Chapel Hill Carriage House Wedding – Kelly + James

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.”

Groom Detail Photo

Bridal How We Met Chalkboard Idea Photo
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!)

Blush roses, lamb


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!”

Chapel Hill Carriage House Bridal Photo

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Chapel Hill Carriage House and Farms Wedding Venue

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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!”


Chapel Hill Carriage House Wedding Photo


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.”

NC Hula Hoop Wedding Photo


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

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  • Hannah Gunnell - Ahh this is such a beautiful wedding! And a wedding alpaca??? That’s just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Fisher - What a beautiful wedding! The Chapel Hill Carriage House looks like the perfect venue. I love the energy and all the sweet details! Great job with their portraits and capturing such fun moments!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Um, I’m sorry but that alpaca with the top hat stole the show! Such a lovely couple and wedding! I love the light and airy tones!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Kingsbury - Wow, Chapel Hill Carriage House looks amazing, what a beautiful wedding! You captured their day so perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Cori - I freakin’ love this wedding venue! It is amazing!!!!! These photos are so beautiful! I love the photo of the wedding party with their reflection on the lake. So cool!ReplyCancel

  • Aggie - Great work capturing such a wonderful moment! Your wedding photos are always so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Poppy Ashworth - Oh, what a stunning couple!! This is just the most perfect Wedding! That shot of the girls in the rocking chairs getting ready is just too precious! Looks like they had the perfect day! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Catherine - OH MY GOSH! That alpaca!! Best thing ever! And I can totally see why Chapel Hill Carriage House is a favorite venue of yours…you create gorgeous images from there!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Her ring is soooo gorgeous and so are these photos at Chapel Hill Carriage House! Fabulous work!ReplyCancel

  • sarah - Chapel Hill Carriage house is so incredible, as is your adorable couple! You did an epic job!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Newman - Oh wow! I love all the flowers on the venue grounds, the alpaca and the group picture with the reflection in the pond! Wonderful job. Many of these look like they belong in a magazine spread!ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes - What a crazy amazing venue! And the alpaca with a top hat? Too much! Every detail is cute and the moments so real. Your story telling is so good.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Oh wow, what a great venue for weddings! Were you so excited about the alpaca? He’s so cute in his little bow tie!!
    I think I loved the ceremony entrance the best. Such a unique venue!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Moore - I wish I had known about the Chapel Hill Carriage house for our wedding! This venue is absolutely beautiful! And oh my gosh that alpaca with the top hat is HILARIOUS!! I wish I had been there to see that because that is just too funny!! Wonderful job capturing this couple’s special day!ReplyCancel

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