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Raleigh Courthouse Elopement

Andy + Daniel

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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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