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May 6, 2021

Wakefield Barn Wedding

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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, some stories of the day interspersed with the beautiful photos!

The Wakefield Barn wedding team:

Venue: The Historic Wakefield Barn
Coordination: Southern Oak Events (Blake)
Hair & Makeup: Pin Up Studio
Florals: Apex Flower Farm
Ceremony Music: Warren Ferguson
Officiant: NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls
Catering: Mulino Italian Kitchen
Cake: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery
Rentals: CE Rental
DJ: Save the Date Music (DJ Gino)
Photography: yours truly!

And now, the story of A&B’s wedding day, which actually started the day before with a beautiful and fun rehearsal. I was told in advance that the most important thing to A was fun photos of all the couples’ nieces & nephews (niblings, if you will) having a blast and being themselves. That was extra easy at the rehearsal, since they all wore costumes! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Wakefield Barn is a gorgeous wedding venue in Wake Forest, NC Outfit inspiration for your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

I mean, how great is this?!

Have little kids dress up in costumes at your wedding - super fun for them and adorable pictures! Have little kids dress up in costumes at your wedding - super fun for them and adorable pictures! Have little kids dress up in costumes at your wedding - super fun for them and adorable pictures!

And now, onto the wedding day. A got ready with her sister, mom, best friend, and nieces and nephews at Wakefield Barn’s bridal suite.

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Mid prep instructions for where the readers should pause during their ceremony readings.

Bride getting ready at Wakefield Barn

And a mid-prep snack break for these two…

Have your flower girls and ring bearers get ready with the rest of the wedding party! Have your flower girls and ring bearers get ready with the rest of the wedding party! Have your flower girls and ring bearers get ready with the rest of the wedding party! Have your flower girls and ring bearers get ready with the rest of the wedding party!

This little man looking at Aunt A!!! Such a sweet moment.

Bride getting ready at Wakefield Barn

Time for a quick first look with dad…

First Look with Dad

… while B arrives and waits upstairs until it’s time for the first look.

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A & B saw one another for the first time in the shade of this gorgeous tree on the lawn in front of the barn. There was not a cloud in the sky on Saturday, and we wanted to make sure they could see one another without having to squint, so shade it was!

Wedding day first look at Wakefield Barn

I always love these first look moments! So much joy at the fact that they’re about to be married.

Wedding day first look at Wakefield Barn Wedding day first look at Wakefield Barn

After a few minutes of portraits with the almost-weds, we ran through group photos. I think I did a pretty good job at holding most of the kiddo’s attention. They really love Aunt A & Uncle B so they were having a great time.

Adorable wedding moment: Bride leaves lipstick kiss on ringbearer's cheek Bride with her flower girls and ring bearers

All except the littlest niece who wasn’t too keen on being anywhere except her mom’s arms. We’ve all been there right?

Bride comforts crying flower girl Kids at weddings? Definitely yes from me! Kids at weddings? Definitely yes from me!

This next shot is such a winner. Cousin love <3

Kids at weddings? Definitely yes from me! Kids at weddings? Definitely yes from me!

A few minutes between group photos and the ceremony for last minute touchups (and flower girls helping A out with her bouquet while she reapplies her lip gloss.

Flower girls hold bride's colorful bouquet as she reapplies lip gloss

Sweet moments of little kids at weddings

A lemonade toast with the kids just before getting ready to walk down the aisle

Bride has lemonade toast with flower girls and ring bearers

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Wakefield Barn

A little nap before the ceremony to make sure you’ve got enough energy isn’t a bad idea actually

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A looked positively radiant as she walked down the aisle!

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Wakefield Barn

Everyone was looking at her of course 🙂

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How sweet is this ring moment?

Best Man's daughter looks on as he hands over the rings during this wedding ceremony Closeup of wedding ring exchange Outdoor wedding ceremony at Wakefield Barn Outdoor wedding ceremony at Wakefield Barn Outdoor wedding ceremony at Wakefield Barn

Justice Earls makes sure the license gets signed and it’s officially official!

Signing the marriage license makes it official!

The sunshine was perfect for lawn games during cocktail hour and the kids truly enjoyed themselves.

Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games! Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games! Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games! Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games! Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games! Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games! Outdoor reception and cocktail hour ideas - lawn games!

Inside, the Southern Oak team had set up the barn in a lovely green & white, with pops of colorful wildflowers, for the reception.

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This flowers were perfect for the cake too!

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When A & B entered, they were immediately attacked with hugs!

Bride attacked with hugs from niece and nephew as bride and groom enter reception First dance Wakefield Barn First dance Wakefield Barn First dance Wakefield Barn Father Daughter Dance Wakefield Barn Mother Son dance Wakefield Barn

A’s dad welcomed everyone and she was moved to tears AND laughter – always a good sign at a toast.

Wedding toasts should make you laugh & cry

This little corner is totally a great spot to be: chicken fingers & french fries PLUS a puzzle?!?! Sign me up.

Have activities for the kids at your wedding reception Have activities for the kids at your wedding reception

Just before sunset we snuck out to get a few more portraits (including that silhouette one you saw up top!)

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A few more toasts from the couple’s siblings before the dance floor opened.

I loved how B was continuously playing with his new bling. Wedding rings are always a change – especially for people who don’t wear jewelry.

Bride cries during her sister's maid of honor toast

Wide eyes for cake time!

When the cake is what everyone is most excited for at the wedding!

And then hit the dance floor – now that vaccines are out there dance floors are getting more fun again.

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I really love this moment of the kids playing around upstairs.

kids at weddings!!! Wedding receptions should be fun and colorful Wedding receptions should be fun and colorful Wedding receptions should be fun and colorful kids at weddings!!!

And I’ll leave you with this colorful nighttime shot of the newlyweds.

Dramatic and colorful wedding portrait at Wakefield Barn - Creative Raleigh Wedding Photographers

Thanks A&B for having me at your wonderful May wedding. And thanks Emily for shooting with me and Abby for assisting us!!

 


We believe that love is fun and colorful, and your wedding photographs should be fun and colorful too.

Kivus & Camera are Raleigh Wedding photographers who create bold, colorful, magical memories of your wedding day with beautiful, artistic portraits AND enthusiastic, genuine moments. Your unique love story deserves to be told through unforgettable, breath-taking photographs that stand out from the crowd. Kivus & Camera love creating that magic. After all, as past bride Courtney says, we’re photography sorcerers.

And though we call ourselves Raleigh wedding photographers, we definitely photograph Durham weddings, Chapel Hill weddings, Cary weddings, etc. We’re all over the Triangle area, and we’re happy to head to the beach or mountains and even to places outside of North Carolina! Just let us know where your love story is headed.

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