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North Carolina Museum of Art Wedding

Jessica and Peter were married at the NCMA in Raleigh.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is one of our all-time favorite wedding venues. I mean, what’s not to love about a wedding surrounded by tons of art and white walls? The grounds along the museum are beautiful. AND NCMA has one of the best coordinators around – Morgan Greer!

Jessica and Peter’s wedding day was perfect. It was chic and understated, just like the couple. (And filled with gorgeous florals by Watered Garden Florist!) These two couldn’t be a more perfect match! It’s so clear to see how much they adore one another when spending time with them. They’re both always smiling and seem so genuine. And their day was clearly filled with so much love!
I think they danced together and with their families more than any other couples we’ve ever photographed.

Jessica and Peter – Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day! We loved being able to celebrate you two and wish you all the very best! 


I will always love First Looks! I think it’s so sweet for a couple to have a few minutes to quietly take in the day together – before all of the wedding day chaos begins! (Plus, how cute are they?!)
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Toward the end of the night, Jessica and Peter enjoyed one last dance before slipping out of the party unannounced. I loved that!

Don’t Miss Jessica + Peter’s JC Raulston Arboretum Engagement Session!

Want to see more North Carolina Museum of Art weddings?

Raleigh Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Greer via NCMA
Florist: Watered Garden Florist
Wedding Photographers: Ashley + David Photography
Catering: Iris Restaurant via NCMA
Wedding Dress: Alexia’s Bridal Boutique (That gorgeous dress is Liancarlo.)
DJ/Entertainment Services: Frank Meldau via Bunn DJ Company
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung via Nordstrom’s
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Brian Burnett via Glenwood South Tailors
Wedding Invitations: Minted
Jeweler: Wentworth & Sloan Jewelers in Chapel Hill.

The Oaks at Salem, Apex Wedding

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We had a blast photographing Taylor and Alex’s wedding day! These two were SO easy-going and fun.
Taylor and Alex were wed at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. I always love photographing weddings here. The Oaks at Salem has so many gorgeous locations throughout the property. It’s basically of a photographer’s dream venue!

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Where do you get married? 
“We got married at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. We chose this wedding venue because of a family friend’s recommendation; the second we walked around the grounds we knew it was the place.”

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What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“My favorite memory is the look on Alex’s face when I walked out to see him before the ceremony.”

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What were some of your favorite wedding day details? 
“The food! I also loved hearing the reactions from guests when they saw that my dress had pockets; because my vows were in my pocket!”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own wedding?
“Get your groom to help you!!! Do not stress!! Plan food tastings around others things (then he will definitely tag along!)”

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What was the most fun part of the wedding planning for you?
“Definitely Ashley’s personality! She honestly made it super easy to take pictures and didn’t make you feel awkward, especially when you share the same quirkiness that she does!!”

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went on a cruise to the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Marteen.”

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NC Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: The Oaks at Salem
Officiant: Chris Hankins, The Point Church
Hair & Makeup Artists: José Schmidt, JMS Hair Designs; Ashley my older sister did my make up 
Florist: Daniel’s Florist 
 DJ / Entertainment Services: All Events DJ
Wedding Cake: Confectionate Cakes
Catering: Belle’s Catering
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Savvi Formal Wear
Bridesmaid Dresses: Versa Dress from David’s Bridal
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: VIP FormalWear
Invitations: Write Image, Cary

A Southport Community Building Wedding in Southport, NC.

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Southport is a charming, seaside town where the mouth of the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. It was the perfect setting for a bride who dreamed of getting married by the sea. Lisa and Michael were married at the Southport Community Building beneath a gorgeous Oak tree overlooking the water. It was a beautiful ceremony, and the entire day was filled with joy and lots of dancing.
We’re so honored that these two allowed us to capture their wedding day! Congratulations, Lisa and Michael!

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How did you meet?
“We started talking over Match.com, and met for the first time at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Raleigh.”
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What are your favorite memories from the day?
“The ceremony overlooking the water. Exchanging our vows and seeing each other for the 1st time at the altar. Taking romantic pictures with Ashley + David on the beach and in several other locations in Southport.”

