Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer | Theresa and Winn

Engagement photos at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. Photo by Caroline Lima Photography.

I have such respect and gratitude for people who work in the medical field. To manage all that training, the hard work, the intense schedule, the relationships with patients… It truly is a gift, and an incredible service to the rest of us. When two people who do this kind of work somehow find each other and fall in love, it seems like it’s doubly deserved! Spending a morning with Theresa and Winn to celebrate their love felt really, really good!
Their recent engagement session took place in the early morning, and was very laid back and fun. We’d communicated beforehand about the possibility of rain, and Theresa was so easy-going. She even suggested we just use umbrellas if there were showers! My kind of bride! A few years ago she was a guest at a wedding I photographed. When Theresa saw the photos I took that day, she told me she could ‘hear’ the bride’s laughter in the photographs. Such a tremendous compliment!
The story of how Winn proposed was very sweet. Theresa and Winn were both on rotation over the holidays (they’re doing their medical residencies at Duke) and hadn’t seen much of each other in four weeks. At midnight on Christmas, Winn paged Theresa to the lobby, supposedly for a consultation. When Theresa walked in, she saw that Winn had set the scene with twinkle lights, small Christmas trees and bouquets. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him with the most amazing family ring! She said yes…and the room erupted into applause! When Theresa turned around, she saw that the patients and their families there were cheering them on! What a proposal! Below is a sneak peek of their lovely session.Raleigh NC Wedding PhotographerEngagement photos at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. Photo by Caroline Lima Photography.Raleigh NC Wedding PhotographerEngagement photos at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. Photo by Caroline Lima Photography.Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

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Chapel Hill Carriage House Wedding | Courtney and Jon

Bride and groom portraits at the Chapel Hill Carriage House. Photo by Caroline Lima.

When I first worked with Courtney and Jon last fall on their engagement session, I was struck by how genuine they are. I think it’s impossible not to be drawn to their kind, calm personalities. We had such a good conversation, strolling through the UNC campus. And as I watched them through my lens, I could clearly see the depth of their feelings for one another. When we parted ways that day, I immediately began to look forward to their Chapel Hill Carriage House wedding. Well, the day finally arrived! And it was every bit as beautiful and special as I knew it would be.
For one, Courtney’s smile is absolutely contagious! She was glowing and radiant, and just like Jon cares so much for the people around her. As her bridesmaids were helping her dress, Courtney took time to tell them she felt honored to have them there. She made all of her loved ones feel as special and important as they really are to her. And so did Jon. It is such a pleasure and a gift to see that kind of love and generosity…and it all starts with the bride and groom.
The ceremony took place at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Before it began, Jon and Courtney exchanged letters and gifts. Watching the emotion on Jon’s face as he read Courtney’s words was so touching. At one point, he broke off and said (obviously to himself) “What did I do to deserve her?” A genuine moment that I will never forget! Later, as he watched his bride come down the aisle, tears welled up in Jon’s eyes. So beautiful! And the surprising part? The deep and true emotion of this wedding transitioned into a very exciting dance floor! This bride and groom can definitely cut a rug! I can’t help but giggle now, remembering how much fun it was to watch them at their reception at The Carriage House! I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I’ve been enjoyed working with them! A huge thanks to Kast Events, such a perfect and smooth day!
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Thanks to talented Becci Ames for shooting their wedding with me! I love to work with you my friend.

Coordinator: Kast Events / Ceremony: University Presbyterian Church / Reception: Chapel Hill Carriage House / Videographer: Jon Murray / Florist: Diane Joyal – Bowerbird Flowers / Stationary: Blush Paperie / Cake Artist: Buttercream’s Bake Shop / Catering: Beau Catering / Ceremony music: Thomas Brown / Reception music: Arioso Strings (cocktail hour) & Joe Bunn  / Make-up and hair: Pamela Hung with OnLoKtion Makeup / Wedding Dress and veil: Maggi Bridal / Shoes: Kate Spade Sela / Bridesmaids dress: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Bernard’s Formalwear

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White Stone VA Wedding Photographer | Steph and Tim

Learning the stories of husbands and wives-to-be is a huge part of what I do as a wedding photographer. In fact, I think it’s essential! Hearing stories and history gives me an important window into the bride and groom’s personalities, which in turn helps guide the way I take their photos. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the pleasure of working with high school sweethearts. So getting to spend time with Steph and Tim during our recent engagement session…and learning their story was wonderful!
These two are so much fun! I loved hearing that they went to prom together, and stayed close throughout their time in college. Last summer, after attending ten weddings (yes, you read that right, ten!!), Steph and Tim decided to get away to Costa Rica to celebrate some well-deserved time alone. But escaping the wedding theme just wasn’t in the cards! On their second day in Puerto Viejo, they were enjoying lunch at their beachside hotel when the waiter put down a little something extra with Steph’s plate…a ring! In short order, Tim was down on one knee and they both knew that they had at least one more wedding in their future!
They decided on White Stone, Virginia for the session location, because it’s where Steph and Tim love to spend weekends. They’ve been going there since they were both 19! I could see the true joy in their eyes, being together in a place that’s meant so much to them over the years. They make each other laugh so much and have such great chemistry, it was a delight to photograph them! Steph has an adorable and inspiring cooking blog that you should definitely check it out, it is called The Chaotic Kitchenette! Below is a sneak peek of their lovely morning engagement session!White Stone VA Wedding PhotographerWhite Stone VA Wedding PhotographerWhite Stone VA Wedding PhotographerWhite Stone VA Wedding PhotographerWhite Stone VA Wedding Photographer

