It's been a very busy start to 2013, but we were able to put aside all the business of photography today and shoot our first wedding of the season at fantastic Highgrove Estate in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.
Brandon and Anna's wedding was superb from start to finish. More on their story coming soon, but this wedding was triple fun because not only did we have a fabulous couple, but we had some greatttttt vendors in the house. Flowers on Broad Street blew it out of the park with their incredibly vibrant and beautiful floral creations. Lenny Fritts, Touch of Class DJ's handled the reception and entertainment as masterfullyas always, including Russian translations! John Hayes, Southern Video Designhad his cams gliding and killer style working its magic. Robin Renteria officiated the ceremony and made everyone smile the entire day. Sweet Memories provided the scrumptious cake and the "Stalberg String Quartet" provided beautiful music. Angela Wright and the entire staff at Highgrove really made this a fantastic event and a wonderful start to our 2013 wedding season. :-)
Enjoy the "Highlight Slideshow" and thanks so much Anna & Brandon for choosing The IMAGE MILL to capture this incredible time in your lives together. We wish you the best!
It's been a fun few days at The IMAGE MILL. We had a GREAT bridal show over the weekend, met almost 1000 brides & grooms-to-be and are now busy scheduling consults and booking wedding dates for 2013 and early 2014.
As if that isn't enough, we've just heard that The IMAGE MILL has been awarded the "Bride's Choice Award" for 2013! Our 3rd year in a row!!
Amy and I thank all of our past, and present, clients for making us a success. We LOVE and ADORE each and every one of you guys and we appreciate the time taken to share your experiences about us. It's going to be a great wedding season!!
We met Jessica & Matthew back in April at Zach & Anna's wedding. Not something that happens all the time, but we welcome 'chance meetings' anytime! Matthew came up to me during the reception and said, "you guys know what you're doing. I'm marrying the love of my life in October and I want to introduce you to my bride-to-be". From there I knew it was meant for us to be their photographers and so we made it happen. :-)
Wedding day began at the church and it was high-energy from moment one. New Sandy Creek Baptist is Jessica's childhood church and it made the perfect backdrop for this Fall wedding. It was standing room only by the time family and friends filled the sanctuary and their love and support for this couple was clearly evident throughout. After the "i do's" we shot a few formal and fun shots and then were off to Henderson Country Club for an "epic" reception!
Henderson CC http://www.hendersoncountryclub.net/ is a beautiful facility and having the golf course as a backdrop for our wedding party and Mr. & Mrs. shots was photography heaven. The weather was perfect and Jessica & Matt were having so much fun we just let them do what they were doing and fired away. It all resulted in some truly special moments and incredible images.
Enjoy the "highlight slideshow" and thanks Jessica & Matthew. You guys made for one of the most fun weddings we captured all year! All the best to you both!! :-)
On a rather damp day in late September, Jenna and Kyle's BIG day had finally arrived. When I met this wonderful couple I knew their wedding day would be spectacular. They are a fun and energetic couple and that always makes for extra image goodness.
We started at the bride's parent's home and captured some fun and playful shots of Jenna and her girls getting ready. Ashley, Makeup By Ashley Mooney, sculpted the final look for the bride and bridesmaids with her airbrush in hand and really put the finishing touches on like a true artist. After shooting the girls, details of the dress, flowers and rings, we headed to St. Francis (http://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/) for the ceremony.
The girls arrived at St. Francis via a limo mini-bus and from there it was time to say "i do". The ceremony was simple and gorgeous with the soft light glowing around this wonderful couple. After the "i do's" it was off to Brier Creek Country Club. http://www.briercreekcc.com/
The ballroom was alive with color, floral beauty, candle light and key center piece that themed around Disney. I found out early on that Jenna & Kyle LOVE Disney and at both their "e" session and the wedding we incorporated some of those touches into their images.
After a scrumptious meal, and a few of the formal reception events, the party was on! The dance floor stayed full most of the evening and the crowd made for some great dancing shots. Thanks Jenna & Kyle for making this one of the best for us in 2012! Now I'm ready to go to Disney!! ;-)
We had been looking forward to Lauren and Jake's wedding since the day we met them. They are such a great couple and were referred to us by another 'Angus Barn Pavilion' couple that we photographed two years ago. Thanks again Matt & Stephanie! We LOVE our clients!!
This was a beautiful late August afternoon and to have perfect weather meant the "magic" was in place for something truly wonderful. The Barn at 'The Pavilion' is a spectacular venue and with the gorgeous grounds, and picturesque lake, it is simply a photographer's dream. Ashley and her fantastic staff put all their special touches into place and made this wedding truly fabulous. http://www.thepavilionsattheangusbarn.com/index.htm
The English Garden took care of the floral arrangement and centerpiece creations, and as always added beautiful color and style to the evening. Their designs are simply gorgeous each and every time. http://www.englishgardenraleigh.com/
As Lauren and the girls arrived, the excitement for us as photographers was like Christmas. Lauren was a stunning bride and every image seemed to jump off the back of the camera. The girls added in their flare and fun and made this a time we didn't want to end.
After having some fun with Jake and the guys, grabbing a few more detail shots and getting in place for the ceremony, it was time. The walk from the barn to the gazebo is one of the most beautiful walks for a bride to make that I've ever seen. The long brick path curls around at a beautiful angle and when you add a gorgeous bride to it you have what we like to call "butter". ;-)
The ceremony overlooked the lake and was made official with the traditional ringing of the bell. We took the formals and wedding party shots, then made our way to the water's edge for some couple time. It wasn't long before we noticed a rainbow, from out of nowhere! It was faint, but it was there and we quickly scrambled to capture a shot with it and our bride & groom. Not an easy thing to capture at any time, but with the pressure on I was determined to get this once-in-a-lifetime moment. And we did! :)
Mr. & Mrs. Potter made their grand entrance into the beautifully lit barn and from there it was all reception fun. After an incredible meal created by the Angus Barn chefs, Jason, with Island Sound DJ's, put the gas to it and scorched the dance floor. Jason is easily one THE BEST in the business, so when you are looking for top talent contact "Island Sound" and they will hook you up. http://www.islandsound.net/
Lauren and Jake, we wish you nothing but happiness and success always. Thank you for letting us be your photographers! :)
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