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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

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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

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Winter Wedding in the time of Covid

December 7, 2020

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Eric & Angela’s covid wedding at the Old Murphey School My last wedding of a three wedding weekend was a short and sweet couple hours at the Old Murphey School in Durham. Though 10/10/2020 (the most popular wedding date ever) ended up a grey and rainy day in NC, Eric & Angela had a lovely […]

Covid wedding at the Old Murphey School

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Old Murphey School Covid Wedding

October 13, 2020

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Katie & Paxton’s Belt Line Station Wedding Friday’s Belt Line Station wedding was one of the first days I was able to more or less forget that a pandemic is going on. Katie & Paxton, like just about every other 2020 couple, had to adjust their wedding plans because of Covid, but their day still […]

Belt Line Station wedding in Durham, NC

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Belt Line Station Wedding

October 12, 2020

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K & D’s Durham Elopement Continuing the 2020 trend of tiny weddings, I’ve got a 6 person Durham elopement for y’all today. The six people included me, so it was the couple and their two witnesses, with myself photographing and the ever wonderful Magical Weddings by Carly officiating. K&D have a big wedding planned for […]

Casual elopement inspiration from this Durham elopement at an AirBNB

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Durham Elopement

October 11, 2020

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Taylor & Laura’s Chapel Hill Engagement Photos Laura & Taylor are the sweetest humans y’all! They brought so much happy energy to their Chapel Hill engagement session and I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t hurt that Chapel Hill is my happy place (even though every time I […]

Coker arboretum is a beautiful location for Chapel Hill engagement photos

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Chapel Hill Engagement Photos

October 7, 2020