Maria + Stephen | Wedding at JC Raulston Arboretum

Maria and Stephen’s North Carolina June wedding was one that I was anticipating for several months.  I became friends with Stephen four years ago when he was a student at Carolina and a member of my church.  I got to know Maria last summer when she interned for me (check out her amazing portfolio!).  She spent many hot summer afternoons editing wedding photos at my kitchen table and shooting alongside me and Justin on the weekends.  Every now and then I would pick her up from Stephen’s apartment and find them cuddling on his couch, watching the Office and being generally cuddly and adorable.

Maria and Stephen got married at the First Baptist Church in downtown Durham and had a lively outdoor reception at the beautiful JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.  Their wedding was a photographer’s dream, filled with a range of emotions.  Reverence throughout the ceremony turned into slaphappy goofiness with the bridal party afterwards.  A quiet, stolen kiss between Maria and Stephen went unnoticed by a loud and celebrating crowd.  The contrast was wonderful and kept me on my toes.

One of my favorite aspects of the day was shooting Maria + Stephen’s couples portraits after their exit.  Since Maria is a wedding photographer, she really valued having a variety of photographs of just her and Stephen and scheduled about an hour for us to focus on that.  It was wonderful to not have to rush this process!  Some of my favorite photos from they day are from our time walking through the gardens.

Maria and Stephen, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to shoot your wedding.  Maria, it was so fun to see you on this side of the camera for once.  J  I hope that these wedding photos will remind you of the joy you experienced together with your loving community on June 15, 2013.    


Dress: David's Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal and TB Dresses

Catering: LizRen Enterprises

Invites: David's Bridal

Cake: Teresa Leonarz

Ceremony: First Baptist Church in Durham

Reception: JC Raulston Arboretum

Second Photographer:  Julysa Sosa

Bridal Portraits:  Carolyn Marie Photography