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One of the things I truly love about our area is the absolute diversity you have in wedding venues.  Within 15 minutes you can find truly elegant hotels, urban hideaways to amazing farmland & barns.  Weddings at Fearrington Village are a prime example of this type of diversity.  Just 10 minutes from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, the Fearrington has gorgeous pastures, 5 star dining and an amazing barn perfect for wedding receptions.

Kellie & Trey got ready at the elegant Siena Hotel before their traditional church wedding. With everything being located in Chapel Hill, it made moving from one venue to the next quite easy and their wedding day went off without a hitch. Once we arrived at the Fearrington, we had our run of the entire area for portraits before their wedding reception began.   The arbor, where the reception was held, is a prime example of rural elegance.  Weddings at Fearrington Village never disappoint and we had a blast working with our amazing couple.

I hope you enjoy a few photos from Kellie & Trey’s wedding!

Kate & Gabe had one of those weddings that was planned down to every detail and involved friends and family in every aspect.  Starting with  their wedding ceremony at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, then lunch at Second Empire and finishing up with a gorgeous wedding reception at the Umstead Hotel, the wedding day was simply perfect.

Every location they chose was simply a perfect example of who they are, what they enjoy and their commitment to enjoying their time with their wedding guests. I was completely thrilled to be a part of it and treated just like a guest (although I was working) by both of them and their families.

Please enjoy a few select wedding photos from their wedding day!

 

Paula and Filip had one of the most energetic and fun weddings I’ve ever attended. Their Carolina Inn Wedding, located in Chapel Hill, NC, was a perfect backdrop for their Indian wedding ceremony. The Inn makes the perfect wedding venue as it has large rooms available for getting ready as well as for the ceremony and reception all conveniently located in one place.

The day begin with the bridal party getting ready on opposite sides of the Inn. Paula and her bridesmaids wore traditional Indian sarees and Filip and his groomsmen, sherwanis. For his baraat, Filip was escorted to the front of the Carolina Inn in a Mustang along with drums and lots of dancing. The baraat is important in Indian culture as it symbolizes the welcoming of the groom into the bride’s family.

Following the baraat, the wedding guests headed indoors for a 45 minute ceremony which was beautifully and elaborately decorated. Following the ceremony and formals, the bride and groom changed into their second outfits for the remainder of the evening. The party continued into the reception where there was lots and lots of dancing. We’re so excited to share some of our favorite images from Paula and Filip’s wedding day!

 

Looks like I’ve got a lot of blogging to catch up on.  After an amazing 2014 the smoke is finally clearing and we’re getting back to blogging some of our weddings!  I’ve been really excited to post this one as both Amy & Devon (and their families) were an absolute joy to work with and their wedding was really a beautiful affair.

Amy, like quite a few of our clients, live out of town so we had been in close communication throughout the wedding planning process as well as the bridal portraits.  So when the day of their wedding finally came, we were really excited to meet both of their families and friends.  Their wedding, held at the beautiful Duke Chapel, was, of course, gorgeous!  I’ve photographed quite a few weddings at Duke Chapel but it remains one my my absolute favorite places to capture a wedding – from the amazing architecture to the staff, it’s always a joy to be there.

Interestingly enough, I had never photographed a Cotton Room Wedding Reception so I was excited to get into a new location (which is also gorgeous by the way) and take some amazing images.  The Cotton Room is a gorgeous backdrop for weddings and receptions with it’s open layout, beautiful floors and exposed wood beams.  The reception was, well, let’s just say it was a blast and I have photographic evidence of how much fun everyone had!

I hope you enjoy a few select photos from Amy & Devon’s Duke Chapel Wedding and Cotton Room wedding reception!

I’ll interrupt our normally scheduled blog posts for a quick announcement.  The fabulous folks over at Fundy Software recently asked us about our business.  They probably wished they hadn’t as we gave them back 5 pages of information, tips, lessons learned and a little sarcasm.  We’ve used the Fundy Album Designer for quite some time to design beautiful wedding albums for our clients so to be asked for our insights on business was a real honor.   Fundy is the leading manufacturer and software designer for wedding & portrait albums and they are always pushing the envelope to make things easier for us, the photographer.  As such, we thought sharing some of our experiences with them just made lots of sense.

If you’re looking for software that saves you time, has a very fast learning curve and is constantly being revised based on YOUR feedback, I would really recommend checking out Fundy Software.  If’ you’ve been following our blog for a while and were interested in hearing about our experiences in growing our studios from a “part-time” endeavor to a full time business, you should absolutely check out their article on how to grow your photography business.

 

 

 

  • wani - great article – thanks so much for sharing. Was particularly encouraged by the reminder that growing a business to where you want it to be takes time (and a lot of elbow grease) and can’t expect marketing to pay off right way…keep up the fab work :-)ReplyCancel

    • Brian Mullins - Thanks Wani! I really appreciate the kind words and, yes, there is simply no substitute for hard work but it really will pay off.ReplyCancel