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Pinehurst Wedding | Caroline & Brandon

I met Caroline thru a previous wedding client of mine, Christa, and when we first met, I was thrilled to learn her wedding would be in Pinehurst.  Even though it’s only about an hour away, I hadn’t yet photographed a wedding there so, needless to say, I was thrilled.  There are quite a few Pinehurst Wedding Photographers but as Caroline is local to Raleigh, it was easier for us to meet locally and both travel down for her wedding in Pinehurst.

Their wedding ceremony took place at the Village of Pinehurst arboretum and their wedding reception was at the Fair Barn.  Having never been to either location previously I got there a bit early so I could look around and get an idea of what the photography conditions would be.  Having photographed in barns before, I know they all have one thing in common – darkness!  I actually love “dark” weddings though because, essentially, the only light you’ll have is what you bring, so that makes for some very cool wedding photography!  The Fair Barn also has Christmas lights strung throughout which adds a lovely warmth and charm to an already gorgeous venue.

We could not have asked for better outdoor wedding conditions.  Cloudy skies and a slightly cool breeze made it comfortable for everyone to be outside, no matter if they had one a full suit or a sleeveless wedding gown.  After the ceremony (and my end run behind the ceremony to capture the happy couple pouring sand into a vase), we headed into the downtown area in Pinehurst to photograph some wedding portraits involving Caroline, Branden and their wedding party.  We located a small, very charming inn that was vacant and used it and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for the group photos.  Caroline, Branden and I then snuck off to get a shot in front of the Pinehurst Resort – a GORGEOUS hotel with amazing landscaping and beautiful architecture.

Back at the Fair Barn, the sun was setting as Branden and Caroline started their first dance.  The barn has an overhead skylight which lets in, normally, the perfect amount of light into the center of the building but, with it being cloudy and the sun going down, it provided very little additional light which made for some very cool layering of light in the photos.  After dinner, the cake cutting and toasts, everyone got busy on the dance floor and helped the happy couple celebrate their wedding.  I spotted a really great opportunity for a cool portrait that evening, and Caroline was gracious enough to pose for a few shots before her and Branden exited the wedding reception under the shaking of pom poms.

I’d like to extend my sincerest thank you to Caroline, Branden and both of their families for their hospitality and graciousness on their wedding day.  As always, I’ve selected a few of my favorite photos to show below.

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  • Brent - Well done Brian! Your lighting is fantastic throughout and I absolutely love the last image of the bride! Supurb!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia Stinnett - Wow these pics are GREAT you did an AWESOME jobReplyCancel

  • Lorrie Nugent - Beautiful wedding captured in photos by a photographer that was almost invisible during the wedding and reception. He was everywhere but nowhere. Totally awesome in my opinion.ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Bullen - Brian, You’re a wonderful photographer, very impressed with how professional the photos are and the intimate care you show to make sure your clients are perfectly happy on their special day! Way to go !ReplyCancel

  • Helen G - The photographs are awesome! Can’t believe Caroline didn’t break your camera! LOL! Just kidding! Caroline You were beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn Haddock - All of the pictures are great, Brian you did an awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Batten - Brian I have looked at these wedding pics over and over again and see something new each time. I really like some of the angles, lighting techniques, and emotions captured. Thanks for a job well done!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Poundstone - Great job, mr. Cute photographer. Really, you were great, and the proof is in the lovely pictures. Thanks from all of us who love Caroline and Brandon.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - I just LOVE these pictures!!! such a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Marion - The last picture on the site really captured Caroline’s personality. She looked beautiful! I love the way Brian captured the candid shots. He seems to snap the picture at all the perfect times! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Gigi Price - The pictures are wonderful. There are so many that were perfect…capturing the emotions of so many…right down to the sweet innocence of the children. The last picture NEEDS to be in Bride’s magazine. Absolutely perfect. You definitely have a talent in capturing the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Sebert - The pictures are great….love your work. Very creative shots. You captured Caroline’s beauty and the joy she & Brandon both felt on that beautiful day! Great Job!!ReplyCancel

  • Layne Poundstone - Brian, excellent shots! OK fine, I admit it, they’re better than mine. Thanks for letting me borrow your lense and for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Graham - These pictures are gorgeous and Caroline was a stunning bride! Brian, you are an amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • anna wolfe - I love how the atmosphere inside the barn was captured! The lights around the room were so beautiful and so are the pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Bell - These pictures are amazing and you look beautiful miss Caroline!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya Dobson - Beautiful photographs! Caroline, you are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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