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Durham wedding | Sara + Aaron

I’m back to share another wedding. Today I’m featuring the beautiful downtown Durham wedding of Sara and Andrew that I had the pleasure of shooting for Kate Peters last fall. Their traditional wedding was held at the beautiful First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham – the church where Sara grew up –  followed by a fun reception just around the corner at Rigsbee Hall.

Quiet and reserved, Sara was a classic bride that simply glowed all day. When she’s with Aaron, it only takes one look to see that he’s totally smitten with her. And she with him. And on this perfect fall day, we all witnessed them pledge to love and cherish each other for all of eternity.

Thank you Sara and Aaron for letting me be part of your wedding. May you always be smitten with one another as you were on this day! I wish you joy and love and happiness. Always. And a special thank you for Kate for having me with you. What an awesome colleague you are! OXOX…~Renee


I do love a classic church with beautiful architecture and Durham’s First Presbyterian did not disappoint!

 I’m a sucker for details like stained glass, beautiful lighting structures, and architecture. Check out the pipes on this baby! Spectacular! I would have loved to have played that organ – just once. (And yes, I really can play!) I just loved the verse carved into these slate steps leading down into the church! Beautiful. The flowers were so classic and so southern – just beautiful! Like most churches in this area, this one has strict photography policies. While Kate was downstairs photographing from below, I was upstairs in the balcony getting the bird’s eye view.

Is this church stunning or is it STUNNING? Seriously.

While Kate captured the formal portraits, I dashed over to Rigsbee Hall to photograph the details and the cocktail hour. Once the newlyweds arrived, the party was on with  Aaron and Sara show off their dancing skills…a little cake…a few toasts…and lots of laughter and love! 

I love when couples incorporate meaningful traditions into their day….like special songs sung by sorority sisters…

Sara and Aaron put a new twist on the bouquet and garter toss. Since most of their guests were married, they held the traditional anniversary dance with the longest married couple being given the bouquet and garter. The “winning” couple are super cute!

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