The Oaks at Salem, Apex Wedding

The Oaks at Salem Wedding Photo
We had a blast photographing Taylor and Alex’s wedding day! These two were SO easy-going and fun.
Taylor and Alex were wed at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. I always love photographing weddings here. The Oaks at Salem has so many gorgeous locations throughout the property. It’s basically of a photographer’s dream venue!

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Where do you get married? 
“We got married at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. We chose this wedding venue because of a family friend’s recommendation; the second we walked around the grounds we knew it was the place.”

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What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“My favorite memory is the look on Alex’s face when I walked out to see him before the ceremony.”

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What were some of your favorite wedding day details? 
“The food! I also loved hearing the reactions from guests when they saw that my dress had pockets; because my vows were in my pocket!”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own wedding?
“Get your groom to help you!!! Do not stress!! Plan food tastings around others things (then he will definitely tag along!)”

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What was the most fun part of the wedding planning for you?
“Definitely Ashley’s personality! She honestly made it super easy to take pictures and didn’t make you feel awkward, especially when you share the same quirkiness that she does!!”

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went on a cruise to the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Marteen.”

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NC Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: The Oaks at Salem
Officiant: Chris Hankins, The Point Church
Hair & Makeup Artists: José Schmidt, JMS Hair Designs; Ashley my older sister did my make up 
Florist: Daniel’s Florist 
 DJ / Entertainment Services: All Events DJ
Wedding Cake: Confectionate Cakes
Catering: Belle’s Catering
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Savvi Formal Wear
Bridesmaid Dresses: Versa Dress from David’s Bridal
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: VIP FormalWear
Invitations: Write Image, Cary

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Raleigh Courthouse Elopement

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Oh my goodness! We LOVED photographing Andy + Daniel’s super fun Raleigh courthouse elopement recently!

This sweet couple decided to finally tie the knot on their 11th anniversary. They invited a small group of their closest friends to join them for their low-key civil ceremony at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh. We loved the humor and unique touches that Andy and Daniel worked into their wedding ceremony. They couldn’t reach a decision on which friends should be selected as their ring bearer or witnesses, so they opted for the judge to draw names from a special box each time. It was adorable!

After the ceremony, everyone headed across the street to Whiskey Kitchen for some celebratory wedding cake and champagne.  This is one of Raleigh’s newest downtown spots and it’s pretty cool inside! Have you guys seen that amazing blue chesterfield sofa?! (OBSESSED!) It was the perfect spot for some cozy portraits of the two of them immediately following the ceremony.
Once everyone had their share of cake and bubbly, Andy and Daniel left their friends to celebrate at the bar while we headed all over Raleigh. Downtown Raleigh is a big part of Andy and Daniel’s lives, so they wanted to incorporate some of their favorite art into their wedding portraits. Thanks to the Raleigh Murals Project, there have been some amazing murals that have popped up lately! We were so excited that Andy and Daniel wanted to stop in at two of newest NC Equality murals that had popped up recently at Trophy Brewing and Poole’s Diner, as well as the Warehouse District mural.

It had been threatening to rain all day, but thankfully the weather held off until the end of the day. We headed over to Mordecai Park to meet back up with their friends and round out their wedding party portraits. This was our first visit to this hidden gem. I’m not sure how we’d managed to pass that park so many times without noticing. But the historic homes and church on the property were adorable – and the perfect place to wrap the day.

Congrats again, you two! We’re SO SO thrilled for you both!

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  • Angela - Beautiful photographs!! I also loved the shoe shot. So fun!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - How sweet is this elopement?! They make a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Shaina DeCiryan - What an adorable couple- this elopement is absolutely perfect! I love how you found that rainbow LGBT North Carolina mural. I also love their indigo ombre cake with the grooms and their pup on it. What a handsome wedding day!ReplyCancel

  • Jentry Dryden - How lucky these two were to have you as their Raleigh elopement photographer! You did such a wonderful job capturing the sweet emotion of their beautiful wedding day!ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - What a dapper crowd – I hope they have these printed out large somewhere!ReplyCancel

  • Michael Liedtke - Beautiful job on this Raleigh wedding! And I love the men’s suits!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle Hesselberg - Love everything about this. Their love shines so strong, awesome photos!!!ReplyCancel

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2016 Fall Mini Sessions: Raleigh + Asheville2016 fall mini sessions raleigh nc

Raleigh, NC Fall Mini Session Dates:

Saturday, November 5th: 12 – 4:00pm
Thursday, November 10th: 11-4pm
Sunday, November 13th: 12 – 4pm

Asheville, NC Mini Session Dates:

Sunday, November 27th: 11:00 – 4:30pm

(Includes: 20 minute session + 10 images w/print release: $195 (plus tax.)
Additional images, prints, and products may be purchased separately, though not required. 

