Raleigh Rose Garden Engagement

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Howie proposed to Jo at the Raleigh Rose Garden in downtown Raleigh, so it was only fitting that their engagement session took place there as well. This sweet couple was SO much fun to work with!  We can’t wait for their downtown Asheboro wedding next spring.

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How did you guys meet?
“Howie and I met when we were both in 8th grade. One of my friends convinced me to become a wrestling manager. Howie was a wrestler who just so happened to have a broken collar bone. Since he was injured, he wasn’t able to partake in practice, but still had to attend. I will never forget walking into practice and seeing this really cute guy sitting on one of the rolled up mats. I knew then, this boy was different than all the others.”

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Tell us about your first date!
“We became best friends shortly after we met, but I never told him how I truly felt about him. Finally, one day in 11th grade, he invited me over to his house to play Guitar Hero, because we had a bet on who was better. We went to Wendy’s after school and headed to his house. We hung out all afternoon talking about everything under the sun and playing Guitar Hero. That afternoon, he finally asked me to be his girlfriend!”

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How did Howie pop the question?
“Howie proposed two days after my birthday. At that time, Howie and I were both still in college, so we decided that I would come up to Raleigh for the weekend and we could go out for a nice dinner. I had invited my grandma and aunt to meet us for dinner as well. After we both got ready, we got in the car heading to the restaurant – or so I thought! Howie told me that he wanted to show me something really quick before dinner. By that point, I was hangry and I tried to convince him to let me call my family to at least go ahead and get a table. When we finally parked, he made me get out of the car and go for a walk with them. I was very frustrated because all I wanted to do was eat! After walking for a couple minutes, he stopped and made me put my hands over my eyes (at this point I would have done anything just to hurry this up!) He started leading me down a gravel pathway. Finally, he said I could uncover my eyes. When I looked up I saw a beautiful field of roses! I was so amazed! I wanted to stop and take pictures of all the flowers, but I could tell he had other intentions. He took hold of my hand and led me to another part of the garden. When we turned the corner, I was surprised to see both our families there yelling, ‘Happy Birthday!’ I was shocked, but kind of upset because that meant no one was at the restaurant getting us a table… We began walking around the garden and someone suggested that Howie and I get our picture taken in front of the fountain. I went to pose for a snapshot, and looked over to see Howie getting down on one knee. I had NO CLUE what he was doing and was in utter shock! Of course, I said yes!”

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  • Julianna Rennard - These engagement photos are beautiful! Love the bling shot up close. And I love it when couples bring props to their engagement session. You did such a great job capturing them together!!! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Karen McClay - Lovely engagement photos!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - They are such a cute couple and the Raleigh Rose Garden is a beautiful location for their engagement session! Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - What a beautiful idea to have the engagement photos done where he proposed! When people use locations that are special to them I always think it adds something extra, not to mention the rose garden is a gorgous location!ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - Beautiful! I love that last image it’s so full of life, great processing too!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Anderson - Such a beautiful engagement session in the Raleigh Rose Garden — the scenery is stunning and something you wouldn’t expect in a downtown area. I love how you interview your clients with stories of their meeting and proposal.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rittenberry - I love how you incorporated Jo’s personal stories in with their engagement photos to make for a compelling blog post. The Raleigh Rose Garden was a beautiful location for their session and their love story is one of the sweetest ones that I have read about young love.ReplyCancel

Downtown Charleston Engagement Photographers

Downtown Charleston Engagement Photographers

You guys, I LOVE Charleston! It’s such a gorgeous, charming little city. So when Michelle and Rich contacted us to photograph their downtown Charleston engagement – we were thrilled! I mean, you really can’t go wrong in Charleston. Every street is filled with so much beautiful history and texture. I think the hardest part of photographing engagements there is narrowing down which neighborhoods to photograph in.
We ended up starting off Michelle and Rich’s engagement near Rainbow Row, a series of 13 colorful, historic homes. And then heading down a few of the side streets along Bay St. before finishing up the session with the couple’s adorable dogs along the ruins of Ashley Hall Plantation.
These two are from Chicago, so this was our first time meeting them (and just a few days before their wedding!) It was great to finally get to talk about all of their destination wedding plans and learn more about the amazing beach house they’d rented for their vows.  Michelle and Rich were adorable together and had so much chemistry, it made our jobs super easy!

We can’t wait to share their Folly Beach wedding, but here’s a peek at their historic Charleston engagement session in the meantime!

 

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(Michelle and Rich loved these horse drawn carriages. So anytime we saw one of them head our way, we’d position the couple and wait for it to pass. These two are in SO many tourists photos! 😂)

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Credits:
Michelle’s dress is from BHLDN.
Hair and Makeup Artists: Lashes and Lace Salon + Bridal, Charleston

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  • Arica - Your images carry such a polished perfection, yet they are still lighthearted, full of emotion and life! You have found the best balance. I love your photos!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer - What a beautiful backdrop Charleston provides! And these images are stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Gorgeous engagement photos! It looks like they were super relaxed with you and had lots of fun! The colors are stunning and really makes me miss SC! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Milana - Such a beautiful couple! And the location is beautiful too, great photos 🙂ReplyCancel

Leslie-Alford Mims House Bridal Portraits

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Now that Heather and Jason are married (yay!!), we can finally share a few images from Heather’s bridal session this past spring.

