I always get excited when asked to photograph weddings at The Angus Barn Pavilions. I love the lakeside ceremony location, the mix of rust and wood scattered throughout the event venue, the fire pit, and the glow of the yellow lights inside. But, none of these wedding photos that you are about to see would shine SO bright if it weren’t for such a wonderful couple and their friends and family. When my clients invite me into their lives and treat me like family, some truly amazing photos can be captured! But before we dive into the photos I’d like to share a little background about the couple.
Abbey grew up right here in Raleigh and Sean is from Seattle Washington. They both attended North Raleigh Christian Academy and have known each other since middle school. It’s a little know fact but they secretly liked one another even way back then! As they got older their friendship grew along with their interest in athletics. They are both extremely talented in sports but while she loves swimming and he is more interested in soccer, they both share one deep commonality. After getting to know them I began to understand how deeply committed they are to the Lord. They both say that this passion that they each have in their faith is what attracted them most about the other.
Sean decided to propose to Abbey at Topsail Beach. Abbey’s mom shared with me that it was a special weekend because the entire family was joined to scatter Abbey’s Uncle’s ashes after a long battle with cancer in 2009. Many of the family members had been overseas for several months, so Sean felt that this reunion was the perfect opportunity to create a precious weekend from a sad memory for everyone. He had created custom signs made that said…”Abbey Rd” and “Marry Me” and attached them like street signs to the pier… then took her on a walk. She said “YES!” of course!
Over the years they have both experienced a growing desire to serve on the mission field and have recently decided to focus their efforts in China. Now that they’re married, they plan to spend the next few years finishing school and improving their Chinese language skills in preparation to live overseas. I wish them my deepest congratulations and wish them the best as their relationship for each other and their faith grows deeper every day.
Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery
Jewelry: Silverland Jewelry
DJ and Photobooth: Joe Bunn DJ Company – Ken Holmes
Flowers: A Ming Rose
Hair and Makeup: Salon Astra – Stacie Snipes
Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Enchanting Moments Bridal Boutique
Tuxes: VIP Formalwear
The bridesmaids added custom bedazzles to the bottom of Abbey’s wedding shoes.
The groomsmen find a few moments to go fishing while they wait for everyone to arrive.
A powerful moment as Sean prays before the ceremony.
The brides grandmother sees her for the first time.
The ladies form a prayer circle
Hot Hot Hot! Better cool her off with those fans!
Personalized rose petal tossing cones were given to guests at the beginning of the ceremony.
Here’s a full view of the ceremony location at the Angus Barn.
Sean’s father deep in prayer right before the couple exchanges their vows.
1. YOU MAY… 2. NOW KISS… 3. THE BRIDE…
Pure joy in these two shots!
And the crowd (the bridal party) goes wild!
I’m allowed to have at least one goofy idea right?
I don’t know how I thought of this one but it just happened this way…
Another angle of the bedazzled wedding shoes…
The wedding rings… Sean loved the gold inlay on his.
Gorgeous birdcage details…
The family created a photo table from many of the photographs that we captured during their engagement session.
Best bridal party entrances EVER! Each bridesmaid and groomsman had their own intro song that they were announced to. The catch was that they didn’t know what the song wold be until it was their turn. It made for some truly hilarious and fun moments!
The first dance between bride and groom.
I created a special surprise for everyone. I had photographed the rehearsal dinner the night before so I made a slide show that cycled through their engagement, rehearsal dinner and “DAY OF” wedding photos. I set it to a song by Katie Melua called Nine Million Bicycles which I thought was perfectly appropriate.
This was the couples reaction which meant the world to me!
The wedding party choreographed an entire dance in which Abbey wore cowgirl boots. AWESOME!
OK… So this has to be one of my favorite photographs of the year. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about it!
BTW… That’s Abbey’s dad in the background…
Ken Holmes from DJ Joe Bunn… I love working with this guy… As you can see he knows how to PACK a dance floor!
Shots of the sparkler exit send off at the end of the night…