There's a wedding superstition that says rain on your wedding day means good luck, and we certainly experienced that at Michelle and David's wedding. The overcast skies made for a perfect backdrop during our couples portrait session at four in the afternoon, which is usually a harsh time of day for outdoor photography in the middle of summer. We also stumbled across a stack of hay at Forest Hills Park, which was a lucky find and made for great photographs! The skies unleashed a torrent of rain as soon as we stepped inside the car to head back to the church, and not a second sooner.
Michelle and David's "First Look" was one of my favorite parts of the day. Photographically, the "First Look" can be a hit or miss; some couples don't react with as much personality as Michelle and David did. I loved David's expression upon seeing Michelle in her gown for the first time- I still grin widely whenever I look at it. Michelle twirled around for him like a princess, showing off the train of her beautiful dress.
After saying "I do" at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Michelle and David headed to the Nasher Museum of Art on Duke's campus to party the night away. I loved the reception space, which had skylights and interesting sculptures spread throughout the great hall. I loved the simplicity of Michelle and David's decorations, as they let the space really speak for itself with all its artsiness. Their reception was lighthearted and full of laughter, with the best dance moves going to Michelle's little brother and their pastor. (See if you can spot photos of them getting low on the dance floor! The owned it out there!)
Michelle and David, thank you so much for inviting me and Julysa Sosa to be a part of your wedding celebration. We both enjoyed spending time with your family and friends and capturing all the joy on your wedding day! You made the process a breeze for us with your friendliness and laid-back nature. I hope that you enjoy reliving all of the emotion and special moments of your day when you look at these photos!
Dress: Allure Bridals
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bride's Hair: Megan Sandy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor
Groom's Clothing: Men's Wearhouse
Florist: Ninth Street Flowers
Catering: Durham Catering
Band: Joe Bunn
Ceremony: St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Reception: Nasher Museum of Art
Second Photographer: Julysa Sosa