A Raleigh JC Raulston Arboretum Engagement.

Raleigh JC Raulston Arboretum Engagement PhotoWe spent a lovely afternoon getting to know Jessica and Peter recently. These two couldn’t have been any sweeter! We wandered through the JC Raulston Arboretum with them before heading to Dix Park to wrap their engagement session. And these two are officially married now! Yay! We can’t wait to share their gorgeous North Carolina Museum of Art wedding! But in the meantime, here are a few photos from their recent engagement session:


How did you and Peter meet?
“We met on an app called “Coffee Meets Bagel” – we still can’t figure out who is the coffee and who is the bagel…”

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Tell us about your first date!
“We went to Mateo in Durham. Pete was in law school and Jess was practicing law in Raleigh. Durham was in the middle and perfect for two Spanish speaking travelers.”

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How did Peter propose to you?
“In the morning, over coffee.”

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What do you love most about Peter?
“Pete is very thoughtful, loyal, and intelligent in addition to being a great cook. He is always open to trying new things and encourages me to get outside my comfort zone. He goes to great lengths to do things for people that he cares about. Most importantly, he is a lovable and positive person and really committed to us as a couple.”

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What do you love most about Jessica?
“Jess is a very devoted daughter, sister and friend.  She cares so much about the people in her life.  She also has this secret sense of adventure that not a lot of people know about, but it is so much fun to share new experiences with her – as long as they don’t involve wildlife!”

Tell us about your wedding!
“We are getting married at the North Carolina Museum of Art in October. A lot of friends and family will probably be coming in from out of town, so we are looking forward to sharing all things Raleigh with our guests.”

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New Bern Farm Wedding –
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Courtney and Joe were wed at Battens’ Barn in New Bern last month. This venue couldn’t have been more perfect for a laid-back, fall farm wedding! The owners of Battens’ Farm completed their new barn just in time for these two to celebrate!
This wedding was filled with so many details we loved! Courtney made her grand entrance in a horse drawn carriage. Quilt covered hay bales served as seating for the ceremony. Glitter and rhinestone encrusted turquoise cowboy boots were the perfect touch of something blue (as was her burlap flower garter.) And of course – we can’t forget the horses who thought Courtney’s sunflower bouquet was the perfect tasty treat!
These two are one of the most genuinely sweet couples and it’s clear to see the love they have for one another and their families. We wish them all the best!

 

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Tell us about your wedding!
“We got married at Batten Farms in New Bern, NC. We chose this venue because it was absolutely beautiful, and it had the rustic feel that we wanted.  Our theme was rustic farm wedding. Joe and I both love the outdoors and loved the idea of incorporating our interests into our wedding day.”


I love that Courtney was able to include her dad’s wedding boots into her ceremony backdrop. Such a sweet, sentimental touch!

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What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“The whole day was so absolutely beautiful and full of love, that picking a single moment is hard to do! However, with that being said, walking down the aisle and seeing Joe standing at the end will forever be my favorite.”

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What were some of your favorite wedding day details?
“One of my favorite details was when Joe and I gave the roses to our moms to signify the joining of the two families. Another favorite detail would be the send off with the sparklers and motorcycles. It was absolutely insane, and a complete surprise! The little decorations and details that my mom and aunt added in made it even more special for us.”

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What advice do you have for other couple’s planning their own weddings?
“Don’t rush! Enjoy the time y’all have together and work together to plan it.”


Courtney’s dad gave one of the most heartfelt and funny Father of the Bride speeches we’ve heard in ages.  We always love a great storyteller! 🙂

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and stayed at the Beaches resort! It was absolutely beautiful, and the employees were incredibly sweet and fun to talk to.”

Don’t Miss Courtney + Joe’s Rainy New Bern Engagement Session! 

 

 


New Bern Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: The Battens’ Barn in New Bern, NC.
Wedding Officiant: Debbie Ringgold
Wedding Photographers: Ashley + David Photography
Hair + Makeup Artists: Kelly McGrath + Alyson Eborn via Amici Salon
Florist: Leigh Thomas
Wedding DJ: CK Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Hale’s Bakery
Catering: Fat Fellas BBQ + Grille
Wedding + Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse + Levi’s
Invitation Suite: SignatureNicole via Etsy.

