I‘s “back to school” week here in Raleigh so what better time to post a few Raleigh senior pictures? Meet Cameron from Raleigh Charter High School. Cameron was great fun to photograph. He has a wicked sense of humor and is known for his awesome head of hair! Enjoy a few favorites from his session.
“Today is the happiest day of my life.” ~ Yates Creech
This was Yates’ Facebook status the morning of his wedding to Kara. And it kind of encapsulated the entire day. For Yates. For Kara. And for all of those who love them and who came to witness their vows to each other.
Ever since Yates met Kara, he has been deliriously happy. Giddy, even. In fact, from the time he proposed (see their proposal story here), Yates never stopped smiling. He just couldn’t wait for their wedding day. Not because of the wedding itself, but because at the end of the day, they would be married and starting their new life together. And this thought alone made him happy. Even though rain threatened their River Run Country Club wedding – and eventually fell off and on throughout the day – nothing could dampen their spirits. Nor dim their smiles. Friend after friend and loved one after loved one piled into the church Surrounded by friends and close family, Kara and Yates promised to love, honor and cherish each other; to always put the other first; and to never forget to smile!
If Yates seems familiar, you may remember him from his sister’s wedding post from a couple of years ago. Oh how I love this family!
Yates and Kara – oh how I love you two! The way you look at each other….the way you smile at just the mention of the other’s names….love for each other and your happiness makes me happy. I am thankful for your friendship and appreciate you making me part of your family. I am honored and humbled to have been part of your day. May all of your days be filled with love and happiness and may you always make each other smile! Much love! OXOX ~R
THE CREATIVE TEAM: Ceremony: DAVIDSON COLLEGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH // Reception: RIVER RUN COUNTRY CLUB // Floral Designs: HUNTERSVILLE FLORIST and NANCY BUSTLE // Wedding Cake: RIVER RUN COUNTRY CLUB // DJ: CHAD POWELL/ECHO UNLIMITED // Video: KEN MCCARTER // Paper Suite: BRIDE and SOKAL MEDIA GROUP // Wedding Gown: MORI LEE // Shoes: KATE SPADE // Groom’s Attire: VERA WANG TUXEDOS // Bridesmaid Dresses: ALFRED SUNG
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…