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Everything you need to know about North Carolina elopements and small weddings Hi! I’ve been loving all the small weddings and North Carolina elopements we’ve had in the last year or so. I know a lot of it was spurred by COVID, but I do think smaller weddings (and elopements) are going to be a […]

North Carolina elopement tips and FAQs

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North Carolina Elopements

February 4, 2021

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Elyse & Brian’s Durham Elopement The tiny wedding trend of 2020 (brought about by COVID of course) has continued into 2021. Our latest wedding was a small and sweet Durham elopement for Elyse & Brian. They were married by Magical Weddings by Carly in the backyard of a big Durham farmhouse, with just half a […]

Durham Elopement and mini wedding


Durham Elopement

February 2, 2021

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The Kivii in their natural environment: Behind the Scenes 2020 I always say I’m going to do this post every year, but I think I’ve only done it once before. I just share some of the behind the scenes shots on social media and never write a blog post. But. Here we are at the […]

Raleigh wedding photographer behind the scenes

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Behind the Scenes – Kivus & Camera in 2020

January 27, 2021

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Victoria’s Raleigh bridal portraits I promised these when I shared Victoria & Bryant’s wedding last month, and here they finally are! The stunning Victoria’s Raleigh bridal portraits. This was my first time shooting anything at the Hall & Gardens at Landmark and I was devastated to see that they’ve closed in the few months since […]

Raleigh bridal portraits at the Hall and Gardens at Landmark

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Raleigh Bridal Portraits – Victoria

January 19, 2021

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J & K’s rainy elopement in Durham Everyone knows rain on your wedding day is good luck, but do you know why? I got to share the reason at this rainy elopement in Durham this past weekend. The reason is that you’re tying the knot, and, as any good sailor knows, a wet knot is […]

Rainy elopement in Durham, NC


Rainy Elopement in Durham

January 11, 2021

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M & H’s NCMA Elopement in December I can’t share that much about this private NCMA elopement from just before Christmas, but I did get approval from M & H to share a few of my favorites from their ceremony and wedding portraits. I can also share the fact that the ever wonderful Magical Weddings […]

NCMA Elopement at Askew


NCMA Elopement in Raleigh, NC

January 5, 2021

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2020 TV & Movies, a retrospective Happy 2021! Let’s talk about all the 2020 tv and movies I watched. It was a lot! (photo of me by my friend Mina of Mina von Feilitzsch Photography) I’ll start with movies, since that’s a shorter list this year. These are listed alphabetically, so don’t read anything into […]

Photo by Mina von Feilitzsch photography

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Year in Review: 2020 TV & Movies

January 1, 2021

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Surprise snow for Victoria & Bryant’s Christmas Wedding! I think Victoria & Bryant somehow knew we’d all need a little bit of Christmas wedding magic this year. And they delivered Santa & snow. So yeah, Christmas wedding dreams come true. They’ve been planning their Cotton Room wedding for a while and while Covid has derailed […]

Dramatic and colorful wedding photography in Raleigh, NC

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Christmas Wedding in Durham, NC

December 21, 2020

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Liesl & Caitlin’s NC Mountain Elopement Give me all the mountain elopement fun please! This weekend we met Liesl & Caitlin in Banner Elk for some amazing wedding portraits. They actually had their official magistrate wedding earlier in the fall, but Saturday was the day for official wedding portraits. And mother nature did not let […]

Two brides at their NC Mountain elopement


NC Mountain Elopement

December 14, 2020

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Josh & Lisa’s backyard winter wedding What’s intimate and maybe a little bit cold but full of love? A winter wedding in a backyard!! Remember these two from their engagement session with the adorable Josie last year? They tied the knot this weekend for wedding celebrations part 1. They’re still planning on having a big […]

bride and groom have their first dance in front of an outdoor fireplace at a backyard winter wedding


Winter Wedding in the time of Covid

December 7, 2020