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A Raleigh JC Raulston Arboretum Engagement.

Raleigh JC Raulston Arboretum Engagement PhotoWe spent a lovely afternoon getting to know Jessica and Peter recently. These two couldn’t have been any sweeter! We wandered through the JC Raulston Arboretum with them before heading to Dix Park to wrap their engagement session. And these two are officially married now! Yay! We can’t wait to share their gorgeous North Carolina Museum of Art wedding! But in the meantime, here are a few photos from their recent engagement session:

How did you and Peter meet?
“We met on an app called “Coffee Meets Bagel” – we still can’t figure out who is the coffee and who is the bagel…”

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Tell us about your first date!
“We went to Mateo in Durham. Pete was in law school and Jess was practicing law in Raleigh. Durham was in the middle and perfect for two Spanish speaking travelers.”

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How did Peter propose to you?
“In the morning, over coffee.”

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What do you love most about Peter?
“Pete is very thoughtful, loyal, and intelligent in addition to being a great cook. He is always open to trying new things and encourages me to get outside my comfort zone. He goes to great lengths to do things for people that he cares about. Most importantly, he is a lovable and positive person and really committed to us as a couple.”

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What do you love most about Jessica?
“Jess is a very devoted daughter, sister and friend.  She cares so much about the people in her life.  She also has this secret sense of adventure that not a lot of people know about, but it is so much fun to share new experiences with her – as long as they don’t involve wildlife!”

Tell us about your wedding!
“We are getting married at the North Carolina Museum of Art in October. A lot of friends and family will probably be coming in from out of town, so we are looking forward to sharing all things Raleigh with our guests.”

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Dana + J’s Raleigh Engagement

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We met Dana and Jabari at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh for their engagement session. This Detroit couple would be eloping later in the week, but wanted to document this exciting stage of their relationship first! And oh my goodness – we had so much fun with both of them! I don’t think we’ve ever laughed so much at a session! Normally, the guys are pretty reserved during the engagement session and shy away from most public displays of affection. Jabari’s enthusiasm, however, was hilarious! Dana isn’t a huge fan of PDA, so he was super eager to take full advantage of all the kisses and cuddles he could get! It was pretty cute. Dana and J really are such a joyful, energetic couple. I adored our time with them! Congrats to these newlyweds!

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A Fred Fletcher Park Engagement

Kate + David


Oh my goodness, you guys! These past two wedding seasons have been crazy, and we realized today that we hadn’t blogged in FOREVER! So we’re going to slowly be catching up the blog over the next couple of weeks, mixing in some older weddings with newer ones. (So basically if you notice that the seasons are all out of order in these next few posts – this is why!)

It’s always fun to meet couples who come to us as referrals from our past brides and grooms. Kate and David were guests at Natalie and David’s Pinehurst wedding last year. They got engaged after relocating to Columbus, but reached out to us once they started planning their own wedding! And we are SO glad they did! We’ve had such a great time getting to know these two over the last year. I always love when we meet with couples and something just clicks!

We started off Kate and David’s engagement session at the JC Raulston Arboretum, finishing up at Fred Fletcher Park in Raleigh. These two are so super sweet, and we had SO much fun at their Franklin Park Conservatory wedding in Ohio this past fall! It was AMAZING, and we can’t wait to share it soon!


How did you and David meet?
“Dave and I agree that the $60 spent on eHarmony was the best ever. We both spotted each other’s profile and started chatting through email. After a couple weeks of exchanging lengthy emails, Dave asked me out for a coffee!”


What are some of your favorite ways to unwind together?
“We love to hike and explore new places together, so we try to travel as much as we can. We like to try new foods and enjoy a quiet night in with a cup of tea cuddled in a blanket.”


Where did you go on your first date?
“We went for a coffee and Dave accompanied me to the Hurricanes charity game where I was taking photos of a friend.”


What are your favorite qualities of Dave’s?
“There is no one thing that is my favorite of David’s! He is my best friend and partner in crime. He challenges me intellectually and is a great partner in conversations. He is really competitive, ha! I hate and love it at the same time. He is a really caring guy.”


What qualities do you admire most in Kate?
“Kate pushes me outside of my comfort zone and challenges me to think outside the box. She plans our adventures and is a great cook!”


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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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Dana + Dan’s Raleigh Arboretum Engagement Session

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We met with this sweet couple to talk about their wedding plans exactly one year ago today. And now? Their big day has finally arrived! Yay! Dana and Dan will be saying their ‘I Do’s’ at Shady Wagon Farm today, and it’s going to be amazing!
In honor of Dana and Dan’s wedding day, here’s a peek at a few of their engagement photos. We spent an afternoon with them at the JC Raulson Arboretum in Raleigh last fall. It was so much fun getting to know these two, and we can’t wait to celebrate with them later today! Happy Wedding Day, Dana and Dan!