The hardest thing about photographing bridal portraits — especially with a bride as statuesque and gorgeous as Taylor — is waiting months until the wedding to be able to share them with the world! Now that Taylor and Jarrod are married (wedding photos coming soon), I’m so happy to share her Prestonwood Country Club bridals with you! She looked beyond amazing in that gorgeous Old Hollywood-style gown by David Tutera and her flowers by Fresh Affairs were stunning. Pure perfection!
Brooke & Tien, Though our time together was short – I wish you didn’t live in PA! – I feel like I’ve known you for years. You and your families are incredible and I’m honored to have gotten to know all of you. I can’t think you enough for having me with you on your day! And now that we share an anniversary, on OUR day. May love and happiness be yours for always! ! I will think of you and celebrate your love as I celebrate my own anniversary each year! Much love! OXOX ~ R
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Ceremony: BUTLER CHAPEL – CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY // Reception: PRIVATE HOME // Caterer: CATERING WORKS // Floral Designs: CATERING WORKS // Wedding Cake: GRAND ASIA BAKERY // DJ: BUTCH HALPIN // Paper Suite: BRIDE // Wedding Gown: CAROLINA BRIDAL WORLD // Groom’s Attire: MEN’S WEARHOUSE
When you’re an MCG, some of the fondest memories of your life are of time spent on campus. This is definitely true for Sarah. She planned to get married at her home church and hold her reception at The Grand Marquise Ballroom (see her gorgeous wedding here). So when it was time for bridal portraits last fall, she knew she just had to incorporate Meredith College into her plan somewhere. Sarah looked especially beautiful on this day and we couldn’t have asked for more glorious weather - or more picturesque scenery for her Meredith College bridals. Enjoy a few of my personal favorites!
He loves me for who I am. This is one of the first things Danielle said when I asked her to list three things she loves about Josh. When you see them together, there is no doubt that he does. They’re laid back and comfortable together. They’re romantic and a little playful. But mostly, they’re just Danielle and Josh. Each in love with the other – because of who they are.
They’ve been together five years, so they’ve seen their share of the ups and downs of life. And just a few weeks ago, they experienced the highest of highs as they stood in front of friends and family from near and far, promising to love each other with abandon. For a lifetime. “Just for who I am.”
Danielle and Josh….Oh how I adore the two of you! Thank you just for being you! I am deeply honored and humbled that you opened your hearts and shared your day – and your love – with me! I wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness. May you look back on this day 50 years from now and realize that it was the one when you loved each other the least. Much love…OXOX ~ R
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Ceremony: NORTH RALEIGH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH // Reception: GARDEN ON MILLBROOK // Floral Designs: GREG WARREN FLOWERS // Wedding Cake: ASHLEY CAKES // DJ: PAUL FITTS // Paper Suite: WILLIAM ARTHUR// Wedding Gown: BRIDAL BOUTIQUE // Groom’s Attire: MEN’S WEARHOUSE // Hair: TANAS HAIR DESIGN // Makeup: THE MAKEUP CULTURE
So nearly four years after their first date – and a lot of laughs later – Erin and Dave stood at the altar of Edenton Street Methodist Church and exchanged vows. They promised to spend the rest of their lives loving and laughing together. And if their Cardinal Club wedding reception is any indication, they will do just that!
Erin and Dave….Oh how much fun I had with you two. Thank you for being so warm and welcoming and for making “having fun” on your wedding day a priority! I can’t thank you enough for sharing the day with me and trusting me with your memories! I hope your home is always filled with love and laughter, just like on this day! Much love…OXOX ~ R
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Ceremony: EDENTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH // Reception: THE CARDINAL CLUB // Floral Designs: FRESH AFFAIRS // Wedding Cake: CINDA’S CREATIVE CAKES // DJ: JOE BUNN DJ CO.// Paper Suite: CUTE BUTTONS // Wedding Gown: BRIDAL BOUTIQUE // Groom’s Attire: MEN’S WEARHOUSE // Videography: BIG DOG LITTLE BED
Meet the incredibly beautiful Julie! When Julie contacted me about photographing her wedding, I was over-the-moon excited. I mean, just look at her! But…then she told me her date. And I was booked with another incredibly beautiful bride (not that I’m biased or anything but I really do have the prettiest brides around!). So, I didn’t get to photograph her wedding, but I DID get to photograph the second best thing: her Raleigh bridal portraits. Like all of my brides, she’s a classic one. She got married at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church so we used the grounds outside the church for her bridals. Enjoy just a few of my favorites.
And, if you missed her gorgeous wedding to Matt earlier, check it out here.
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FUN. That was the theme of Alli and Carter’s Haw River Ballroom wedding last month. Every detail was designed and every minute was planned with intention: to invoke a sense of who Alli and Carter are – as individuals and as a couple, to celebrate family, and, above all, to have fun!
