NC Botanical Garden Wedding – Nicole + James

An Intimate NC Botanical Garden Wedding

Nicole + James

I secretly always love small weddings. They’re so sweetly intimate without all of the chaos that comes along with a typical wedding day. Don’t get me wrong – we always love a good party as well! But there’s just something special about only including a handful of your closest family and friends to share the day with you.

We started off the day at Simply Divine Bed and Breakfast in Dunn, NC. Nicole and James got dressed in separate parts of the inn with the help of family and friends. It was an extremely relaxed morning filled with laughter and a few tears. Once dressed, everyone headed to the botanical garden in Fayetteville.
Nicole and James exchanged their vows underneath an arbor in the gardens. Neither wore shoes as they promised to always love one another, go on adventures, and get their toes dirty together. It was perfect and just right for these nature lovers! Nicole and James were so ridiculously adorable together. They have a love that’s very genuine and joyful. We loved spending time with them!

Nicole and James – Thank you so much for allowing us to document this exciting moment in your lives together. It couldn’t have been more beautiful! Congrats, you two!

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James, a geochemist, designed Nicole’s ring himself. He did such a beautiful job! custom wedding robes via etsycape-fear-botanical-garden-elopement-photo (9)groom adjusting bowtie, handwritten vowsFree People Wedding Dress & Floral Crown Boho WeddingSimple Divine B&B Wedding Photocape-fear-botanical-garden-elopement-photo (6)cape-fear-botanical-garden-elopement-photo (15)Simply Divine B&B Wedding PhotoSimply Divine Dunn Wedding Photographer

What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“We both loved the feeling of closeness we had by keeping it a small ceremony and having his friend marry us. We will never forget how it felt to be so loved.”

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What were some of your favorite wedding details?
“I personally loved being barefoot. We both included something about it in our vows; it’s a connection to nature that brings us together.”

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How did James propose to you?
“He proposed during a camping trip down by the water in the early morning. It was absolutely perfect!”

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What’s your favorite way to spend time together?
“In the outdoors! We love hiking, going on walks, talking over coffee, early mornings and working out.”

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What advice do you have for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Just do it your way. The day is about you both, fill it with as many special moments and quirky things as you can.”

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Wedding Vendor Love:
Getting Ready Venue: Simply Divine B&B, Dunn
Wedding Venue: Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville
Floral Design: Chrissy’s Flowers, Philadelphia “She was so fun to work with and her staff is simply wonderful!”
Wedding Dress: Free People



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  • Alysse - North Carolina is lucky to have you as a wedding photographer! These images at the Botanical Garden are stunning! The couple seems super cool too!ReplyCancel

  • Vaughn Barry - Gorgeously romantic images, whoa! And such a unique venue – some seriously cool s$#% here! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jon Fleming - Great venue and really beautiful portraits! Love the way you captured their day!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - These wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous! The NC Botanical Gardens looks like it was the perfect venue for this beautiful couple! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Blair - Wow… Wow… and WOW! Such a cool venue! So beautifully captured! Those might be the most amazing florals I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Weems - those flowers. that dress. that venue. WOWReplyCancel

  • Jessica Green - Sweet intimate weddings are the best! I love this botanical garden wedding that Nicole and James did!! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Crossman - I’m DYING over the gorgeous florals!! Wow, you did a beautiful job of capturing this beautiful wedding!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - Small weddings are my absolute favorites! These wedding photos are stunning! Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Nielsen - Wow some of those backgrounds are amazing!! Love your detail shots too.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Beautiful small wedding! I completely agree about smaller weddings being more relaxed & intimate. I absolutely LOVE that they were both barefoot! It’s great seeing their personalities in not only their photos but the choices they made with their wedding as far as location & details. Great photographs that will certainly last a lifetime!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - What a beautiful small wedding at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden! The bride’s bouquet of deep purples and pastel greens is the perfect compliment to her venue and looks like she plucked it right out of their garden. I just love the formal shots of the groom looking to the side with the bride looking at you. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Oh my gosh, I love this wedding. You nailed it. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Conchita Medel - Wow, what a beautiful wedding! I’m so in love with her head piece and dress, so gorgeous!!!! Her bouquet was so pretty too. Great job capturing their day, beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - I love all the rustic, organic details of this intimate wedding! The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens were the perfect location for their style, and a beautiful backdrop for the portraits. This Fayetteville couple has to be thrilled with your work!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - This NC Botanical Garden wedding is one of my favorites! Every picture was full of interesting textures and vibrant colors and I wanted to see more! Her dress is so perfect! I love she chose a bohemian styled dress and walked barefoot down the aisle. This is definitely my kind of wedding! Great job capturing this special day in Fayetteville.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Morgan - North Carolina Botanical Gardens is a beautiful location for an outdoor wedding. I love how they both were barefoot on their wedding day. North Carolina is beautiful and lucky to have you as wedding photographers.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Storment - Everything about this wedding at the Botanical gardens in NC is STUNNING! The bride’s dress was so perfect! AMAZING job!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rittenberry - I’m floored by this wedding! ove how they incorporated their love for nature and connecting to it by going barefoot into their vows. You really captured the fun of this couple and brought it out even more with the Q&A spread throughout the post; nice touch!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Oh my goodness! This wedding is just so gorgeous! I love their every detail, from the coordinated dressing gowns in the bridal suite to the groom’s bow tie. And their ceremony — and her crown of flowers and wildly beautiful bramble of bouquet flowers! She’s like a goddess, isn’t she? You’ve done such a masterful job capturing this day for Nicole and James. (P.S. Next time in NC, I’m gonna look into staying at the Simply Divine B&B!)ReplyCancel

  • wani - I kinda love this wedding – not your typical couple but the wedding suited them perfectly. Really fab job….loved it all! And the venue is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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