natalie + ramesh // engagement . durham nc

Natalie & Ramesh are such sweet, down-to-earth, easy-going people. Their engagement shoot was a blast & we are really looking forward to this spring when we will have the opportunity to photograph their wedding & all of its beautiful Indian traditions & ceremonies - can't wait!!

They came all the way from Nebraska to take care of some final wedding details, & we were so glad it worked out to squeeze in an engagement session while they were in town! We spent the afternoon getting to know each other & exploring downtown Durham - lots of fun. :)

While downtown, we peeked into a couple of the shops in [ Brightleaf Square ]. We came across [ Offbeat Music ] & Ramesh was right at home - he even found a couple vinyls worth packing up & bringing back to Nebraska with him. I love when we are able to incorporate little details like this into our engagement sessions to make them a bit more personal. Always fun. :)

We also made sure to stop by [ Amelia Cafe ] for some gelato - yum!

For the last part of our session, we headed over to [ Sarah P Duke Gardens ] for a change of scenery - always a great place to shoot in Durham for a more natural setting.

Love this series - so cute. :)

Thanks again, Natalie & Ramesh! It was great getting to know you better & we can't wait to see you again in the spring! :)

sara + tyler // wedding . raleigh nc

We had such a great time being a part of Sara & Tyler's big day in Raleigh this fall. We started off at the [ Sheraton Raleigh Hotel ] downtown, where everyone was getting ready.

Loved the gift boxes for the groomsmen! Perfect.

These images of the flower girl, bride, & her dad getting ready to make their big entrance have to be some of my favorites from the day.

Sneaking a little peek into the chapel :) The ceremony was at [ Dinwiddie Chapel at Peace College ].

The campus at [ Peace College ] was a great location for photos of the wedding party - this big courtyard out in front of the main building wound up being the perfect spot to shoot.

Loved all the different but coordinating wedding party details. I think it's so awesome when a bride lets her bridesmaids choose their dresses! Gorgeous bouquets & boutonnieres are always a plus, too! Great work as always from Raleigh's [ Fresh Affairs ].

lovelovelove these film shots Tres took in this great archway!

The reception was downtown at the [ Raleigh City Museum ]. It was our first time shooting here, & I have to say I was in love with this venue! I think it has so much character & is really fun to look around see the history of our city surrounding you.

Sara & Tyler had such cute wedding details too. Totally our style. My favorite definitely had to be their (funfetti!) cake, cupcakes, & adorable felt cake topper though. Too perfect!

Also loved the different flowers all around the venue in a variety of vintage pitchers & vases. [ Premier Catering ] put together a beautiful presentation & delicious job on the hors d'oeuvres & dinner, as well - we were very impressed!

The grand entrance:

And their first dance as Mr. & Mrs.

Both of the parent dances were so sweet! Always love witnessing these special moments - especially with such tight-knit families that quite obviously have so much love for one another.

Love Sara & Tyler's expressions during the speeches, too. Awesome. :)

Completely in love with these cake cutting shots! Can't decide if I like the film or digital shots better.

And do I even need to comment on how ridiculously adorable this flower girl was?? Oh my gosh. What a cutie!!

And for the rest of the post: a million & one shots of the reception! With the always fabulous work of [ Joe Bunn DJ Company ] & a really great group of people, this reception wound up being so much fun. I also loved so many of the film shots (our first time using Ilford Delta 3200 for a reception - loved it for low light shooting!), I finally just gave up on trying to cut my favorites down. ;)

And last but not least - the costume photo booth!

Sara & Tyler - thanks again for inviting us to be a part of your perfect day!

preparations . [ Sheraton Raleigh Hotel ]
ceremony . [ Dinwiddie Chapel at Peace College ]
reception . [ Raleigh City Museum ]

florist . Lyn Graves with [ Fresh Affairs ]
DJ . Steve Stowe with [ Joe Bunn DJ Company ]
caterer . [ Premier Catering ]
cake . James Perry

square format photos // Fuji Pro 400H
pre-reception . black & whites // Ilford Delta 400
reception . black & whites // Ilford Delta 3200