Teague + Tim tied the knot in a classy, intimate evening wedding at Caffe Luna in downtown Raleigh on November 5, 2016. This was such a fun way to end the 2016 wedding season, as I couldn't have asked for a more adorable couple who gave me carte blanche to carry out my creative vision. Often wedding days are packed with one event after another, but Tim and Teague wanted to have ample time for portraits. So we spent a glorious stretch of time wandering from one cool spot to another during "golden hour," spanning City Market, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, and even Pup's Day Out to visit their fur-babies.
Read the Q&A with this spunky couple, featured below, to learn more about their wedding inspiration and photography experience! To view all 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?
Tim: We didn't have a very long engagement, while I wouldn't say Teague is super detail-oriented, she was very decisive. Teague is a creative problem solver and, as a result, our wedding process wasn't stressful, which is what you often hear. I also admire Teague's intelligence, and I think because she thought through everything ahead of time, things came together really well.
Teague: Tim is more optimistic than I am, and sometimes throughout the wedding planning process, his optimism was necessary for me as I would often say "we should have just eloped" anytime something would come up. Tim is reliable and was solely responsible for our cake and DJ. It was really wonderful being able to rely on him and not feeling like I had to make every decision. Tim is a loving and supportive partner, and our wedding planning process really just reiterated how lucky I am to have him.
2. What was most important to you in planning your wedding?
The most important part of our wedding planning was to keep things simple. So much of the wedding industry has "must do's" and it was important for us to think through these checklists to determine what was important to us. We didn't have a wedding party, which alleviated many of the costs/time involved in planning a wedding. The venue we selected handled every aspect except the flowers/cake. Not having to worry about minor details was very important. As a result, our wedding day honestly wasn't stressful and we could just enjoy ourselves.
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...).
Tim: The first look pictures were special as well as Teague's brother, Charlie, singing while she walked down the aisle with her father.
Teague : My favorite moment was when Tim and I first saw each other, I loved that it was just us plus our awesome photographer.
4. Now that you've tied the knot (and survived!), what advice would you give to other folks planning their wedding?
A bit of practical advice first: don't get a hotel block, there are many online options for guests. But most importantly, I would say surround yourself with a good team and let them do their jobs, these are professionals that don't need to be micromanaged. Focus on yourself, don't worry about what others will think, just do what makes you happy.
5. What drew you to my photography style? Why did you ultimately decide to hire me? Was it worth it? :)
I really liked that you didn't have many staged photos, they all felt like honest moments that you captured. A lot of the wedding photographers have almost identical photos for every wedding they shoot, and I loved your documentary style that showed the personality of the couples. We ultimately hired you because we felt comfortable around you and we really enjoyed hanging out with you, you put us at ease. Choosing a photographer is the biggest decision we made in planning, and we knew you would be trustworthy and give us great photos to keep forever.
6. What is the first things you want to do with the images? Wallpaper the hallway? Internet fame?
We cannot wait to see them and order a ton! We will use them as thank you cards and gifts.
7. What is next for you as a couple? Any big plans?
We are planning our honeymoon to Australia/Fiji next year!
8. Anything else you'd like to add?
We can't imagine having a different wedding photographer on our day. A couple of other photographers we met with had preconceived notions of the photos we "must have". You really listened to what we wanted and what was important to us, even if it meant going to our dog's boarding location and the cemetery!
Teague + Tim, thank you for being such fun and down-to-earth folks! I honestly couldn't have imagined a better way to end the 2016 wedding season. I enjoyed every minute with you (especially over beer + giant pretzels) and am looking forward to our post-wedding portrait session later this winter. :) I hope you enjoy your pictures!