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Raleigh Wedding Photographer Brian Mullins’ Way with Light

SB&G preferred vendor, Brian Mullins, is an award-winning Raleigh-based photographer who you will find shooting weddings around the Triangle and at destinations across the continent!

Brian co-founded the Triangle based Wedding Photographic Society (WPS) in 2008 with chapters throughout the state of NC. The WPS mentors new photographers, provides continuing education opportunities for members, and affords local wedding photographers the opportunity to network and support each other. Brian keeps his own skills sharp by regularly attending internationally recognized continuing education classes where he is able to learn from the best and brightest photographers in the industry.

What sets Brian apart from other photographers is his eye for composition and his ability to manipulate light to create beautiful and unique images in a fast paced wedding environment. His ability to make light do what he wants it to do comes from his years of training in cinematography followed by several years working with concert venue lighting. Brian began his career as a professional photographer in 2005 at Cary Magazine, quickly rising from assignment photographer to chief photographer. Although he has been successful in all aspects of photography, he particularly enjoys the challenges of wedding photography. The pressure of having only one chance to capture the moment really gets his creative juices flowing.

His work is best described as a portrait-journalistic approach to wedding photography. “We are there to document the natural beauty on your wedding day, but will also coach every client on how to look their best in photos during the more staged moments of the day. Our work has a timeless & classic feel to it that will be beautiful not only today, but in 20 years from now,” he shares.

See Brian’s brilliant way with light as captured in some of his favorite images below.
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Bright and Natural Wedding Photography by Katherine Miles Jones

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re sharing timeless wedding photography by Katherine Miles Jones. Katherine took headshots for Team SB&G during our photoshoot this fall!

Katherine studied Art History and Theatre Arts at Pepperdine University in Southern California and continued her studies at the International Center of Photography in New York. She’s a city girl now enjoying the slower pace of life in North Carolina. She grew up outside of Washington, D.C., went to school near Los Angeles, and spent five years living and working in New York City, but she’s quickly falling for the welcoming vibe of her current town, Carrboro, NC, known for its quaint coffee shops, record stores, and farmers’ market. She lives here with her husband, dog, and soon-to-be baby girl! Learn more about Katherine and view some of her stunning work in the Q&A below!
Katherine Miles Jones bright and natural wedding photographyWhy do you love photography?

I’ve always been drawn to the arts, both visual and performing, and have found that photography combines so much of what I love about each. Clearly, it’s a visual art form, but there’s also a sense of storytelling and movement that comes with each shoot, just like with a performance.

Also, there’s something so powerful about photography and its ability to capture a slice of life, a moment in time.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

In general, a lot of my artistic inspiration comes from giving myself restorative time: whether that’s time to travel and take in new places, or time to sit still with a sketchbook while having no agenda. A big part of inspiration is just letting it happen, and you can’t always predict how that will occur.

More specifically, I’m also influenced by my environment. If I’m photographing in an open field, there’s a certain coziness that I’ll draw upon; if I’m photographing in the heart of a city, I want to capture that energy.
Engagement session in NC vineyardHow would you describe your style?

My photography style is both traditional and photojournalistic, a true combination of the two. My approach is to photograph while observing what is actually happening (in a photojournalistic manner), but also knowing when to step in and build up some more traditional poses and moments. The overarching emphasis through it all, though, is on creating images with a bright and natural feel.
Black and white wedding photographyDo you shoot digital or film, or are you a hybrid photographer?

For my clients and professional work, I shoot solely digital. When traveling, I often shoot film as an exercise in slowing down and as a reminder to pay attention to light and shadows with a discerning eye.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

There are wonderful photographers in the Triangle, and I’m grateful to be a part of that community. I pride myself in being able to jump into a new situation with new people and put everyone at ease. My theatre background makes me comfortable directing large groups, but I also love the intimate setting of working with just one couple. Throughout it all, I find ways to flood my camera with light, making for soft and airy images.Beautiful NC wedding photographyWhat is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?

I love the combination of the quiet energy and also the undeniable excitement during the bride and groom’s portraits.  It’s some of the only alone time a couple has on their wedding day, and it’s incredible to document. Everything goes by so quickly, and it’s the time when the two begin to process the fact that they’re actually married. It’s an honor to capture those moments.
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People-person and professional NC Wedding Photographer: F8 Photo Studios

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re sharing a Q&A with light-hearted, people-person and professional NC wedding photographer Cara of f8 Photo Studios.

