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

Seven Sublime Wedding Stories in Pictures by the Cordare Studio Team

Outstanding wedding photography begins with an instant, a split second, a moment nearly lost in time.  

Driven by the heart, by an innate sense of beauty, the photographer tries not to think about anything else, focusing on the present on the other side of the lens. 

As if in a meditation session, no thoughts are allowed to stray. There is no time to question techniques, lighting or distances. No opportunity to allow that speck of doubt to filter through that might cause a memorable shot to be lost forever. 

At Cordare Studios, we are aware of the microsecond available to create images words cannot describe. We know our clients want honest images about honest moments – images that can only be taken from the heart, not with the head. 

 Because that’s the only way to tell your wedding story. 

 A story of everlasting love

Groom Carrying Bride

Love speaks for itself but like in this stunning shot, it needs the guiding hand of an unobtrusive photographer who won’t derail an intimate moment.  With full trust in their photographer, this couple lost themselves in a tender moment that conjured a heroic rescue in a rugged natural environment just before a treacherous thunderstorm was to arrive. 

The result? More than a picture; almost a Hollywood movie.

A story of friendship

Bridesmaids Cheering

A good wedding photographer has an inbuilt instinct for the finer details of a wedding and will use this skill to highlight relationships and emotions. In this image, the team at Cordare has superbly played with the vibrant colours of the gowns, accessories and textures to make a strikingly beautiful composition about friendship and good times, in the shot’s foreground. 

A story of the crowd

Bride & Groom leaving

 In this shot, the photographer used a wide angle lens to capture a sense of candid belonging. The result is a story of joyous community responding as one as the bride and the groom walk stroll a central red carpet. From taking snap shots with mobile phones to blowing bubbles, playing with balloons and congratulating each other, so much life is beautifully captured in one single vibrant photograph. 

A story of overwhelming emotions

Emotional Bride

A skilled wedding photographer anticipates what is about to happen. They react fast to capture a single poignant detail in an elusive instant. That is precisely what Cordare has done to produce a memory of this emotional moment as the bride fights to contain overwhelm and her tears of joy.  

A story of real people on the best day of their lives

Wedding Humour

A smile is worth a thousand words, but laughter is one of the most precious commodities exchanged during any event. Capturing the casual humour of a passing moment, the photographer here has given the bride and the groom a memory guaranteed to bring a smile of reminiscence each time they look at this image.

A story about your future

Storm Wedding

Unthreatened by the imminent storm menacing their precious day, Cordare’s photographer embraced a uniquely dramatic situation to record this moment. The result is a symbolic image of commitment by the newlyweds to remain happy in times of difficulties and challenges.

This is how we tell Your Story

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Cordare Studio captures what no one else can see to put into images what cannot be put into words. We capture the unseen unique moments so you can slowly discover and rejoice over them during the years to come after your special wedding day. 


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Breathtaking Bridal Veils #2

We love beautiful bridal veils here at LWB, but when you combine it with breathtaking photography then you absolutely have us melting at the knees! In our Breathtaking Bridal Veils #1 we focused on the bride modelling her stunning veil. However this time, we decided it was time to show off some amazing shots of couples which featured the wedding veil. The end result…, well, utterly romantic would have to be a understatement!

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Couple Under Wedding Veil

Beautiful Bridal Veil

Kiss Under Veil at Beach

 Missed Breathtaking Bridal Veils #1? Catch up on all the gorgeousness here!



Images: 1 & 3: Elizabeth Messina / 2: Once Wed / 4: Snippet & Ink


Minted Wedding Stationery

A Paris Honeymoon by Keith Pitts Photography

Some may call it ‘The City of Lights‘ but I prefer to call Paris ‘The City of Love! Overflowing with history, romance and beauty, it’s a lover’s oasis filled with magic, and a romantic overload for the senses. It also holds a special place in the heart of this gorgeous duo Lindsay and Robert. Robert proposed to Lindsay in Paris and after their Summer wedding in Spain, decided it was the perfect place for their  honeymoon – and we couldn’t agree more!  With a collection of stunning photos by Keith Pitts Photography, these two honeymooners have created a ‘French Connection‘ they will never forget!

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From the photographer: Lindsay and Robert are an American couple who were married in Spain this summer and decided to honeymoon in Paris this July. Paris was a special place for them as it was the spot where Robert proposed. Here it is in his own words: “The culmination of ring hiding and nervous secrecy came to fruition in the early hours of January 1, 2012. Along the banks of the Seine, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, I proposed to Lindsay, and to my great joy, she said yes. As I grasped for the ring in my jacket pocket, only hours after we brought in the new year, I had the feeling that I can only describe as the one you feel just before you get on a roller coaster: I knew that there was no turning back. I’ve known for a long time that Lindsay was the one for me, but to go through the process of actually proposing was as nerve racking as anything I’ve every done. When she said yes, all the shaky emotions of anxiety and worry were replaced by feelings of harmony, well being and especially love. I am so happy to be able to say that Lindsay will be my wife and that we will forever be connected for the rest of our lives.”


