Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2017

Setting up for a bridal show is always special, but this year’s Bridal Showcase at The Carolina Inn was unique. This show marked the 10th anniversary our photographers have participated in the annual event. Yes, for the past 10 years, we have been making the drive from Raleigh to Chapel Hill to chat with brides about their weddings. Every year gets better and every year we love it!

What a day for a show. The weather was perfect with Carolina blue skies and a kiss of cool air to greet you. The Carolina Inn’s staff always creates an amazing experience for both the bride and vendors. As soon as you walked in the door, waiters walked around passing champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The staff collaborates with wedding planners and florists to create settings for wedding inspiration. The outside courtyard looked spectacular with a clear tent allowing the sun to shine down on the beautiful table settings. Each room was packed with vendors and something interesting to see, taste and enjoy.

On this anniversary date, Kathleen joined me to say hi and chat with everyone. Every minute was filled with great conversation with brides and vendors. A big thank you to everyone who visited our booth and we also have to say thank you to all the vendors who have supported our company over the years.

We look forward to a great 2017 and all the wonderful weddings we have to opportunity to document.

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Emily & Paul | Rock Quarry Farm Chapel Hill Wedding

What an absolute blast being the photographers at Emily and Paul’s wedding! We drove out from Raleigh to Chapel Hill and rolled into Rock Quarry Farm, which nestles itself in the tall Carolina oak trees. The weather, the location, the decorations, the barn and the setting was perfect.

Everyone was constantly smiling, joking and having a great time. Emily was definitely pumped up as she laughingly flexed her muscles to the bridal party. I (Christobal) knew it was going to be a fun wedding when a family member sent a text to the wrong person and the response was hilarious.

Buses delivered the guests right on time to grab their seats on wood benches and chairs. Paul and his crew hung out in the barn overlooking the site, waiting for the ceremony to begin. Beautiful flowers lined the aisle as Emily and her parents walked down to an awaiting Paul. Underneath the trees, the fun couple was married and later kissed. Happily, the two walked down the aisle as husband an wife for the first time. As we headed to create portraits, the guests enjoyed a sunset cocktail hour with great music to enjoy by The Big Fat Gap Band.

Inside the barn, the English Garden created perfection with colorful flowers, moss table runners, and fresh rosemary sprigs that were placed at each place setting. Simply amazing!

Now, if you didn’t know, Paul is a dancer and boy did they dance. What an amazing couple, family, night and wedding! Congrats guys and thank you for allowing us to be your wedding photographers.
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Vedors: Venue – Rock Quarry Farm | Ceremony Music/Sound – Big Fat Gap Band | Cocktail Hour Music – Big Fat Gap Band | Band – Empty Pocket  | Lighting – Get Lit Special Event Lighting | Rentals – American Party Rentals | Caterer – Snap Pea Catering | Transportation – Bridge Bus and Carolina Livery | Hair and Makeup – Makeup by Ashley Mooney | Florist – English Garden

Goodbye weddings of 2016…hello 2017!

For fourteen years, Azul Photography has been documenting weddings in the Raleigh/Durham area and we still love it! Our team of wedding photographers has churned out many stunning images over the years and 2016 was equally amazing. Who knew that our little company would gain the trust of venues, cake decorators, florists and our fellow photographers. Thank you all for believing in our philosophy, ethics, style and photography. We wanted to share with you all some of our favorite images from 2016.

Enjoy and we look forward to the greatness of 2017!

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Stephanie & Cody | Carolina Inn Wedding

When you are a wedding photographer you meet a lot of wonderful couples. I have to say, Stephanie & Cody’s Carolina Inn wedding was a blast and one that I will never forget. It was so great that I (Christobal) was smiling all the way back to Raleigh after the wedding.

What made the wedding so wonderful? Everything! The bridal party, the weather, the location, the vendors, the family and the venue. I arrived at The Carolina Inn to hang out with the ladies and it was a party in there. Lots of laughing and singing with a very happy bride constantly smiling.

The beautiful ceremony site was filled with close friends and family. Arioso Strings played to the crowd, as Cody and his best man walked to the officiant. That same officiant is also a person whose wedding I documented 8 years ago. Stephanie graciously walked down the aisle with her father to meet her future husband. Twenty minutes later, they walked up the aisle as husband and wife.

We later headed to the Hill Ballroom to get the party started. I must say that Kristin with Viva L’Event kept everyone and everything on schedule. There are a lot of moving parts to a wedding  and she did a fantastic job.

The ballroom was filled with beautiful flowers from Fresh Affairs. The cake looked amazing because it was created by Cinda’s Cakes (it tasted great too) and the Empty Pocket Band was ready to go.

Stephanie and Cody entered the ballroom with a roar and arms raised up in victory. They danced to “You Are The Best Thing,” with the dance floor surrounded with guests. Dinner followed and next were toasts from the best man and maids of honor.

The dance floor was packed the whole night and the exit was an epic snowstorm of confetti everywhere! It was a great day, great night and great wedding. Congrats Stephanie & Cody!

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Jessica & Brian | Engagement Portraits

We first met Jessica at a wedding show in Raleigh when she was looking for a photographer. She chatted with us, walked around and chatted with us again. At the end of the show, she came back to chat more with her fiancee Brian and we are glad they did.

Their wedding is just around the corner at Brier Creek Country Club, but we had to shoot some engagement portraits first. They were goofy, fun and loving the whole time. We spent a little time in downtown Raleigh and then found a nice spot at Pullen Park to end our session. We can’t wait for their wedding and here are some fun photos we had to share!

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