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)

Carolina Inn bridal photo competition in Chapel Hill, NC

A few weeks ago I had some fun with my photography friends at The Carolina Inn for the annual WPS Portrait Palooza competition. This yearly event gives each photographer 10 minutes to create a commercial quality image anywhere inside the venue. Time starts from the minute the photographer leaves the holding room and it is closely timed with a stop watch. Images are judged and a winner is crowned and bestowed bragging rights for the year. Though my image didn't win, (table reflection) it placed tied for second by the judges from the Carolina Inn. It was a great opportunity to work very quickly while being very creative. A few other images that I didn't submit are included below.

Thanks to Nicole Harris for being a beautiful model and for support from local Raleigh wedding vendors. The dress was provided by Gilded Bridal, flowers by Lou Ann Wollett at Southern Petals, makeup by Krista Massey Mua and hair by Hair by Cheri. Get the whole story here. Video coming soon.

These wonderful vendors helped make the shoot possible.

Venue - The Carolina Inn

Hair – Hair By Cheri

Make up – Krista Masey

Flowers – Southern Petals

Gown – Gilded Bridal

Model – Nicole Graziano

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.