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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

The Rickhouse – Durham Wedding

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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

A Rand-Bryan House Wedding

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Savanna and Scott were wed last summer at the Rand-Bryan House. They truly couldn’t have picked a better venue for their intimate, garden-chic wedding. The Rand-Bryan House is a gorgeous 19th century home turned wedding venue located just outside of Raleigh. With rolling hills, beautifully landscaped gardens…and even a Christmas Tree farm – this historic home offers endless locations for portraits. Plus, the interior of the home is just as lovely with tons of natural light!

Savanna and Scott were introduced to one another through a family friend who thought they would be a perfect match. And he was right! Scott lit up every time he caught a glimpse of his stunning bride throughout the day. It was the cutest thing! But most importantly, his children seemed to adore her as well! It was such an honor to document Savanna + Scott’s wedding day. We’re so happy for these two, and wish them and their families all the best!

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Raleigh Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Rand-Bryan House in Garner, NC
Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Harp
Florist: Kelly Odom Flowers & Interiors
Catering: Catering Works
Musicians: Save the Date Music
Getaway Car: Classy Transportation

A Shady Wagon Farms Wedding – Dana + Dan

Dana and Dan were wed this fall at Shady Wagon Farms in New Hill, NC. Their gorgeously rustic chic wedding was such a joy to photograph. It’s been an honor getting to know these two over the last year.
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How did you and Dan meet?
We actually met at work.  Something’s got to be enjoyable about work!”new hill nc wedding photoShady Wagon Farm GroomGroom Prep pinning boutonnierewww.ashleydavidphotography.comShady Wagon Farm Wedding Photowww.ashleydavidphotography.comRaleigh NC Wedding PhotoRaleigh Wedding Photographer

How did Dan propose to you? 
“We love the mountains!  We try to make it up to Blowing Rock at least a couple times a year.  We went up for a long weekend and went on a hike to see some waterfalls.  When we got to the top he got down on one knee (shaking like a leaf) and had a ring in his hand.  He was so nervous I had to pretty much ask the question for him, but I knew where he was going with it and of course I said YES!”

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What are your favorite memories from the day?
“Definitely our “first look”.  We will never forget that moment when we both are seeing each other for the very first time on our wedding day. Also, our first dance.  We took dance lessons so we could have something choreographed for our dance.  We are far from professional but the amount of fun we had while doing it was priceless, and the fact that we nailed our dip at the end was an added bonus!”bride and groom first look photoShady Wagon Farm Wedding Photowww.ashleydavidphotography.comRaleigh Wedding Photographersunplugged wedding idea photowww.ashleydavidphotography.comNorth Carolina Wedding Photographerswww.ashleydavidphotography.comwww.ashleydavidphotography.comwww.ashleydavidphotography.comwww.ashleydavidphotography.comwww.ashleydavidphotography.com
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What’s your favorite way to spend time together?
“We really love camping and watching football with cold beer & some chicken wings.”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Definitely get a wedding coordinator.  We did just the “day of coordination” but really she helped me with so much more.  We had meetings and phone calls every few months or so and she just kept me on track with everything.  I can’t imagine planning a wedding without having some professional guidance.  And when the day finally arrived, we had zero worries, everything was taken care of.  All we had to do was get married and celebrate the best day of our lives!”www.ashleydavidphotography.comwww.ashleydavidphotography.comshady-wagon-farm-wedding-photo (89)
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What were some of your favorite wedding details?
“We had a DIY photo booth that was a total hit.  Everyone had so much fun with it, and there were lots of really great pictures.  Also, the flower arrangements were amazing.  Our florist did such a phenomenal job.  From the bouquets to the table pieces, everything she did was just perfect!!”  (Side note: Seriously! If any of you are looking for an amazing Raleigh area florist, Kelley of Teacup Florals is your girl! From the floral filled pumpkins to Dana’s succulent bouquet, she provided some of the most gorgeously unique arrangements we’ve ever seen – and is super sweet!)

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to Grenada which is located in the south Caribbean.  One word to describe it…AMAZING!”

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Don’t miss: Dana + Dan’s JC Raulston Engagement Session!

