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!

 

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!

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!