Want to book a mini session with us? Just send us an email at info@ashleydavidphotography with your preferred date.

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The holidays are right around the corner!

We are almost completely booked from now until the end of the year, so these are a great chance to get a session in with us before it’s too late!

Our annual holiday mini sessions are a great alternative for clients looking for that signature image to use for their holiday cards without the commitment of a full session. Digital files (w/print release) are included with all booked mini session. Clients may also order additional prints + products to add to their home decor or use as great holiday gifts for family and friends, if they’d like.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Q) WHO are good candidates for mini-sessions?
A) Mini sessions are perfect for families who would like updated portraits, but don’t have time for a full session or maybe can’t necessarily afford a full custom photography session. These mini sessions are usually booked with the holidays in mind, since prints and canvases are great gifts for family members.

Mini sessions are open to:  families, children, maternity, seniors, and couples/engagements.
**SESSION FEE INCLUDES UP TO 5 INDIVIDUALS/PETS.  ADD $15 PER ADDITIONAL PERSON.

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Q) WHAT is a mini session?
A) Our mini-sessions are 20 minute portrait sessions held only once each year (usually in the fall)  in a specific location.

Q) WHERE are the mini sessions being held?

  • Raleigh, NC: These mini sessions will be held in a nature setting within Raleigh and Cary on weekend dates. (The Thursday session will be held in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh.)
  • Asheville, NC: Early afternoon sessions will be held at The North Carolina Arboretum. Late afternoon sessions will take place at Pack Square Park.

Q) WHEN should I book?
A) As soon as possible! We have limited availability, and these will go fast! Payment is due in full at time of booking to secure session slot.

Q) WHY should I use Ashley + David Photography for mini sessions this fall?
A) If you’re anything like us, you have a very busy fall calendar and crossing “family photos” AND “holiday cards” off your list would bring a huge sigh of relief!
Plus, this might even take the stress out of those extended family gifts too. Not bad for a 20 minute session!

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Think 25 minutes might not be enough time for you? Trust us, we’re really awesome at getting beautiful images quickly! We’ve been doing this for a long time and have found that 25 minutes is really all we need to nail it.
(And even though we’re super fun…most kids are over the whole modeling thing after 20 minutes anyway.)

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*The Fine Print:
Fee must be collected at time of booking to secure time slot. Fee is non-refundable, but may be applied to future bookings upon cancellation. Sales tax not included in pricing.
In the event of rain, sessions will be rescheduled at photographer’s convenience, but every effort will be made to have session on planned dates. Sessions are short – please be on time! Military discounts do not apply to mini sessions. Also, in order to keep the mini session fees low, all  images will be delivered via online download only.  (Though you may opt to purchase a USB for an additional fee.) Image turnaround time is 2-3 weeks from the date of session.
**Re-shoots are always available if you’re not in love with your images. However, all images from the previous session will be deleted upon scheduling a new session. Re-scheduling determined upon photographer’s availability.

No additional purchase is necessary, but you’ll receive 10% off additional purchases.

 REFERRAL BONUS: Refer 4 friends and your mini-session is free! (Sessions must be fully booked + they must mention your name prior to booking…so make sure they know to tell us who sent them!)

 Email us at info@ashleydavidphotography.com to book your session!!

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  • Megan Jack - I’m interested in a November 10 fall mini sessionReplyCancel

    • David - Hi Megan!

      Awesome! Fall mini sessions are always so much fun!
      I just emailed you our November 10th availability, so let me know if you don’t get it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Candis halligan - Hey!!! You did our bump to baby session a few years ago and now we’re wondering if you have space for us after Thanksgiving?? The hubby will be in town for four days 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Little - Do you have any times open for the mini-session on Sunday Nov 27?ReplyCancel