Uber Cool NC Art Museum Anniversary Session

You’ve celebrated your big day in style, escaped on your honeymoon and settled into your new life of husband and wife. Before you know it one, two, or more years of happiness together have passed. So, what better way to capture the memories than with a anniversary photo session. Take the hint from this fabulous couple who are doing it for the fifth year in a row – and at the NC Museum full of cool contemporary art. Captured by Melissa Stallings Photography it’s full of colour, quirk and palpable affection. 

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From the photographer:

Serena + Austin celebrated 5 years of marriage with an oh-so-THEM session at the NC Museam of the Arts in Raleigh, NC. I have photographed Serena and Austin for a few years now and they always come up with the coolest ideas for their anniversary shoots! We’ve photographed in a soda shop, in a dark upstairs of a downtown storefront and now at the Raleigh Museum of the Arts to celebrate 5 years married! This location was by far my favorite and is SO a representation of this eclectic couple. I couldn’t adore Serena’s pink hair and comic book dress (from Modcloth), paired with Austin’s dapper smile and handsome bow tie more. I can’t WAIT to see what they come up with next year.

 

Photographer:  Melissa Stallings Photography // Location: North Carolina Museum of Art // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Bald Head Island Wedding by Anne Liles Photography

Gorgeous bride – check. Pretty flowers – check. Sweet styling – check. A couple madly in love – double, triple check! All bundled together in this beautiful Bald Head Island wedding by Anne Liles Photography. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, located alongside a sleepy beach this North Carolina soiree honestly feels like you’re coming home. To a blissfully sweet and pretty home that is!

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From the photographer:

Michelle and Preston were wed at the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island and held their reception at Shoal’s Club, Bald Head Island NC. It’s a destination off the coast of Southport, NC a sleepy town at the mouth of The Cape Fear River.
You must take a boat to get to the island and there are no cars, only golf carts for transportation. It’s off the beaten path and provides folks with a comforting sense of ‘leaving it all behind’. Michelle’s family owns a home on the island, and it was her number one choice in places for she and Preston to host their guests for their lovely fall wedding on the island. It was a wonderful celebration to be a part of. 

 

Backyard Garden Oasis

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It doesn’t get any more tranquil or pretty than this garden wedding by Jen Yuson Photography. The entire celebration takes place in the backyard of groom Ben’s childhood home, and as you’ll see, the whole setting resembles a garden oasis with lush foliage and shady tree canopies framing the celebrations. Stunning bride Becca (who looks amazing in her stylish understated gown) is escorted down the aisle by her two beautiful children, and then her father reads the sermon to seal the special deal. Oh, and did I mention Becca used to be a wedding planner? So, naturally every lovely detail is perfectly polished and ever-oh-so-pretty. There’s also plenty of delightful rustic DIY touches to be found including the wooden ceremony canopy decorated with peach blooms, the red radio flyer wagons stacked with refreshments, and the candy bar display with it’s cute monogrammed gift bags and chalkboard notes. Yes, outdoor lovers it’s a gorgeous garden affair overflowing with charm, sentimentality and plenty of personalized touches – just what we love!

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Photography: Jen Yuson Photography / Second Shooter: Shawn Bauguess / Event Planner: Susan Longstaff / Caterer: Catering by Johnny Bakastias / / Cake Designer: Jenny Harris Custom Cake Design / Officiant: Steven Kraftchick / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Creative DIY Wedding by Chelsea Nicole Photography

If this wedding had another title, it would have to be…’Coca Cola Bottles and Vintage Sweethearts.’ Or then maybe…‘How to design a Budget Wedding and make it look Totally Adorable‘ would also suit it to a T. Clearly, either one would beautifully sum up this, offbeat, fun and incredibly creative backyard brunch. And with so many pretty pics by Chelsea Nicole Photography, it’s a vintage-inspired affair that will make you wish eclectic was a ‘must-have’ wedding style. 

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The bride’s dress was a handmade vintage dress (from Etsy) which she teamed with a pair of shoes her mom bought two years previously. They were perfect for her vintage retro look.

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She wanted her bridesmaids to be completely themselves and ‘comfortable,’ so they each chose a dress from their wardrobe the day before! The flowers for the mismatched bridesmaid’s bouquets were all individually chosen to reflect each girl’s personality.

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All elements of the wedding were contributed by family and friends, with the bride delegating a specific task to each person she knew they would enjoy. For instance, those who loved to cook brought the food. Her roommate arranged flowers and a bridesmaid arranged the bouquets. This offbeat bride also wanted to look around on the day and see things which were familiar to her. All the decorations used to decorate the backyard came from the bride’s house. Each jar used in the table centerpieces had a story attached to them and the flowers used were from a neighbors yard. Even the oak tables were fashioned by the old man across the street. Everyone played a part ….everyone was connected.

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Naturally, the traditional wedding cake was given the flick. Instead, the bride and her friends visited Dunkin Donuts the day before and voila! …this wonderful interpretation of a breakfast croqombouche was created out of donuts. What an awesome idea!

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From the photographer: This North Carolina DIY brunch wedding stands out amongst most for its creative edge. The Coca Cola bottles, vintage vases, ornately covered books, croquet to entertain quests, doughnut tower and wild flowers, created a rustic, yet vintage venue that mirrored the bride and groom’s free spirit and artistic style. Cobwebs and giant bumbles bees only added to the decor. Being not the typical bride, the guest book was tossed and replaced with a corner table where “love” notes could be written and placed in an ornate box. Bridesmaids each wore there own dress of choice as did the groomsmen and flower girls. An assortment of wildflowers were chosen for bouquets each reflecting the style of that particular bridesmaid who carried it. After skipping down the aisle to meet her groom, the guests chuckled, vows were exchanged, and everyone could see the true, sincere love these two shared. I was honored to be apart of such an important moment in this couple’s journey together.

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 Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Venue: Neighbour’s Backyard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Picturesque North Carolina Golf Engagement Session by Jarod Knoten Photography

Anyone for a round of golf? Join lovely couple Melissa and Travis for their picturesque golf engagement session in a beautiful part of North Carolina called Asheville. Travis is an assistant golf pro at the Mountain Air Country Club. Luckily he was able to get access to the gorgeous mountain top location for photographer Jarod Knoten to take this exclusive shoot. With perfect weather and views to match, their loving engagement pics are simply stunning.Asheville Engagement SessionEngagement Photography North CarolinaAnyone For Golf E SessionNorth Carolina Golf Engagement ShootPicturesque Golfing Engagement ShootNorth Carolina E SessionGolf Engagement SessionMountain Top E SessionAsheville Engagement Shoot

From the Photographer: The leaves had just turned the weekend before and were stunning. The weather was perfect and the views unmatchable. Melissa and Travis showed us around the mountain top and we were able to capture some beautiful moments between the two. After the session we went to downtown Asheville for a few drinks and were able to catch the couple in the alcove. They are so cute and we couldn’t be more excited to shoot their wedding on October 1st at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Hopefully we will be surrounded by as many stunning leaves up there.

Photographer: Jarod Knoten Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights