Destination Wedding Unico 20º87º | Chasity + Evan

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Chasity and Evan selected the incredible Unico 20º87º in Riviera Maya, Mexico as the venue for their destination wedding, and brought 30+ family and friends to celebrate the occasion with them.  Mother Nature threw them a major curve ball when she decided to pour buckets of rain over their entire wedding weekend (which apparently NEVER happens there), but not even torrential rain and wind could put a damper on this party. 

The amazing staff at the hotel quickly went to Plan B, and moved the entire event indoors, and everything was perfect.  Chasity and Evan didn't let the last minute changes affect them whatsoever and I never saw a smile leave either of their faces. 

And you guys - these wonderful people came here to have FUN!  I knew from the minute I met everyone that it was going to be an incredible wedding, and it did not disappoint.  Literally every guest (including the Bride and Groom) completely tore up the dance floor, and the tequila flowed all night long.  When in Mexico!

I have to add that Chasity and Evan are such a warm and kind couple, and took such good care of me the entire time I was there!  They treated me like family and even had a spot reserved at a guest table for me to join the party for dinner! 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins!  Thank you so much for letting me document this incredible day for you!  Enjoy a few selections from their beautiful destination wedding!

The Oaks at Salem Wedding | Mark + Catherine | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

I enjoyed photographing Catherine and Mark's beautiful Oaks at Salem wedding so much.  Catherine and Mark are just the nicest people, who love their friends and family so well.  Their sweet ceremony was held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary, followed by a gorgeous and fun reception at the Oaks at Salem in Apex. 

I got to know Mark and Catherine during their engagement session, and I knew then that their wedding day would be wonderful - they are both super easy going and love to laugh.  Their wedding day was no different; they were completely happy and relaxed the entire day. 

Catherine is one of FOUR beautiful sisters, and she made all three of her sisters her Maids of Honor - so sweet!  I loved seeing the dynamic between them and their incredible mom, Patty.  One of my favorite images of the day is a candid capture of Patty and Catherine's grandmother looking on as Catherine was buttoned into her wedding dress; their expressions conveyed so much love for her.  This is one of those images that reminds me why I love photographing weddings, and that capturing the real stuff (and not just the pretty stuff, though of course I love that too!) is so important to me. 

Thank you Catherine and Mark for choosing me to document your special day, and congratulations!  Enjoy a few selected images from their beautiful wedding day:

Special thanks to: Venue: The Oaks at Salem  //  Hair/Makeup : The Parlor Dry Bar Cary // Florist: The English Garden // Cake: Ashley Cakes // Paper Goods: Charlotte's // Catering: Rocky Top Catering // Entertainment: All Events DJs // Dress: Pronovias from Lana Addison // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo // Grooms Attire: Jos. A Bank

And a huge thanks to Melissa from Melissa DeLorme Photography for helping me with this wonderful wedding!

Barn at Valhalla Wedding | Ramya + Nathan

I spent a weekend documenting Ramya and Nathan’s amazing Indian Wedding at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, and to say it was amazing barely does their wedding celebration justice.

Their traditional Indian ceremony took place Friday morning at sunrise.  It was such a beautiful, joyful (and colorful) event.  Afterwards they enjoyed a lunch, rested and prepared for the next days festivities.  

The next day started with a short ceremony in which Ramya and Nathan talked about their journey to find each other and their promises to one another for their marriage (let’s just say dry eyes were scarce once they were finished).

The reception afterwards was full of so much fun and laughter.  Ramya and Nathan, and then family and friends all took turns performing dances for the audience (Can everyone just do this at every wedding? It was SO much fun!).  

I tell all of my couples to really soak in their wedding day (or in this case, days), because it goes by even faster then they think it will.  Ramya and Nathan definitely achieved this - Whenever they had a moment alone together I could tell they really were taking it all in and appreciating just how amazing this moment was; to have so many friends and family gathered together to celebrate the start of their marriage.  They even both took a moment together on Saturday to meditate and be present before the celebration began, and it was the perfect was to start the evening off.  I wish the same calmness and presence of mind for all of my couples on what is always such a busy and exciting day.  

Congratulations Ramya and Nathan!  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and laughter together!  Here are a few selections from their beautiful wedding for you to enjoy:

Planner: Emily Katherine Events Venue: Barn at Valhalla Hair & Makeup: Belloviso  Florist: Blossom Artistry Videographer: SP Digital Media Rentals: Deejay's Event Rentals Catering: Udupi Cafe, Fords Fluent N' Food DJ: DJ Harlem Desserts: Premiere Cakes & Nothing Bundt Cakes Transportation: White Horse Transportation

And a big thank you to Brent from Live View Studios for being my second photographer on Friday!

