The July heat certainly didn't put a damper on Melissa and Andrew's wedding day last month. This sweet couple celebrated their nuptials in the quaint town of Bahama, North Carolina- just twenty minutes north of Durham.
Their ceremony at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church was a spiritual, emotional, and joyful worship service. One of my favorite moments during the service was when their pastor and long-time friend Jeremy Gwaltney teared up while telling the audience about this couple's story. In all my years as a wedding photographer I don't think I have ever seen an officiant shed tears during the ceremony; this was truly a testament to the love shared by Melissa and Andrew's close-knit community and friends from Grace Church of Chapel Hill.
Melissa and Andrew held their reception at Spruce Pine Lodge, an adorable vintage log cabin venue just minutes away from the church. Their celebration was lively and filled with good ol' North Carolina bluegrass music. A highlight of the evening was the hour of toasts that friends and family made to the couple. I got the sense during my previous consultation and bridal session with Melissa and Andrew that they were both extremely compassionate people with a heart for others, and I loved learning more about their character during these heartfelt speeches. In lieu of favors they made donations to the Durham Rescue Mission, a gesture that demonstrated their heart for service.
Melissa and Andrew, thank you for inviting me to document your wedding day for you. Your warmth made me feel like I was an established part of your community, making it a joy to serve you. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves with me! I hope that these photos will remind you of what a special group of family and friends you have. It is obvious that you have touched many people and will continue to do great things for your community and the world through your marriage!
Second Photographer: Bridget McEnaney
Officiant: Jeremy Gwaltney
Dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Catering: Hillsborough BBQ Company