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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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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