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Cheyenne Rocks The Dress!

Album story by Tiffany Danielle Photography

Cheyenne and Michael said “I do” at their fall wedding on October 19th, 2013. Cheyenne is one of those glowing brides, she shined in our bridal session even though going into the session she told me “I don’t know how to model, I apologize in advance, I’m gonna look awkward on camera.” She was amazing to work with and so easy to photograph, every cue I gave her she took it to the next level and beyond that. Cheyenne grew up a country girl and brought that feeling into her session with her, incorporating her barrel racing partner, Elvis the horse, which added the nicest touch.

Photographer: Tiffany Danielle Photography | Beauty: Bella Rose Day Spa & Salon | Dress Store: Elda’s Bridal Boutique

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Classic Chapel Hill, NC Wedding

Album story by Red Bridge Photography

Elizabeth and Nathaniel are perfect for each other and when you meet the perfect one well, YOU GET MARRIED!

That is just what happened this summer! Elizabeth and Nathaniel with their family and friends as witnesses, tied the knot in Durham at their church and then we all traveled to the fantastic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC for the reception. We took some time for some portraits before and after the ceremony with the bridal party and the bride and groom. When we arrived Elizabeth was all ready for a first look at her groom.

First looks are a new trend in which the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony. You have a private moment between the two love birds with photographers watching. It always turns out to be a great moment where for just that time they are alone for the day to enjoy each other. There isn’t vows to be read, a toast to drink to, a cake to cut, a dance to do; no- it is a moment that is just about them. And you don’t have the first time you see each other having all your wedding guests watching.

I don’t think that it ruins the moment of the walk down the isle. There is typically still tears, there is definitely emotion and if you want to change up the appearance factor for the first look and the ceremony – we would recommend not wearing your veil for the first look and only donning it right before you walk down the isle. It is typical for you to not see the groom yes, but times are changing. More and more “southern” brides do insist on not seeing the groom before the ceremony but the trend is starting a switch.

If you have always dreamed about that moment when your dad walks down the isle then maybe a first look isn’t for you. Even if you have, considering a first look would be good. If you do a first look you will definitely get more pictures of the two of you together because you have more time in which we can do the pictures. There is also a more time for pictures with your bridal party.

If it is not for you, we totally understand. Just something else that is an option for your wedding.

Sit back and relax and enjoy some of our favorites from Elizabeth and Nathaniel’s fabulous Carolina Inn Chapel Hill and Durham wedding!

Photographer: Red Bridge Photography | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | DJ: East Coast Entertainment | Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn | Ceremony Location: The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Sara and Buddy | Amelia Island Wedding

Album story by Elmer Escobar Photography

I have been looking forward to Sara and Buddy’s wedding for a long time now. From their engagement session in upstate New York, I could tell there’s something very special about them. They bring out the best in each other and are genuinely sweet to one another. Sara made sure that Buddy looked his best throughout the entire day, and Buddy in return made sure that Sara was completely comfortable. A true gentleman.

This was also special because Sara called me one day and asked me how I felt about an elopement wedding. I had never done one before but I thought the idea was really awesome. She told me they found a place in Florida and that they absolutely fell in love with and that they would like to do it there. I had only been to Florida on vacation once but I thought it would be amazing to shoot in a new location. So we arranged for a weekend that worked for all of us and we set off.

They both got ready in the same room, although Buddy had never seen Sara’s dress nor had he seen her in it. So after he was ready, we sent him off while she got in her dress. We found a beautiful bridge for their first look and I went down first to position Buddy before Sara came down. Needless to say, he was speechless and Sara was just as happy to see her soon-to-be-husband.

We walked around the resort for a bit (photographing in such a beautiful environment, we could have done it all day), but eventually we had to get them married! We had found this beautiful spot underneath this tree for their ceremony. We weren’t sure if we would be OK there because it was to the side of a golf course. But as luck would have it, when we got there, there wasn’t a single golfer to be found. It’s as if it was meant to be. Buddy and Sara were married during a gorgeous sunset in beautiful weather, with just the two of them looking into each other’s eyes. The ceremony went fast so I was glad that I was able to capture their emotions. I can’t say enough how happy I am for them!

After the ceremony we drove off and did a few more photos before they went off and had dinner together as Mr. and Mrs. Cipoletti for the very first time. We met up afterwards for a very brief night session and called it a night soon after. What an amazing experience with such incredible people. Sara and Buddy I wish you nothing but the best in the years to come!

Photographer: Elmer Escobar Photography | Reception Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Intimate Southern Wedding at Historic Rucker Place

Album story by Cotton + Clover Photography

James and Faith are two of the most fun-loving people you will ever meet and their wedding was just a reminder of that. Faith is the type of bride you look forward to photographing all year long with her radiant smile and beauty. James is one lucky man for sure and he compliments her beauty completely. Faith and James have what any couple would be blessed to find, true love. This couple has a strong, genuine love for one another and it was very evident to see throughout their wedding day.

The day was surrounded by the the close fiends and family of the happy couple. The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Historic Rucker Place. The ambient light of the evening, made their ceremony soft and intimate as James and Faith exchanged vows under the stars. Immediately following the ceremony it began to rain so we decided to sneak James and Faith away from their guests to get a photo or two outside! The reception was filled with laughter and joy of everyone present and we couldn't help but to dance along with the couple.

Photographer: Cotton + Clover Photography | DJ: Feel the Beat Entertainment | Event Venue: Historic Rucker Place | Cake Designer: La Dolce Vita | Floral Designer: Lillie’s | Caterer: Savoie Catering

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Robbie & Jason | Museum of Appalachia Wedding

Album story by Perfect Capture Photography

Jason and Robbie had a beautiful fall wedding at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN.  The ceremony took place on the front porch of the Hall of Fame.  After a carriage ride around the grounds, the reception took place in the Heritage Hall.  This is a gorgeous location for a wedding filled with history and beautiful scenery.

Photographer: Perfect Capture Photography | Cake Designer: magpies bakery | Museum: Museum of Appalachia | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Floral Designer: Samuel Franklin's Floral & Home

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Dana & Richard’s Southern Inspired South Florida Engagement Session

Album story by Lovely Bee Photography

Dana & Richard are a perfect match – from the way he makes her belly laugh to the way she makes him smile! He proposed at their favorite Country Western hang out, so it seemed oh so appropriate to incorporate that into our Engagement Session. Equipped with Cowboy Boots and a 10 Gallon Hat, we chased the sunset and captured some beautiful moments for these two to love forever.

Photographer: Lovely Bee Photography

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Carter & Lauren’s Backyard Wedding

Album story by Shades of Gray Photography

Lauren & Carter had their whole wedding day at Carter's parent's house in Columbia, MO. Lauren is a graphic designer and did a wonderful job putting everything together on a budget and making it look beautiful. Carter plays for Team USA in Wheelchair Basketball (had his foot amputated as a baby) and is expected to be drafted to play professional basketball this coming spring. They were a very sweet couple and very photogenic!

Photographer: Shades of Gray Photography

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Katie & Patrick’s Wedding at the historic St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

How did you two meet?

Katie- My Maid of Honor met Patrick and the Best Man at an event hosted by the university Catholic center. She invited them to dinner and I met them at the dining hall. Patrick loves to say that he knew right away that I would be important in his life.

How did he propose?

Katie- He invited me to take an afternoon hike with him at the national park near my parents’ house. Once we arrived at this beautiful clearing he pulled bright white and red daisies out of his book bag, got down on one knee and asked if I would share in the adventure of his life.

Tell us about your dress/dresses & shoes!

Katie- I wore a wedding dress designed by Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal. I had the straps added in order to make it a tiny bit more modest. The alterations ladies at the store used the fabric taken off the hem to make the straps. I also wore shoes from Shoes of Prey, I actually designed them myself using their online designing software.

What song did you use for your first dance? Any particular reason you chose it?

Katie- “In Dreams” originally by Howard Shore. We wanted to incorporate our love of Lord of the Rings while playing a song we actually could dance to…

Venue- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church | Caterer- Satterfield’s | Cake- Slice- by Shannon Stubbs | Photographer- Lindley’s Photography Dress Designer- Oleg Cassini | Dress Shop- David’s Bridal | Shoes- Shoes of Prey | Grooms Attire- Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses- Macy’s | Florals- Petals, Flowers & More | Ceremony Music- the St. Joseph’s music director: Nelda Chapman, on Organ. Our friend, and professional opera singer, David Conley, as a vocalist (daconley12@gmail.com He does not have a website yet, but prospective clients can email him here) | Reception Music- Laura Starling

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