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Amanda and Courtney's Duke University Engagement - The Starwars Finale

A week or so before this session, Courtney emailed to inform me that she would have a surprise for Amanda at the end of their engagement photo shoot at Duke University. As a loyal Starwars fan, she wanted an epic lightsaber battle to close the classic outdoor session at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. With such a stark contrast in creative, it required a very different backdrop than the soft, beautiful colors of the gardens.

Instead, we found a dark, cool, concrete tunnel where the two could duel with their lightsabers. The result was this collection of images that would have even made Luke Skywalker a bit nervous. Do you have a creative idea for your engagement photo session? Contact the studio and put a shoot together. 

The Hall And Gardens At Landmark's Wedding Table Top Event

A few weeks ago, I got an invitation to exhibit with some of Raleigh's top wedding vendors at The Hall and Gardens at Landmark's Table Top Wedding Event. This event was an opportunity for Raleigh area couples to see the latest tabletop trends and decor from some of the most talented wedding and event professionals including:

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If you aren't familiar with the venue, The Hall and Gardens at Landmark offers a French chateau style experience for a wedding ceremony and reception. It is conveniently in Garner, NC with seating up to 240 guests. The bridal lounge and groom's cigar lounge offer luxurious spaces to get ready for your day. The wedding guests will be comfortable as they are seated in the old-world European gardens awaiting your walk down the aisle to a ceremony set against a truly magical backdrop with a stone bridge over a koi pond leading to a wrought iron gazebo surrounded by lush floral. Receptions are held in the Marie Antoinette Grand Ballroom offering over 3,000 square feet beneath gilded trim and opulent chandeliers. You're sure to be treated with attention every step of the way by the staff as you enjoy every aspect of your day.

Here are a few images from the talented wedding vendors captured at the table top event. If you would like more information about the venue and how The Hall at Landmark can assist you in your wedding planning, contact Kristen at weddings@thehallatlandmark.com. Enjoy the photos.

Amanda & Courtney's Sarah P. Duke Gardens Engagement Photo Session

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to create some engagement images for Amanda and Courtney who will be getting married next spring in Kitty Hawk, NC. Before the shoot, we discussed some ideas and decided that Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Duke University would provide the perfect backdrop for the style of images they wanted to create.

After going through the appropriate channels and getting our permit, we started at Duke Gardens and them made our way over to campus to shoot in the sweet light around Duke Chapel. We finished off the session in a dark tunnel with a special surprise from Courtney involving lightsabers and other intergalactic garb. Since the images created during this engagement session are so different, I separated it into several posts.

Here is the first in the series and more images will be coming soon. Until then, enjoy this color set from Duke Gardens and the beautiful campus that captured their relationship perfectly. A collection of black-and-whites...and the lightsaber duel is on-deck. 

Mallory's Minted.com Winter Flourish Wedding Invitations

When I received Mallory's wedding invitation in the mail, I knew I had to come up with a creative way to photograph the pieces since they came out so beautifully. After some deliberation, I decided to photograph these invitations at Starlight Meadow on an antique door using only soft, natural light. I thought that this combination would produce the upscale, vintage look that I had envisioned the first time I opened the envelope. The flowers were provided by Lou Ann over at Southern Petals and featured white lisianthus with ivy and pink, yellow and white mother of pearl roses. These invitations were created through minted.com using the Winter Flourish design set. Calligraphy was done by the amazingly talented Alex Caldwell. Wedding photos are still in the lab but Mallory's bridal session is coming next. Until then, enjoy.

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Taylor and Jonathan's Haw River Engagement Session

A few weeks ago, I met up with Taylor and Jonathan on a hot August summer day to create some engagement images on and around the Haw River. This was my second shoot of the day and the temperature reached almost 100 degrees. But we didn't let that didn't deter us from having fun and capturing some photos for their upcoming engagement party in late August.

We started off around the Haw River Ballroom and then made our way down to the middle of the Haw River to grab a few shots on the rocks. The temperature was smoldering hot and the light was hard so we vowed to do another session in the fall when it will be cool and colorful. These two will be getting married next year at one of my favorite wedding venues around Raleigh, NC - The Hudson Manor Estate so look for them back on the blog later this year. Until then, enjoy a few images from the summer session. Photographed with the new Sony a9 camera. Thanks to my friend and awesome Raleigh commercial photographer, Steve Mallin, for the assist on this incredibly hot day. 

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