Becky & Mason – Old Salem Wedding – Winston Salem, North Carolina Wedding Photography

It’s great when you arrive at a wedding having to analyze and appreciate the detail – all before you even pick up the camera. Becky & Mason’s Old Salem Wedding Day was full of sweet moments and treasured memories. We were super honored to be there to capture the intimate moments as they became husband and wife.

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Beauty filled every step of the adventure in downtown Winston Salem, NC.  I genuinely loved exploring the Old Salem area in the days leading up to Becky & Mason’s wedding.  My short visit to Winston Salem definitely left me wanting more!  The area features so much culture & rich history, all nestled into a exquisitely beautiful, intimate setting.

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They were married at the historic St. Phillips African Moravian Church; St. Phillips is the oldest African American church still standing in the state of North Carolina and one of the earliest in the entire country.  Mason’s uncle played a special song on flute during the ceremony & friends of the couple read incredible readings, like this excerpt out of Mere Christianity by CS Lewis.

“Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also many things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go. And in fact, whatever people say, the state called “being in love” usually does not last. If the old fairy-tale ending “They lived happily ever after” is taken to mean “They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,” then it says what probably was never was or ever could be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were. Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense — love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be “in love” with someone else. “Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”

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I loved that Becky & Mason really chose to make the day their own.  They chose a bland color palette accented with pops of color.  The gray bridesmaid dresses with brightly colored flowers & the colorful shoes were so PERFECT.  How adorable…right?!

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At the reception, each table was uniquely decorated with Becky’s grandmother’s antique coffee pots filled with brightly colored flowers grown by the mother of the bride.  She’s my hero; one day I can only hope to have a garden half as beautiful as hers!  A variety of homemade jams in small mason jars were placed at each setting and they added an additional pop of color.  One of my favorite parts of their reception was the Ice Cream Cart!  As I stood in line waiting to order my chocolate cone, I caught myself taking in all the sights & sounds around me.  Twinkling stars overhead, a cool breeze in the air, The GoodFellers were playing live Bluegrass music & all the guests were mingling with one another…in my mind, only one word came to mind.  Perfect.

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A very special thanks to all of the vendors who worked together to make Becky & Mason’s Old Salem Wedding so spectacular!

Ceremony Location: St. Phillips African Moravian Church
Reception: Horton Courtyard & Loggia
Hair & Makeup Artists : Glass Door Salon
Lodging: Brookstown Inn
Wedding Coordinator: Relish Design Company
Venue Coordinator: Amy Grimes @ Old Salem
Florist: Beverly’s of Midway
Catering: California Fresh
Cake Squares: Dewey’s Bakery
Ice Cream Cart: Dewey’s Bakery
Band: The GoodFellers
Second Shooter: Dana Buffington Gray / GrayStrype Design + Media
Photography Assistant: Lindsey Daniels / Through the Linz Photography

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Autumn & Daniel – Raffaldini Vineyard Wedding – North Carolina Wedding Photography

Nestled down a winding dirt path in Elkin, North Carolina lies the tuscan-style villa, Raffaldini Vineyard.  Autumn & Daniel chose a Raffaldini Vineyard Wedding because of the exquisite location & their desire for a small, close-kit celebration amongst their closest friends and family.  The fusion of family, food and wine is an integral part of daily life at Raffaldini Vineyard. Merged with the deep sense of meaningful community that Dan & Autumn shared for their wedding day, Raffaldini Vineyard offered exactly what they had in mind as their families joined together.

I particularly loved Autumn’s choice of color palette for her wedding; the plum color mixed with beige, gold, and eucalyptus perfectly complemented the tuscan-style architecture of the tasting room & the vineyard.  Plus, the potted succulents were incredibly beautiful!

There’s so many other wonderful things I could write about Autumn & Daniel‘s Raffaldini Vineyard Wedding, including the INCREDIBLE culinary experience…..but sometimes you just have to let the photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy!Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze01Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze02Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze03Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze04Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze05Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze06Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze07Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze08Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze09Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze10Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze11Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze12Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze13Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze14Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze15Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze16Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze17Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze18Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze19Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze20Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze21Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze22Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze23Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze24Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze25Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze26Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze27Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze28Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze29Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze30Rafaldini_Vineyard_Wedding_Brittani_Schultze31
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A very special Thank You to all the vendors who made Autumn & Daniel‘s Raffaldini Vineyard Wedding so special:

Ceremony & Reception Location: Raffaldini Vineyards

Caterer: Holly Tate Fine Catering

Cake Artist: Christina’s Dessertery

Hair Stylists: The Bella Hair Co.

Make Up Artist: The Bella Hair Co.

