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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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Leanne + Devin’s Raleigh Maternity Portraits

We loved photographing this sweet maternity session at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh over the summer!
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Expectant mamas Leanne and Devin were so much fun to spend an evening with! These lovely ladies chose to keep their baby’s gender a surprise until (s)he arrived…which we thought was really charming. Who does that anymore, right?! We can’t even imagine that kind of willpower…
But they did it! And last week, these two welcomed Emrys Lee into the world! We had the honor of meeting their handsome little man yesterday, and oh my goodness – so cute! Check back soon for a teensy peek of this adorable new family! 🙂

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Aside from weddings, maternity sessions are one of my favorite types of sessions to shoot. It’s always such an awesome privilege to be able to document this exciting moment in two people’s lives. We loved how joyful and content Leanne and Devin were about this next phase in their lives, and wish them all the best! They’re going to be two amazing mama’s!