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

 

Stacy + Jay tied the knot at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill on April 22, 2017. This laid-back duo wanted a celebration that felt less like an extravagant production and more like a backyard barbecue.

And they wanted their dog, Pepper, to be the star of the day. They incorporated lawn games, s’mores around the bonfire, and ample room  for Pepper to roam and guests to stretch their legs (and slip her food!).

Do you think they pulled it off? Check out these pics, and sound-off in the comments below!

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

Photography Assistant: Kasha Ely

Coordinator: Lauren Wilson

Officiant: Kathie McCutcheon

Bride’s Dress: Amy Kuschel, purchased at Lana Addison Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Imagine by Vince Camuto

Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way

Florist: Tre Bella

Dessert: Nantucket Bakery

Catering: Hillsborough BBQ

Invites: Wedding Paper Diva

DJ: Montgomery Morris

Transportation: Greenway Transit