Cara is a Charleston, SC native and the daughter of two doctors. “I basically grew up in a hospital,” Cara jokes, “This really fueled my creative fire with so much time on my hands!” She is very close with friends and family and loves to travel, eat good food, and enjoy an occasional dirty martini. Love and laughter radiate from Cara’s light-hearted spirit and it shows in her work as well.

Cara attended Clemson University for Graphic Communications, which led to an almost decade-long career in marketing and advertising up North. After moving to Raleigh in 2004 she decided it was time to follow her dreams – since she was a child she wanted to be a professional photographer. She enrolled in some refresher photography courses and took pictures of everything in sight! She shared her passion with everyone she met, and before too long, people began paying her to photograph them. Before getting into weddings, Cara shot commercial architecture and was the featured artist for many gallery shows. Then in 2004, a well-known photographer in the industry, asked her to shoot a wedding with her, after which she was completely hooked!

Learn more about Cara from f8 Photo Studios in her Q&A below!
Wedding photographyWhy do you love photography?
There are so many things I love about photography. The biggest one being the people I photograph. I love making people feel beautiful. I love making them laugh and capturing that. I love having the ability to sooth a super nervous bride with only the tone of my voice, and “snap” I’ve captured her. It is truly an indescribable feeling – someone trusting you with their most intimate moments.Destination weddingsWhere do you draw your artistic inspiration?
I am lucky because photographing people comes easy to me. I have always been good with people and a born nurturer so I have a knack for it. I gain my inspiration from capturing people how they really are. The more I photograph, the more I want to do it. It is really addictive that way because the whole rest of the world falls away when I am in that moment on that day with my client.

How would you describe your photographic style?
I have a mixture of styles, but I really like to think of it as emotive. I know when it is appropriate for me to be a part of the action and when it is better to sit back and capture the moments as they unfold. Sometimes I even need to be the creator of moments. You wouldn’t believe what I can get away with saying from behind the camera, but it generates a natural emotion and I snap away.Raleigh weddingsDo you shoot digital or film, or are you a hybrid photographer? 
I shoot digital all the way…when it comes to weddings, that is. I have several vintage film cameras that I shoot with for fun.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
I truly think that what makes me different from other photographers is the relationships I build with my clients. I see myself as more than an artist or a trusted vendor they hired – I feel like an additional support system there to help their day go as smoothly as possible. I genuinely care about the people who I photograph, and I think that it shows in the images I create.Best NC wedding photographersWhat is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
There are so many things I love shooting on the wedding day! I get super excited about details – I love details! I also truly enjoy shooting the couple’s session after the ceremony. Capturing two people in love right after they have said, “I do” is beautiful.Outdoor wedding photographyPhotos by f8 Photo Studios

A Creative Approach to NC Wedding Photography with Neil Boyd

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re sharing Neil Boyd’s creative approach to NC wedding photography.

Neil Boyd was born in Liverpool England and has been working in the U.S. for 12 years, forming his full-time photography studio and business in Raleigh upon moving here in 2002.

Neil’s education in the field began in London where he studied photography for three years at Kensington and Chelsea College. He became a member of The British Institute of photography in 2000 and is progressing to become a Fellow of the Institute. Neil now lives in Raleigh with his wife and two kids.

Learn more about what inspires Neil and what makes him stand out as a wedding photographer in our interview below.Pink and white wedding bouquetWhy do you love photography?

I love creating images that make other people happy – that can be anything from a candid moment caught at a wedding to a father seeing how beautiful his daughter looks in her bridal portrait. I also enjoy the freedom of creativity that I have as a photographer and the technical aspect and problem-solving that goes into many projects.

From where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

I draw much of my inspiration from other photographers – some I studied in college and others who are at the top of their trade today. I think my list would be quite extensive, but for different reasons, I would include Cartier-Bresson, O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, August Bradley, Joey Lawrence, Yervant, Jerry Ghionas, my good friend, David Williams and many more!
Raleigh wedding photographyHow would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as a hybrid of photojournalistic and commercial. Photojournalism is the ability to tell a story with images, which is what we do when we present our clients with the story of their wedding day, usually in the form of a wedding album. My background is in advertising; it was through working at ad agencies that I really developed an interest in becoming a full-time photographer. I like to also bring that edginess to my work.
Raleigh wedding photographer Neil BoydWhat do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

Everyone is unique, and I think I have adapted my own personal style; this has evolved from my photography education and experience over the years.
Wedding at The Hudson ManorWhat is your favorite moment to shoot at a wedding?

