The Jefferson Hotel Weddings | Brittney and Kevin

The Jefferson Hotel Weddings

Hello, and happy 2018 to all! I am so excited for the upcoming year, and so grateful that I got to ring it in doing what I love: being a wedding photographer! Yes!! I spent the last moments of 2017 behind my camera at a beautiful New Year’s Eve wedding that I’d been looking forward to since the summer! In May 2017, I worked with Brittney and Kevin on their engagement session in Richmond. I was honored that they asked me to photograph their NYE celebration, and immediately began to get excited about it. What a night!
Brittney and Kevin tied the knot at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond (it dates to 1895). The hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays, with one of the tallest trees I’ve ever seen. It was absolutely magical! Brittney wore a stunning lace gown by Pnina Tornai, with a striking low back and a gorgeous cathedral veil. Her bridesmaids wore black gowns (the wedding colors were black and gold – the perfect palette for the day) and their ivory bouquets were a classic, elegant touch. Brittney and Kevin are a truly kind couple, and I could tell that their guests were really having a blast. A New Year’s Eve Wedding is so much fun!! For the countdown to midnight, the newlyweds stood in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by all of their excited loved ones. At the stroke of the New Year everyone celebrated with a big burst of golden confetti! It was the perfect, exciting end to a truly elegant wedding!
Finally, I have to say what a compliment it is when a past client refers me. It means the world to be able to develop a relationship with a client over time and share in multiple events in their lives, whether it be their own wedding or a wedding they attended! So thank you Cara and Trey for referring me, and thank you Brittney and Kevin for letting me be part of your big day. I feel truly lucky that I got to spend this New Year’s Eve with such sweet clients! Enjoy this selection of photos from their celebration!

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The Jefferson Hotel Weddings

Thanks Jamie Vinson for photographing this wedding with me. You are the best!!!

Venue, Catering and cake: The Jefferson Hotel / Videographer: Memories Videography / Styling and Florist: Amanda Day Rose / Stationary: English Tea Paperie / Reception music: Jump Street Band with East Coast Entertainment / Make-up: Cameron Carson / Hair: Amy Almond  Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Alfred Sung / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire:

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Raleigh Engagement Photos | Devynne and Byron

As a wedding photographer, it’s always a special pleasure to get to work with a couple from start to finish…that is, from their engagement right through to their big day! I love photographing two people in love in a more casual setting, getting to know them as we walk around…and then getting to look forward to the day they finally become husband and wife! Devynne and Byron are such a sweet couple, and I’m very pleased and honored to be their wedding photographer! We recently spent a beautiful morning together at the North Carolina Museum of Art for their engagement session.
Devynne and Byron met through mutual friends, and have been together for almost a year and a half. I loved learning that for his proposal, Byron took Devynne back to the location where they had first said ‘I love you’ to one another. So sweet! These two are so comfortable together, clearly happy in each other’s company, what a joy to photograph them! There was a lot of laughter as we walked through the park at the museum, enjoying a great conversation and taking in the sights. The park recently went through lots of landscaping changes, making it an interesting and diverse place for a shoot and a lovely place to just stroll with someone you love. 🙂
Devynne and Byron will tie the knot in a summer ceremony next July. It may seem like a-ways off, but I know the months will rush by. In no time at all they will be husband and wife, embarking on one of life’s greatest journeys together. And I’m so happy that I will be there behind my camera to capture it all!

I hope you enjoy these photos from their engagement session…and that your holidays are full of love, warmth and laughter!

Raleigh Engagement Photos

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  • EllenDecember 15, 2017 - 2:05 am

    SO SO BEAUTIFUL!! all the heart eyesReplyCancel

    • CarolineDecember 15, 2017 - 1:14 pm

      Thank you Ellen for the kind words!

      Have a wonderful Holiday season!ReplyCancel

  • PaulJanuary 7, 2018 - 1:00 pm

    Perfect! You have a
    great eye.ReplyCancel

North Ridge Country Club Wedding | Meghan and Zach

On a beautiful spring day earlier this year, I found myself strolling from Goose Creek State Park in NC, all the way to the waterfront docks in downtown Washington. At my side was a truly kind and loving couple, Meghan and Zach. The light was stunning for their engagement session, and the soon-to-be husband and wife were absolutely radiant in it. When we parted ways, I was already looking forward to their winter wedding…and I’m so happy that it finally arrived!
Meghan and Zach’s ceremony took place at Jones Chapel at Meredith College, with the reception moving to the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. The North Ridge’s ballroom is such an elegant venue for a reception. It has stunning crystal chandeliers, and at this time of year it’s beautifully decorated for Christmas. Meghan was the perfect winter bride in a gorgeous gown with off-the-shoulder lace sleeves. I found out that she loves bows and had one custom made for her dress…such a pretty and unique touch! This bride truly put her own beautiful spin on a classic and timeless look. Throughout the day, Meghan and Zach took time to make all of their guests feel special. It always warms my heart to work with a couple that loves their family and friends as much as Meghan and Zach clearly do.
This year I’ve had the privilege of working with several couples who are in the medical profession. Meghan and Zach are both in medical school right now, and it is a gift to photograph two people who are devoting their lives to taking care of others. I’m so happy that they found one another and that they can share so much, including a love of great music. I hope you enjoy this selection of photos from their winter wedding, and I’ll leave you with these lyrics from one of their favorite bands:
“Now I know I can win, as long as you follow…” – Fleetwood Mac

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North Ridge Country Club Wedding

Thanks Jamie Vinson for photographing this wedding with me!

