Our Lady of Grace Wedding Photos

Today I’m sharing these lovely Our Lady of Grace wedding photos.

Our Lady of Grace is a beautiful cathedral for Greensboro wedding photographers. I’ve always liked catholic churches and weddings there have a very beautiful way of progressing. The sanctuary starts out silent and still, then the church wedding ladies begin to set out flowers and page boys arrive, and then guests, and then the wedding mass. There’s always a quiet moment before the ceremony where the bride is outside with her dad, and right before the doors open there’s always a few last words and deep breaths, and sometimes some tears. I love the wedding mass liturgy, and how there’s order and flow to it. It’s like the whole morning builds up to it in a way. I love that the windows are huge, the light is always soft. I’m a sucker for windows and natural light and shadows. I love the column’s lining the outside of the pews that provide texture and depth to wedding photos. It’s always a pleasure to photograph there.

A full catholic wedding mass is really very elegant. It appeals to the part of me that’s liturgical, that craves symbolism and dedication and calls us all to refocus on the meaning on the meaning of marriage. In a way, it’s sort of like you can sense that you’ll have an experience that’s outside of you, but vital to the ceremony. I’m digressing, but cathedral weddings are like that for me- they have  reverence about them that I deeply appreciate.

In a way, the grandness of the reception at Greensboro Country Club was a perfect compliments to these Our Lady of Grace Wedding photos. Set back in a historic southern neighborhood, the country club has a classic feel to it that compliments our lady of Grace. The large windows and expansive courses give a person a sense of being far away from the city, even though you’re in the heart of Greensboro. It’s a beautiful location for both ceremony and reception. Chris and Tara’s wedding reception was a wonderful joyous party. I loved seeing their families join together to support the couple as they start out in life together.

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Father Daughter First Look- Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

When I worked with Tara and her mom to develop a wedding day schedule, they made time for this father daughter first look. It took place in the bridal room at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, and hands down it was one of the most emotional moments of 2017.

I can still remember her dad turning around and catching her breath and the quiet sounds of Tara’s sisters crying a little bit. There was not a single dry eye in that room, including mine. I had to work hard to keep it all together behind my camera.

Every wedding season, there’s moments I go back to over and over again and for any reason. Remembering the good moments keep my spirit going, they help me refocus on what’s important when the news is full of who said what, and who’s finger is most itching to press some buttons.

In some ways, marriage and weddings and fathers and daughters prove that love still wins the day. We need weddings to bring us together and remind us that marriage is about more than us, and that fathers and daughters are evidence that love is serious business- they’re the stuff that proves that marriage is important.

The moment a dad sees his daughter on her wedding day, ready to walk down the aisle is probably one of those moments where it all come full circle to him. I could be talking out my ear, since I’m not a dad, but when my daughter passes a milestone, my husband remarks that all these memories will be flipping through his mind on her wedding day.

Whether or not your a mom or dad, you parent for these milestone moments. They’re for both of you to catalog and remember forever.

“Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too.”

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Oaks at Salem Wedding Photos

These Oaks at Salem Wedding photos are just what we need on a dreary winters day. I look back at this wedding with warm memories, and I can’t wait to shoot there again. The Oaks at Salem is beautiful modern estate, perfect for an estate wedding in the heart of Raleigh- Durham. The venue has lots of locations to keep your style modern and bucolic, and always elegant. They’ve done everything right here from the large and airy brides room, to the lake side ceremony site, to room for guests to spread out and enjoy themselves. It’s definitely a place you’ll want to put on you wedding venue list. You’ll never regret your Oaks at Salem Wedding Photos if you choose to marry here.

This particular wedding a beautiful fall day, and there was plenty of love. Kyle’s family has roots in Lebanon, and they all danced to a traditional Lebanese wedding dance, which I loved. Kirsten was radiant in her beautiful trumpeted gown, and brides maids and groomsmen were a huge pleasure to work with. I love how everyone showered Kyle and Kirsten in love and support. It’s clear that they had a strong connection not only to their family but also to their friends. I think that friends can take you a long way when you’re away from home, and you find a group of people who can support each other as you make your way in the world. The bond was unmistakable.

After the final dance was open, Kyle and Kirsten made their way into their new life in a beautiful sparkler exit. I’m a huge fan of sparkler exists, and this was one of my favorite exits in the last couple of years. I love the brightness, the smoke, the kiss. There’s nothing not to love about this exit, or about these Oaks at Salem Wedding photos.

 

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Intimate Eno River Engagement Session

I first met Allie and Mike at  Bittersweet in Raleigh. We bonded over craft beer, and wine, and  all the amazing plans they have for their wedding. We made plans for a beautiful and intimate eno river engagement session. And in early October, just as the leaves were beginning to turn, we met up and made these images. And I love them.

Mike Proposed to Allie with a book he hand crafted in a lab at NC State from wood. It tells their story, and at the end, there’s a small space where he hid the ring. When he brought out this book at the session, I was blown away. The bespoke quality of the piece was amazing. The love that went into it was evident, and Allie and Mike were both so proud of that moment they’d shared.

Like many of my other couples, Allie and Mike are outdoorsy, adventurous people. They love camping, hiking, traveling, and when they’re not working, they’re making plans and then making those plans happen. So when I suggested that we head over to the Eno and hang out in the river, I was a little hesitant. Not everyone is excited at the suggestion of fording a river, but Mike and Ally said, “Let’s do it!” and I was thrilled.

The Eno River was quiet that day. The water was low, the river made it’s way past us as we hiked around and waded over it. As the sun set, we made our way over to the suspension bridge and the log cabin, and we ended there, making our way home to an enormous full moon making it way over the trees and across the sky. I’m really thankful for couples like Allie and Mike, who look for natural and intimate photos, and an engagement session that really brings out what they love when they’re with the one they love. Being part of their lives and photographing their weddings is an honor, one that I don’t take lightly.

Enjoy the highlights of Mike and Allie’s Intimate Eno River engagement session.

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