DJ: First Call DJ

Wedding Coordinator: Magan Grogan @ Raffaldini Vineyards

Second Shooter: Dana Buffington Gray / GrayStrype Design + Media

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Lindley & Patrick – Romantic Outdoor Wedding – Goldsboro, North Carolina Wedding Photography

Dear Patrick,

I know you’re 23 now (Happy Birthday!), taller than me & stronger than me, but I’m always going to think of you as my baby brother – the mischievous little boy whom I coerced into playing dress up and the friend I later confided in when I was in the midst of another big drama in my life. Remember when we would play Power Rangers together? And remember how you always got into trouble and then made our parents chase you around the yard, knowing that when you were caught you’d get a “spanking”? I remember, too, my first heartbreak & the conversation we had about that.  You reassured me that you loved me and were always on my side.   I still remember the one birthday where you and Lindley weren’t together.  Mom & I went to her party because you had somewhat been uninvited but we still loved her and considered her family so we went in your place.  Awkward…but looking back, I’m glad we were there.  So many other memories we’ve shared together:  the countless nights I froze on the bleachers watching you play soccer & then enduring some of your bad moods after the team lost.  Then there were the sweet moments….the victories, the great test grades, the days when you were so thrilled about your career & calling in life.  Some of my most fond memories were when we were younger, but nothing much about our relationship has changed throughout all these years.  We are still buddies and each other’s confidant. You’ve always patiently comforted me and continuously offer a listening ear.  And, you’re always there when something in my house breaks or I need a picture hung.  Why do you think I threw you a tool party as a wedding shower?  I knew I’d someday reap the benefit of those toys!

You are the best around. You love helping people; heck, you genuinely love people. Continue being the wonderful person you are, but make it your goal to never be complacent, and to always find opportunities for growth, so that you can be everything Lindley needs for the rest of your lives.  It has been a pleasure being your older sister.  Of course that won’t change; I’ll always be your older sister & you’ll always be a my baby brother – whether you’re a married man or not.  Today, I just wanted to openly declare the great respect I have for you. And to remind those who know you, what a wonderful, handsome, smart human being you are. You have taught me to love others, not only unconditionally, but also fiercely and passionately. To actively pursue people, because they are what matters most. Thank you for this. I am so grateful that you are my baby brother.  Looking back over my life, I know that without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  You’ve been my biggest supporter, my strongest confidante and my truest friend.  Patch, you have blessed my life with a richness I hardly feel I deserve.  You’re my brother and my friend, and you’ve always known instinctively when you’ve needed to be more friend.  You enrich the lives of all those around you with your inner strength, your compassion, your sense of right, your humor and simply…your love.  

Since you were in middle school there has been only 1 girl for you, and on August 8, 2015 you [finally] made her your wife.  A lot of people say that marriage is the beginning of the end. [Some joking, some not.] But I think that marriage isn’t the beginning at all. Nor is it the end. It’s just a very big intermission where you got to introduce a new, beautiful character onto the scene.  She took every one’s breath away. She changed the entire feel of the play & She’ll make it a little better.  The thing is, Lindley was always there…in the back, getting ready. Makeup, hair, life, love. She’s been here the whole time. Since you were young she has been the thing that drives you.  Everyone knew it. Even you two. And watching you become husband and wife at your romantic outdoor wedding was magical.  Our two families “officially” joined as one, but have been fusing together for the last 10 years.

I hope these photos of your romantic outdoor wedding take you back to your wedding day 2 weeks ago.  I hope they help you remember all the teeny, tiny details & that they continually remind you of how loved you are.  I hope you remember the way you and your groomsmen joked with silly handshakes, the way Lindley looked floating down the grassy aisle with The Fredster grinning ear to ear, the way you had big, huge golfball tears in your eyes seeing your bride, the way your big sister cried BIG HUGE UGLY tears and had to get help from Mr. Tim to wipe them away.  I hope you never forget dad’s strong hands resting on your shoulders throughout the processional- his sign of encouragement and support.  I hope you always remember your dance with mom & the way she cried, tears of joy I’m sure.  And that hilarious family dance…we’re so very white & I’m sure that Justin could school us all on any given occasion.  1 year from now, your wedding day will likely be a blur of happiness…I hope these images continually take you back year after year.