 Photographer: Keith Pitts Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic After Wedding Photo Shoot by Mason Fotographie

Do you want to maintain that wedding high? Not ready to pack away your treasured white dress just yet? Then a great way to stay in wedding bliss for as long as possible is to have a romantic after wedding photo shoot together. This sweet Mr & Mrs got to not only enjoy romantic quality time together, but with the help of Mason Fotographie created some gorgeous after wedding photos with sweet rustic style and an abundance of soothing speckled light.

Rustic After Wedding Photos

Photography: Mason Fotographie / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sweet Toronto Engagement Session from Photography By Kat

I hope you enjoyed all the gorgeous love stories we featured this week on LWB. I just love how each couple has their own special story and this sweet pair are no exception. Their sweet engagement session in Toronto Canada proves they only have eyes for each other. And I don’t need to add anything else because Kathryn from Photography by Kat describes this adorable couple perfectly.Sweet Toronto Engagement SessionToronto Wedding PhotographyToronto Engagement ShootToronto EngagementEngagement Photos TorontoEngagement Pictures TorontoWedding Blog Engagement Pics

From Kathryn: The first thing you’ll notice about Nicki when you meet her is her laugh! It’s not just a giggle or a chuckle, but a FULL ON, THROW YOUR HEAD BACK and YOUR BODY INTO IT laugh. The first thing you’ll notice about Andrew is how much he adores Nicki. At our first meeting he held her hand or rubbed her knee the entire time and stole these adorable glances…and he definitely knows how to bring out her contagious smile and laugh. The second thing you’ll notice about Nicki and Andrew as a couple is HOW MUCH they LOVE kissing each other! I’ve NEVER had to get a couple to stop kissing before: “Uh, okay can you two just touch noses for a little bit!? Great thanks.” Drew proposed to Nicki on May 3, 2011, they had met through an online dating site and had been together for just over two years, but she had no idea that it was going to happen. They got all dressed up to go out for a date night to a restaurant downtown Toronto called Epicure. After dinner Drew brought Nicki to The Black Bull’s patio, where they went on their first date, but it was closed because of a recent fire. Drew, not wanting to ruin his plans with a closed pub, brought Nicki onto the cleared patio and proceeded to tell her how wonderful she is and then got down on one knee and proposed. After Nicki said yes and while they were hugging and kissing a homeless man wandered by and told them to take a hike, a pretty memorable city moment!

Location: Distillery District Toronto Canada / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Summer Evening Bride by Nicole Conner Photography

With soft natural lighting and the sun setting behind the hills this beautiful vintage bridal portrait brought to you by Nicole Conner gives you a million reasons why a Summer evening wedding is a must in our opinion . . .  

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Photographer: Nicole Conner Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights


Rustic Castle Engagement Session by Pure Sugar Studios

Rustic Engagement SessionIt’s not every day you get to capture stunning images in a historic rustic castle, especially if the castle is privately owned. Well, lucky for one Florida couple fate was on their side. It just so happened that the groom knew the owner of this magnificent castle in Saint Augustine Florida who kindly gave them permission for their romantic shoot. The end result . . . stunning rustic images by Pure Sugar Studios fit for a king. I’m always enthralled by anything immersed in history, so this romantic interlude instantly seduced me with its rustic charm. I’m loving the ancient ruins, the naturally stunning bride, and most of all I’m loving those awesome cowboy boots!  Abso-bloomin-gorgeous!Engagement Photography FloridaRustic Cowgirl BootsRustic Castle ShootRustic Castle Engagement ShootRustic Florida Engagement ShootFlorida Engagement SessionRustic Castle Engagement SessionFlorida Castle Engagement ShootCastle Ruins Photography

Photography: Pure Sugar Studios / Submitted via Two Bright Lights


LA Tour Engagement Session by Modern Lightbox

LA Engagement Shoot ParkI love engagement sessions. In particular, those that go all out to make their shoot personalized and memorable. Just like this sweet couple, Song and Masa, who use the colourful city of LA as their inspiration to capture their love story. I so love how Mariane from Modern Lightbox Photography beautifully captured their theme of travelling and books to personalize their e-session and symbolize their romance. From a leafy park to urban cafe, and on to a grand city train station, this shoot takes us on non-stop tour of Los Angeles hangouts and tender sweet love. And I definitely was the over-excited tourist from start to finish.

Mariane describes the inspiration behind the shoot: Using the colourful city of Angels as their base t were visiting family in California and thus decided to have their engagement done in the City of Angeles. Song is currently finishing her graduate degree in Atlanta, GA (hence the peach) and Masa is teaching in Florida (hence the oranges). We travelled everywhere around Downtown Los Angeles: Union Station, the CoffeeBar, The Last Bookstore, Cornfield Park and finished off in Little Tokyo. Although Song and Masa are living apart . . . for now, they are slowly inching their way towards each other!

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Song and Masa were visiting family in California and thus decided to have their engagement done in the City of Angeles. Song is currently finishing her graduate degree in Atlanta, GA (hence the peach) and Masa is teaching in Florida (hence the oranges). We travelled everywhere around Downtown Los Angeles: Union Station, the CoffeeBar, The Last Bookstore, Cornfield Park and finished off in Little Tokyo. Although Song and Masa are living apart…for now, they are slowly inching their way towards each other!

Photography: Modern Lightbox Fine Art & Lifestyle Photography  / Location: Los Angeles / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights