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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. 

 

 

 

 

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 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!