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Now, 17 days later, though I haven’t seen you physically since the wedding, I can see how happy you are with your bride-to-be. I can hear the joy and excitement in your voice. Your happily ever after is finally here. You were the guy who was ready to settle down early in life, to find the one your soul loved & to romance her everyday.  Ah…finally!  I’m so happy for you, wasn’t she worth the wait? Isn’t everything good and right and beautiful usually worth the wait? Your life is like a song right now – a happy, melodious song (Kevin taught me well) – and as your big sister, I don’t want to be a downer, but sometimes that song is going to lose its happy tempo. The difficult rhythm of life will drag you down. Of course, given your optimistic playfulness and the easy-going, chill person that you are, I imagine & pray that it will take quite a lot to dampen your spirits. I’ll be the first one to say that marriage is beautiful – most certainly a grace-filled adventure. But, I’ll also admit (reluctantly so, given the stubborn, hopeless romantic in me) that fully sharing a life  – with all of its up and downs – with someone else isn’t always a piece of cake.  When you live with someone, you learn more about them; good and bad.  You share each and every single day in the same space with them.  You learn SO much!  You’re going to fall in and out of love with each other. You’ll always love her, but you won’t always feel in love with her.  Lindley’s love is always there, but the feelings of passion come & go. Small things – personality quirks, jewelry left on the counter, 2 days “dirty” pajamas left on the back of the toilet, bills left on the counter, socks that don’t make it into the laundry basket, food not rinsed off of the forks & the list goes on…. – can sometimes start to irk you. Difficult transitions. Financial concerns. Sleepless nights. Big tests.  Job struggles.  Sick family members.  Following your dreams.  Little and big stresses tug at your heart.  I’ve been extremely blessed because there’s been far more glorious moments than worse; yet, it’s when I’ve embraced the “worse” and made the decision to love Kevin as well as to look past how I’m feeling since my feelings are about me, not him, that I’ve grown the most. Seek to understand Lindley before wanting to be understood yourself.  What really matters to the person you love is what you DO, not how you personally FEEL. I’m not always so good at embracing this. It sounds nice and wonderful on paper (or this screen), but it can be very tempting to start to collect a list of wrongs against each other and to point out all the things your spouse is doing wrong instead of considering your own behavior and actions. Yet, day by day, grace by grace, you’ll learn (I’m learning too), to love each Lindley for who she is and not the person you wish she would be.  Know that I will be praying for you both to continue to put Christ first & foremost in you marriage. I’m always here if you need someone to talk to, to encourage you or to pray with you. You can never be a good husband if you aren’t a good Christ follower first.  Seek to love the Lord and to serve him daily & He will reveal himself to you.  He will show you the way to be the most perfect gentleman to Lindley.  I know that you will love Lindley well because you remain one of the most giving, selfless people I know. Your willingness to put others first is going to strengthen your marriage because, despite what the Hollywood image of love would have you believe, marriage isn’t really about making you happy but making someone else happy. Marriage requires you to out give one another & out FORGIVE one another.  Dying to self can be painful sometimes. I know I sound like an old, married fart, which I guess in some ways I am, although I’m still learning all of these lessons every so slowly. My final words of unsolicited big sister advice: Let marriage do what Jesus did at the Wedding of Cana and take the ordinary in your life and make it extraordinary. Let your love, self-donation, and commitment to your bride’s happiness transform you. Oh and while you’re at it, have fun. Make regular date nights a scheduled thing– even when they’re at home when your home starts to be filled with little ones – make them a priority. Laugh a lot. A sense of humor is so important. And I know being married to Lindley, there will be lots of laughter cause she is oh-so-funny!  Remember married life won’t always be perfect, but it will be a story & a big adventure that is uniquely yours and its success is a work of sheer grace. I’ll stop my annoying big sister preaching now. I just want you & Lindley to know how much I love you and how happy I am for you both.  The fact that you are my brother (& Lindley my sister!) has always brought me pride, and never more than today. 

 

A Very Special “Thank You” to all the vendors who made Patrick & Lindley’s Romantic Outdoor Wedding so magical!

Ceremony & Reception Location: Emily & Hank Martin / Family Pecan Grove

Caterer: McCalls’ BBQ & Seafood

Bouquets & Boutonnieres : Elva Graham / Green Thumb Florist

Cake Artist: Phyllis Phillips

Hair Stylists: Cassie Erdmann & Heather Weeks / Fringe Salon

Make Up Artist: Alyssa Turnage / Fringe Salon

DJ: Luke Vail / Sundays on The Beach

Wedding Director: Mary Beth Williams

String Quartet: Dee Braxton-Pellegrin0, Chris Ellis, Josh Doggett, Barbara Salter-Gates

Minister: R. Wes Boyd

Tent & Party Rentals: Billie Lynn Thompson / ASAP Party & Tent Rentals

Wedding Planner: Wendy Pittman / Engaging Events

Second Shooter: Lindsey Daniels / Through the Linz Photography

 

To view Patrick & Lindley’s entire gallery of images click here.

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Dawn & Eric – The Farm Selma Wedding – Selma, North Carolina Wedding Photography

Monograms and mint, Gold and glitter, Blush Pink and a beautiful bride; What a lovely day at The Farm Selma Wedding of Dawn and Eric.

