Raleigh Bridal Portraits

I was in the process of editing Lindsay Lowe’s wedding photos from a couple of weeks ago and came upon this portrait that I shot of her, at my studio, back in June and I thought I’d share it here. Lindsay got a gorgeous dress from Alexia’s bridal boutique in Raleigh. Her hair was done by Ginger Mullins and make-up by the amazing Lindsay Morse. Bouquet was provided by “Expressions of Love”.

 

Cobblestone Hall Wedding | Raleigh Wedding Photography

Beth, Kristie and I photographed an incredible wedding this past weekend that we are excited to show you a sneak peek of. Krysti & Ryan were married Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church. We photographed Krysti & Ryan back in September for their engagement session. We were so excited that their wedding day was finally here.

When we arrived at the church, Stephanie Sevilla of “The Makeup Culture” had Krysti’s hair and make up looking perfect. Krysti & her five bridesmaids were getting ready and then the special moment arrived when Krysti’s mom and Nana put on her veil. It is the same veil her mom wore in her own wedding.

Krysti did her bridal portraits with us about a month ago, but we had fun taking some more around the church before the ceremony along with pictures with her girls. We then ventured over to the guys rooms to find them having fun playing cards. It was now time for Krysti to walk down the aisle with her dad and we caught some tears in Ryan’s eyes.

After the ceremony we were so thankful it was not raining and we took bridal party portraits at the same location we did Krysti’s bridal portraits earlier, at Montaque Lake. The arched bridge provided the perfect location for this awesome group picture. It was a very hot and sunny day so we had to move efficiently to capture great shots without making everyone miserable before the reception. It was so nice of their family’s friend to allow them to use this location as part of their memories of the day.

We were now off to Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh for the reception where we knew Donald would have the Hall pumped with AC and the room perfectly put together for everyone’s arrival. We captured some sweet moments of just Krysti and Ryan together on Wolfe Street outside of Market Square. Inside, the room looked wonderful with beautiful floral arrangements by Watered Garden, of Raleigh.

It was now time for Joe Bunn of Joe Bunn DJ services to announce this energetic bridal party to everyone waiting for them. The girls sported black Ray Ban sunglasses while the groomsmen rocked hats and canes. The room was full of smiles watching everyone’s dance entrance.

Next, all eyes were on Krysti and Ryan for their first dance which they have been practicing for months. After Ryan dipped his new bride he handed her over to her dad for the father daughter dance to, “Daddy’s Little Girl.” Ryan then danced with his mom to “Simple Man.”

Krysti’s dad said a lovely welcome prayer followed by a fun speech by the sister of the groom, Devon, about her wedding gift to them – A Jack Daniel’s Waterfall fountain, so they could enjoy their first sip of Ryan’s favorite bourbon as Mr. & Mrs. Another special moment was when it was time for speeches. The maid of honor went for sentimental tone touching based on memories of the past 7 years and the best man took on the challenge of getting some laughs.

Triangle Catering provided their 200 friends & family with great dinner stations and hors d’oeurves. Guests favorites were the crab cakes, mash potato bar, and carving station. Everyone was on the dance floor after dinner. Especially when “Carolina Girls” was played.

Their wedding cake, by Ashleys Cakes, looked amazing in the center of the room, drawing your eyes to it’s colors & details. Krysti & Ryan did something we have never seen before when it came to cutting their cake. They pulled a sneak attack move on their Maid of Honor & Best Man pretending to feed each other, but instead turning to them and smashing it in their faces. No one was expecting it.

Krysti snuck away and changed into her second dress that her Nana made from her mother’s wedding dress material. This memorable wedding day ended with a sparkler exit right as it began to start raining. It didn’t stop them or us from creating the perfect end to a perfect day.

Commercial Photography | Raleigh Headshots

Last week we were asked to do a photos shoot for professional golfer and golf instructor, Greg Greksa. Now anyone who knows me knows that golf is another of my passions and so I was really excited about the shoot. Greg was a lot of fun to work with and we ended up getting some great shots. Here’s a sample of a few.

The Carolina Inn Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Christen & Richard who were married at The Carolina Inn last month. Its been a hectic few weeks, but I’ve finally finished editing their photos and would like to share them with you.

The wedding ceremony and reception all took place at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. Devon & Kristen were both on hand to ensure that everything ran smoothly from the properties perspective.

Christen had also secured the services of Angie Wright (Chic Details) as their wedding planner, so the couple really were in great hands.  As would be expected, everything ran extremely smoothly.

We had a lot of fun with Christen and her bridesmaids prior to the ceremony and they all looked absolutely beautiful. We also had enough time to grab a few shots of Richard and his groomsmen prior to the nuptials.

The ceremony was conducted by a friend of the family (Fane Downs) from out of state and its really nice when the words spoken really means something special to the couple.

After the ceremony, we had plenty of time to move around the Inn and set up some photos in my favorite locations.  Then it was on into the cocktail hour and reception.

Richards friends were a lively bunch and kept the DJ (Chris Lambert) on his toes all night as they really went for it on the dance floor.

The dancing was only interrupted for the Bouquet toss,  Garter toss and to cut the beautiful (and non-traditional) cake which had been made by Sugarland. Apparently Richard and Christen are keen skiers and they wanted this to be reflected in their “Novelty” cake.

At the end of the night all of the guests lined up to give the couple a farewell by throwing rose petals at them.  The end of a really nice wedding for a lovely and fun couple.

Best wishes,

Neil

Food Photography | Raleigh Commercial Photography

Food photography has always been one of my passions and whilst in photography college I always wanted to be a food photographer. I’ve been very fortunate in that some of my food photography is now being recognized and it is giving me the chance work with some of the best restaurants in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel hill.

[One] Restaurant in Chapel Hill has been a client of mine for some time and this week we went in again to shoot some of the amazing plates created by head chef, Sean McCarthy.

Here are some of the shots that we took…….