Well, wedding season is in full swing here in Raleigh. Starting off the spring wedding season I found myself at the Angus Barn Pavilion, a gorgeous location complete with a lake, outdoor barn and a big ass fan (this is the trademarked name). I really enjoy photographing Angus Barn Weddings simple because of the diversity, the challenges and the beautiful ambiance of the wood, lights and tin ceiling of the pavilion.
Mary Channing got ready at the gorgeous Sheraton Imperial Hotel. Now I’ve been to this hotel many times on various occasions, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to photograph a bride there. They were in a really lovely bridal suite that presented beautiful shooting opportunities. If you can’t tell, I love photographing in new places… :) After Mary Channing’s hair & makeup were done, the dress, shoes and jewelry photographed, we headed over to the Angus Barn so she could get ready for the wedding!
Mary Channing & Jay decided not to see each other before the ceremony, so we photographed the bridal party separately from each other before the wedding. This is a great opportunity to get to know everyone and, honestly, makes the formals after the wedding go much more quickly (everyone knows what to do). After all the pre-ceremony photos were done, the wedding proceeded on a beautiful sunny spring day! One of the challenges, or should I say, opportunities, at Angus Barn Weddings, is the ability to play with the sun. For evening wedding ceremonies, the sun sets just to right right of the arbor, behind the couple. The sun bounces off the water so, as a photographer, you get a double blast of light – from the sky and from the water. As wedding photographers look at it, you either fight it or embrace it. I did a little of both and am thrilled with the results.
After the ceremony, we retreated back into the Angus Barn Pavilion where food, drinks and live music greeted the guests. With 250 people at the wedding, this was certainly a HUGE celebration for the lovely couple – I should also add very well deserved – both Mary Channing and Jay were such a lovely couple to work with. After the evening was winding up, they ran thru a shower of wedding sparklers to a waiting & chauffeured Mercedes Benz.
I want to give my sincerest thank you and congratulations to both Mary Channing and Jay! It has been an absolute pleasure working with you both for your engagement session, bridal portraits, rehearsal dinner and wedding!
As always, here are a few choice photos from their evening!