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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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Love wins!
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What awesome news to wake up to this morning! We are OVERJOYED with today’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality!! We’re so happy for the couples and families all over the country who have waited so very long for this moment. #lovewins!

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Love is love, and love wins! Happy Pride, y’all!! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

A Raleigh Arboretum Wedding | Chris + JohnRaleigh LGBT Wedding Photographers

“Life is short; love is forever!”
There was such a huge outpouring of love for Chris and John on their wedding day! It was easy to see what wonderful people they are from the many stories we heard throughout the afternoon. I love that so many friends and family came out to stand in the rain and celebrate the love between these two!
The JC Raulston Arboretum was such a gorgeous venue for their wedding! John and Chris were able to say their vows in the same garden their proposal had taken place years earlier, gathered around their family and friends. It was lovely! David and I were so honored to be able to document their union and wish them both the very best!

(You can read about Chris’ inspirational journey and see his beautiful work at Works of Chris.)

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 Raleigh Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: JC Raulston Arboretum
Officiant: Randy Taylor
Musician: Matthew Kanon





Heather + Samantha’s Lake Johnson Wedding in Raleigh, NC.


We’ve loved getting to know Heather and Samantha over the last year! These two are completely selfless; devoting themselves to each other, their friends, and their work. So naturally, we were thrilled to be a part of their special day! Heather and Samantha had a small, intimate ceremony with all of their friends and family at Lake Johnson in Raleigh. It was a laid-back affair, filled with laughter and lots of tears. After the ceremony, Heather and Samantha flew to New York to enjoy their honeymoon…and more importantly, legalize their marriage! We’re so happy we were able to celebrate with them and wish them all the best! Congrats, ladies!!


How did you two meet?
“We met through a mutual friend, and later on [a dating website].


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What are your favorite memories from the day?
“We loved seeing each other for the first time, taking a moment during the ceremony to look all around the audience, and hearing what each other loves about the other (secret paragraph written from each person’s responses to questions from officiant ahead of time.)”
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Who proposed to whom?
“It was mutual after I found out Samantha’s plans beforehand!”

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What were some of your favorite details?
“The natural beauty of the venue and the perfect weather.”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their weddings?
“Start early and make a budget! Don’t be afraid to buck wedding trends you aren’t a fan of because it’s your day. Also, do not be a bride/groomzilla!”


Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“New York City for a honeymoon and legal ceremony!”

And don’t forget to check out their Greensboro Arboretum Engagement Session if you missed it!

North Carolina Wedding Vendor Love:
Ceremony Venue: Lake Johnson Park, Raleigh
Reception Venue: Lake Johnson Park, Raleigh
Officiant: Rev. Kayelily Middleton
Hair & Makeup Artists:  Bridesmaids

DJ/Entertainment Services: Triad DJ
Wedding Cake: Brittany Atkinson, Cakeocity
Catering: Unforgettable Food Affairs
Wedding Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Gemvara