Jenni & Drake {A Durham July 4th Weekend Wedding}

I was thrilled to get the call from Jenni that she was engaged and that she wanted me to capture her wedding day!  I had the honor of capturing her sister's wedding the year prior, so it was humbling to hear that she loved my work and how I work enough to hire me for her own wedding.  There's no greater compliment.

This wedding took place in Durham on a beautiful, classic, hot NC summer day during the 4th of July weekend.  Planning for this kind of weather in July, this couple was smart and broke up the day into two halves with an early ceremony at Duke Chapel, and an evening reception at The Cookery.  This break in between allowed the guests and wedding party (and photographer) time to relax, freshen up and even change before the reception.  Since everyone had time to recharge and cool off, the reception was wide open with energy and fun!  I highly recommend this strategy with couples getting married in south in the dead of the summer, if the logistics allow it.  

Accommodations:  The King's Daughters Inn

Ceremony:  Duke University Chapel

Reception:  The Cookery

Stylist:  Rock, Paper, Scissors

Dress:  Storybook Endings (Dewitt, IA)

Catering:  Donovan's Dish

Flowers:  Flowers by Kyle

Cake:  Sugar and Grace Bakery

Rentals:  American Party Rentals

Linens:  CE Rentals

Late Night Ice Cream:  The Parlour

Photography:  Richard Barlow Photography

Mike & Renee {An Umstead Hotel Wedding}

I first met Renee when she stopped by my booth at the Southern Wedding Show at the NC State Fairgrounds last year, and I was honored to be selected as their wedding photographer!  We broke the ice last fall with their epic engagement shoot that took over three hours, in three locations that spanned three counties!  (See the highlights here.)  

The Wedding Day was perfect, and Mandy and I had such a great time capturing it all for them.

I also had the pleasure of working with a top-notch group of vendors for this wedding!  Thank you to everyone for bringing it all together for this special couple.

Venue & Catering:  The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Invitations:  Indigo Envelope

Wedding Dress Designer:  James Clifford

Rings:  Finks Jewelers

Cake:  Confectionate Cakes

Florist:  Fresh Affairs

DJ:  Joe Bunn DJ Company - Joe Bunn

Photo Booth & Lighting: Raleigh Dream Events

Videographer:  F8 in Motion

Photographer:  richard barlow photography with Amanda Kaye Photography (2nd)

The Official Heating & Air Conditioning Company of the Hay-Boyd Wedding:  Hay's Heating & Air Conditioning!

 

Rehearsal Dinner at Tyler's Taproom at the American Tobacco Campus:

Shameless Plug!:  The groom and his family own Hay's Heating & Air Conditioning in Durham, NC.  I have since changed my HVAC maintenance contract on my home to Hay's, and several other of the wedding vendors have too!  They really have been amazing to work with, and have done several repairs at my home since.  I highly recommend them!

 

 

The Wedding Day and the beautiful Umstead Hotel and Spa:

Lambert Family {Durham Family + Encore Sessions}

This combination session included professional family photography at West Point on the Eno Park in Durham, NC, as well as an Encore Session for the parents at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC.  The kids had a great time running around the park with an old mill and trails, and the parents loved the quality time, and rare chance to be together for a portrait session!