Ceremony: Jones Chapel at Meredith College / Catering: North Ridge Country Club  / Florist: Smithfield City Florist  / Stationary: Reave’s Engraving  / Cake Artist: Cake Creations by Alex / Reception music: Klaxton Brown Band  / Make-up: Hair and Make-Up by Mattie Jordan  / Hair: Ashtan Gregory Tangles Salon  / Wedding Dress: Lana Addison Bridal- Essence of Australia and Pronovias, custom bow by Lana Addison  / Veil: Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils  / Shoes: Kate Spade  / Bridesmaids dress: Alfred Sung / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang by Jos A. Bank / Wedding favors- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts / Videographer: Phillip Benz

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Duke Chapel Wedding | Theresa and Winn

Sometimes things in life come full circle in a very special way. A few years ago, a beautiful young woman named Theresa was a guest at a wedding I photographed. Fast forward in time, and I find myself photographing Theresa herself…at her own wedding! Theresa and Winn are such a wonderful couple. But they’re also incredible individuals, both doctors in residency at Duke. In my post about their engagement session last May, I tell the story of how Winn proposed to Theresa at the hospital on Christmas. I love that story so much because it shows that two people can follow their passions and still find one another in a magical way. Needless to say, it’s been an absolute joy and privilege to work with Theresa and Winn!
Their ceremony took place at Duke Chapel in Durham. If you know the city, then you’re probably familiar with this amazing Gothic structure, a stunning backdrop! And standing before it with the fall breeze blowing, Theresa and Winn looked pretty stunning themselves! Theresa’s dress had this incredible, long train, and her veil originally belonged to Winn’s mom. The tulle of the veil was wonderfully soft, very hard to find nowadays, and such a beautiful heirloom. Theresa also wore family jewelry, and Winn’s cufflinks were heirlooms too. I love it when a bride and groom find ways to incorporate their family and history into the details of their wedding. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge that a wedding unites a family and community even beyond the bride and groom. And Theresa and Winn’s guests were so excited for them! It was crystal clear how much these two are loved by their family and friends.
For the reception, the party moved to The Cookery. During dinner, Winn gave a toast. He thanked the guests, saying that he and Theresa were so happy that they were worthy of everyone’s attendance. A very touching moment in the midst of a beautiful celebration! Finally, I must mention how much I appreciate working with clients who fully trust me. Theresa consulted with me several times during the planning process to make sure that she was making the best decisions in terms of photos. Having that level of trust and communication is a gift, and I definitely think it worked to everyone’s advantage! Thank you Theresa and Winn, I loved being part of your day! I hope you enjoy these sneak peeks!

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Duke Chapel Wedding

Thanks Sarah Coffin for shooting this wedding with me! You are amazing!

Coordinator: Sweet Sarabell Weddings / Florist and wedding dress: Tre Bella/ Cake Artist: Ashley Cakes / Catering: SnapPea Catering / Reception music: Emerald Empire Band / Hair and Make-up: The Makeup Couture / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids dress: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s attire: Liles Clothing Studio  / Groomsmen attire: The Black Tux

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Maryland Wedding Photographer | Lane and Parker

A wedding is an opportunity to share the story of your love with family and friends. The locations of your ceremony and reception are a big part of that story…they are the backdrops against which one of the biggest days of your lives will unfold! I think it’s extra special when a bride and groom choose locations that have deep meaning for them. And that’s exactly what Lane and Parker did, when they became husband and wife at Lane’s parents’ beautiful home in Hog Island, Maryland! It was where Lane grew up.
This was an incredibly stylish wedding on an absolutely beautiful property! Initially we were a tad concerned about rain, but things stayed dry, and in the end we had perfect weather for photos! The ceremony took place outside, and for the reception things moved into a tent with beautiful lighting as night fell. Lane and Parker’s decor included greenery from the property. I thought this was so elegant, as it reflected the location perfectly and really tied everything together. For the reception there was a stunning chandelier of fresh magnolia leaves and greeneries suspended above the dance floor. Lane’s parents’ adorable golden retriever was included in the wedding, wearing a garland of greenery too! And Lane is so very sweet. She was such a stylish bride! Her dress was made by Elizabeth Fillmore, and for part of the festivities she wore a beautiful white cape. What incredible taste! Parker was looking great too, he looked very dapper in his custom made navy blue tux.
During the toasts, loved ones mentioned multiple times how loyal Lane and Parker are to their family and friends. That loyalty is clearly a huge part of this couple’s story… and in that moment it felt especially right and fitting that everyone was sharing the day at Lane’s childhood home. From the bride’s impeccable dress, to the sweeping emotion of the toasts, to the excitement of the awesome first dance, this was a picture-perfect day! And I hope you enjoy this selection of photos from it. A huge thanks to Katie Parks with White Oak Weddings and Events for being so wonderful to work with!

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Thanks Jennifer Smutek for shooting this wedding with me and for being so great to work with!

Coordinator: Katie Parks, White Oak Weddings and Events, LLC / Florist: Avec Fleurish / Stationary: Laser Letters / Cake Artist: Bay Country Bakery / Catering: Gourmet by the Bay / Ceremony music: Shrewsbury String Quartet / Reception music: Nigel Holland Entertainment. Right on Band / Bridesmaids’ Hair and Make-up: Prim Salon  / Bride’s Hair and Make-up: H&Co salon  / Wedding Dress and veil: Elizabeth Fillmore custom gown / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaids dress: Joanna August / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: My.suit  / Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events  / Chandelier: On Your Mark Lighting / Bag Piper: Annapolis Piper

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