Dawn carefully planned her colors and her theme to match the shabby chic style of The Farm in Selma. Mason jars and baby’s breath were scattered around the room and were adorned with gold accents and monograms, every southern bride’s dream!The_Farm_Selma_Wedding01The_Farm_Selma_Wedding02The_Farm_Selma_Wedding03The_Farm_Selma_Wedding04The_Farm_Selma_Wedding05The_Farm_Selma_Wedding06The_Farm_Selma_Wedding07The_Farm_Selma_Wedding08The_Farm_Selma_Wedding09The_Farm_Selma_Wedding10The_Farm_Selma_Wedding11The_Farm_Selma_Wedding12The_Farm_Selma_Wedding13The_Farm_Selma_Wedding14The_Farm_Selma_Wedding15The_Farm_Selma_Wedding16The_Farm_Selma_Wedding17The_Farm_Selma_Wedding18The_Farm_Selma_Wedding19Dawn’s first look with her dad was easily one of my favorite parts of the day. His “little girl” was so radiant in her gown and it brought tears to my eyes to see him beam with joy at how proud he was of her. The_Farm_Selma_Wedding20The_Farm_Selma_Wedding21The_Farm_Selma_Wedding22The_Farm_Selma_Wedding23The_Farm_Selma_Wedding24The_Farm_Selma_Wedding25The_Farm_Selma_Wedding26The_Farm_Selma_Wedding27The_Farm_Selma_Wedding28The_Farm_Selma_Wedding29The_Farm_Selma_Wedding30The_Farm_Selma_Wedding31The_Farm_Selma_Wedding32The_Farm_Selma_Wedding33The_Farm_Selma_Wedding34The_Farm_Selma_Wedding35The_Farm_Selma_Wedding36The_Farm_Selma_Wedding37

I love this image of the breathtaking open field behind The Farm. The skies were cloudy all day and after their ceremony we got a break from the rain for photos. This sky….I have no words. It’s like the Lord was smiling down on them in this moment. The_Farm_Selma_Wedding38The_Farm_Selma_Wedding39The_Farm_Selma_Wedding40The_Farm_Selma_Wedding41The_Farm_Selma_Wedding42Everyone had a blast on the dance floor, even Grandma! The_Farm_Selma_Wedding47The_Farm_Selma_Wedding43The_Farm_Selma_Wedding44The_Farm_Selma_Wedding45The_Farm_Selma_Wedding46

The_Farm_Selma_Wedding48The_Farm_Selma_Wedding49The_Farm_Selma_Wedding50Dawn and Eric– Thanks for including us in your day! To capture your first few hours as husband and wife was such a privilege. We wish you many more years of incredible happiness!

 

A Very Special “Thank You” to all the vendors who made Dawn & Eric’s The Farm Wedding so much fun!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Farm

Caterer: McCalls’ BBQ & Seafood

Floral Designer: Rachel Schmoldt / The Flower Girl

Cake Artist: Elizabeth Ball

Hair Stylist: Linsey Devenow / Twisted Scizzors Salon

DJ: Scott Ely / Avalanche Sound & Lights

Second Shooter: Lindsey Daniels / Through the Linz Photography

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Sarah & Philip – Farm at Brush Arbor Wedding – Concord, North Carolina Wedding Photography

Sarah & Phillip’s Farm at Brush Arbor Wedding was filled with love, delicious desserts and laughter…But it was filled with so much more simply because a boy fell in love with a girl whose soul lights the world on fire. When Sarah walks into any room, she makes people feel like they’re the most special person she could spend her time with. And no one knows this better than Phillip, the lucky man who’s been by her side for many years. For as much as the couple ignites love around them, people can’t help but be attracted to their personalities. They’re two of the most thoughtful and positive people, full of joyful energy, who openly invite others into their love as if they’d been there, just waiting for the right moment for paths to intersect. This was apparent the very first time I met them for their snowy engagement photos and was even more evident when they said I Do in front of their closest family and friends at The Farm at Brush Arbor in Concord, North Carolina.

Sarah & Phillip chose for the ladies to prepare and enjoy breakfast at the Inn at Mt. Pleasant which provided a beautiful area for everyone to relax, refresh and prepare for the big day.  We may have even gained a few pounds from the amazing breakfast we were served!

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A Very Special “Thank You” to all the vendors who caught the vision & made Sarah & Phillip’s Farm at Brush Arbor Wedding so special!

Bed & Breakfast:  The Inn at Mount Pleasant

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Farm at Brush Arbor

Caterer: Bocca Felice

Floral Designer: Chelish Moore

Cake Artist: Icing on the Edge

Makeup Artist: Jessica Reed / MaryKay

Hair Stylist: Melissa Howard

DJ: Virtual Sounds

Second Shooter: Lauren Vick @ The Looking Glass Photography

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