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Angel & Jeff’s NCMA Wedding Party!!! First things first, sweetest couple ever!!! Angel & Jeff got married last year in an intimate ceremony but planned an amazing NCMA wedding reception to celebrate with their favorite people this year. It was a gorgeous day at the museum of art and so relaxed. Since there was no […]

Wedding portraits at the north carolina museum of Art

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NCMA Wedding Portraits & Celebration

July 25, 2021

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Corinne & Ian’s fun wedding at the Cotton Room The initial plan was 7/11/20 for these two, but COVID bumped it to 7/10/21. I think that just built up all the anticipation to culminate in an incredibly amazing, fun wedding this past weekend. We met Corinne & Ian ages ago at a Cotton Room open […]

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Super fun wedding in Durham

July 13, 2021

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Raleigh Rose Garden Engagement Photos Matthew & Jessie killed it at their engagement session this week at the Raleigh Rose Garden. The Garden, and the Raleigh Little Theatre in particular, was the perfect backdrop for these two, who spent the first couple years of their relationship working together at Dollywood! They live in Atlanta now […]

Raleigh Rose Garden is a great engagement photo location

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Raleigh Rose Garden Engagement Photos

June 13, 2021

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City Market Engagement Photos with Matt & Jessica The only thing better than a City Market engagement session is a City Market engagement session that ends with pizza. When Jessica suggested some photos of sharing pizza and drinks during their mini-engagement session, I said hell yeah, because engagement photos should be totally about you. In […]

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City Market Engagement Session

June 7, 2021

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7 Things to Consider for Wedding Timelines (from a photography perspective) Wedding timelines can seem really daunting! You want to have fun with all your people, but you also want to make sure you’re doing everything you planned, and you want to make sure you don’t feel rushed or stressed.  It’s a lot.  But I’m […]

Raleigh wedding photographer behind the scenes

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Wedding Timelines – Important Considerations

June 5, 2021

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Two photographers: worth it? A lot of people look at wedding photography offerings and ask “why do I need two photographers at my wedding?” A lot of couples are planning a wedding for the first time, and the idea of having two photographers is a new concept. BUT it is a game changer. Even if […]

If you have 2 photographers at your wedding, you can get both angles of the first look and the walk down the aisle - here, one photographer has captured the groom's reaction as the bride walks down the aisle. The other photographer photographed the bride walking in

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Do I need two photographers at my wedding?

May 27, 2021

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Kivii Condo Before Pics Have you thought to yourself: I wonder if Elyssa would like real estate photography I wonder how dirty Elyssa lets her sensor get I wonder what the Kivii’s new condo looks like If you’ve ever wondered any of those things, then this is the post for you!! And if you’ve wondered […]

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Kivii Life – Kivii Condo Before Pics

May 13, 2021

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A & B’s Wakefield Barn May Wedding The first Saturday in May is always a great day: it’s Derby Day & it’s a popular wedding date (that’s when John & I got married). May 1 of 2021 was no exception: we had a wonderful spring wedding at Wakefield Barn and that’s featured here. As always, […]

Wakefield Barn Wedding Silhouette

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Wakefield Barn Wedding

May 6, 2021

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Lauryn & Elliott’s engagement session at the North Carolina Museum of Art The park at the North Carolina Museum of Art, or NCMA, is the perfect backdrop for a couple who wants a little nature and a little architecture in their engagement photos. The grounds are essentially sprawling meadows with trails passing through and sculptures […]

North Carolina Museum of Art park is perfect for engagement photos

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North Carolina Museum of Art Engagement Photos

April 21, 2021

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 Top 3 Reasons you should do a First Look on Your Wedding Day We’re big fans of the first look on your wedding day. And I could probably list a dozen reasons why, but today I wanted to focus on the top 3 reasons you should at least consider doing a first look. Here […]

Couple shares a first look on their wedding day

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Top 3 Reasons you should do a First Look on Your Wedding Day

March 23, 2021