Duke Chapel Weddings

Duke Chapel Weddings - Couple in Silhouette of Chapel with Dramatic Sky

Duke University Chapel Wedding Photography

Without a shadow of a doubt, one of my favourite places to photograph weddings is Duke Chapel. Built between 1930 and 1935, Duke Chapel is the centrepiece of the spiritual life at Duke University and the focal point of the campus itself. It was built in the Collegiate Gothic style, which takes its inspiration from English architecture of the Tudor period. Probably for this reason, this is one of the North Carolina wedding venues that I feel most at home in. It has a character and soul in its arches, arcades and vaults that just lends itself to beautiful photography when used correctly.

As a preferred vendor, I have photographed tens of weddings at Duke Chapel, yet I never get tired of seeking out and finding new ways to capture its majesty. Take a look through the gallery below and you’ll notice my eye for composition and light dovetail with the exquisite Gothic architecture of Duke Chapel. As always, I strive to make sure every client’s wedding story is told in a unique style that blends photojournalism with fine art photography. No matter the time of day or the season of the year, My intimate knowledge of the photographic opportunities at Duke Chapel will ensure you have stunning photographs to look back on and remember your day.

Duke Chapel Weddings - B&W Bridal Portrait in Arcades with Veil

Duke Chapel is also a great venue for bridal portrait sessions. It’s always a lot of fun to take our time and make some images without the time constraints of the wedding day timeline. You can see some more photos from one of my Duke Chapel bridal sessions here.

Duke Chapel Weddings - Christmas Ceremony with Red Poinsettias & Stained Glass Window

A Christmas wedding at Duke Chapel always looks amazing. The front of the altar area is decorated with scarlet poinsettias and the choir stalls are bedecked with wreathes. It really does look beautifully festive.

B&W Photo of First Look in Arcades at Duke Chapel Wedding by Joe Payne Photography

First looks are a really nice way to ensure you and your groom have ample time to get the photos you need at the chapel with the time slot you are given. I love the sheer happiness on the bride’s face in this photo.

Raleigh Durham Wedding Photographer | Duke Chapel Wedding - Bride & Groom B&W

Although I shoot at Duke Chapel a lot, I am always looks for new ways to utilise its striking architecture and lighting in my photos. With the image above, we arrived at the Chapel to find the altar had been pushed back way further than it is normally. The gave us the space to take some photos facing back into the sanctuary with the couple framed by the organ and hanging lights.

Duke Chapel Bridal Portait in B&W

This is another one of my favourite photos from a bridal session at Duke Chapel. This was an evening session in July and a summer storm had just blown through. The light turned beautifully soft and we got this photo as were finishing up at the chapel. I used a telephoto lens to compress the background and pull in the chapel doorway to frame the bride.

Duke Chapel Weddings - Reflection Ceremony in Coloraturas

During the ceremony, I move around discretely to look for unique angles and ways to capture the beauty of the Chapel.

Duke Chapel Wedding Ceremony B&W Photo

Duke Chapel Wedding Happy Bride & Groom Celebrate

Once you have been pronounced husband and wife, there are always lovely moments to look out for and capture. The image below tells a great story of the relief that is felt when the ceremony is done and you finally have that ring on your finger.

Duke Chapel Wedding Photo - Bride & Groom Recessional Looking at Ring

Here are just a few more of my favourite photos from some of my Duke Chapel weddings.

Duke Chapel Wedding B&W of Back of Bride with dress adjustments by Durham Wedding Photographer Joe Payne
Chapel staff, Blanche and Chris, make final adjustments to the veil before the bride walks down the aisle escorted by her mother.
duke chapel wedding photos – Sara and her dad processional
Walking down the aisle together, this bride and her dad are all smiles.
Duke Chapel Wedding Photo - Flower Girl Fixes Dress
A flower girl adjusts the dress and veil during the ceremony.
Duke Chapel Wedding - B&W Silhouette of Couple in Stained Glass Window
After the first look, this couple took some time with me inside the chapel to get some unique photos. These images are never really planned, but come together from the light on the day and the mood of each couple.
Duke Chapel wedding Photo - Bride & Bridesmaids in Arcades
The bride and her bridesmaids in the arcades. We will work to get a nice selection of relaxed photos with your closest family and friends on the day.
Duke Chapel Wedding - Bride in Narthex B&W
The bride waits for her father to walk her down the aisle. I love the mood and the sense of anticipation in this photo.

Duke Chapel Wedding Photo Silhouette Couple outside Chapel

Duke Chapel Wedding Photo - Bride on Spiral Staircase

Duke Chapel Wedding Portfolio - Bride in Arcades

Duke Chapel Wedding Photo - B&W Bride & Groom Laughing During Recessional

duke chapel wedding photo - bridal party on steps outside chapel

Duke Chapel Wedding Photo - B&W Bridal Portrait in Arcades with Billowing Veil

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duke chapel wedding photos – sara & ross

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