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

Karen & Jason {Brier Creek Country Club Wedding}

I met Karen and Jason through a referral from a wedding I did a few years back at Brier Creek Country Club.  When they told me they wanted to do a portion of their engagement session at a local brewery, I knew it was meant to be!  {See previous post}  An bright early-spring day was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful wedding at Brier Creek Country Club.

VENUE:  Brier Creek Country Club

DRESS:  David's Bridal

SHOES:  Christian Louboutin / Badgley Mischka

FLORAL:  Fresh Affairs

CAKE:  Ashley's Cakes

VIDEOGRAPHY:  f8 in Motion

DJ:  Touch of Class DJ

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Richard Barlow Photography

Courtney & Sam {Duke Chapel / The Cotton Room Wedding}

I met Courtney and Sam at a wedding I shot last year for Graham & Lauren (see blog post) where Sam was one of the Groomsmen.  I was happy to get the call when these two were engaged!  We did their engagement photos last fall in downtown Raleigh, and I couldn't believe how photogenic they were and how much fun and easy-going they were to work with.  I knew it was going to be a good wedding day.  This wedding party was a blast to work with, which always makes for good photos.  It really was a perfect day.

CEREMONY:  Duke Chapel - Duke University

RECEPTION:  The Cotton Room

HAIR & MUA:  Junction Salon & Bar

CATERING:  Triangle Catering

CAKE:  Whole Foods Market

BAND:  The Dickens

BRIDAL GOWN:  Vera Wang

VIDEOGRAPHY:  ESEF Productions

DONUTS:  Krispy Kreme

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Richard Barlow Photography