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Lauren + Murray’s Downtown Durham Wedding at The Rickhouse.

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We were so honored to photograph Lauren and Murray’s wedding this fall. I went to school with Lauren and we share mutual friends, so it was fun to be able to photograph a love that we’ve been able to see blossom. Lauren and Murray were married at The Rickhouse in downtown Durham. We always love a good warehouse wedding venue – all of that exposed brick and reclaimed wood! And this one is even more awesome as it overlooks the original Durham Bulls field!

This sweet couple met while working together as chefs at Washington Duke Inn. It’s pretty safe to say that food and drink are an important part of their lives!  Murray proposed to Lauren at Mystery Brewing during a special dinner date where they were able to brew their own beer batch. So we loved that Mystery Brewing surprised them with a special last batch of the Peachy-Keen Gose that Lauren and Murray brewed on the night of their engagement. These two also incorporated their love of Durham and beer by collecting bottles from all of the local breweries and distilleries and crafting them into vases for their centerpieces. Lauren’s maid of honor designed all of the floral arrangements; a mix of roses, calla lillies, and gerbera daisies that brought a touch of fall to their decor and complemented the pink bridesmaid dresses perfectly.

All in all, Lauren and Murray’s wedding day was pretty perfect! Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your day!

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First Looks are always my favorite! All of the couple’s anxieties melt away and they’re able to enjoy a few minutes to share their excitement.
And Murray’s reaction to seeing Lauren was adorable!

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Don’t Miss Lauren + Murray’s Downtown Engagement Session!


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 Erin + Matt’s Downtown Raleigh Engagement Session


Oh my goodness – there are no words for how much we loved shooting this engagement! Erin + Matt wanted a bit of an industrial feel (and lots of color) in their photos, so we headed downtown to the Raleigh Warehouse District for their engagement session. It was so much fun just to walk around and get to know them a little better. As wedding photographers, we’re constantly trying to find ways to make couples comfortable being affectionate with one another in front of the camera, but with Erin and Matt…we never had that problem. These two couldn’t keep their hands off one another. So cute!

Erin + Matt are one of the loveliest couples we’ve ever met, and we couldn’t be more excited about shooting their North Carolina Museum of Art wedding this weekend! In the meantime, here’s a peek at their Warehouse District + Arboretum engagement session:



How did the two of you meet?
Matt: “At a pool party – my roommate, Sean, worked with Erin and he thought that we should meet. So I had him bring her to a pool party that we were going to one afternoon.”

Erin: “I was invited to a pool party by one of my co-workers, but was a little reluctant to go. After some persuading and a promise to meet some new people, I decided to go and check it out. There, I saw some old friends from college and one man in particular caught my eye. I didn’t know this guy and had never met him before, but I was pretty determined to talk to him and get his attention – little did I know, I was set up! Matt and I hit it off and enjoyed great conversation, chicken fights in the pool, flip cup, and just hanging out. From day 1, I think we both knew it…it was a crazy attraction and as silly as it seems, love at first sight!”


Where did you go on your first date?
Erin: Lynnwood Grill in Raleigh. Matt will say that I stood him up for our first date, but I didn’t…that wasn’t an official date. I was supposed to meet him and his friends for drinks but was unable to.”

Matt: “Lynnwood Grill in Raleigh (if you don’t count the time she stood me up.)

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What is your favorite thing about Matt?
Erin: “He has a nice butt and blue eyes I can get lost in. But seriously, he is my everything and I can’t imagine life without him.

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How did Matt propose to you?
“On a private beach in Key West.  …After dinner and the sun had set, Matt asked if I wanted to walk with him to the beach. …After getting out to the beach and sitting on some Adirondack chairs, we enjoyed a cigar together and casually chatted about the day, week and random topics before I noticed Matt had started stumbling over his words and his hands grew sweatier than normal. I finally stopped him mid-sentence and asked, “Love, are you okay?” He used some choice words, reached in his pocket and got down on his knee!!! Matt said – “My love, will you marry me!?!” I can’t even tell you how my heart kept from leaping out of my chest at that very moment! I proceeded to jump on him and remember kissing him while laughing and enjoying the moment in complete awe…I was going to marry this man. After some time, Matt pulled my face away and exclaimed, “You haven’t even answered ME!!” I also let some choice words fly out before saying, “Of COURSE I will marry you!!!” 

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What do you like to do together in your spare time?
Matt: “We like to travel and experience new things. Anything outdoors.”

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How would you describe Erin?
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