 

Virginia Historical Society Wedding | Austin + Amanda

Austin and Amanda were married at the beautiful Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia.  It was truly one of the most heartfelt and emotional weddings I've ever witnessed.  The love that these two have for each other could be felt by everyone around them, and they are so clearly adored by their family and friends.  It made for a day so full of emotion and happy tears that it reminded me why I love photographing weddings so much. 

I really have too many favorite moments to share them all, but a few were Austin's emotion (and his family's) when he saw Amanda walking down the aisle, how he couldn't stop looking at her the entire day, and as Austin looked on while I photographed some bridal portraits of Amanda I overheard him tell someone "She's so damn beautiful".  Mop me off the floor people, I've melted into a puddle!

The night ended with the song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, and Amanda shared with me that her late step-father, who was also a DJ, played that song at the end of every wedding he worked.  Amanda's sweet mom was overcome with emotion when she heard the song come on, and it was such a sweet moment as Amanda and her mother embraced.

Prior to their wedding day, the only time I had met the couple was over FaceTime.  However I immediately felt a connection to both of them when I finally met them in person that morning.  I think that's just a testament to how kind and authentic they both are.  It is no wonder that all of their family and friends were so thrilled for them, they clearly are just the best kind of people and deserve a lifetime of happiness together!

Enjoy a few selected images from their amazing wedding day!

Makeup: Cameron Carson Hair: Kelsea Dayberry Coordination: Tharpe Media Events
Stationary: Minted Weddings Cake/Cupcakes: Pearl's Cupcakes
Catering: Mission BBQ Entertainment: Black Tie Entertainment Wedding Dress: Curvaceous Couture Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

And a huge thank you to the wonderful Sarah Der Photography for assisting me that day!

 

 

 

Bald Head Island Wedding | Ashleigh and Alberto

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Ashleigh and Alberto wanted to plan a small, intimate wedding and picked one of their favorite places on earth to host it: Bald Head Island.  Bald Head Island is a special place with it's gorgeous secluded beaches, forests of giant live oaks teeming with wildlife (foxes, deer, even alligators).  To get there you have to leave your vehicle, ferry over, and then everyone travels around the island by golf cart - so fun, right?!  It's no wonder that Ashleigh and Alberto picked this wonderful island for their wedding.

This beautiful wedding day was extra special to me because Ashleigh is my cousin!  I was so excited to capture this beautiful day for her and Alberto while simultaneously celebrating with family and friends. 

When I arrived to the beautiful ocean front beach home I found Ashleigh and Alberto to be completely relaxed and happy - they were clearly just excited to see each other and finally tie the knot after dating since high school! 

Every detail was a labor of love by all involved.  Ashleigh and her talented mother and sisters made the wedding favors and signage, Ashleigh's mom Darlene (who is a talented cake artist) made their amazing beach-inspired three-tier wedding cake, as well as designed their gorgeous floral arrangements and bouquets with flowers from A Southern Season

Enjoy a few selected images from their gorgeous beach wedding!

Planning/Coordination : Shauna Loves Planning | Hair/Makeup: Annie Mercer | Catering: Sweet Bay Catering | Music/Entertainment: Atlantic Premier Entertainment | Bride and Bridesmaid dresses : Mumu

Jamie Vinson is a wedding and lifestyle photographer calling Raleigh, North Carolina home and traveling to her clients just about anywhere.  She specializes in capturing fleeting moments so that they can be remembered for a lifetime. 

 

 

 

 

Country Club of Virginia Wedding | Carrington & Sean

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Carrington and Sean got married at Cannon Memorial Chapel on the beautiful campus of The University of Richmond, and their reception was held at The Country Club of Virginia's James River Clubhouse.  It was such a happy and beautiful day!

I've been looking forward to this wedding since I first met Carrington and Sean during their engagement session.  They are both so kind and easy going I knew their wedding day would be wonderful, and it was! 

Carrington was one of the most joyful brides I have ever worked with, she literally smiled and laughed the entire day - there is nothing better than a happy bride on her wedding day!  She also has a wonderful large family with lots of adorable kids; there were actually six flower girls and two ring bearers, who all miraculously made it down the aisle, not a single runaway!  I literally couldn't handle the cuteness. 

Their french bulldog, Peaches (who I also first met at the engagement session), even made a brief appearance during the reception to snuggle the happy couple!  Pro tip: If you have a chance to take a break from your reception to snuggle your dog I highly recommend it :)

At the end of the night Carrington surprised Sean with an absolutely amazing getaway car: a 1983 DeLorean (Sean's favorite movie is Back to the Future, if you hadn't guessed)!

I am so grateful they chose me to document their wedding! Enjoy these selected images from their amazing day!

Thank you to the amazing Sarah Der for photographing this wedding with me! 

