Jess & Matt {St. Thomas More / Carolina Inn Wedding}

I had the pleasure of meeting and working Dr. Jess and Matt, an Army Special Ops Veteran, and their amazing families through both their engagement session in Chapel Hill and their perfect summer southern wedding in Chapel Hill, NC last year.  Jess, the oldest of 5 sisters, was the picture of perfection on her wedding day from the beautifully classic wedding styling to her Vera Wang gown, she definitely made my job easy on her wedding day!  Given all this 'pretty', it could not hold a candle to how Matt looked at her.  The connection between these two was special, and I was honored to capture it.

Ceremony:  St. Thomas More

Reception:  The Carolina Inn

Flowers:  University Florist

Stylist/Salon:  Blo Salon - Raleigh

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang from Alexia's Bridal - Raleigh

Bridesmaids:  Monique Lhuillier

Shoes:  Benjamin London

DJ:  Bunn DJ Company - Frank Meldau)

Photography:  Richard Barlow Photography

Garrett & Heather {A Charming Southern NC Wedding}

I first met Heather when she visited my booth at the The Southern Wedding Show last August.  She was the winner of the Engagement Session Giveaway I held at the show!  (My daughter did the honors of drawing the winner.)

Heather and her fiancé, Garrett, chose Downtown Raleigh for their amazing Engagement Session in the fall.

Heather was stunning for her bridal session this past spring at her alma mater, Meredith College.

Heather and Garrett planned a beautiful summer wedding.  The day started in Smithfield at The Country Club of Johnston County with a groomsmen shoot on the links.  Next, I headed back to Raleigh to capture the ladies being pampered at the Von Kekel Salon at North Hills.  Then we all came together at the historic southern mansion, The Preston Woodall House to celebrate the joining of these two sweet and beautiful people.  I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Heather & Garrett and their family and friends for treating me like family.  I would also like to thank all the great wedding vendors that worked together to make sure this couple's day was everything they wished for.  I was happy to be a part of it.

Venue & Catering:  The Preston Woodall House - Benson, NC

Wedding Planner:  C and D Events

Flowers:  Fresh Affairs

Cake:  Ashley's Cakes

DJ:  SPIN - Ryan Pflumm

Officiant:  Kris Weiss

Hair and MUA:  Von Kekel AVEDA lifestyle salon spa - North Hills

Wedding Dress:  Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique - North Hills  (Designer:  Romona Keveza)

Bridesmaid Dresses:  J. Crew

Men's Suits:  Jos. A. Bank

Rings:  Diamonds Direct

Photography:  richard barlow photography   

Second Photographer: Amanda Kaye Photography - Mandy Pittman

We were determined to keep the ceremony outside even with rumbling in the distance and a small incoming storm!

The ceremony was perfectly timed, as the brief rain showers started just as the ceremony ended.  We all ducked inside until they passed and then continued with the photos and festivities!

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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