Maria and Andrew’s St. Catherine of Siena & The Sutherland wedding was definitely a highlight of my year so far. As wedding photographers, we can only hope for three things: great subjects, great locations and great light – all three were available in abundance on this beautiful day.
Throughout the day, it was a joy to just stand back and watch Maria and Andrew interact together and just photograph them as they are. They are so obviously besotted with each other and there were so many tender moments between the two of them, there was really very little direction needed from me for the portrait side of things and we ended up with so many great pictures, it was difficult to cut things down for the sake of a blog post. Everything from the getting ready, through to the ceremony was full of joy and emotion – manna from heaven or a wedding photojournalist. And the reception was a total blast from start to finish – so many great characters tearing up the dance floor thanks to Maria and Andrew’s fab family and friends and the mad DJ skillz of Steve Stowe!
As a side note, it was brilliant to shoot at St. Catherine of Siena again as I hadn’t been there since the new church building was opened a few years back. Even though it’s obviously a modern building, the architecture has a classic, warm feel with high ceilings, arches, and windows providing a lot of beautiful light. And The Sutherland is always a great place to shoot with its old house full of plenty of character and natural light, its outbuildings and gorgeous grounds.
Finally, the light on the day was just beautiful. We were blessed with gorgeous sunny weather from start to finish, which was just the cherry on top. All told, we were truly spoilt!
As always, I want to send out my thanks to the fantastic team that came together to put on such an amazing event. They are:
Ceremony: St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NC | Reception: The Sutherland, Durham, NC | Planner: Adams & Events, Cary, NC | Dress: Downtown Bridal, Salisbury, MD | Florist: Fresh Affairs, Raleigh, NC | Cake: Ashley Cakes, Raleigh, NC | Bride’s Hair & Make-Up: Wedding Hair by Liz, Raleigh, NC | DJ: Steve Stowe, Bunn DJ Co, Raleigh, NC | Rentals: Petal & Oak Rentals, Raleigh, NC | Catering: Rocky Top Catering, Raleigh, NC | Lighting: Total Production Services, Raleigh, NC | Transportation: Lifestyle Limousine Company, Raleigh, NC | Videographer: Hayzen’s Productions, Greensboro, NC | Assistant Photographer: Brian Joseph, Apex, NC
And without further ado, here are my picks of the pics: