#Nautical Newlyweds: Alyse & Tyler {Downtown Raleigh Wedding}

Just as the hashtag implies, Alyse & Tyler are #NauticalNewlyweds!  This catchy wedding hashtag is appropriate and was themed well throughout their wedding.  Alyse and Tyler are both Dentists in the US Navy!  During the entire duration of the wedding planning, they were both deployed overseas (in separate undisclosed locations.)  However, we were still able to plan out the day and meet up for a great engagement session while they were in town, briefly.

They met while in Dental school at Tufts University, and from there, moved on to become officers in the Navy.  This impressive and accomplished couple has an energy and chemistry that is infectious and just makes you want to hang out with them!  This energy was shared by all their families and friends on their wedding day, and to say it was a fun day would be an understatement.

The day was accented with key themes and milestones from their lives from the centerpieces (actual ropes from the deck dept. of Alyse's Aircraft Carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush) to the giant toothbrush!  This was all tied together to reflect their fresh and modern styles by having the wedding at CAM Raleigh, with planning by When in White, food by Irregardless Cafe, and tunes by the Bunn DJ Company.  

It was a comfortable day, and everything just seemed to fit and work.  Their families welcomed me in with open arms, and the day felt more like hanging out with friends than work.  This married couple is now stationed at US Naval Base Pearl Harbor for a few years for their extended honeymoon!  A hui hou kakaou!

Accommodations:  Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Venue:  CAM Raleigh

Day of Coordinator:  When in White

Rentals:  Themeworks

Stylists/MUAs:  Junction Salon & Bar

Wedding Gown:  Casablanca Bridal from Maya Couture Bridal Salon (Norfolk, VA)

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Donna Morgan from Bella Bridesmaid

Men's Suits:  J. Crew

Rings:  Longs Jewelers

Flowers:  Fallon's Flowers  

Fresh Leis: Carolina Flower Lei  

DJ:  Bunn DJ Company

Photography:  Richard Barlow Photography

Rickshaw / Afterparty:  Crank Arm Rickshaw / Crank Arm Brewing

Choreographed dance rehearsal for the surprise Father-Daughter Dance later at Junction Salon! 

Rope from the deck of the USS George H. W. Bush.  Each table number corresponded to a particular military craft call sign throughout the couples' lives.  Pictured is Table 18 for the F-18 Super Hornet.

Out of context, this would be a great photo for "Caption this photo!"

The surprise Father-Daughter dance (perfected choreographed) from the final dance of Pitch Perfect! 

(From "Pitch Perfect" (c) 2012 Universal Pictures)

(From "Pitch Perfect" (c) 2012 Universal Pictures)

(From "Pitch Perfect" (c) 2012 Universal Pictures)

(From "Pitch Perfect" (c) 2012 Universal Pictures)

(From "Pitch Perfect" (c) 2012 Universal Pictures)

(From "Pitch Perfect" (c) 2012 Universal Pictures)

Crankarm Rickshaw taking the #nauticalnewlyweds and leading the charge to the after party at Crank Arm Brewery.

Dustin & Chelsey {Downtown Raleigh Wedding Photography}

The only thing as cool as this couple's wedding photos are their "The Notebook"-themed engagement shoot we did last fall!  We all had a great time in Downtown Raleigh celebrating Dustin & Chelsey's big day!

Ceremony:  All Saints Chapel

Reception:  The Stockroom

Caterer:  Durham Catering Company

Reception decor & styling:  handmade by the Bride and Groom!

Rentals:  Party Reflections

Flowers:  Trinity Delorme

Make-up Artist:  Annie Mercer - Ceremony Salon

Dress:  David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Cake:  Stickboy Bread Company

DJ:  Bluelight Entertainment

Videography:  Hart to Heart Media

Photography:  richard barlow photography 

Graham & Lauren {Downtown Raleigh / The Sutherland Wedding}

I had the pleasure of working with this incredibly kind, charismatic, and photogenic couple over the past year or so starting with their engagement session last fall in Wake Forest, Lauren's Bridal session in late winter at The Sutherland, and finally their amazing wedding this spring Downtown Raleigh with the reception at The Sutherland featuring their newly-constructed outdoor pavilion.

We knew right away while shooting their engagement session that we had a connection, and that this was going to be a fun process!  It also helped that they're both fellow ECU alumni (Go Pirates!), as was many of the guests, and the large group of ADPi's in attendance representing! <>  I thought I was in Greenville, again!  Mix all this with music spun from the legendary Steve Hardy of Steve Hardy's Original Beach Music Party, and it truly felt like home.  It was so much fun on their wedding day to work with such a large group of friends and family welcoming me with open arms.  All this love and happy vibes resulted in some great photographs!  

Ceremony:  Sacred Heart Cathedral

Reception & Day-of Coordination:  The Sutherland - Ashlee Adams

Catering: Unforgettable Food Affairs

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals

Hair and Make-up:  The Junction Salon & Bar

Cake:  Anna Loeffler

Flowers (Church only):  Kelly Odum Flowers

Flowers (all others):  Kathy Burns

Programs:  Handmade by the Bride

Dress:  Olga Samarskaya

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Amanda Archer

Rings:  Diamonds Direct

Photography:  richard barlow photography

Second Photographer:  Amanda Kaye Photography - Mandy Pittman