Bridal Portraits at Melrose Knitting Mill

Raleigh's Melrose Kitting Mill is the ideal venue for a winter bridal portrait session. 

The plan for Grace's photo session evolved several times. We had originally designed this shoot as an engagement session in Charleston, South Carolina. Unfortunately, the weekend that we selected for the shoot was the same weekend that Hurricane Irma decided to deliver three feet of flood water to the historic southern city. We rescheduled the shoot and decided that it would be a bridal session instead of an engagement shoot as planned. But as fate had it, our rescheduled date was also rained out so we needed a third plan. With cold winter weather setting in, and the wedding date quickly approaching, we decided it would be best to do the shoot indoors.

We selected Melrose Knitting Mill in downtown Raleigh because it provided the ideal combination of elegant charm and a variety of shoot options. Melrose Knitting Mill is an urban reclaimed mill, located in the heart of the city with tall ceilings, arched windows and open floor-plan. This venue features a large indoor ceremony location, an on-site chef and it can accommodate 170 wedding guests. Chad and Janna from Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design helped us coordinate the details and everything went smoothly. This shoot combined the rich textures and colors from the mill with the beautiful natural window light. We used the whole venue and photographed upstairs, downstairs and even outside of the building to capture the colors of the brickwork and the signature green doors of the mill. Grace's Oleg Cassini and Vera Wang dresses were selected from David's Bridal in Raleigh. Shoes were Jack Rogers and the beautiful bouquet of flowers was created by Grace from scratch. 

Not even mother nature could stop us from getting this shoot done. I enjoy the feel of the images, the tones and the story behind it. Here are some of my favorite images from the session. Wedding images from the Rickhouse in Durham, North Carolina coming to the blog soon.

Did you enjoy Grace's bridal collection? I strive to capture couples naturally and relaxed and use natural light for a clean, modern look. Contact the studio about creating a custom photography experience that you and your fiancĂ© will remember for a lifetime. I look forward to hearing more from you soon. 

Trusha and Jake's Raleigh Engagement

A Winter Engagement Session in Raleigh, NC

Yesterday was cold. As in 26 freezing degrees cold. But that didn't stop me from working with Trusha and Jake to create some images for their save the date wedding invitations for their wedding at The Hall and Gardens at Landmark in the spring. 

The Hall and Gardens at Landmark offers a French chateau style venue for a wedding ceremony and reception. With seating for up to 240 people, guests will experience the old-world European gardens and charm. Ceremonies are set against a beautiful backdrop complete with a stone bridge, koi pond and a wrought iron gazebo surrounded by lush floral. I can't wait to photograph there again in the spring.

We met in Downtown Raleigh and photographed as long as we could before weather drove us back inside. We plan to circle back and do this again when it gets a bit warmer so you'll see them on the blog again soon. But until then, here are a few of my favorite images from this winter session to warm up your day. Enjoy. 

Did you enjoy this engagement photo set? I strive to capture couples naturally and relaxed and use natural light for a clean, modern look. Contact the studio about creating a custom engagement photography experience that you and your fiancĂ© will remember for a lifetime. I look forward to hearing more from you soon. 

Taylor and Jonathan's Falls Lake Engagement

Falls Lake in Raleigh, NC Was the Perfect Location for this Fall Engagement Photo Session.   

Earlier this year, I shot a quick engagement session for Taylor and Jonathan on the Haw River at The Haw River Ballroom right before their party to celebrate their engagement. It was during the peak summer heat and it was hot and uncomfortable. They really wanted a fall session so we headed out to Falls Lake a few weeks ago and had a wonderful, cool North Carolina afternoon to make a few more photographs. These two will be getting married at The Hudson Manor Estate in Louisburg, NC in the spring so you'll see them on the blog again not long from now. But until then, enjoy the warm colors from this fall session. Images were created with the new Sony a9.

Catherine's Starlight Meadow Bridal Photo Session - Burlington, NC

Back in August, I spent a hot summer morning with Catherine at Starlight Meadow in Burlington, NC. That was the location she chose to create her bridal portraits in advance of her September wedding. Starlight Meadows is a newer wedding venue located between Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina. The facility features two barns large enough to host 150 people and a dance floor preserved from the Hotel Hershey. A large field with breathtaking views and several ceremony locations offers a wide variety of options to create the look and feel you dreamed about for your wedding. Starlight Meadow also has its own comfortable bridal changing area and a complete offering of tables and linens to complete your day. It's a wonderful venue in so many ways.

We spent the morning exploring the property and began photographing at a vintage truck on the far end of the property. Then, we moved to the large, open field and then down to the wooded ceremony location that helped us get out of the hot North Carolina sun. That shaded grove was the ideal location to shoot and some of my favorite images from the day were made there. Once we finished up at the ceremony location, we headed back to the main barn and found a vintage, blue truck that made for a soft portrait backdrop. We finished up with some edgy, contrasty shots using the harsh directional light flowing into the barn and onto the silo. Here are some of my favorite image from the session photographed mainly with the new Sony a9 camera system - plus a few at the end from my old Nikon F100 film camera and Fuji 400H film. The flowers for this session included white Lisiantus cascade ivy, seeded euc and Roses Mother of Pearl and were created by Lou Ann over at Southern Petals. Make sure to check out a wonderful article about the venue in the latest digital edition of Weddings Magazine beginning on page 51.

Stay tuned for a full wedding recap from Starlight Meadow. Enjoy.

And a few photographed on Fuji 400H film using a Nikon F100 film camera body.

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Mallory's River Forest Manor Bridal Portraits

Back in July, I spent the afternoon with Mallory and some good friends at The River Forest Manor in Belhaven, NC. It is an amazing venue for a wedding and the entire facility was recently restored to its original character with plenty of southern sophistication and elegance. It is 13,000 square feet and has 13 guest rooms, marina access and the ability to host up to 500 wedding guests. 

It was an extremely hot North Carolina summer day, but we were greeted with a smile by the events manager Montana, and we had a wonderful time shooting inside and outside of the manor house. Here are just some of my favorite images we made during the afternoon before the storm clouds moved in and soaked everything in sight.

This session was photographed using a combination of the groundbreaking Sony a9 camera system and a vintage, 35mm Nikon F100 film camera on Portra 800 film. Film scans by Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles, CA. Images from the wedding are coming soon. Until then, enjoy.

If you are interested in bridal portraits and photography for your wedding day, please contact the studio for packages and availability.