When I first met Marianna & Brian to talk about their Raleigh, NC Wedding Photography, the wedding date was still under discussion because of Brian’s service in the military. The wedding was originally scheduled for February of 2010 but got pushed back to January 30th, 2010 because of Brian’s deployment. It feels like forever since I first met with them but, then again, it also feels like I blinked and the time passed! An interesting sidenote – I shot either one or both of them a total of 4 times and the average temperature was 31 degrees. Both their e-session and bridal portraits was shot on a very cold December evenings (with more wind then you’d hope for when its below freezing). So when their wedding day came around, it was only fitting we got 5-6″ of snow and with the Capital City Club reception in downtown Raleigh, it couldn’t of made for a more fitting setting.
I don’t mind driving in the snow, but my confidence in others and the road clearing ability of the city of Raleigh is a bit on the low side. I ended up grabbing a hotel the night before and after the wedding day to insure I would have no problems making it their ceremony and reception. It’s a good time to mention that I have always wanted to photograph a wedding in the snow, because, let’s face it, Raleigh, NC Wedding Photography and snow just don;t come into contact with each other very often. At the ceremony, I was thrilled to see how many people braved the elements to come out and celebrate Marianna & Brian’s wedding. After a wedding sparkler sendoff we all piled into the vans and rode back to downtown Raleigh for the wedding reception in the Capital City Club. Before heading back up, I just *had* to get some photos of my happy couple in the snow. With no traffic to speak of, we had free reign of Fayetteville St and, despite Marianna having open toed shoes on, she was a real trooper and let me work a little magic with them!
Both of them are swing dancers so the Casablanca Orchestra fired it up and everyone at the reception danced it up to a wonderful performance of swing music. After cutting the wedding cake with a saber, a few Captain Morgan poses, a whole lot of laughing and dancing, the night started to wrap up. I will make one notable exception here and mention that I was asked to dance, and graciously accepted, by Kelly. Thanks Kelly! 🙂 The last photograph below is as I was leaving Capital City Club and walking back to my hotel. Even though I had been photographing for about 9 hours straight at this point, this shot was too beautiful to pass up. I do believe I may frame this one for myself.
Marianna & Brian – thank you both so much for all of your warmth & hospitality and choosing me as your photographer! I truly enjoyed working (and freezing) with you both over the past 18 months and I want to give you my most heartfelt congratulations!!!!
Church: North Raleigh UMC – Raleigh, NC
Wedding Reception: Capital City Club – Raleigh, NC
Flowers: Ninth Street Flowers – Raleigh, NC
Cake: Edible Art – Raleigh, NC
Band: Casablanca Orchestra – Raleigh, NC
Invitations: Carlson Craft
Dress: Enchanting Moments
Transportation: White Horse Transportation – Raleigh, NC
Now on to a few photos!