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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Rose & Christophe | Raleigh Engagement Portraits

Rose and Christophe are the coolest and we are thrilled to be their photographers for their wedding at the uber cool 21c Museum & Hotel in downtown Durham. The couple first met while at NC State after being introduced by a friend. The relationship grew and six years later he proposed to her on campus just outside the dorm where they met.
For their engagement portraits, we hit several of their favorite locations in the Raleigh area. Their old apartment complex and Trophy brewery were a must. We then hit some locations in downtown to round out the shoot. It was a blast walking around with them and chatting about the wedding and their story.
Thank you guys for selecting Azul to document your wedding day! You guys truly rock.

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Engagement portrait session at Trophy Brewery in downtown Raleigh, NC

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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