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Washington NC Engagement Photos | Meghan and Zach

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And the songbirds are singing like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you like never before
–Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)

Falling in love is exciting, thrilling, like nothing else. But if you ask me, one of the best parts of finding true love is the quiet sense of peace it brings; the knowledge that you’ve found your other half and the rest of your life can finally begin. It’s like coming home…where you truly belong. The tune ‘Songbird’, with its graceful piano and the lilting voice of Christine McVie, perfectly captures the essence of a forever romance. And I can’t help but think this song fits Meghan and Zach. Maybe that’s because I happen to know they both love Fleetwood Mac. 🙂
Zach proposed to Meghan under the trees at the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina. It was New Year’s Eve, and he’d surprised her with a stop on the way to dinner. The Battery is such a beautiful place…and doubly meaningful because it’s where Meghan’s father had proposed to her mother nearly 31 years before. So very special! And I’m guessing that Meghan’s dad approved. Apparently, very early on in Meghan and Zach’s courtship, her dad confided to her mom that these two were ‘made for each other’. It definitely shows. Their common goals of becoming doctors (they met in medical school) and their kind, generous natures are clearly a perfect fit. Plus, Meghan has one of the most beautiful, strong Southern accents I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing…and Zach loves it too!
Our recent engagement session started in the afternoon at Goose Creek State Park. We eventually made our way to the waterfront docks in downtown Washington, NC. The lighting throughout was just amazing…and at the end we were treated to an absolutely gorgeous sunset. A perfect way to wrap things up! Enjoy these photos from their lovely engagement session. I can’t wait for their big day!

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I absolutely love their outfits, so perfect for both locations. Look at that Meghan’s beautiful dress with pockets!

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Southern Wedding Ideas | Lindsay and Robert

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Occasionally I’ll wait to post about a wedding, for one reason or another. But the time has finally come to tell you about Lindsay and Robert’s beautiful day! I’d also like to use this post to talk about Southern wedding ideas. As a wedding photographer working in the Southeast, I’m lucky to be a part of so many gorgeous Southern-styled ceremonies and celebrations. To me, two things that make a Southern wedding truly stand out are a focus on location, and attention to detail. It can be easy to generalize, to get lost in the ‘genre’ of Southern weddings. The key, of course, is to be specific to who you are as a couple. To incorporate special touches that are significant to the two of you, and to generously consider your guests’ experience. Lindsay and Robert did just that.
After initially planning to marry in the town where Robert proposed, Lindsay experienced a change of heart. All of a sudden, she knew deep down that it was important to marry Robert in the town where they’d both grown up: Waycross, Georgia. Changing the location meant that the ceremony could take place in the First Presbyterian Church where Lindsay’s family had always been parishioners and which features woodwork her grandpa built by hand in his millwork shop at Satilla Sash and Door. The guests who lived in Waycross knew and deeply felt this history; those from out of town reveled in learning it. The welcome bags incorporated Robert’s favorite childhood snack, and water from the local community museum, a unique invitation for guests to experience the town Lindsay and Robert both love so well.
Lindsay was absolutely radiant coming down the aisle. In her bouquet she tucked lockets from both grandmothers, and she held her dad’s handkerchief. Her jewelry was a stunning mix of pieces borrowed from her bridesmaid and her mom…pieces that had been handed down through generations. Her veil was hand-made by her mom…with her dad’s help! So very sweet! The groom wore cufflinks that had belonged to his maternal grandfather and a watch borrowed from his father. Magnolias (which are all over Waycross, and even in Lindsay’s childhood backyard!) were a big part of the floral arrangements. Such a perfect Southern touch…with real meaning to this bride and groom.
And the reception! It took place in Waycross City Auditorium, and it was so much fun! Lindsay and her dad absolutely lit up the floor with their first dance! I was able to capture the bride’s mother and aunt watching, and Lindsay very graciously expressed how much she liked that photo. The whole experience was such a pleasure and a treat. It was like Lindsay and Robert opened a door into a magical room that held all of the things they love most about their town and each other…and invited all of their guests in. Truly a Southern wedding to remember.
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Thanks Angelita Esparar for shooting this wedding with me and for being wonderful to work with

Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church of Waycross / Reception Venue: Historic Waycross City Auditorium / Bride’s Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair & Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Attire: Sebastian Grey / Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux / Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: James & Co. / Ceremony & Bridal Party Flowers: Natalie’s Florist / Reception Flowers & Catering: Straton Hall Events / Invitations: Grammarcy Fine Papers / Music: Surrell Zeigler; Jessica Adams Moore; The Buzzcatz / Cake: Anne Deal / Rentals: Kirby Rentals

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