I never go into a wedding with a set plan – it’s all about what I see at any given time. I love shooting bridal, couple, and wedding party images, and trying to push the boundaries and be creative. At the same time, I love capturing those special candid moments which might be a mother crying as her daughter walks down the aisle or a groom seeing his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time on their wedding day.Sparkler exit at weddingPhotos above by Neil Boyd Photography

Classic Pronovias Bridal Gowns from The Wedding Dress Shoppe

SB&G’s 2015 editorial fashion shoot was photographed by Dara Blakeley Photography at the beautifully restored Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh. Stunning looks from our bridal boutiques paired perfectly with the building’s historic charm. Today, we’re showcasing classic lace and beaded Pronovias bridal gowns from The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington, NC.

The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a full-service bridal salon featuring quality, unique, and distinct gowns for the trendy, stylish and fashionable bride. The shop was inspired to fill a niche in the Wilmington area by offering unique lines exclusive to this market. The result is an extraordinary and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers, exclusive to the Wilmington area. It provides a one-stop shop for all things bridal, including wedding gowns, veils, decorative headpieces, undergarments, jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, invitations and wedding planning packages. The shop also hosts regular trunk shows!Pronovias beaded wedding gown from Wedding Dress ShoppeLots of sparkle makes this fit and flare Pronovias bridal gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe a standout, worn with a matching diamond encrusted bracelet and earrings from Anfesa’s Jewelers. A charming feminine hair accessory was provided by Hushed Commotion and hair and makeup completed by Bella Trio Day Spa.

Pronovias beaded white wedding gownThis elaborately beaded Pronovias gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe has the classic illusion neckline with a natural figure skimming style. With simple, yet elegant bracelets and earrings from Wade Designs Jewelry and a gold headpiece from Hushed Commotion, the classic look is complete with hair and makeup design by Bella Trio Day Spa and a white and green bouquet by Fresh Affairs.

Pronovias Bitan lace white wedding gownLace illusion sleeves and bodice make a V cut over this Pronovias Bitan sweetheart lace-embroidered column gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe. Pearl and diamond jewelry from Wade Designs Jewelry pairs perfectly with the soft romantic look created by Makeup for Your Day.Pronovias Bitan lace sleeve wedding dressWEDDING GOWNS Pronovias from The Wedding Dress Shoppe | VENUE The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography| FLOWERS Fresh Affairs | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers and Wade Designs Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day and Bella Trio Day Spa | HAIR ACCESSORY Hushed Commotion

Timeless Wedding Photography by Raleigh Native Renee Sprink

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re sharing timeless wedding photography by Raleigh native Renee Sprink Photography.

Renee Sprink was born and raised in Raleigh and exudes sweet and stylish Southern charm! Renee possesses a natural passion for photography as well as a knack for making her clients feel completely at ease. She is more than just a photographer; she becomes her clients’ friend.

Renee loves to travel, but she also likes spending time at home with her husband of six years and their two rescue dogs; she loves monogramming anything she can get her hands on, and you’ll always find her sporting a fabulous pair of shoes! She enjoys entertaining family and friends, watching college football, working out, and giving back to the community through volunteer programs.

With a keen eye for beauty, style, and fashion, Renee captures classic yet modern images that are cherished by couples, friends, and families for years to come!

Renee’s had a camera in her hand as long as she can remember. Her passion for this form of expression really took hold when she was photographer and editor of her high school yearbook. As a student at NC State, she photographed most of her sorority (ZTA) events and some for the N.C. State Yearbook (Agromeck). Photography became part of her professional career when she worked in public relations and studied photography at NY Institute of Photography.

Renee strongly believes in continuing education, which is why she’s a proud member of Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of NC and is currently working on her Certified Professional Photographer designation.

Learn more about Renee’s photographic style and her favorite moments to shoot in her Q&A below.Wedding at Duke Chapel in DurhamWhy do you love photography?

