Kelly & Jared | Engagement Portrait Session

Weddings are what photographers love to document, but engagement portraits are always a whole lot of fun. Kelly & Jared headed just outside Raleigh to E. Carrol Joyner park in Wake Forest, NC for some great shots. We had a beautiful day for portraits with bright skies and with a crisp-cool breeze. You might know Kelly because of her sister,  Melissa, whose wedding we documented a while back. It was a great wedding and I know that Kelly & Jared’s is going to be equally amazing. Speaking of amazing, there were so many great images from the engagement session we just had to share with you some of our favorites. Congrats Kelly & Jared and I (Christobal) can’t wait for the big day!
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Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

Every year we make the short drive from Raleigh to Chapel Hill to participate in The Carolina Inn’s annual Bridal Showcase. There were so many friends there from florists, DJ’s, cake creators, bridal boutiques, wedding planners, make-up artists and of course photographers. There were so many great things for brides to get inspiration from and the CI staff did a great job.

One of the first things you heard were the Clef Hangers performing Carolina on My Mind as guests walked into the door. Oh, and that’s our photo on the link from a wedding we documented at the CI. They sounded amazing and kept the brides smiling. Just beyond the entrance was a floral art wedding dress created by Tre Bella which was stunning and beautiful. Champagne was passed out, along with all the great signature Carolina Inn food.

We were in the Hill Ballroom soaking it all in with our Fletcher House buddies 21 Films and A Southern Soiree. Thank you to all the brides who stopped at our booth and chatted with us. And for those who couldn’t make it to the show, we wanted you to not feel left out. So, I (Christobal) walked around and grabbed a couple of images for you to experience it. If you missed it, I have to say it was a great show and the food was fantastic!

Enjoy the images and let us know if you wish to chat more about what Azul can do for you.

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Portrait Session Raffle to Help Orphanage

Azul Photography is raising money for the children of Aqua Viva Children’s Home in Guatemala, where Kathleen and our son, Chris, will be volunteering this summer. Any donation of $25 or more received between now and June 4th will qualify you to be entered into a raffle for a Documentary Session valued at $500. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly toward helping the children and is tax deductible. To sign up, simply click on the link below and donate. Once we have received your donation, an email will be sent your way to verify your entry into the raffle. The drawing will be held on June 5th.

Ways to contribute:

Google Wallet:  (We will make sure you receive your tax deductible letter from the church).

PayPal:  Use the link below to donate now online!  (We will make sure you receive your tax deductible letter from the church).

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What does the session include you ask?

It includes a one hour photo shoot at the location of your choice in the RDU area, editing/toning/organizing the images, online proofing and the high-resolution files. This raffle is great for families, bridals, portraits, headshots, seniors and pets. So, what are you waiting for? Click and donate for a great cause.

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Gina & Zach | Wake Forest Wedding

Being a wedding photographer in Raleigh has always been a blast, but when Gina & Zach asked me to document their wedding, I could not wait for the day to get here. You have to understand, Gina is a wedding planner and a friend to everyone in the industry.

We have known Gina since she started working with A Southern Soiree. All of our friends in the industry were there, Phil & Jess with 21 Films, Kevin from Rocky Top, Ashlee from The Sutherland, Cydney from The English Garden and Randy with Joe Bunn DJ.

The day started off perfectly with a Carolina blue sky and 68 degree weather embracing The Sutherland estate. The sun was out and so was the joy. The ladies were getting ready in the big house, while the guys were in the tobacco house.

Prior to the wedding, we had a father’s first look (one of my favorite images), followed by fun portraits of the bridal party. Guests arrived and were seated by the groomsmen. Zach later walked in with the guys to officially start the ceremony.

The flower girl, Emma, performed perfectly.  She aggressively tossed rose petals to the ground until she saw her father. Then, Gina and her father made their way down the aisle to Zack.

It was a perfect ceremony, ending with a long kiss and very happy couple. Portraits followed and then it was reception time. Zach & Gina were announced and had their first dance to “You’re My Best Friend,” by Queen.

After dinner and toasts, we headed to the gazebo to cut the cake. The bride and groom were initially nice, but later decided to smash cake in each other’s face. The cake, created by Sweet Traditions, was beautiful and delicious.

The night progressed with dancing, drinking, singing and more dancing. Randy kept the dance floor packed and didn’t let up till the official exit. Gina & Zach made their way through a long path of confetti cannons, sparklers and glow sticks. It was a day to remember and I a truly thankful to have been there.

Congrats Gina & Zach!

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Megan & Chris | Carolina Inn Wedding

Weddings at The Carolina Inn are always a blast, but Megan & Chris’s was pretty amazing! I (Christobal) have been documenting weddings in the Raleigh / Chapel Hill area for a long time and this is one I will never forget. 
It all started with some portraits and a first look with dad at The Franklin Hotel. Megan has a smile that is infectious and she was beaming as she walked toward her father. As they hugged in the hallway, someone said to them “congratulations,” as if they just got married. Dad could not stop laughing and said to the woman walking past them, “this is my daughter.”
We then headed over to the ceremony site for Megan’s first look with her nervous groom, Chris. Smiles turned to tears and hugs as they looked at each other. Hand written notes were exchanged, which led to another embrace. 
The ceremony was perfect! Complete with an officiant, Perry Hardison, who provided a wonderful ceremony and a strong kiss by Chris to his bride. As they exited the ceremony, members of The Clef Hangers sang “Going to Carolina In My Mind,” beautifully.
Cocktail hour and family portraits were next leading us to the reception in the Hill Ballroom.  The couple walked into the Hill Ballroom as the band played Barry White’s  “Can’t get enough of your love,” for their first dance. Members of the Celebrity All-Star Band were a hit from beginning to end playing non-stop. They even played background music as the couple cut into a delicious cake by Cinda’s Creative Cakes. Let me tell you, it was delicious and so was the band. The dance floor was packed all night.
The couple exited the grounds to a flurry of confetti snow thrown by happy wedding guests. Classy Transportation’s beautiful Ivory Excalibur convertible provided their escape. A big shout out to Gina with A Southern Soiree for keeping everything flowing and happy!
Congrats Megan & Chris… you guys are amazing!
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