Astrid & Levon | Prestonwood Country Club Wedding

There was a whole lot of hugging witnessed by this photographer at Astrid & Levon’s wedding at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. It felt like yesterday when I chatted with Astrid and her family at the Bridal Show at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh and when Christine and I (Christobal) documented her brother’s wedding in Angier.

Astrid and Levon are a very loving couple, which I first experienced during their engagement portrait session. The day started off with the guys getting ready at the country club, while the ladies were at The Umstead Hotel. Each location was filled with smiles and anticipation of the ceremony. All hands were helping the bride as she slipped into her dress, meanwhile the guys popped open a bottle of champagne.

The ceremony site was beautiful with flowers lining the aisle leading Astrid to her groom. Levon raised his head high and closed his eyes to hold back the tears, to no avail. The ceremony was filled with smiles between the two and some tears. They exchanged vows, rings and embraced one another for their first kiss as husband and wife. The couple danced down the aisle only to share a few more celebratory kisses at the end of the ceremony.

We then headed outside for some portraits of the bridal party and the amazing couple. We didn’t stay out there long, because the focus was to get to the reception and get the party started. The reception was filled with hugging, tears, joy, laughter, delicious food and of course lots of dancing. The limbo even made an appearance for everyone to enjoy. DJ Frankie with Island Sound kept the dance floor packed. The couple left the reception amid a sparkler exit and more hugs.

It was a perfect day for a wedding for a wonderful couple. Congrats Astrid & Levon!

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Sarah & Ryan | Brier Creek Country Club Wedding

Being a wedding photographer is awesome, especially when you have a couple like Sarah & Ryan. The sky was blue over the city of Raleigh with a sprinkle of clouds flowing above, creating the perfect day for a wedding. The couple opted to get ready at Brier Creek Country Club (their reception location) followed by a short trip to Durham to the church.

Sarah’s smile was contagious and every time I (Christobal) looked her way, she always had one illuminating the room. Bridesmaids were busy helping the bride by keeping her laughing, smiling and of course getting her into her beautiful dress. Ryan was nervous and tied his tie several times before it was perfect for their “First Look”. Under a small shade tree, the couple shared a wedding day note, they laughed and hugged, followed with a look of joy.

First Presbyterian Church is stunning, with high ceilings and beautiful stained glass lining the side walls of the sanctuary. Warm sunlight illuminated the congregation as they watched the couple profess their vows to one another. Ryan’s brother had a little surprise for the couple when he “forgot” the rings. Lucky for them Sarah’s brother had them  and passed them up to the couple. The two exchanged rings, kissed and started their walk down the aisle hand in hand. Afterward, Sarah and Ryan were greeted with celebratory hugs just outside the church from friends and family. We later created  a stunning portrait of the couple showing the beautiful stained glass inside the sanctuary.

We then headed back to Brier Creek for a phenomenal reception. Everyone at the country club was ready to have some great food, drinks, dancing and of course delicious wedding cake. The enthusiastic bridal party each were introduced and had a choreographed special move to make the crowd laugh and smile. The night’s music was provided by the legendary Steve Stowe, of Joe Bunn DJ, who kept the grooves playing and the dance floor hopping. The cake was delicious and I even heard Ryan saying “that’s some good cake,” with an expression of amazement.

I also just could not resist ending the series of images with my favorite bridal portrait from Sarah’s session. I think she looks strong, confident and beautiful all in one image. The image was displayed at the reception and I was thrilled to see it being received with awe. It was a great day for a wedding and a wonderful night for a reception. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of you guys in the future…congrats Sarah & Ryan!

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Cari & David | Lake Lure Wedding

I first met Cari & David at the Forever Bridal show in Raleigh. They were looking for a wedding photographer that would fit their style and I am thrilled that they stopped in at our booth. Their wedding was in Lake Lure, a place I (Christobal) personally love and I definitely had to be their photographer.

It was a perfect day for a wedding, with clouds rolling over the blue ridge mountains followed with a warm breeze. I pulled up to Rumbling Bald Resort to find ladies tucked away in a room drinking a beer and putting on their make-up. As for the guys, they were over at the cabin enjoying the mountain scenery while getting over a little too much pre-wedding moonshine at the rehearsal dinner.

The ceremony started of without a hitch. Cari & her father walked down the long aisle from the resort terrace to the waterfront gazebo in her David Tutera wedding gown. Waiting for her patiently was a smiling David as he wiped a tear away.  The couple exchanged vows, kissed and then victoriously walked down the aisle for some quick portraits.

The reception was filled with a high energy dancing, great toasts and how can I forget, the most aggressive bouquet toss ever! You know it was good when Cari’s sister said ” I have trained for this moment for a while.” I’ll say, she went over the back and grabbed it away….AWESOME!

The night ended with a little photo-booth style portrait shoot which shows how much fun Cari & David had. There were so many great images, I didn’t know where to start, but here are some of the highlights.

Congratulations and I am honored to have been your photographer!


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1,000 Words | Jacqueline & Tom

1,000 Words is what Raleigh, NC based Azul Photography clients have to say about their favorite photograph/photographer from the wedding. Here is what Jacqueline had to say:

When I met with Travis from Azul, I kept saying how much I wanted him to capture the moments I couldn’t see; the faces, the expressions, the little moments that go unnoticed by the happy, yet preoccupied bride who is focused on getting married and doing so gracefully. Travis went above and beyond my expectations on my wedding day. When I relive the wedding through my photographs, I am not only reminded by own memories from that day, but the memories of others Travis so impeccably captured. This photograph of me and my father was one such moment where I was preoccupied and my Dad was showing a feeling I did not realize he felt.

My father is a strong and proud man who shies away from showing emotions. When I saw my father for the first time in my wedding dress, he was excited and happy, typical emotions I see from him when I accomplish something truly outstanding. However, in this photo, while I am looking cheerful and completely oblivious to what is happening next to me, my father is tearing up. If it had not have been for this photo, I would not have seen the magnitude of my father’s emotions. In my entire life, I have never seen him swollen with such pride as though the most important job he would ever do would be to walk me down the aisle. Every little girl wants her father to approve of the man she will spend the rest of her life with. My Dad’s expression in this photo validates the decision I made to marry my husband.  Even though the walk down the aisle took only seconds, this memory lasts in my mind longer than any other due to this photograph. This picture captures 1,000 words that are impossible to express in a moment such as this.

I will be forever grateful to Travis for bringing out the best in me, my family, and my friends on the most important day of my life. These pictures will help bring back to life the beautiful joy of that day for years to come and I could not have asked for a more perfect photographer to do that for me!

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Baby Jacob Parker | Newborn Hospital Session

This newborn hospital portrait session welcomes to the world Jacob Parker. Baby Jacob arrived at 18 inches and 7 lbs. 11 oz. in Cary, North Carolina.

The room was packed with family members being photographers and videographers to document the new arrival. Naturally, Jacob’s big sister, Tyler, was smiling and very curious. The timing was perfect, because I was on my way back from another family session and both sets of grandparents were there.

Congratulations! We look forward to docmenting many more years of happiness for you.:)

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