The Sutherland Estate and Gardens Wedding | Amy and Rob

Military wedding at the Sutherland in Wake Forest. Coral and mint wedding ideas. photographed by Caroline Lima.

As a wedding photographer who often does engagement sessions, one of my favorite things is meeting a couple, connecting with them, and then feeling the anticipation and excitement build as their big day approaches. When I first photographed Amy and Rob in the spring, I felt a special link to this bride-to-be; Amy was about to become a military wife (something I know a thing or two about!) and was such a sweetheart. They included their lab Lance in the session and shared the story of how she they met and then dated long-distance while he was deployed. The story was inspiring, and Amy’s spirit and love for Rob touched my heart. So I was thrilled when their wedding day finally arrived last week!
As soon as I got to the Sutherland Estate and Gardens, Amy and her mom Susan received me with so much love! I got big hugs! They told that me that my presence was calming and reassuring, which was such a sweet compliment, as I hope to bring that kind of energy into every wedding. The Sutherland (which is in Wake Forest, NC) is a lovely venue, combining absolutely beautiful grounds with a Southern-style home that makes an exceptional backdrop for photos. I love venues that seem to transport you to a different time and place, and the Sutherland definitely does that! It was a true pleasure to work there and alongside wedding planner Christy Ethridge! She was absolutely wonderful!
And then there’s that magic moment…the one I’ll always remember: when Amy stepped into the aisle with her beautiful rose bouquet, a huge smile on her face. And halfway to Rob, she just couldn’t hold back the emotion…happy tears came to her eyes! It was so beautiful and touching to see. She and Rob received their guests so graciously, taking the time to talk to every single person during the reception. Their happiness was so clear, just looking at their faces. What a gift to witness their joy and to be able to share it from behind the lens. I wish them all the best and hope you enjoy these photos from their day!

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The Sutherland Estate and Gardens Wedding

Thanks Jamie Vinson for shooting this wedding with me, you are so wonderful!

Venue: The Sutherland Estate and Gardens / Coordinator: Christy Ethridge with The Sutherland / Florist: Tea Cup Floral / Stationary: Minted / Cake Artist: Cake Couture / Catering: The Cook Shack / Ceremony and reception music: Making Memories DJ Service / Make-up: Thuy’s Color Studio / Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz / Wedding Dress, veil an bridesmaids dresses: Thornbury Brides / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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