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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2015 Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase | NC Wedding Photography

It was a blast yesterday at The Carolina Inn‘s annual Bridal Showcase in Chapel Hill, North Carolina! There were so many great couples preparing for their wedding and this lucky photographer got to speak to so many of them. I (Christobal) shot a few images to give you a glimpse of what it was like to be there.

We have been fortunate to be a part of this wonderful event for a long time and this year was also pretty amazing. Thank you to all of the brides and grooms who visited our booth. We will definitely be contacting you shortly via email.

We were in the Hill Ballroom, along with many other great vendors. The best of the best was there and we are always honored to be part of it! My favorite image is of the Carolina Inn staff taking photos with a wedding bluetooth selfie stick. I stayed till the very end, when the Carolina Inn staff was preparing the Hill Ballroom for next day.

We hope you enjoyed the showcase as much as we did and we can’t wait to see you again at our new office location.

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Rebecca & Patrick | NC Mountain Wedding

All photographers love traveling to the mountains for many reasons. This time I (Christobal) was thrilled to make the trek from Raleigh to be Rebecca & Patrick’s wedding photographer.

The drive was crisp with beautiful blue skies and clouds spotting the sky. I arrived at Winding Creek Farm to find the bridesmaids creating custom bouquets, as Rebecca was getting ready in the big house. Meanwhile, Patrick and his crew were enjoying a beverage prior to the wedding.

The ceremony site was packed with everyone waiting to see Rebecca walk down the aisle. The ceremony was complete with custom vows, crying guests and a great kiss at the end. The couple darted out of the compressed aisle smiling as seeds were thrown towards them in celebration.

Portraits followed of the happy couple, their family members and the bridal party. Country cooking was a must for the reception along with lots of dancing and great times. What a night, what a day, what a wedding! Congrats Rebecca & Patrick…you guys are awesome!
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Channing & Tyler | White Lake Engagement Session

Weddings are about to be in full swing and so are engagement portraits. I had the thrill of a lifetime leaving Raleigh to visit Channing & Tyler in White Lake, NC to for their portrait session. It was a great day for a drive and as a photographer I (Christobal) love getting out of town seeing new sights. We met at her parents’ house and although they were both a little nervous initially, they turned into portrait pros quickly.

As we walked near the water, I noticed that it was crystal clear. “That’s why they call it White Lake,” said Channing with a southern smile. At that same moment, her father found a baby turtle which is the only color image in this series. It was the perfect day for an engagement portrait session and we all were thrilled with how the images turned out.

The color images from the session are vibrant and spectacular, but I love how great Channing & Tyler look in black and white. You can truly feel how much fun they have together and the love that they share. I can’t wait for the wedding because we are going to have a great time at Prestonwood Country Club!

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