 

North Carolina Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Shady Wagon Farm
Officiant: Cheryl Quaid, Cheryl’s Carolina Ceremonies
Wedding Planner: Jessica King, Happily Ever After
Florist: Teacup Floral
Hair Stylist: Sharon Smith, Triniti Salon
Makeup Artist: Sarah Boulton, Body Bliss Salon & Spa
DJ / Entertainment Services: Shannon Pate, Elevation Entertainment
Wedding Cake + Dessert Bar: Cake Couture Boutique
Catering: Cookshack Catering
Wedding Dress: Lana Addison Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Stationery: Cute Buttons
Linens: CE Rentals

 

Jessie + Jason’s Top of the Hill Wedding in Chapel Hill, NC.

Jessie and Jason’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend wedding took place at the historic Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC.
Their brewery wedding had it all – an adorable ring bearer and dog (in matching bowties, no less), a gorgeous, light-filled ceremony space, and even a smore’s bar! It was kind of perfect!
Ever the modern couple, these two also weren’t afraid to ditch traditions; from the first look to the mixed gender bridal party (the bride’s brother was her Man of Honor), Jessie and Jason made their wedding day truly their own. We always love when couples aren’t afraid to showcase their personalities, and these two managed to blend their styles flawlessly.

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We started off the day at The Carolina Inn where Jessie was busy getting ready. As the awesome ladies of Bella Trio applied the finishing touches to Jessie’s bridal makeup, we gathered her dress and accessories for a few detail shots throughout the Inn. (These detail shots are always some of our favorite photos since they help tell the story and set the tone for the day.) And oh my goodness – I loved shooting details at The Carolina Inn! It’s such a charming southern hotel. All of the hallways have their own themes with unique artwork and historical photos…we could have spent all day wandering around!
Once we were finished with her wedding details, we headed back to Jessie’s room to catch her mom buttoning her dress and applying her veil. After a champagne toast and final mirror check, it was time for the ‘first look!’
Jessie had been so calm all afternoon while getting ready, but that changed once we stepped into the elevator. Her breathing became a little more shallow and she began swirling her fingers around her engagement ring. Jason was equally anxious to see her as well though, nervously taking swigs of coconut water as he waited for her to tap him on the shoulder. It was sweet! As soon as Jason turned around, he wrapped his arms around Jessie and they both instantly relaxed. …And that’s one of the many reasons why we love ‘First Looks.’ They’re a nice way for couples to squeeze in a little extra time together before all the crazy starts! 

We headed outside for bride and groom portraits next. As we photographed them, it became obvious how excited Jessie and Jason were that their wedding day was finally here! They couldn’t stop smiling…and we caught both of them checking the other out more times than we could count! It was adorable and made David and I laugh every time. These two are such a sweet, down-to-earth couple…and that was exactly how their wedding day was – joyful and relaxed!
It’s been such an honor to get to know Jessie and Jason over the last few months. We are so so happy we could be a part of their day! We wish them all the best!

 

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The ‘First Look’

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After the first look and portraits at the Inn, we headed off to the Great Room at Top of the Hill for the wedding ceremony. 

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And the Top of the Hill Great Room? Oh my goodness – it was a perfect venue! We fell in love with the high ceilings with string lights, hardwood floors, and exposed brick. Jessie and Jason personalized their ceremony space by including sentimental, antique details like skeleton keys and a vintage mantle adorned with their parents and grandparents wedding photos.

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How cute are this ring bearer (and ring dog?) in their bowties?! Total show-stealers! 
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Jessie grew up playing foosball with her dad, so it was perfect that TOPO’s Back Bar had a foosball table.
Jessie and her dad were able to squeeze in a quick match during the reception. They were REALLY into their game!
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As friends and family began pouring in, it was clear how adored these two are! Everyone in the room was truly delighted to be celebrating with them. Their reception was filled with easy laughter and tons of hugs!

 

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You can see Jessie + Jason’s Raleigh Warehouse District engagement photos here.

Chapel Hill Wedding Vendors:
Getting Ready Venue: The Carolina Inn
Wedding Venue: Top of the Hill – Great Room 
Officiant: Don Dixon
Wedding Coordinator: Danielle Olcott, Top of the Hill (Danielle was SO awesome to work with. We can’t thank her enough!)
Hair & Makeup Artists: Bella Trio
Florist: University Florist
Linen + Chair Rentals: CE Rentals
DJ / Entertainment Services: Ryan Pflumm via SPIN
Wedding Cake: Judy Campanella, family friend
Catering: Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Wedding Dress: San Patrick via Tre Bella Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Converse
Invitations: Minted.com