ADAM & ADDIE / SYLVANDALE / HAYWARD, WI

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Well, Wisconsin, you have me completely sold for summer weddings. Who ever knew July doesn’t have to be 110 degrees with a humidity of 1000% — not me. Addie and Adam’s wedding was as personal as it gets. I have know Addie pretty much since birth because growing up, my older sister and Addie were best friends. And since I was a little annoying sister, I made them include me in the fun at all times, therefore Addie became, pretty much, like my big sister too. When she asked me to capture her wedding, I was so thrilled that I got to be there to not only witness the marriage of these two people, but capture it so they would have those memories forever.

Addie and Adam both actually live in San Diego, but it was an easy to decision for them to get married at the Lake House in Wisconsin that Addie has been going to ever summer growing up. On top of that, this whole wedding was mainly about every single person who joined them on that day. Traveling from all over, normal wedding traditions didn’t stand in the way of a sweet, intimate ceremony by the water. Adam’s grandmother married them, and friends and family laughed and cheered from the audience as personal stories were told about the two love birds. It was perfection.

After the ceremony, we headed to the most rustic barn reception, completed with a pizza food truck and draft root beer that you can only have in this little town in Wisconsin. Toasts dominated the night as friends after family members stood up to say loving words to the couple and if I could give my couples superlatives these two would win for the best laughing couple I have ever captured. It made my heart glowed as they just chuckled endlessly with each other the whole day long.

Overall, everything about their day was so them — and that made that day so perfect. It was a day to celebrate a marriage, a friendship, the adventure that began when they started dating, and all those who have been lucky enough to know Addie and Adam. This simple, beautiful, wedding was one for the books for sure.

WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Chelsea Morgan Photography
Reception Venue: SylvanDale Barn
Food Truck: Tru Pizza
Wedding Dress: Lana Addison Bridal

[95% of this wedding was DIY]

SOMER & GARY / STOCKROOM / RALEIGH, NC

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The most beautiful 70 person wedding in the heart of Raleigh this past May. I don’t know how she did it, but Somer was by far one of the most stunning brides I have ever seen, and on top of that she was about 7 month pregnant. It was such a sweet time celebrating these two coming together and the love that Gary and Somer have for each other is so genuine it hurts. Their vows brought tears to everyone around, and seeing them finally become a family was everything. Being part of their journey from engagement pictures, wedding pictures and even newborn pictures have been such a joy of my job this year. I almost feel like family myself!

WEDDING TEAM

Photographer - Chelsea Morgan Photography
Venue- The Stockroom
Coordinator - C&D Events (Whitney Davis)
DJ - All Events DJs
Chalkboard - AB Chalk Designs
Cake/Dessert - SweetWater Ices
Catering - Rocky Top
Florist - Expressions of Love
Hair & Makeup - Perfectly Posh Hair & Makeup
Rentals - CE Rentals
Specialty Rentals - Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Draping - Themeworks
Stationery/Paper Goods - Minted

DOWNTOWN BRIDAL STYLED SHOOT / RALEIGH, NC

Sometimes, your creative heart just needs a morning to play around with some wedding dresses in downtown Raleigh. My friend, Carla from Carla Nunez Photography put together this styled shoot for us one Saturday morning and it was SO. MUCH. FUN! It clearly reminded me how important it is to create images for yourself sometimes. Thanks to all the beautiful vendors that let this happened!

Dress: Uniquely.U Bridal
Model: Ana Faneite
Bouquet: Genesis Eventos Florales
Hair and Makeup: Modern Alchemy

SOMER & GARY / RALEIGH, NC

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I believe some of my favorite sessions come when unexpected things happen. For this session, one that was big surprise was when my Somer and Gary told me they were expecting their first child together a couple month ago ( which then made me run to Target and send them all the onesies I could) and two when I woke up on the morning of their engagement session and it was the FOGGIEST morning ever.

I drove to our meeting place, and literally was like “Crap, what are they going to think!” Don’t get me wrong, as a photographer, you learn to love all different types of weather, but with engagement sessions you have a little more control of when you do the session, or you can reschedule, unlike a wedding — so lots of my clients prefer the sun filled day, which makes sense due to my brand. But Somer and Gary showed up and were in love with idea of a foggy, romantic, engagement shoot. Within the first five minutes, Somer’s shoes were off and were running around the fields just soaking in the cool morning air. The fog was thick and transformed a place I have seen 100 times into a magical land. It was great and so fun. I loved hearing them tell stories about how they fell in love and how excited they are for their little boy who will be due in August. My dream clients are people like Somer and Gary who aren’t afraid to show how much they love each other. That is all I could ever want because it makes my job such an effortless joy.