Photography is my passion! It’s about preserving life, love and history. Photographs make time stand still and are proof that our loves and lives existed in the first place. Besides that, I love making my brides feel confident and beautiful!

I have the best job in the world; a successful business; a career I’m passionate about, and clients who I just adore! Most people have a job, but the lucky ones have a calling; there is no doubt that this is what I was meant to do.Winter wedding photographyWhere do you draw your artistic inspiration?

Everywhere – inspiration is all around us in our daily lives. If I had to name a person, it would be Mario Testino and/or Annie Liebowitz.

How would you describe your style?

Clean, classic wedding photography with a bit of a modern twist – timeless, yet still current. My approach is to blend contemporary portraiture with candid photojournalism, which allows me to capture natural interactions, real emotion and authentic moments in an artistic way. My goal is to create beautiful and lasting images that tell the story of my couples’ love, their lives, and their day, and to provide them with photos they will love as much in twenty years as they do today. I photograph for the couple but also for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will one day look at these photos.Pink bridal bouquet and flowersPink bridesmaid dressesWhat sets you apart from other photographers?

I’m totally vested in each of my clients, their families, and their day. It’s important that I get to know them on a personal level so that they are relaxed and totally real around me; that is how I get raw emotions and authentic images on their wedding day. I always say, “you’ll come to me a stranger, but you’ll leave a friend.” Because of this, I’m also a dress bustler, emergency rip sewer, bow-tie tier, great listener, hug giver, nerve calmer, tear drier, and laugh maker!Blue bridal shoes and military weddingWhat is your favorite moment to shoot at a wedding?

I have several, but my top two are the time I spend photographing the bride and groom alone, especially if they have a first look. That’s the time when they can put everyone and everything else aside and truly just focus on themselves and live in the moment. That’s really important to me. I also really enjoy shooting the early part of the reception because the stress of the day disappears and is replaced by elation, joy, happiness and celebration! That’s when the couple can cut loose and really enjoy the company of the people who love them most.

Photos above by Renee Sprink Photography

Stunning Red, Black and White Ballroom Reception at Prestonwood Country Club

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Raven and Cozell’s stunning red, black and white ballroom reception at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC, captured by skillful photographer Dajuan Jones of In His Image Photography.

Raven and Cozell grew up together; they attended the same church and knew each other’s friends and family. Little did they know, years later, they would end up getting hitched! It wasn’t until they were in college, after a chance encounter in downtown Raleigh, that they began to communicate more often and eventually started dating.

Cozell “put a ring on it” before taking Raven to see her favorite performer, Beyoncé, in concert. He had surprised Raven with tickets to the Charlotte show on her birthday, then, on the morning of the concert, he surprised her even more with a beautiful engagement ring!

Raven and Cozell chose their favorite colors—red, black and white—as their wedding colors, perfect for an early autumn wedding at the grand and elegant Prestonwood Country Club. Fresh Affairs created show-stopping bouquets and large centerpieces using bright red roses. The bride and groom personalized the event with a hashtag that combined both of their nicknames.

Raven’s advice to brides-to-be is try to relax. “The smallest details may not go perfect, but it’s about the new union with your spouse, and for that, the day will be nothing short of amazing!” she says. With the help of Adams & Events, this Raleigh couple enjoyed being able to sit back and enjoy all the little moments of their special day.

Raven’s favorite moment was when they first opened the doors of the church as her father walked her down the aisle and she set eyes on her soon-to-be husband surrounded by their family and closest friends. The love and togetherness of this couple and their guests is evident in the photos below, captured by In His Image Photography.Monogrammed wedding programsMakeup and hair for Raleigh brideGold wedding bands and ringsNorth Carolina bridesmaids pray before weddingIn His Image Raleigh wedding photographyWedding selfiesChurch wedding in Raleigh, NCRaleigh Church of Christ wedding ceremonyMonogrammed projection at ballroom receptionCustomized bride and groom wedding cake topperRed, white and black wedding colorsFall wedding at Prestonwood Country ClubWhite wedding cake with red rosesReception at Prestonwood Country Club in CaryRaleigh wedding photographerFirst dance at the Prestonwood Country Club


“Tracy Adams of Adams & Events was superb! She knew all the right people and venues. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional, yet personable planner,” Raven remarks.

