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Raleigh Artspace wedding | amy + gray

The old song lyrics read: “Sure as the river must flow to the sea, No matter how far it rise aimlessly, Fate has decided you come to me, Our love was meant to be.” Though these lyrics were written back in 1937, they just as easily could have been written about Amy and Gray today.

Their love was meant to be. It was a common theme throughout their wedding as their family and friends recounted story after story about Amy and Gray. About the two of them as individuals growing up. About what drew them together. And about the relationship that began years later in college and grew stronger through the years. Their love was meant to be.

Their lives first intersected when they were teenagers at summer camp [read all about it in this post]. And after six years of dating, they pledged their lives and love to one another. Forever. Because their love was meant to be.

Amy and Gray…I have enjoyed getting to know you over the course of these last seven months. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day and for sharing yourselves, your families and your friends with me. I wish you a lifetime of love, happiness and continued friendship and can hardly wait to see what the future will bring! Much Love to you both. OXOX Renee

 

I love Amy’s simple and elegant gown from Victorian Rose Bridal in Raleigh. So pretty! Brightly colored wedding shoes? Yes, please! I love a bride who dares to be different! I love this moment with Amy, her mom and some of her bridesmaids… especially this reaction by her mother and sister. Tears were a’plenty on this day! One of my favorite images of Amy and her bridesmaids…. LoveloveLOVE these sassy girls! They were workin’ it!
Such a sweet moment between mother and son…
A gorgeous bride before she sees her handsome groom for the first time…
A very pensive Gray waits for Amy to come so they can spend some time together… I love when couples opt for a “First Look”… it’s always such a special time for them on their day. Amy and Gray wanted a few minutes completely alone, so these were taken through the glass panes in the church doors. Love these next couple of shots captured by my fabulous second shooter Wade!  Wade’s view: My view: So happy and in love! The last few minutes before the ceremony began… Edenton Street United Methodist Church is truly one of the most beautiful churches in all of downtown Raleigh, especially for a wedding!

Church rules dictate that photographers may only take ceremony photos in the sanctuary from the balcony. Before I headed upstairs, the wedding director opened one of the small windows in the back of the sanctuary and allowed me to take a couple of images from there. This may be one of my favorite wedding photos. Ever. LOVE it!
The entire church from the balcony. Love the light on those stained glass windows.
Love this! Taken from the balcony just as the happy couple passed underneath me on their way out of the sanctuary.   Some fun portraits with the bridal party.
  A few of the beautiful details from their reception at Artspace.
I love that Amy and Gray look at each other as if they were the only people in the room….
Love this emotional dance with Amy and her sweet grandfather! The grandparents were the last two couples dancing during the anniversary dance. Both sets have been married for over 60 years! 
These were some excited folks during the bouquet and garter tosses…
The lucky catchers….
LoveloveLOVE this last dance photo before Amy and Gray said goodnight…

 

Ceremony  |  Edenton Street United Methodist Church

Reception  |  Artspace

Florist  |  Four Seasons Florist, Benson, NC

Caterer  |  CateringWorks

DJ  |  Anything Music [John Hensley]

Brides Hair  |  Salon Blu

Bride’s Makeup  |  Kristi Martinson with Bobbi Brown

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