Chapel Hill Wedding

Last Saturday, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, two alumni of the University of North Carolina returned to declare their vows as a married couple in a place they call home. The groom, Danny Davis, was a former football player at the University of North Carolina, where he met his beautiful bride Alex Hamilton, making Chapel Hill the perfect place for their wedding.

At the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, Alex and her spunky bridesmaids wore brightly patterned robes as they smiled for the camera in a group shot. With the help of hair and makeup professional Stephanie Sevilla from The Makeup Culture, they got ready with bright smiles and cheerful attitudes. After, the bride, dressed in her delicate white gown,she and the bridesmaids joined us for a short photo session.

The ceremony took place inside the hotel with an altar made of dark green vines and fresh white flowers done by florist Kelly Odom. Standing at the altar, Alex and Danny smiled with excitement and happiness as they exchanged vows and kissed for the first time as a married couple.

Once the ceremony had concluded, we took the bridal party and did some group photography at The Old Well. This bridal party was a blast to work with. The group was comfortable and outgoing, and we shared a lot of laughs taking photos. Everyone in the group had great chemistry, which made our job very easy. One of the groomsmen, Alge Crumpler, a former teammate of Danny’s at UNC who went on to play professional football, easily hoisted two of the bridesmaids into his arms for an amusing picture.

At The Blue Zone in UNC’s Kenan Football Stadium, a sparkling cake made by Cinda’s and some delicious food catered by Rocky Top awaited the start of the reception. The menu included a bit of personality from the bride and groom; for Danny, a twist of Vietnamese flavors in the appetizer, and a main course with southern flare for Alex. Once the formalities were over, Mitch from DJ Joe Bunn provided the music for an energetic celebration that included light up props. After dancing and celebrating, the couple ended the night with a beautiful sunset photo at the top of the football stadium.

Photographing this wedding was an incredibly fun experience. The bridal party was engaging, the reception was energetic, and Alex and Danny were fantastic to work with. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their life together as a married couple.



USB Drives

As more and more of our clients want digital copies of their photos from weddings and photo shoots, we have decided to change the way that we deliver these images. In the past we would provide our clients with DVDs of their images but more and more computers no longer have DVD drives so we’ve changed our method of delivery. All of our future clients can now expect their images to be delivered on our new “Neil Boyd Photography” USB drives. We’ve been working with a great company called USB Memory Direct who have produced these stunning new drives for us. For other photographers reading this USB Memory Direct offer a lot of digital products at really competitive prices and will customize products to your specification. You can find their details here: Here is a photo of the drives they made for us…




Wedding Photography Chapel hill

Last Sunday we participated in The Carolina Inn Bridal showcase. This was our tenth year of being in the show and we are certainly one of the longest running companies to participate. The show was a great success with almost 200 brides coming to see what was on offer from the industries leading wedding professionals. In our booth we had a 5ft canvas from a wedding reception we shot last year at Keenan stadium.  The photo raised a lot of interest especially from the many UNC Alumni that were in attendance at the show. They wanted to know the story behind the shot, so here it is… The wedding was on June 21st 2014.  The bride was Katy Liu and the groom was Alan Smeltz. They were married at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, Chapel Hill.  The reception was in the “Blue Zone” in Keenan Stadium. As it got close to sunset we decided to take the couple out to the patio for some photos. The sky was absolutely gorgeous and we used an LED light to light the couple against the background. What also helps this photo is the dramatic back lighting of the stadium’s floodlights. What you can’t see in this image is the hundred or so people working out on the football field, as it was the first day of training for the UNC football team. Also, what you obviously can’t hear is the background of booming rap music that accompanied their workout. This ended up being a really fun shoot and a great final image for their wedding album. Here it is……..


Wedding photography Raleigh NC

Caroline and i shot a really fun wedding last Friday. Christine & Scott are huge fans of Downtown Abbey and Dr. Who so they decided that they would have all the bridal party and guests dress up in period attire. The wedding and reception were held at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. A venue I am really familiar with and have shot there many times and really appropriate for the theme of the wedding. Don’t want to give too much away at this stage, but there were lots of surprises on the night, including a landing of Dr. Who’s Tardis (Time machine for those who aren’t a fan) there was even a Dalek on show. Christine, Scott an their family and friends had lot’s of fun and danced until late into the night. I thought I’d share this photo with you, which is my take on a traditional Royal family portrait, with Christine doing her best impression of the Queen.



Wedding Photography – Raleigh

Well, just North of Raleigh, Louisburg actually.  That was the location of our wedding last weekend at the beautiful Hudson Manor. It was the wedding of Christina Whitley and Ryan Bray. The wedding was organized by Joy Edwards of “A Joyful Occasion” who planned everything with a military precision. It was such a beautiful day and Christina and Ryan set out to have a lot of fun. We started the wedding with some fun portraits of Christina who looked gorgeous in her Allure Designs wedding dress from Victorian Rose bridal store. We then brought in her supporting cast of bridesmaids, all eight of them and continued the shoot. Next we went on to photograph Ryan and his groomsmen and they were quite a lively bunch. After a beautiful ceremony we then continued with the photography of Christina and Ryan’s family, followed by the bridal party and then we finished with just Christina and Ryan alone. After the cocktail hour guests were invited into the ballroom and the floral decoration was outstanding. Mel Day from Dogwood Tree Floral Designs provided all the flowers for the day. I’ve worked with Mel on many occasions and as always his work on this wedding was outstanding. After a lovely meal, provided by Melisa and her staff it was time to really start celebrating. First we had the speeches and toasts followed by the cake cutting, The cake was a muti-layer chocolate and carrot cake designed and baked by Jennifer at Ambrosia Cake Creations Christina and Ryan had hired Six Stylez Band to provide the entertainment and they immediately had the place rocking with a blend of oldies and current chart hits. We stopped briefly for a bouquet toss and this was followed by a unique garter exploration and a lot of fun was had by all. As I start to edit this wedding, I’ve pulled out a few of my favorites from the day and I’ve also thrown in a copy of one the bridal portraits that I’d taken prior to the wedding.