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October 5, 2020

Intimate Meadows Raleigh Wedding

Make sure to make time for portraits around sunset time on your wedding day - this couple and I had so much fun creating magic during golden hour AND blue hour

Megan & Taylor’s intimate wedding at The Meadows Raleigh

Saturday was the most gorgeous early fall day at The Meadows Raleigh. Taylor & Megan could not have asked for more perfect weather. I don’t think they could have gotten much more perfect company either. Their wedding was an intimate family affair, and their families were so lovely. It was truly a pleasure to get to spend the day with this crowd. (Especially Megan’s baby brother – stay tuned.)

I’ll have more to say about this colorful wedding in and among the images below, but first we always show love to our friendors – the vendor friends who helped make it all happen.

Meadows Raleigh Wedding Team:

Venue: The Meadows Raleigh
Planner & Florist: Folie à Deux Events
Hair & Makeup: Wedded Kiss
Photos: That would be us 🙂
Officiant: Sister of the bride!
Catering & Bar: Rocky Top Catering
Tabletop & Linens: CE Rental
Specialty glassware: Southern Vintage Table
DJ: DJ Ones
Dessert: Simply Cakes

And now, the highlights from Megan & Taylor’s intimate wedding!

Wedding dress at the Meadows Raleigh Aerie House

That ring box (and the ring inside) were Megan’s great-grandmothers! I love a family heirloom on a wedding day.

Make sure you set aside important wedding day details if you want photos of them Floral bridal robe for getting ready on your wedding day

It’s my favorite famous hand doing Megan’s makeup!! Nina from Wedded Kiss is the best y’all.

The epic hairspray shot that every bride needs Something to consider: how do you get into your dress? Will that impact your hair? You may want your hair stylist to stay until you've got your dress on so she can do touchups if necessary

Megan’s mom had a bedazzled mask that matched her dress. We are figuring out ways to cope with our Covid lives.

Who's going to help you into your wedding dress? Megan's mother and sister helped her The bride's mother and sister bustle her dress - factor in time for this, especially if you have a complicated bustle Her wedding dress has pockets! Father of the bride comes to see her before walking her down the aisle

Remember when I mentioned loving Megan’s little brother? Well, meet Gus. He was the ring bearer too.

Dog ring bearer at wedding

Over at The Roost, the guys had funky socks, ping pong, and toasts.

Crazy socks for the groomsmenCheers to getting ready on your wedding day Grooms never have as much to do on the morning of the wedding. Totally unfair!

Erica from Folie à Deux did such a good job getting that boutonniere on Taylor… and Gus promptly decided he would try to eat it…

Ring bearer dog tries to eat the groom's boutonniere. Window light is perfect for groom portraits

Seriously though, could you paint a more beautiful backdrop for an intimate wedding ceremony?

Beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony setup at the Meadows RaleighBeautiful wedding ceremony details for an outdoor wedding at the Meadows Raleigh Groom walks in to his intimate wedding ceremony at the Meadows Raleigh Mother of the bride walks in with her dog who is the ring bearer Groom's reaction to seeing his bride

Megan’s dad made sure she could make it under the branches of the oak tree on the lawn.

Father of the bride moves a branch out of the way as he walks his daughter down the aisle Bride and her father walk down the aisle at the Meadows Raleigh Intimate wedding, outdoor wedding ceremony at the Meadows Raleigh Groom looks lovingly at bride during wedding ceremony Bride laughs to fight back tears at this emotional wedding ceremony

Taylor & Megan both wrote personal vows, and they were so lovely – laughter and tears, which are the mark of a perfect wedding ceremony.

Groom reads his personal vows during outdoor wedding ceremonyOutdoor wedding ceremony at the Meadows Raleigh Ring bearer dog chills during wedding ceremony Bride and groom laugh during their personal vows First kiss and recessional at an intimate wedding ceremony

Some group photos after the ceremony…

Wedding party style: lavendar bridesmaid dresses, grey suits, colorful bouquets of wildflowers

And then late afternoon portraits with the newlyweds!

Portraits of a bride and groom on a gorgeous wedding day at The Meadows RaleighPortraits of a bride and groom on a gorgeous wedding day at The Meadows Raleigh

Meanwhile their families were enjoying cornhole and lawn-size jenga. Definitely have lawn games at your wedding!

You should definitely have lawn games at your wedding

Here’s a #covidwedding moment: Megan & Taylor streamed their ceremony so other friends and family could watch, and then they had some congratulatory video messages waiting for them back at cocktail hour.

Couple looks at a congratulatory video sent from one of their friends

No cake was harmed in the making of this photo.

Dog ring bearer looks longingly at the cake Cocktail Hour at the Meadows Raleigh Bride with her dog ring bearer

When I asked Megan what their wedding colors were, she said “all the colors” and I said “YOU ROCK”. How perfect is this bright & colorful intimate dinner setup? The colored glassware is to die for.

Colorful wedding inspiration - the most colorful wedding reception! Floral wedding cake inspiration Bride and groom enter their reception at the Meadows RaleighBride and groom enter their wedding reception

After dinner we snuck back outside for sunset. Get you a photographer who can give you dreamy golden hour looks like this…

… and then turn around and deliver blue hour goodness in the same 10-15 minute block.

Consider taking some photos after sunset on your wedding day. Check out this gorgeous blue hour portrait at the Meadows Raleigh Creative wedding portrait

More tears and laughter during toasts from Megan’s dad and sister and from Taylor’s step-brother.

Toast from the father of the bride Toast from the Maid of Honor who is also the bride's sister Toast from the best man Guests raise their glasses for a toast at this colorful wedding reception

Then it was over to the cantina for dancing the night away!

Bride and groom's first dance Bride and groom's first dance Emotional parent dancesDance party wedding reception!Bride and groom laugh as they share a slice of cakeBride dances with dog ring bearer Dance party reception at the Meadows Raleigh

As the night cooled off, people mingled around the bonfire.

Bonfire at a wedding Bride and groom wedding portrait next to a bonfire

And then, it always happens too soon, it was time for goodbyes and goodnights.

Bride and groom exit their Meadows Raleigh wedding Bride and groom exit their Meadows Raleigh wedding

Thanks for letting us be a part of your day Taylor & Megan! We loved every minute of it!


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