When you have such an amazing couple as Sara and Ross whose love and happiness at getting married is so evident, you can’t possibly have a bad day. Add in Duke Chapel and Hope Valley Country Club as venues, an amazing team of vendors, bright sunshine and a monsoon-like storm in the space of a couple of hours, and you know it’s going to be a very special day indeed.
If you stop by my blog regularly, you might be familiar with Sara from her Duke Chapel bridal photography session, which I posted a few weeks back. She is such a lovely, warm, happy soul and it was so great to see her unleash that beautiful smile all throughout her wedding day. I met with her at the Washington Duke Inn after she and the girls got back from having their hair and make-up done. Once Sara’s mum had helped her into her dress, we headed over to Duke Gardens for some photos of the bridesmaids together. It’s not often I get so much time with the girls, so it was brilliant to be able to take time to get some photos in different parts of the gardens. I’m only showing a few here, but we got a lot more of Sara and the girls as a group, individually with the bride, and portraits of them individually.
In the meantime, Erin was over with Ross and the guys at the Chapel starting off their portraits. As the guys wrapped their time together and they headed in, we were “blessed” with a massive thunderstorm, which meant Sara had to walk under the Chapel and come up through the spiral staircase to get to the arcades for her pictures. We were lashed a bit by the wind and rain even though we were under the arcades, but the photos ended up looking great nonetheless.
Following a beautiful ceremony by the always inspiring Fr. Michael, we took more family photos at the altar before heading outside with the bride and groom for some photos of the happy couple. From there, we headed over to Hope Valley Country Club for a fab dinner followed by live music by The New Royals, featuring a special guest appearance by Sara’s dad on lead guitar. We rounded out the night with dancing and a ride on the mechanical bull at Shooters. Always a fun way to finish the evening!
Special thanks to Kelli and her team at The Perfect Plan for coordinating everything so well on the day. It was great working with you, ladies!
So with that said, let’s have a look at some photos. Here are my picks of the pics:
Ceremony: Duke Chapel, Durham, NC | Reception: Hope Valley Country Club, Durham, NC | Planner: The Perfect Plan, Raleigh, NC | Dress: L’Fay Bridal, Chatham, NJ | Florist: Tre Bella, Durham, NC | Cake: Edible Art, Raleigh, NC | Hair & Make-Up: Wavelengths Salon, Durham, NC | Bride’s Make-Up: Dominique Girardi | Band: The New Royals, Atlanta, GA | Assistant Photographer: Erin Costa, Wilmington, NC