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How did Michael propose?
“Michael gave a ring to my niece, Audrey (the flower girl) while we were at a park, and Audrey ran up to me with the ring. Some of our closest family members  were present for the proposal which made it very special.”
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What’s your favorite way to spend time together?
“Traveling and discovering new places.”

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Guest tables were adorned with hurricanes filled with candles, sand, and seashells. And Rooster’s pizza had guests going back for seconds…and thirds! Red Roosters Pizza Mobile Catering NCSouthport NC Community Building Wedding Photosouthport-nc-wedding-photo (116)southport-nc-wedding-photo (120)southport-nc-wedding-photo (110)

What were some of your favorite details?
“Michael and the groomsmen playing basketball the morning of, driving around on the golf cart, the pizza truck, smashing cake into each other’s faces, our handmade decorations and programs, dancing and celebrating with our friends and families.”

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 Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?
“Don’t worry about entertaining your guests – have fun and do what you want to do on your wedding day.”

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“California – starting in Napa and driving down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Diego.”

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NC Wedding Vendor Love:

Wedding Venue: Southport Community Building
Officiant: 
The Honorable Jeremy D. Hart
Bridal Prep Space: 402 E. Bay St.
Groom Prep Space: Lois Jane’s Bed & Breakfast
Wedding Planner: Seaside Wedding Connection
Hair & Makeup Artists: Jamie Warzel Hair + Makeup
DJ/Entertainment Services:Salt City Sound Machine
Wedding Cake: Crazy Cake Chicks
Catering: Red Rooster Mobile Brick Oven Pizza  (David is now OBSESSED with this pizza!)
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Mallarie and Dontrell’s gorgeous Cape Fear Botanical Garden wedding was followed with a reception at Skyview on Hay in Fayetteville, NC.

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I’ve always heard that rain on a wedding day is good luck. If there’s any truth to that, Mallarie and Dontrell have some very happy days ahead of them!
Despite a zero percent chance of rain in the forecast, the very second Mallarie’s limo arrived to take her to Cape Fear Botanical Garden…it started pouring!  Luckily, the storm passed within the hour and Mallarie and Dontrell were able to continue on with their GORGEOUS outdoor ceremony! 

Some of our favorite weddings are those where it’s obvious how close the couple’s families are and how genuinely happy they are to be joining their families together. Mallarie and Dontrell’s wedding was definitely one of those weddings! We absolutely loved getting to know all of their family and friends…and despite a little rain, the day couldn’t have been more perfect!


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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day? “Finally seeing my husband after the rainfall!”

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The Salt Covenant: In ancient times, promises were sealed by each person taking a pinch of salt from their pouch and placing it in the pouch of the other. The only way that the agreement could be broken was if each individual could identify and extract their own grains of salt…which of course, was impossible. And thus, the covenant could never be broken.

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How did you and Dontrell meet? “Trell and I knew of each other in high school, but didn’t really start speaking until I was a junior in high school and he was a freshman in college. We started up talking through MySpace!!! Oh the joy of the internet. He was my second boyfriend ever and we haven’t broken up since I was 17. My true high school sweetheart!”

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How did Dontrell propose? “He proposed December 31, 2010. We were at my apartment at Campbell University and early that morning he just poured his heart out to me and asked. He said he has a whole day planned, but couldn’t wait! We started our New Year’s Eve with a bang!!”

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Mallarie and Dontrell’s ceremony was followed by a reception at Skyview on Hay.
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What were some of your favorite details?  “The reception was ideal with the yellow and grey decor.”  skyview-on-hay-wedding-photo (14)Mallarie + Dontrell’s first dance was to Chrisette Michelle’s Couple of Forevers
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What’s your favorite way to spend time together? “Anytime together is a good time! We are complete clowns, so it’s always fun.”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding? “Start planning and calling venues ASAP. I really planned my wedding about 4 months prior and came about some hiccups that could’ve been avoided.”

 

Vendor Love:
Ceremony Venue: Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Reception Venue: Skyview on Hay
Hair: Mallarie did her own hair
Makeup: Mikkel via MAC.
DJ: 5 Star Entertainment
Officiant: Terrance McAllister
Wedding Dress: Bridal and Pageant Connection
Videographer: Jerfilm
Florist: Ender’s Creations
Catering: Ender’s Creations
Cake: Sweet Boutique
Rings: Helzberg Jewelers and Kay Jewelers