Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Story of Gratitude...


Coming tomorrow AND Friday...
Ashley T's wedding and trash-the-dress posts...

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I got the sweetest email from Ashley before she had seen a single picture (which she is dying to see-- tomorrow my friend, tomorrow) :

"Ashley and David,

I'm supposed to be finishing my grad school portfolio, but of course my mind is still on yesterday! :) The two of you made my wedding day perfect in so many ways. I will never be able to fully express how much I appreciate everything you both did for us. I didn't have to worry about a single detail and I know y'all got so many that I didn't even think of! It was perfect having you both there documenting each part of our day. Everyone enjoyed seeing/meeting y'all and I know that I'll be seeing you again at some more of my family weddings and events. We will always cherish the memories you have created for us. Thank you for everything- ideas, creativity, support through the process, and being available for every part of the story. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

ONLY story photographers could have gotten me out of bed at 7:00 am the day after my wedding... and into fields and a river.

Love to you both"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wedding Story: Emily and Duvan

It had been awhile since we had a wedding in Raleigh- we were excited to get to sleep in a little bit before heading to one of our favorite Raleigh venues: All Saints Chapel! You have seen how gorgeous Emily looked at her bridal portrait session... she was even more gorgeous on the big day! It was so fun to reconnect with people from high school in this wedding-- and meet some new fabulous people as well :)

Duvan and the guys got ready at his and Emily's new place before heading to the chapel...

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Emily and the girls got ready at her best friend (and bridesmaid) from high school's house before heading to the chapel- Lisa and her Mom are two of the most fun people ever. Everyone should get ready at their house :)

Duvan gave Emily these sweet roses along with her gift...

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I love so many things in this picture:
the front of the chapel is gorgeous
the different color bouquets are perfection
and these girls are the sweetest!

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One of Emily's brothers brought her flowers and there were happy tears everywhere-
they made me tear up just watching them!

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Emily's Mom AND Dad helped her with her veil...

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First moments together officially married! :)

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I am so glad that David noticed this moment happening while I was getting everyone in place to begin the family pictures.
The two most important men in Emily's life...

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David showed me this cake shot in camera after he took it and I was swooning.
I KNEW it would make the blog :)

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A very sweet Daddy/Daughter dance...

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Backin' it UP!

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Um the best man scared the bejesus out of me- I did not see this jump coming.
Then he told me that my flash scared the bejesus out of HIM when he was in midair.
I guess we're even :)

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Our first garter toss fight...

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"Bang bang bang on the door baby
KNOCK A LIL LOUDER HONEY!"

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My view:

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David's view:

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Emily and Duvan: It was so great getting to witness your gentle, sweet love for each other. Your families were both so supportive and loving... and super talented dancers :) We felt right at home with you and your people. Thanks for involving us in your day!

Wedding Story: Natalie and Tim

I first met Natalie and Tim almost a year ago when I travelled to Hickory to shoot their engagement session-- I had such a good time with them that day. I was sad I had to wait a whole year to get to work with the two of them again! Like it always does, their wedding day finally came and it was a good one!!

I knew from the beginning when Natalie chose to have a Wednesday wedding that this wedding was going to be unique and full of Natalie and Tim's personality-- they delivered.
They got ready and married at the Broyhill House in Lenoir...

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Sorry boys, I am telling on you...
The guys arrived late so they got chair bow-tying duty :)

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(hair and makeup by the amazing Elizabeth Tolley)

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Similar feeling to both of these David grabbed and I love them both.

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This cute lil man dominated the dance floor later in the evening :)

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It's so fun listening to the girls get all excited about who has arrived and that it makes them so nervous that all those people are there and will be watching them.
But it always turns out fine :)

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Natalie's little sister and Maid of Honor sang during the wedding-
it was very sweet!

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My View:

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David's view:

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During the ceremony there was a random sprinkle here and there, but right after it was over the skies decided to shower on us for a bit. We took a short break and then the sun came right back out!

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We then headed to the VERY cool Club Cola to PARTAY!

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Tim doing his signature move upon being announced...

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Happy tears during Tim's brother's toast.

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Jill with All the Right Grooves is one of our favorite DJs and she kept the party hoppin'!

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The garter removal and toss went from naughty...

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... to life threatening!

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Natalie and Tim: What a fun Wednesday!! Thanks so much for inviting David and I into your wedding day. We had so much fun! We hope your honeymoon was so peaceful and relaxing :) and without rain!