Sara + Daniel tied the knot on May 2, 2015 at Snipes Farm Retreat in Chapel Hill, NC. This creative couple planned an unconventional wedding stripped of imposed wedding traditionsproving that your wedding can be infused with imagination.

From a self-officiated ceremony to an anarcho-feminist puppet show, their wedding reflected this couple’s authenticity. Sara and Daniel wanted their day to be a celebration of a world that is more free, just, joyful, loving, and beautiful. And their wedding certainly did not miss the mark.

Read the Q&A below to learn more about Sara + Daniel’s inspiration for their unique wedding celebration. And if you’re planning your own unconventional celebration, come check out the Raleigh LGBTQ Wedding Expo on February 25th. This event is an amazing resource—not only if you’re LGBTQ—but also if you’re a hetero couple looking for LGBTQ-friendly vendors who share your values.

Everyone is welcome at this event—gay, hetero, single, curious—and there’ll be all types of vendors, from photographers like myself, to catering, music, and everything in between. Admission is free, click here for more info and to RSVP. I hope to see you there!

A shout-out to all our fab vendors for making this day possible:

Wedding Planner: RedBird Events

Photography Assistant: Katy Folk

Puppet Show: Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army

Bride’s Dress: BHLDN

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

Groom’s Clothing: Ted Baker

Florist: Teacup Floral

Ice Cream: The Parlour

Cake: Wants and Kneads

Catering: Kokyu

Invites: Daniel Meltzer, printed by CatPrint

DJ: Alex DB

Ying-Ju and Ming-Feng tied the knot on March 26, 2017 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

This sweet, well-traveled couple met in 2004 at their college harmonica club and got engaged in 2016. Ming-Feng proposed with purple tulips in Amsterdam, and Ying-Ju obviously said yes!

After moving from Taiwan to Durham, North Carolina, this couple wanted to honor their roots during their Durham celebration. They incorporated many beautiful traditional Taiwanese details into their day, like Ying-Ju’s Chinese reception dress, gold jewelry, and hand-made guest favors.

I loved everything about documenting this celebration: from the beautiful dual traditions to the butterfly release in the conservatory after the ceremony. What is your favorite favorite photo from this day? Sound off in the comments below!

A shout-out to all our fab vendors for making this day possible!

Second Photographer: Shaena Mallett

Coordinator: Friends Cheo-Ying & Lydia

Officiant: Friend Brian Head

Bride’s American Dress: Pronovia Ornani, from Tre Bella Bridal

Bride’s Chinese Dress: Made in Taiwan

Florist: Tre Bella Florist for bride’s bouquet and main table centerpiece; DIY guest table centerpieces and aisle markers

Dessert: Guglhupf

Catering: Southern Harvest Catering

Stuffy engagement photos be gone! Shelley + Michael are a super chill couple, and they wanted their engagement photos to reflect their love of drinking beer on the couch + listening to vinyl records  + chillin’ at their fave local Carrboro and Chapel Hill spots.

This shoot felt like a “day in the life” starring Shelley + Michael in their own skin (or fuzzy leopard-print robes) instead of an arbitrary, tropey photo sesh in a field/on a mountain/clad in fancy matchy Pinterest-looking clothes. The stripped-down feel of this session gave this rad couple a chance to relax in their own space, pop open a cold one, and truly be themselves in front of the camera.

Looking for a cozy snuggle sesh of your own, with pictures to boot? Drop me a line!

 

 

 

Una + Sam tied the knot at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill on April 29, 2017 with a colorful, spirited non-traditional celebration.

These lovebirds met as high school sophomores (shout-out to Mr. Reed and his outdoor ed class for bringing them together!) Fast-forward several years, when Sam proposed over a game of scrabble. Una said yes, naturally.

I loved everything about this wedding- from the ferns (grown by Una’s dad for months!) to the fire alarm snafu during dinner, which prompted Una to borrow a firefighter’s helmet for magic-hour portraits while everyone else evacuated the building, laughing and drinking, unfazed by the turn of events.

It doesn’t hurt that Sam has a glorious man-bun, either, or that Una makes the world’s best/scariest faces. All. The. Time.

Looking for a photographer to capture your own silliness and joy on your big day? Drop me a line– I’d love to hear from you!

A shout-out to our fab vendors who made this day possible:

Photography Assistant: Katy Hall

Coordinator: Isabelle Congleton

Officiant: Ethan Sagin- Sam’s college friend

Bride’s Dress: Rainbow’s End

Bride’s Shoes: Modcloth

Cake: Ann Walsh, bride’s mother

Florist: Isabelle Congleton; ferns by Larry Sammon, bride’s dad.

Dessert: Chapel Hill Restaurant Group

Catering: Chapel Hill Restaurant Group

Band: The Finns