 

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2017 FALL MINI SESSIONS: RALEIGH + ASHEVILLE2016 fall mini sessions raleigh nc

RALEIGH, NC FALL MINI SESSION DATES:

Sunday, November 5th: 2:00 – 4:30pm – FULLY BOOKED! (Waiting list only.)
Friday, November 10th: 8:00 -11:00 + 2:00 – 4:00 FULLY BOOKED!
Saturday, November 11th: 12:00 – 4:00pm – FULLY BOOKED! (Waiting list only.)
Sunday, November 12th: 12:00 – 4:00pm: 3:30pm
Just added: Sunday, December 3rd: 12:00 – 4:00 (These will be our last mini sessions of the year.)

ASHEVILLE, NC MINI SESSION DATES:

Saturday, November 25th: 2:00 – 4:00pm

(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 and couples 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 rustic-chic farm setting in Raleigh.  Location TBA upon booking.
  • Asheville, NC: Early afternoon sessions will be held at The North Carolina Botanical Garden.

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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Chapel Hill Carriage House Wedding
Chapel Hill, NC

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Kelly and James had the most beautiful wedding at the Chapel Hill Carriage House! This has easily become one of our favorite wedding venues; not only is it filled with lush landscaping and thoughtful details – it’s also a working farm with goats, chickens, and an alpaca. (An alpaca that that they bring out in a bowtie and tophat = sold!) We could honestly shoot here every weekend – there are so many amazing locations for photos throughout the venue.

These two have been so fun and easy to work with over the last year. Kelly and James are seriously two of the nicest people you’ll meet, and it was easy to see how much their friends and family adored them. So many sweet, heartfelt toasts!

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How did you and James meet?
“Ironically, we actually met via mutual friends on Facebook while attending UNCW. But we ‘officially’ met for the first time in the university’s student union cafeteria.”

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How did James propose to you?
“He had my dad call and say that he wanted to take us to a fancy dinner at Angus Barn. My dad called again once we were there and said he wouldn’t be able to make it, but that we should still have dinner on him. After dinner, the waiter brought out a little cake for us covered up, and when we removed the lid, there was a little sign on it that said, ‘Will you marry me?’ (Note: I knew something was up because James barely touched his steak during dinner. Normally, a steak dinner doesn’t last more than 5 minutes on James’ plate!)

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Aren’t these two stunning?! I really loved Kelly’s bouquet of blush roses, eucalyptus, and lamb’s ear – so pretty!

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What is your favorite memory of the day?
James: “When they opened the doors, and I saw Kelly for the first time about to walk down the aisle.”

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These two said their vows underneath the Carriage House’s new ceremony site; an open air framed arbor anchored by a floral chandelier. So pretty!


What were some of your favorite wedding details?
“I really loved the ceremony location, which had recently been added to the Carriage House. The flower chandelier was a nice addition. I also really loved the simple things that weren’t think I could have planned or added, like all of the already existing florals and greenery around the venue. It really adds to the simplistic beauty of the venue itself.”

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Tell us about your wedding!
“We chose the Chapel Hill Carriage House because we wanted a rustic chic and simplistic outdoor feel. (This was our overall theme.) We felt like the Chapel Hill Carriage House was the perfect mix of rustic, with that overall classic beauty too. We also loved that there was corn hole for the guests, and of course…the alpaca dressed up in a bow tie and top hat!”

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Do you have any advice for other couples planning their weddings?
“Delegate, delegate, delegate! I tried to give too many tasks to myself. (I’m quite the perfectionist!) However, it is much better to let others help, and delegate some of your remaining tasks to them. Even though it’s tough to let go of something when every task feels trivial!”


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What is your favorite wedding day memory?
Kelly: “I think my favorite part was dancing and singing with all of my friends and family (especially when a Taylor Swift song came on!) Or the moments leading up to the ceremony, when we were all lined up and ready to go. It was such a surreal feeling, being so nervous but also so excited.”

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to Cancun! It was gorgeous and we had a great time at the Finest Playa Mujeres Resort.

Don’t Miss Kelly + James’ North Cary Park Fall Engagement Session!

