This… THIS, is why I am a wedding photographer. For people and stories like this one.
When I first met Taylor and Brad I KNEW that we were a match made in heaven lol! We got to shoot their stunning engagement session on her grandfather land in THE most beautiful golden field I have ever seen! September 2016 FINALY rolls around and it’s time for me to head to Raleigh to document their wedding day!!! I was so incredibly excited, because by now Taylor and Brad were not just clients, they were dear friends! When you get to work with people who are so crazy, madly in love, and so perfect for each other, it makes my job a non job… it’s a honor. It is a blessing to be allowed to be beside the bride during the most special and important day of their lives. You get to be there to cry when she cries and laugh when she laughs, help her with her dress and find her earrings. And most importantly you GET to capture all the special moments that make up their big day!
Taylor and Brad got married in downtown Raleigh, NC. When I met them at the hotel, it was like seeing family that I hadn’t seen in…. well a month lol (I shot Taylor’s sister in a styled session a month earlier and Kristina and Taylor’s mom came to hang with us during the session- did I mention they are like family?? lol). All the girls were getting ready and laughing as I shot all the pretty little details of Taylor’s outfit. Before we knew it, it was time for Taylor to put on her stunning Watters gown. When her best friend walked into the room to help her with her shoes there was not a dry eye in the house! You see, these two have best the absolute BEST friends since they were little girls in dance class. Kristina had the most beautiful tear filled moment looking up at her best friend. Knowing that she had never looked more beautiful or happy than she did in that moment. Did I mention I CRIED with these people lol!!! Special moments with her bridesmaids, her mother, father and mother in law (to be) all followed as this stunning bride prepared to say “I do!”.
The ceremony and reception were held at The Stockroom at 203 in beautiful downtown Raleigh. This venue is AMAZING!!!! Brick walls, twinkle lights, crystal chandeliers and a wall of windows…can we say #AllTheHeartEyes?!?! I waited with the other guests ( and I swear I was just as anxious) for Taylor to come down the isle. After the bridal party and two adorable little cuties made their way down the isle, Taylor made her entrance. Y’all… I was bawling lol!!! Their ceremony was so honest and sweet. They said I do under beautiful draped fabric, tied back with fresh flowers as their friends and family looked on, smiles on every face!
Now you know what happens next! During the family photos the staff of The Stockroom at 203 totally flipped the venue into an awesome reception hall!!! Delicious food was served, drinks were flowing and HELLO they had one bite cupcakes!! Yum!!! The awesome lady boss DJ’s from All Events DJ’s, announced the bride and groom and to my surprise, out comes Taylor with her hair down, her dress bustled and the most GORGEOUS floral crown ever! (If you know me, you know I am mildly obsessed with floral crowns). And she knew I would love it lmao! I got the “wink wink” from her as she passed me to have her dance with her new husband! Watching the love on their faces as they held each other close, and danced their first dance as a married couple was so magical. (Brad MAY have even shed a tear or two lol). But lets be honest, so did I lol! After the sweetness…. It was time to PARTY!! To say this crew knows how to party is the understatement of the century! After some heart felt toasts, the rest of the night was just as much fun for me as it was the rest of the guests! They danced and laughed and sang the night away to celebrate the marriage of two people they all loved so dearly!
Taylor and Brad said goodnight to all their friends and family with a magical sparkler exit and were wisked away in a rickshaw! I could not have been more lucky to have gotten to work with these amazing people. They truly all feel like family to me. That doesn’t happen with every couple you get the joy of working with. Not every family and group of friends welcomes you as with open arms as a person and not just the hired help.
Thank you Brad and Taylor for being so amazing. For being so loving and kind to not only to each other, but to your friends, family and even little ole’ me! I absolutely adore the both of you and I LOVE your love!!!! I wish you every moment of happiness in the world, because you deserve it and SO much more. And don’t forget….. never stop dancing!