Durham Museum of Life & Science Wedding | Erika & Corey

I had a Life &Science Museum wedding in Durham, NC with two awesome people – Erika & Corey. After photographing alot of weddings this year at well known wedding venues, I had the great opportunity for something “a little different”. What made this so fun was they were down with everything I had wanted to do (including laying her in the jaws of the T-Rex but that got canceled as I didn’t think my insurance company would understand) so we agreed to meet up early so we could roam the grounds.

Before I start getting into everything, I will say it was 95 degrees outside and both the ceremony and reception were, you guessed it, outside.  Despite the heat, both the bride & the groom looked awesome and we were lucky enough to be in a chauffeured golf cart to do couples shots around the museum of life & science complex.  I think we probably covered two miles in the cart so I would like to send a special thanks out to Rachel, our driver and venue coordinator for helping us!  In the end, we drove thru every part of the museum and got some absolutely wonderful photographs from around the complex including the lake, dinosaurs, rock climbing and we tried for the wolves but they stayed inside where it was cool!

As the ceremony started, the sun gave us a break and went behind the clouds to give beautiful lighting and a beautiful blue sky.  There ceremony was mostly traditional with a few Jewish elements thrown in.  The mothers planted a flower as part of the ceremony and Erika & Corey watered it as a symbol of the marriage.  I haven’t seen this done before so I definitely thought it was pretty cool.  After the ceremony, and a few high fives, we all hopped on a train and took a few turns around the track.  I was lucky enough to be able to ride on the locomotive and get some great, great shots while dodging the occasional tree branch.

Back at the reception, after some really heartfelt toasts, dances and, of course, an awesome dinner, the party got started with some champagne and great music!  Before we knew it the night had slipped by and it was time to leave for the evening.  Even after going all day, the party was still hopping and I heard alot of plans to continue it in downtown Durham somewhere.

Congratulations to you both Corey & Erika!  Thank you so much for having me capture your day!  It was a lovely wedding and I hope you love your photos!

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6 comments
  • Renee Freeman (Auntie Nee' from the Wedding) LOLJune 14, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Oh my gosh!!! I love the pics!!!! You are the best photographer I have ever seen…..but then again you had a truly amazing couple to work with! Would love to see all the pics..is there a way that anyone can view them?

    Thanks so much for all your hard work – I know you were sweating it out!!! And you did a wonderful job!ReplyCancel

  • martin roeJune 18, 2010 - 3:39 am

    sunning set of images, fabulous bride always helps but these are jus amazng. Love the hanging dress shot!
    Martin.ReplyCancel

  • Mike McCannJune 18, 2010 - 5:13 am

    Simply stunning pictures. Love the perfect colour balance and composition that ‘breaks the rules’. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Corey SchwartzJune 18, 2010 - 6:33 am

    Brian – What an amazing set of photos! There are so many that are just perfect that I can’t decide which one I love the most. Well done! CoreyReplyCancel

  • ShaunaJune 18, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Great pics. They look like they had a lot of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Kirk MastinJuly 8, 2010 - 11:06 pm

    I love the second to last photo. Really a private moment beautifully captured.ReplyCancel

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