Wedding Vendor Love:
Wedding Venue: Chapel Hill Carriage House
Officiant: Stephanie Shaffer
Wedding Photographers: Ashley + David Photography
Hair + Makeup Artists: Parlor Dry Bar; Jessica Perry via Who Does Your Hair Salon
Florist: Watkins Flowers
DJ Entertainment: Elite DJ
Catering: City BBQ
Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia #5840. I purchased my dress from New York Bride and Groom. Highly recommend! They had the largest selection of anywhere we looked.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse

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  • Hannah Gunnell - Ahh this is such a beautiful wedding! And a wedding alpaca??? That’s just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Fisher - What a beautiful wedding! The Chapel Hill Carriage House looks like the perfect venue. I love the energy and all the sweet details! Great job with their portraits and capturing such fun moments!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Um, I’m sorry but that alpaca with the top hat stole the show! Such a lovely couple and wedding! I love the light and airy tones!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Kingsbury - Wow, Chapel Hill Carriage House looks amazing, what a beautiful wedding! You captured their day so perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Cori - I freakin’ love this wedding venue! It is amazing!!!!! These photos are so beautiful! I love the photo of the wedding party with their reflection on the lake. So cool!ReplyCancel

  • Aggie - Great work capturing such a wonderful moment! Your wedding photos are always so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Poppy Ashworth - Oh, what a stunning couple!! This is just the most perfect Wedding! That shot of the girls in the rocking chairs getting ready is just too precious! Looks like they had the perfect day! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Catherine - OH MY GOSH! That alpaca!! Best thing ever! And I can totally see why Chapel Hill Carriage House is a favorite venue of yours…you create gorgeous images from there!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Her ring is soooo gorgeous and so are these photos at Chapel Hill Carriage House! Fabulous work!ReplyCancel

  • sarah - Chapel Hill Carriage house is so incredible, as is your adorable couple! You did an epic job!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Newman - Oh wow! I love all the flowers on the venue grounds, the alpaca and the group picture with the reflection in the pond! Wonderful job. Many of these look like they belong in a magazine spread!ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes - What a crazy amazing venue! And the alpaca with a top hat? Too much! Every detail is cute and the moments so real. Your story telling is so good.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Oh wow, what a great venue for weddings! Were you so excited about the alpaca? He’s so cute in his little bow tie!!
    I think I loved the ceremony entrance the best. Such a unique venue!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Moore - I wish I had known about the Chapel Hill Carriage house for our wedding! This venue is absolutely beautiful! And oh my gosh that alpaca with the top hat is HILARIOUS!! I wish I had been there to see that because that is just too funny!! Wonderful job capturing this couple’s special day!ReplyCancel

The Rickhouse – Durham Wedding

Lauren + Murray’s Downtown Durham Wedding at The Rickhouse.

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We were so honored to photograph Lauren and Murray’s wedding this fall. I went to school with Lauren and we share mutual friends, so it was fun to be able to photograph a love that we’ve been able to see blossom. Lauren and Murray were married at The Rickhouse in downtown Durham. We always love a good warehouse wedding venue – all of that exposed brick and reclaimed wood! And this one is even more awesome as it overlooks the original Durham Bulls field!

This sweet couple met while working together as chefs at Washington Duke Inn. It’s pretty safe to say that food and drink are an important part of their lives!  Murray proposed to Lauren at Mystery Brewing during a special dinner date where they were able to brew their own beer batch. So we loved that Mystery Brewing surprised them with a special last batch of the Peachy-Keen Gose that Lauren and Murray brewed on the night of their engagement. These two also incorporated their love of Durham and beer by collecting bottles from all of the local breweries and distilleries and crafting them into vases for their centerpieces. Lauren’s maid of honor designed all of the floral arrangements; a mix of roses, calla lillies, and gerbera daisies that brought a touch of fall to their decor and complemented the pink bridesmaid dresses perfectly.

All in all, Lauren and Murray’s wedding day was pretty perfect! Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your day!

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First Looks are always my favorite! All of the couple’s anxieties melt away and they’re able to enjoy a few minutes to share their excitement.
And Murray’s reaction to seeing Lauren was adorable!

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Don’t Miss Lauren + Murray’s Downtown Engagement Session!

 

NC Wedding Vendor Love:
Wedding Venue: The Rickhouse
Wedding Coordinator: Kathy Anna Events
Wedding Photographers: Ashley + David Photography
Hair + Makeup Artist: Lotus Makeup Artist

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