Marie + Robbie tied the knot at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, NC on November 21, 2015. Their cozy winter celebration reflected their creative and goofy personalities- I doubt I'll ever photograph another bride with moon boots again! :)
Read the Q&A with this artsy couple, featured below, to learn more about their wedding inspiration and photography experience! To view all of the photos from their wedding and order prints, please visit their gallery on my online print shop!
1. What are some of your favorite things about your partner? How were these attributes expressed during or leading up to your wedding?
Marie – Robbie is everything I have ever wanted in a man. He is so much like my Dad: hardworking, smart, silly, sensitive, and extremely supportive. I have needed each and every one of those attributes during the wedding planning process. He helped me design and build all of the decorations for the wedding. Every time I got overly stressed or panicky he would make me laugh and lighten the mood in the situation. We also both have a deep love for the outdoors and he helped me make my dream a reality by bringing a little bit of the wilderness into our ceremony. He is my rock.
Robbie – Marie is the most interesting and special person I have met. She is kind hearted, caring, smart, ambitious, hard-working, creative, patient, and goofy all piled up in a five-foot package. She embraces my dreams and comforts me when I am upset. These attributes all were shown on the wedding day as she danced around the room meeting all my family making them feel as if they had known her all their lives. The creative side of her absolutely came out for the wedding as she took the reigns for the décor. I couldn’t be happier.
2. What was most important to you in planning your wedding?
Marie and I wanted a wedding that would bring everyone together. We hadn’t met one another’s extend family yet and we wanted everyone to get to know each other. We decided to make it as hard as possible for people to be in separate groups and force them to get out on the dance floor. It definitely worked. We also didn’t want to get to sucked up into the party itself and let a lot of the aspects of the wedding happen naturally. Neither of us wanted to make ourselves stressed out by trying to perfect every detail. We had a tight budget, so we had a lot of bonding time creating most of the décor used at the wedding. All of those things have now turned our porch into a magical fairytale land full of memories.
3. Are there any details or moments from your wedding that are particularly special to you? (E.g., you wore your momma’s dress, your partner unexpectedly serenaded you, there was a double rainbow all across the sky…).
The first look we had before the wedding was very special because, after 11 months of anticipating that moment when we would first see each other, it was more than we had ever imagined it would be. It was a great time for us to be able to laugh and take each other in and be completely goofy before we had to put our serious faces on and take our vows.
4. What drew you to my photography style? What was it like to work with me?
Robbie said that your tag line says it all. We are unconventional and wild and completely silly people. You seemed like the best person to be able to capture who we really are. You were amazing to work with. It was so awesome to meet someone who was completely true to themselves right off the bat. Neither Robbie nor I like our picture taken, but with you it didn’t feel formal or stiff, but like a friend was taking pictures of us. It was perfect.
5. What was the silliest moment of your wedding day? The sweetest?
There were a lot of silly moments during our day. We think that it is a toss up between all of our friends doing keg stands, my uncle wearing a tie on his head like Quail Man, and my escape outfit… A star wars onesie. My father and I also had a few funny moments. As we were walking out of the room hand in hand to walk down the aisle I realized I didn’t have my bouquet. I started panicking and we both stopped mid walk, turned around, and ran back to the room giggling like mad men. While he was giving me to Robbie he kissed me on the cheek, and then he had to make a joke and give Robbie and big ol’ smack on the face as well. Some of the sweetest moments included my father and my dance where we had to share a handkerchief. He is the toughest man I know and this is the first time I have seen him openly cry multiple times in one day. I can’t forget the look on Robbie’s face as I walked down the aisle. He is so much like my father, and to see him tear up and smile at me with that big beautiful smile made my heart melt.
6. What is the first thing you want to do with the images? Wallpaper the hallway? Internet fame? Tattoo your favorite photo on your arm?
Honestly, we want to look through them together. We were pulled in so many directions during the reception that we don’t really remember all that much about it. It would be nice to look through the images and relive our day and see what memories they jog.
7. What is next for you as a couple? Any big plans?
Well, we just got back from our Dude Ranch Honeymoon, which was awesome. Right now we are kind of nesting. It is nice to create a space that feels like it is both of ours. We are enjoying life as a married couple and maybe thinking about purchasing a house. Yeesh.. I think we are grown ups.
8. Anything else you'd like to add?
It was amazing working with you. Thank you for jumping in and joining our crazy families for our special day. We wouldn’t have changed anything.
Marie + Robbie, I couldn't have dreamed of a better way to finish wedding season 2015! Thanks for being your authentic selves and choosing me to share in your unconventional celebration. I hope you love your photos as much as I do! :)