Reagan + Tyler tied the knot on June 11, 2016 at Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham, NC. They headed over to University Tower to party late into the night- with a dance floor of epic proportions, and the tastiest wedding meal ever: breakfast for dinner!
Read the Q&A with this lively 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?
Reagan: One of my favorite attributes of Tyler that I’ve seen throughout our relationship, is his easy-going personality, and jovial spirit. It comes as no surprise, then, that these attributes were present leading up to, and during our wedding day. He loves having a good time, and cares immensely for those he holds close. When any hiccups arose during the process, he was the first to put things into perspective and calm my nerves. He, with his big grin, greeted all of his family with big hugs, and danced his heart out with his friends on the dance floor. He was the best partner to go through the wedding planning process with, loving me every step of the way and reassuring me only even more so that he was the best possible guy I could ever have chosen to be my husband.
Tyler: She’ll be the first to tell you she loves her lists. She really took the reigns when it came to wedding planning, and despite the incredible amount of work and energy it took to pull off, she did everything with a smile and a level head about her. Nothing fell through the cracks, and the wedding literally couldn’t have been more perfect, and she made it all look so easy. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her hard work and drive. She inspires me to do more and be more productive in my down time. She’s pretty much superwoman.
2. What was most important to you in planning your wedding?
In planning our wedding, we most importantly wanted it to be a true celebration of our love for each other, and to glorify the Lord through our joy. We hoped our story and union would be a testimony of Christ’s love for the church, which we can only pray was expressed through the ceremony service. We also hoped that everyone would have a great time letting loose and celebrating joyfully with us this gift of marriage we get to enjoy, knowing how much we appreciated them celebrating with us!
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…).
There were so many sweet moments that we will cherish in our memories of our day together, but one of the most fun memories was on the dance floor towards the end of the night. The DJ from Making Memories DJ Service played “Turn Down For What.” Everyone was ready to jump around like crazy, but immediately a mosh pit of Tyler’s groomsmen and college-aged guys formed in the middle of the dance floor, flailing and banging their heads and all bumping into each other with the biggest smiles you can imagine. Everyone else backed away, knowing those boys fully deserved to own the dance floor in that moment. It was fantastic.
4. Now that you’ve tied the knot (and survived!), what advice would you give to other folks planning their wedding?
The biggest advice we can give to those planning a wedding is to focus on what is important to you, and make that happen above all else. There is a lot of etiquette that is cool to learn about and can be fun to keep up with, but ultimately this day is for you, so find ways to personalize it and make it unique to who you are as a couple. And something else to keep in mind is that while weddings are so wonderful and they are big and memorable days, when things get stressful with all of the details, remember that is IS just one day, while marriage is a lifetime. Try not to lose sight of the marriage you’re going to enjoy for a lifetime beyond the wedding day itself.
5. What is the first thing you want to do with the images? Wallpaper the hallway? Internet fame?
The first thing we want to do with the photos are make a huge album that we can personalize and treasure forever. I can’t wait to look back through the album years from now and remember the sweetness of that day, as the pictures portray!
6. What is next for you as a couple? Any big plans?
Our next big step as a married couple is that we are moving to an apartment complex in Durham, where I will be starting graduate school to become a Speech-Language Reagan is very organized and driven. She is a task oriented person and Pathologist, and Tyler will be wrapping up his undergraduate career at NCSU while starting his career in civil engineering! There are a lot of transitions for us ahead, but we’re so thrilled to finally be able to go through them all together!
7. Anything else you'd like to add about your wedding, photography experience, or anything else?
Courtney Potter is super organized and professional to work with. She’ll stick to the schedule and keep things moving along nicely as well as undoubtedly capture the beauty and fun of your day through her gifted photography skills. I recommend her to anyone in the area who is looking for a fun and talented photographer!
Reagan +Tyler, thanks for throwing such a fun, spirited wedding celebration! I loved how you blended traditional elements with things I've never seen before- breakfast for dinner! Y'all were so much fun to photograph, and I hope that you love these photos as much as I do! :) Enjoy!
Ceremony Venue: Church of the Good Shepherd
Reception Venue: University Tower
Photography Assistant: Katy Hall
Bride's Dress: David's Bridal
Shoes: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House
Groom's Clothing: Men's Warehouse
Groomsmen Clothing: Men's Warehouse
Florist: Victoria Park Florist
Catering: University Club