“Prestonwood made my dream reception come true!” says Raven. “From the cocktail hour to the grand staircase, this was a celebration we’ll never forget!”North Carolina wedding venuePhotographer
“In His Image Photography was recommended by our wedding planner. Dajuan definitely has the magic touch – he made all our pictures ones to remember and we were so impressed by his keen eye for detail,” Raven shares.

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“Fresh Affairs created the most beautiful flowers we have ever seen!” says Raven. “The flowers definitely made the reception feel complete! Truly the perfect blend of beauty and class.”

Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NCCEREMONY LOCATION Raleigh Church of Christ | RECEPTION & CATERING Prestonwood Country Club | PLANNER Adams & Events | PHOTOGRAPHER In His Image Photography | MINISTER Pastor John J. Wilkins, Jr. | BRIDAL GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo | BRIDAL JEWELRY Nordstrom | BRIDESMAID JEWELRY Kate Spade | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Savvi Formalwear | MOB DRESS Neiman Marcus | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Robert Jamison Collection bow ties | HAIR Shawana Thorne, Master Stylist | MAKEUP Jamie Surgeon | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | VIDEOGRAPHER Island Sound | INVITATIONS Cute Buttons | CEREMONY MUSIC Phillip Langston, Sam Harmonix | RECEPTION MUSIC 360 Elite

Shabby Chic Vintage Wedding at The Sutherland

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Cori and Adam’s shabby chic vintage wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC!

Cori and Adam crossed paths through mutual groups of friends 10 years ago. What started out as a fun friendship – they were each other’s “back up” dates to events and weddings – eventually formed into a deeper relationship when feelings blossomed over one Memorial Day weekend at the lake where they first met.

It was around Christmas when Adam distracted Cori with several “decoy” gifts before revealing an engagement ring as the real surprise! Deriving inspiration from Cori’s antique 1800s diamond ring and her love of lace, shabby chic elements mixed with vintage flair for a beautiful early fall wedding at The Sutherland.

Dara Blakeley Photography captured many of the fun vintage props in the bride and groom’s portraits and pictures. Classic cars were a personal touch – provided by the bride’s father and grandfather.

For a fun surprise, Cori arranged for an ice cream cart (her husband’s favorite food). And in acknowledgement of their early years, honey bear jars were placed on all the tables for guests, as Adam carried around a honey bear in his backpack during college because the Chick-fil-A on campus didn’t have honey for their chicken nuggets.

The happy couple now lives in Raleigh in a home built by Adam who is a general contractor.
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“We chose The Sutherland because it had so much character and was the perfect setting for my vintage wedding,” Cori shares. “We also loved the fact that it was all in one place, so that guests did not have to travel to a second destination.”
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“Dara Blakeley Photography was an early decision. Dara helped to calm nerves and snapped into action when things felt emotional or chaotic to kind of talk the tears down so that none of us would ‘ugly cry,'” jokes Cori. “She just made us all laugh and smile and helped those who were tough to photograph. Everyone felt so comfortable because of her.”
Fun bridesmaids pictures by Dara Blakeley
“We mixed and matched various rental companies as I fell in love with the plates and hardware from Classic Party Rentals. It all came together exactly how we wanted it – shabby chic minus the country/mason jar theme,” says Cori.
Elegant rustic wedding reception at The Sutherland
WEDDING VENUE The Sutherland | Photographer Dara Blakeley | REHERSAL DINNER Second Empire | BRIDAL GOWN Victoria Nicole from Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique | SHOES Stuart Weitzman | JEWELRY Ora Jewelers and Wedding Bands from Reliable Loans | FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | HAIR Theresa Lyons | MAKEUP Ashley Mooney | FLORIST Greg Kennedy | CAKE Cinda’s Creative Cakes | INVITATIONS Reaves Engraving | MUSIC Violinist Scott Laird | RECEPTION MUSIC The Whaler Family | PARTY RENTALS Classic Party Rentals and CE Rentals | FAVORS Cupcakes by Iced and honey bear jars

Elegant Fall Garden Wedding

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Rachel and Daniel’s elegant fall garden wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham.