It was a day filled with warm embraces, joyous laughter and hearty shouts of congratulations: in short, a reflection of their love – for each other and for those celebrating with them.
Alli and Carter…You definitely got it right. I can’t think of a more perfect wedding day for the two of you, and I am honored to have documented all of your memories of the day. I wish for you a lifetime of love and happiness, and hope that your marriage is always be filled with family, friends and fun!
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Wedding Planner: SARAH MACKIEWICX // Venue: HAW RIVER BALLROOM // Catering: SAXAPAHAW CATERING COMPANY // Floral Designs: UNIVERSITY FLORIST // Wedding Pies: JORDAN STREET CAFE // Band: WHISKEY RIVER // Wedding Gown: BRIDE’S MOTHER/BROOKE PRIDDY
That moment when she gave mom the pendant…
They always say you find love when you’re not looking for it. And Tyra and Dan are living proof. She wasn’t looking to meet, let alone date, anyone else in Raleigh. In fact, Tyra put her Raleigh house on the market and was planning to move back to her native Maryland…when she went to a friend’s birthday party and was introduced to Dan. He asked her out but – because of her impending move – she declined. Dan is nothing short of persistent, so he asked again. And again. Tyra finally gave in and well….that persistence paid off. Shortly, Tyra’s house went OFF the market and Dan moved into it. And now, well….here we are and I’m posting pictures from the sweetest, most gorgeous spring wedding you could have imagined.
The only thing Tyra really wanted was for their day to be beautiful and romantic and fun. And that it would be shared with their closest family and friends. Well…their Brier Creek Country Club wedding was all of that. And more. The sun was shining. The birds were singing. And as she stepped out toward Dan, he was all smiles, his happiness bursting through. And so it was….just as Tyra had hoped. Beautiful. And romantic. With all of their closest friends and family members watching on with delight as they promised to spend forever together. And as “I Feel Good” rang out when they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, the fun – of the wedding and their life together – had just begun.
Tyra and Dan….What can I say? I just adore you two! You’re so full of life and love and you make everyone around you happy. Thank you for making me feel like part of your family and for allowing me to document the beginning of your forever. I am honored to have been part of your day. I wish you all the love and joy and happiness that life has to offer and hope that you always have fun and “feel good” together. Much love! OXOX ~ R
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Venue: BRIER CREEK COUNTRY CLUB // Floral Designs: FRESH AFFAIRS // Wedding Cake: CINDA’S CREATIVE CAKES // DJ: ISLAND SOUND DJs // Wedding Gown: DAVID’S BRIDAL // Groom’s Attire: VIP FORMALWEAR // Hair & Makeup: MAKEUP FOR YOUR DAY
Perfection. That’s how I would describe everything about Ashley and Marcus’ wedding. It was simple. It was gorgeous. It was honest. It was raw. It was real. It was beautiful. Just like Ashley and Marcus. Just like the love they share. Yes, perfection. With a capital P!
Their gorgeous Sutherland wedding was eight years in the making, and every single moment of their wedding day was a true and perfect depiction of their love. Amidst tears of joy and hope and love, they committed themselves and promised to love each other forever. Wholly. Honestly. Unconditionally. Perfectly.
Ashley and Marcus – It’s not often that I find myself without words, but here I am. Or maybe I just have too many words to fit in this one post. So let me just sum it all up by saying “I love you!” And “thank you.” Thank you for being you. Thank you for being real. Thank you for sharing your love and allowing me to document it. Thank you for making me feel like part of your family. And mostly, thank you for the friendship that we now share. I’m a firm believer that God puts certain people in our lives at just the right times. Sometimes it’s for a reason. Sometimes it’s for a season. And sometimes it’s for a lifetime. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. I love you both so much! OXOX ~ R
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Venue: THE SUTHERLAND // Floral Designs: SIMPLY ELEGANT FLORAL DESIGNS // Cupcakes: THE CUPCAKE SHOPPE // Caterer: UNFORGETTABLE FOOD AFFAIRS// Invitations and Paper Suite: MINTED.COM // DJ: Cortland Williams – JOE BUNN DJ COMPANY // Wedding Gown: Designed/Made by BRIDE’S MOTHER // Wedding Veil: TRADITIONS BY ANNA // Groom’s Attire: MEN’S WEAR HOUSE // Hair & Makeup: TANAS HAIR DESIGNS & DAY SPA // Photography Assistant: TANYA ODOM
How else would you expect a former NC State quarterback to toss a garter???
Wow. Just. Wow.
I just love that Pastor Matt gathered Ashley and Marcus and their respective parents for a prayer and then a moment of quiet togetherness.
Many thanks to my dear friend, Tanya, for photographing this wedding with me! You totally rock! Love you!