Stephanie and John decided to choose a more simplistic and quaint approach with their wedding day. They picked an amazing restaurant in downtown Raleigh for a venue, and got their families and just a few friends together to join them on their super chill and intimate wedding day. They also chose to get ready together, which was a total treat to photograph. There is something so wonderful about documenting a couple getting ready together before they officially get married. John putting on socks while Stephanie finishes with hair and make up. John offering to help Stephanie put on her necklace in the mirror, and zip up her dress. It's truly about those small moments that hold so much meaning, and you can't help but smile inside. Overall the day was full of love, laughs, a few tears, relaxation (yes, relaxation) and amazing food. I felt so lucky to capture and be a part of their intimately loving universe, and seriously cannot get over their photos. As the first wedding of the season, the bar is SET.
Venue & Food: Second Empire Tavern and Restaurant
Hair & make-up: Lula Makeup
Officiant: Kayelily Middleton
Florist: North Raleigh Florist
Evan and I went to Iceland about a month ago.
- It was amazing.
- I thought we were going to die multiple times.
- We had some of the most delicious Indian food I've ever had.
- Also, the most amazing and inexpensive smoked salmon I've ever had.
- It was definitely worth the hype.
- Some of the most astounding and epic natural beauty I've ever seen in my life.
- And some of the most intense winter weather we've ever experienced.
- I would definitely go back......but only in the summer.
#1 Lesson learned: Mother Nature is Boss, ALWAYS.
All images a mix of iPhone, digital & medium format film.
In love in San Francisco, California
Kim and Zach were the definition of fun. I've truly enjoyed every wedding I've shot for the most part, but this one in particular was just so much fun from beginning to end. So Kim and Zach went to the same elementary school up until 5th grade, (crazy right!) and as fate would have it, the met again later in life. Aside from being each others' romantic partners, Kim and Zach are such good friends. It's so clear when you see them together. They laugh, joke, play and their energy is simply contagious.
My favorite moment was during their post ceremony portraits, they were laughing with each other and joking about being so hungry. It was so real and honest. We get so wrapped up in the day that it is so normal for the newlyweds to never have a bite. I can happily say they both did eat, but it's really in those moments of humanity and authenticity that the wedding hoopla fades, and you're just a hungry couple dreaming of carbs.
Kim and Zach also had an amazing community around them. Their friends and family were amazing, loving and genuinely happy for them and their love. The best part is the were not shy about it! An undoubtedly spirited bunch they were, and the photos do not lie. hehe. It was great. Photographing happy people is such a lovely thing for which I am so grateful. All the love and happiness in the world to Kim and Zach!
Check out their photos below: They got ready in the South Street Inn and were married in the Jefferson Theater in the Downtown mall.
Elopement in Libbie Hill Park, Richmond, Virginia