Rachel and Daniel began dating sophomore year as Duke undergrads and they loved spending time in the beautiful Duke gardens, walking through them to get to class junior and senior years from central campus. When Daniel got down on one knee, this is where he chose to do it. It was the perfect place for a proposal…and for a wedding! A little over a year after becoming engaged, Rachel and Daniel came full circle with a gorgeous wedding in the Gardens in September 2014. It was followed by an indoor reception in the Doris Duke Center, which is located on the property. Local wedding planner, Sally Oakley provided day-of coordination so that Rachel and Daniel could sit back, relax, and enjoy every moment.

The wedding colors – eggplant, green, with a touch of orange – complimented the natural setting very well. It was a beautiful fall day and photographer Anna Kirby captured the jovial mood of the couple and their guests against many of the wonderful backdrops and hidden gems among the Gardens.beaded wedding gownBridal wedding shoesFall wedding bride and bouquetGlamorous wedding ringSweet first look between the bride and groomRaleigh bride and groom embrace captured by Anna Kirby PhotographyWedding ceremony at the Duke GardensOutdoor wedding ceremony in Duke GardenOutdoor wedding ceremony at the Duke GardensOutdoor fall wedding at Duke GardensCandid moments between bride and groom by Anna KirbyDurham bride in lace and bead gownGorgeous black & white wedding photographyWedding reception at Doris Duke Center in DurhamFamily moments during wedding reception

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“We hired our wedding planner, Sally Oakley, once I realized that I really couldn’t do everything myself on our wedding day,” Rachel admits. “Sally was amazing – I wish we had hired her sooner. She was technically a ‘day of’ planner, but she helped us so much throughout the entire process, creating our timeline and making sure all of the vendors were in place.”Durham bride and groom cut the cakePhotography
“Our wedding photographer, Anna Kirby, did an incredible job – our pictures are beautiful! She was also very easy to work with prior to the wedding and she always responded promptly to questions,” shares Rachel.North carolina outdoor wedding venueVENUE Duke Gardens – Doris Duke Center | PLANNER Sally Oakley | PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Kirby |CATERER Durham Catering | RENTALS American Party Rentals | TENT Classic Party Rentals | FLORIST Ninth Street Flowers | HAIR & MAKEUP Ashley Mooney | GOWN Alfred Angelo | RING Tacori | DJ Steve with Joe Bunn | OFFICIANT Barbara Lodge | CEREMONY MUSIC Arioso Strings | TRANSPORTATION Eco Style

NC Wedding Photographer Captures Timeless Emotions

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Robin Lin Photography.

Robin was born and raised in Western New York, but has called Chapel Hill home for almost a decade.

After working in the legal field upon graduating from Purdue University with a B.A. in political science and psycholgy, Robin transitioned to photography. She took photography classes in both Chapel Hill and Durham as well as design classes online through Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Robin spends her free time perusing Pinterest, either finding new house projects or adding to her bucket list of places to travel.

Emotional wedding reactions captured by North Carolina photographerWhy do you love photography?

I love photography because it documents life from the beautiful to the painful; from the smallest, simplest moment to the grandest of events. Good photography is timeless—it’s something you want to look at over and over and enjoy for generations.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

I love looking at iconic photos from past generations. I love when Websites showcase this as well as year in review or anything that is especially emotional in nature. I love looking at the detail—not necessarily what’s going on in the middle, but what’s surrounding the story. I love a great black & white photo and often can spend hours just perusing images looking at the contrast, details and the lines in someone’s face.Father Daughter Dance captured by Robin Lin PhotographyWhat is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?

It’s hard to come up with just one, but I’d say it’s the first look. Either the first look between a bride and groom or the first look between a bride and her dad. I often have a lump in my throat, especially when a dad sees his daughter on her wedding day. There are many times I’m shooting through tears and I always feel so honored to be there for such an intimate moment in the day.

How would you describe your style?

I truly strive for a clean, classic look that is both a mix of traditional and photojournalistic. There are elements to a wedding that I shoot rather traditionally to respect the intimacy of the occasion, but I love nothing more than getting up close during the reception for great candid moments on the dance floor.North Carolina photographer captures candid dancing during the receptionWhat do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

My clients often tell me at the end of the night (or later) that they never realized I was there and yet I managed to get all the little details and moments they forgot all about. I didn’t get in the way, I didn’t impede or intrude on their day, and I think that’s a huge compliment. I like to think I work exceptionally hard for my clients and I’m willing to help them in ways that don’t even relate closely to photography. I really strive to work well with all the vendors as I know that creating a beautiful wedding really is a team effort.