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The Barn at Woodlake Meadows Wedding

The Barn at Woodlake Meadows Wedding Photo

Tori and DJ were wed this spring at The Barn at Woodlake Meadows in Bear Creek, NC. This wedding venue was so perfect for their wedding! The Barn at Woodlake Meadows is settled on over 50 acres of beautiful farmland. The venue itself overlooks a large pond and is surrounded by silos, the cutest farm animals (hello, llamas and baby goats!), and vineyards. It was the perfect rustic setting for a spring farm wedding!
We’ve had so much fun getting to know Tori and DJ over the last year. These two and their families couldn’t be any sweeter! It was such an honor to be able to photograph their gorgeous wedding! We wish them all the best! 

 

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Tell us about your wedding!
“We got married at The Barn at Woodlake Meadows. That was the first and last place that we looked. It was absolutely the perfect combo of laid back & fancy! DJ & I are really laid back and love the outdoors and we instantly felt this while touring this venue.”

What was the most fun part of the wedding planning for you?
“The best part of wedding planning for me was getting to spend quality time with my mom. I feel like the whole experience made me even closer to her. I was fortunate enough to have her plan a lot of the wedding for me and take the stress off of me. I could not have done any of it without her.”Carolina Blue Bridesmaid Dresses Wedding PhotoFlowergirl Babys Breath Flower Crown Photo
What was your favorite wedding day memory?
“Our favorite memory (for both of us) was probably when we stood back to back before the wedding and got to talk and pass notes without looking at each other. We got to hold hands and really let the moment sink in before all of the festivities started. I love that the first time he saw me was when I was walking down the isle, but I absolutely loved that we got to share just a moment between the two of us first.”
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What were some of your favorite wedding day details? 
“We loved that we got to hang out with our bridesmaids and groomsmen the whole day during the wedding. DJ loved shooting guns & I loved talking and laughing while getting ready.”
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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own wedding?
“The best advice I could give is to sit back for a few minutes in the morning of your wedding and really let it sink in that its your wedding day. You never get the day back, so don’t rush anything and just have fun. Don’t stress because at the end of the day you get to marry the love of your life and that’s all that matters. Don’t get so caught up in planning the wedding that you explode because everything works out in the end, and that small detail that you forgot – no one else will notice!”

The Barn at Woodlake Meadows, Bear Creek NC VenueNicole of Vision Events did an amazing job pulling everything together for Tori and DJ’s wedding day!
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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to Montego Bay, Jamaica!”

Tori + DJ’s Fall Engagement Session at Ole Gilliam Mill in Sanford.

NC Wedding Vendor Love:
Wedding Venue: The Barn at Woodlake Meadows 
Wedding Photographers: Ashley + David Photography
Wedding Planner: Nicole of Vision Events
Officiant: Eric Davidson
Hair & Makeup Artists: Kacie Lorenzo- Hair Anna Kelly- makeup (Studio C Salon & Spa)
Florist: Teacup Floral
 DJ / Entertainment Services: Rodney, First Choice DJ
Videographers: Hayzen’s Productions
Wedding Cake: Simply Cakes
Catering: The Barn at Woodlake Meadows
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via NC Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: Mens Wearhouse

 

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

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“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