North Carolina

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.

Hudson Manor Estate wedding venue in Louisburg, NC restores facade

I've had the opportunity to photograph quite a few weddings at The Hudson Manor Estate in Louisburg, NC. It is a beautiful venue for a wedding and the owners have received awards from The Knot for "Best of Weddings 2013 -2017" and the "Couples Choice Award" from Wedding Wire 2010 - 2017.  

It is North Carolina's most award winning wedding venue and it is worth a visit if you are planning your upcoming wedding. The venue has lake and pastoral views and lush gardens create a nice backdrop for any outdoor ceremony. Ceremonies can be held in either the Columned Garden, Lakeview Covered Veranda or Wedding Chapel for a spring, summer or fall ceremony. Winter wedding ceremonies are held in the on site wedding chapel where dimmed lighting, decorative mouldings and stained glass lend an air of old Southern charm. 

A few weeks ago, I visited the venue to photograph the recent renovations made to the front of the manor house. It was restored to its original design and now features beautiful custom ironwork for the front balcony and lower railings. This will make some new opportunities for some nice images. If you are interested in exploring all the venue has to offer, contact Melissa at or call at 919-219-9139.

(Top: Old facade; bottom new facade)

Chris & Beth: A beautiful rustic outdoor wedding in Mount Olive, NC

Yesterday, Chris and Beth had an amazing afternoon for their wedding in Mount Olive, NC and I was fortunate to be with them to tell their story. Here are a few teasers from the day with lots more to come soon. Chris and Beth, it was so much fun to work with you and your full collection of images is going to be beautiful. Until then, enjoy.