We photographed Heather’s bridal portraits at the Leslie-Alford Mims House in downtown Holly Springs, NC. This was our first time visiting Mims House, and we can’t recommend it enough! This historic mid-1800s home mixes southern charm and modern chic perfectly. Every single room is gorgeous! And I can never get enough of a pretty southern porch. Mims House is seriously the perfect venue for bridal portraits and weddings.

And speaking of, here’s a peek at Heather’s bridals! Isn’t she such a stunning bride?!  She totally rocked this gorgeous Oleg Cassini wedding dress!

 

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  • Elle - Gorgeous bridal portraits! Mims House looks like the perfect wedding venue. She must be thrilled with these. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Thomas - You did a great job with this session! Beautiful bride and I love the setting and that natural light!ReplyCancel

  • Shawn Katzenmeier - Absolutely Gorgeous! I really like the colors in these. ReplyCancel

  • Michael Liedtke - Wow! Mims House looks like an amazing wedding venue and especially so for bridal portraits! Great Work!ReplyCancel

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Wedding

Meredith and John’s NC Museum of Natural Sciences wedding took place over the summer. They were wed in the Nature Research Center.

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We were wandering around the NC Museum of Natural Sciences last year when we got an email from Meredith inquiring about her wedding. I’m pretty sure I had just mentioned to David how awesome it would be to photograph a wedding there, so needless to say – we were pretty psyched!
We have LOVED being able to get to know Meredith and John over the last year. They’re a really sweet, laid-back couple – and it was such a blast to photograph their fun and quirky science museum wedding in downtown Raleigh. The museum’s Nature Center served as their wedding headquarters for the day, and it was decorated beautifully with a mix of white roses and hydrangea’s from John’s family garden.  Their first dance took place in the interior of the iconic Daily Planet globe – which is really cool! And they finished off the night with a pedicab ride to their favorite neighborhood bar. I love that they were able to make their wedding entirely their own! It was a beautiful day, and we wish them all the best!

raleigh-nc-museum-natural-sciences-wedding (1)Tell us about your wedding! What was your inspiration?
“We got married on June 25, 2016 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Downtown Raleigh. We had our ceremony in the atrium of the Nature Research Center and the reception in the exhibits on the same floor. We have lived in Downtown Raleigh for the past 8 years and went on one of our first few dates at the museum. When we found out that they did weddings, we knew we had to check it out!”

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How did John propose to you?
“John proposed in Duke Gardens last summer. He had a whole day of events planned after the proposal. We went to brunch then met up with a bunch of friends at an outdoor concert in Carrboro. We love live music and got to see one of our favorite bands, Future Islands. It was an amazing day!”

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How did you two meet?
“We met working at Duke TIP in Durham a little over 9 years ago. Our first date was dinner at a little Italian restaurant in Raleigh and seeing the 5th Harry Potter movie on iMax. At the time, I lived in Athens, GA and John lived in Raleigh, so we decided to continue dating long-distance after camp was over.”

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What were some of your favorite wedding details? 
“John’s mom and aunt did all of our flowers and they were AMAZING. I loved my bouquet! John’s mom and aunt also added some really nice personal touches to the flowers, like John’s grandma’s pin attached to his boutonniere.”

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What are some of Meredith’s best qualities?
“My favorite things about Meredith are her independence and creativity. She’s thoughtful and loving and not afraid to show how much she cares.”

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How would you describe John?
“John is hilarious and witty, but he also has a serious side. He’s caring, loyal, and a great cook. I also love how super smart and nerdy he is! :)” 

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What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“It’s hard to pick one! I really enjoyed spending some time together after the ceremony, just the two of us. We spent about five minutes together breathing a sigh of relief, taking pictures, and just basking in the glow of being newly-married.”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own wedding?
“Plan the details that you can, but don’t stress over the stuff you don’t have control over!”

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We traveled up the coast of Maine for our honeymoon – Portland, Rockland, and Bar Harbor.”

raleigh-nc-museum-natural-sciences-wedding (86)View Meredith and John’s Downtown Raleigh Engagement Session here.

 

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center
Hair & Makeup Artists: Attraction Makeup & Photography
Wedding Cake: Whole Foods
Catering: Rocky Top Catering
Wedding Transportation: Crank Arm Brewing Pedicab
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals, Carolina Bridal World
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Invitations: Minted

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  • Kacy - Wow! These pictures are all stunning! Seriously great job you did on these.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - These are gorgeous wedding photos! I always love a good science museum wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Doru - I love all the details and story of this wedding! So well pictured!! Great job!ReplyCancel