Rose & Christophe | 21C Wedding

Rose and Christophe’s wedding was packed with a little bit of everything for the Raleigh couple. They had great dancing, a great location for portraits, unique officiants, a fun wedding planner, delicious food, a great groom and a beautiful bride. They made this photographer’s (Christobal)  job a blast!
The day started with getting ready at 21c with the bride and her ladies having fun in the suite as the guys prepared for the day in the vault downstairs. The couple was later married by the father of the bride and mother of the groom in the beautiful ballroom. Then they kissed, walked down the aisle and headed to the cocktail hour upstairs in the gallery.
The band played “Friday I’m In Love,” by The Cure for their first dance. Christophe twirled a smiling Rose and finished the dance with a dip. After that, the dance floor was packed with everyone showing their best moves! What a fun wedding with an amazing couple. Congrats!

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Amazing Vendors : 21c Museum & Hotel, CE Rentals, WINK Hair + Makeup, Themeworks, Watered Garden, A Southern Soiree and The Attraction Band


Carley & Aubry | Duke Gardens & The Cotton Room Wedding

The perfect wedding day for Carley and Aubry was set at Duke Gardens. Flowers were blooming and photographers were everywhere taking pictures. It seemed like everyone was there from Raleigh and Durham and I could see why.

We had a beautiful day for the happy couple and their guests to enjoy. It started with some portraits, a wonderful ceremony and ended with a Great Gatsby themed wedding reception followed with a sparkler exit. We had a blast and it was a complete honor to be there for Carley and Aubry. Congrats!

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Florist – Fresh Affairs | DJ – The Master of Ceremony | Cake – Simply Cakes | Hair – Mane Emotions Salon | Makeup – Julie Robbins | Lighting – Vivid Lighting | Ceremony Music – Gary Mitchell | Officiant – Rev. Kathi Moon | Transportation – Ecostyle | Videography – Hello Cheetah | Venue – The Cotton Room | Ceremony – Duke Gardens


Heather & Gerrit | 21c Wedding

I absolutely loved the energy Heather & Gerrit exuded, from beginning to end, which made my job as their wedding photographer easy. It all started with a Skype call from their Durham home to our office in Raleigh. I (Christobal) knew then that this wedding was going to be different…and it was.

The couple was married at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham which boasts a unique flavor with its gallery, bank vault and reception area. The perfect location for this couple. This was my first time at 21c and I was blown away with all the great photography opportunities there. Wow! The wedding day started with a first look inside the bank vault. Now, I have shot many “first looks”, but this one was a first (inside a bank vault). Every second inside the vault made for some fun and dynamic images.

The ceremony followed inside the former bank lobby. Its wood paneled walls and marbled floors give the space an elegant glimpse of its past. Guests walked through tall velvet and satin curtains to find their chairs. Once everyone was seated, Gerrit entered smiling and acknowledging everyone as he headed to his spot. Heather walked down the aisle beaming with excitement while looking at her groom. The ceremony was touching, uniquely them and fun. They said their vows as Gerrit fought tears of happiness. The couple kissed, hopped off the stage, kissed again and joyfully walked down the aisle as husband and wife.

Guests exited to the gallery, while staff flipped the ceremony space into a reception area. The couple was introduced later to a gleeful crowd and had their first dance to “Home,” by Edward Sharpe. Toasts were had, a delicious dinner was served and an ice cream truck arrived with something sweet. That’s where Eric from All Around DJ took control and had them dancing all night. I mean dancing!

Everything was perfect! The food, the location, the dancing, the music, the ceremony and the fun. What a wedding! Congrats Heather & Gerrit and thank you for making our job easy!

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Vendors: 21c Museum Hotel | Counting House Restaurant | All Around DJ | The Parlor Ice Cream Bus | Wild Scallions Farm | Git Lit


Brenna & Adam | Highgrove Estate Wedding

All wedding photographers love Highgrove Estate, Brenna and Adam also fell in love with the location and just had to have their wedding there. On this wonderful day, the sun was beaming and shining down on Raleigh, Durham and of course Fuquay-Varina.

When I arrived, I found the bride getting ready and anxiously waiting for her first look with Adam. When Adam arrived with his groomsmen, he was nervous and equally anxious. The image from that moment just prior to the first look is one of my favorites from the wedding.

The ceremony added to the elegance of the day. All the guests loved it when Brenna walked down the rose petal-lined aisle with her father.  Every minute was packed with smiles, meaningful words and tears. The couple ended the ceremony with a kiss and were ready for the reception.

The ballroom looked spectacular with beautiful floral arrangements enhancing the space. Brenna and Adam walked into the ballroom to a glorious intro and danced their first dance as husband and wife. The night was filled with a packed dance floor, fun toasts, and delicious cake.

Everything was beautiful, the bride, the location and all the special moments. Thank you for allowing us to document your wedding. Congrats Brenna & Adam!

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Vendors : Island Sound | Lana Addison Bridal | Sweet Memories | Save the Date Music | Flowers on Broad Street |  CE Rental | Daniels Tours | Highgrove Estate


Vanessa & Ian | Destination Wedding

Before becoming a wedding photographer in Raleigh, I (Christobal) was a photojournalist at the Houston Chronicle. While in Houston, we had a close circle of friends, who hung out all the time and one of those good people was Vanessa.  We were all there when she turned 21 and now we are all there when she married the absolute best man in Ian.

Kathleen and I flew to Boston, MA to document her wedding, which started at Dentes. Dentes is a barbershop. If you have never experienced this, well, you must. I then traveled over to the hotel to see Vanessa. She chatted to me about Keytar Bear who is a local street performer that was going to perform at the wedding.  As my good friend Camila said, “Only Vanessa would have a guy in a bear suit at her wedding.” Yeah, it’s a little different and fun, but Vanessa is a little different and lots of fun.

Prior to the ceremony, Ian, Vanessa, and I took an Uber around town. We shot some portraits at several historic locations in the city and of course their favorite bar. The drive was hilarious as Vanessa and Ian debated with the Uber driver.

The ceremony was on the Roof Garden overlooking the skyline of downtown Boston. The intimate wedding was filled with their closest friends and family members. They were all smiles when Keytar Bear played and watched Vanessa walk down the aisle to Ian. The ceremony ended with a kiss and a thumbs up from Keytar Bear.

The couple headed over to Ames Deli to join the rest of their guests after the family portraits. The reception was filled with laughs, hugs, great food, and drinks. What a wonderful wedding. Congrats Vanessa & Ian!

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