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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the ceremony, I move around discretely to look for unique angles and ways to capture the beauty of the Chapel.
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.
Here are just a few more of my favourite photos from some of my Duke Chapel weddings.