Venue, Catering and Cake: County Club of Virginia
Florist: Fleurs by Missy
Hair: Shine Blow Dry Bar
Wedding Dress: Provonias
Bridesmaid Dresses - Lulus
Stationary: Minted
Entertainment: Horizon (Sam Hill Entertainment)

Lillie & Charlie | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

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I adore fall weddings.  Lillie and Charlie got married on family-owned land on a misty day by a lake in Asheboro, and I won't lie and say I wasn't a little bit worried about whether their outdoor ceremony was going to go as planned.  Luckily the weather cooperated and they had the most beautiful foggy, misty background to their ceremony next to a gorgeous lake. 

I was amazed at how cool and calm Lillie was beforehand, she didn't seem the least bit concerned or stressed, and I think that's a testament to how awesome she is. 

Lillie and Charlie are just a FUN couple - and they are clearly dedicated to each other and to the people in their lives that they hold close.  The whole day was laid back and above all, fun.  These two (and all their guests for that matter) totally tore it up on the dance floor.  Man I love a good dance party! 

I'm so glad this couple chose me to document their beautiful day!  A huge thank you to Jessica from Wild Line Weddings, it was such a pleasure working with you, and every detail was beyond beautiful!  And shout out to my girl Stephanie Bryan for second shooting with me - I love you!

The Umstead Hotel & Spa | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

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Every detail of this wedding at the Umstead Hotel & Spa was crazy stunning, but the absolute best part about this wedding was how amazing the couple and their friends and family were.  I had the pleasure of shooting this wedding alongside Caroline Lima Photography as her second shooter for the day, and it was easily one of the best times I've had shooting a wedding.  I started out the day with the guys, shooting them getting ready and just hanging out before the first look and ceremony.  They were having so much fun I knew the rest of the day was going to be a blast too, and it totally was!  Give me all the laid back, fun couples who are crazy in love! 

Jones Chapel at Meredith College Wedding | Stacey & Andrew

I have been looking forward to Stacey & Andrew's wedding since we met over coffee at the beginning of the year.  They are both so warm and friendly and their excitement and love for each other was so apparent, I knew their wedding would be wonderful... and it was!  The ceremony was held on Meredith College's campus at the beautiful Jones Chapel in Raleigh and the reception took place at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Center in Cary. 

There were so many amazing and touching moments throughout the day, like when Stacey read the letter that Andrew wrote for her before the ceremony... she had me wiping tears away before she was finished reading it!  I never get tired of capturing couples' overwhelming joy and happiness on their wedding day. 

Stacey and Andrew chose not to see each other before the ceremony, so I got to capture Andrew seeing his bride for the first time at the front of the alter (a favorite wedding shot of mine to get).  His face in that image says it all - it was such a special moment!

Stacey and Andrew, thank you so much for letting me be the one to capture your amazing day!

Huge thanks to Brent from Live View Studios for shooting with me that day!

Umstead Hotel & Spa Wedding - Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

This absolutely gorgeous couple was married at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina on a gorgeous June day.  I was thrilled to be again working alongside the super talented Caroline Lima as her second shooter for this fabulous and sweet affair!  Here are some of my favorites from this amazingly beautiful wedding:

 

 

 

Wilmington, NC Wedding

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Finally getting around to blogging some images from the many weddings I've had the pleasure of second shooting this year - this particular one was a favorite - not only because I got to work alongside the super talented (and super sweet!) Katherine Miles Jones, but also because this couple and their families were beyond kind and also so much fun.  From start to finish it was such a happy day and I was just thrilled to be there to help document it!

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Merrimon-Wynne Wedding - Raleigh NC

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First things first, this gorgeous Merrimon-Wynne wedding in downtown Raleigh was an absolute pleasure to photograph, and I was so thrilled that Marcie Meredith invited me along to second shoot it with her.  The bride (Hillary) carefully curated and crafted most of the stunning details (including designing the invitation suite) for her and Andrew's gorgeous wedding day,  and it was all amazing.

Andrew hails from England while Hillary is from the US, so the wedding party was a fun mix of Brits and Americans, and everyone including the guests had an absolute blast.  I loved how they incorporated so much of themselves and their own backgrounds into the day.  During the cocktail hour, guests could choose from Pimm's Cup cocktails or craft beers from the US.  They played croquet and cornhole.  So.much.fun.

Hillary and Andrew were beyond kind and generous throughout the entire day, and their love for one another was more than obvious to everyone present.  It's couples like this one that makes being a wedding photographer such an amazing job.  Being able to capture memories for couples on the most important day of their lives is, quite honestly, an honor.

 

Jamie Vinson is a wedding and lifestyle family photographer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina.  To inquire and/or book a session with Jamie, contact her here or at jamie@jamievinsonphotography.com.