and she would go on and on about what a great couple Colin and Molly are and how she was just so very happy that they were getting married. I assumed, like most people would assume, that she was a bit biased. I was wrong. I met Colin and Molly at Guglhupf for danishes and lattes one late morning and I instantly liked them. They are one of those couples that laugh and laugh and laugh. They seemed just so comfortable together too. I personally think that is a sign of a good match.

Then the wedding day came! I was a bit nervous because we didn't get to have an engagement session but they are, again,  just such wonderful people and just so easy to work with, and was only my second Jewish wedding. (I really love Jewish weddings by the way. I would convert just to take part in the Hora for myself, but I think the rabbi would turn me away if I said that.)  They had a first look that made me tear up a little, from behind the viewfinder then went straight into portraits where I would pose them and they would just talk and laugh and laugh some more. It made me love them even more.  

Congratulations to you both!!!! I know that you will have an amazing life together.  

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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Alex loves Kate: Married! | Corolla, NC

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Alex and Kate had an amazing (beach/backyard/party) wedding in the Outer Banks. They had all their closest friends out for a few days on the beach, so everyone could have a great time, and had a grand finale with a wedding. It was such a great idea. I'm so glad that they decided to have a first look. It was so sweet and touching.Instead of the typical bridal bouquet, Kate carried sparklers down the aisle!!! Daisy, the dog/ring bearer, didn't want to give up those rings quite yet!!