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

LINDSAY & ALEX / PAVILION AT CARRIAGE HOUSE / RALEIGH, NC

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Lindsay and Alex’s wedding was two years in the making. They had been together for much longer than that, but they put so much love and effort into this November day, it was clearly worth the wait. As their photographer, I was over the freakin moon that they were willing to spend as much time with me as they possible could. I literally had to caps and bold time on our schedule where they would dedicate time to eat to make sure it happened. But every time we popped out of the venue to capture them and the sinking sun, it was pure gold. From intimating each other on the dance floor, to making Lindsay laugh as hard as possible, to the quiet thankful moments where they would reflect on the years together, it was so much fun to see them soak in that their wedding day was finally here.

WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Chelsea Morgan Photography
Venue: Pavilion at Carriage Farm
Flower: Daniel's Florist
Makeup: Erin Kelly Makeup
Hair: Hair by Emily Batten
Catering: Cook Shake Catering
Cake: Anna Edwards
Rentals: CE Rentals
Paper: Stephanie Trotter
DJ: Trent Coppersmith
Videographer: Jon Clark Weddings

ALYSSA & AUSTIN / COTTON ROOM / DURHAM, NC

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When you have a couple who look like models straight out of a wedding magazine, life is pretty good. Alyssa and Austin were so stunning on their special day, and as you can tell my camera was absolutely in love with them, their sweet families, and the greatest reception party I have been a part of, in a while. When I got the chance to hangout with Austin & Alyssa before the big day, they told me how important their family was to them, and let me tell you how beautiful it was to witness their family love and celebrate them in such intentional ways. There was laughter, tears, and many sweet embraces to show their support for these two lives joining together.

It was the most evident from the very moment Alyssa got into her backless dress, and Austin put on that tux, they were ready to see each other during their first look. One thing people might not realize about a first look is that it is kind of the quiet before the wonderful, overwhelming, crazy, lovely storm takes place. It is rare you will be alone with just your person again on your wedding day, as you are surrounded by the many people you love, but that intimate first look moment can be so precious. It calms the nerves, but most importantly I believe it also prepares your heart for the big known moment of walking down the aisle and saying “I choose you everyday.”

As soon as Alyssa & Auston said I do, and walked back up that aisle, it was such a epic celebration of love and family. Absolutely everything you would want in that one day where you get to have all your favorite people together. It was truly a day to remember.

DREAM TEAM

Photographer: Chelsea Morgan Photography
Venue: The Cotton Room
Florals: Eclectic Sage
Rentals: Petal & Oak / CE rentals
Music: Punch
Wedding Dress: Coastal Knot Bridal
Cake: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery
Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney


DANA & KEVIN / INTIMATE UMSTEAD PARK WEDDING / RALEIGH, NC

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My heart. Oh this wedding was special in every since of the word. If you guys need any catching up, Dana has been my best friend since sixth grade, and when she asked me to capture her intimate wedding ceremony, I was incredible thrilled. Not only did I get to see my best friend get married (when only 20 family member got to witness the actually ceremony), but I also got to capture her and her new husband on one of the most beautiful days of the years.

Looking back on this day, one of my favorite moment was spending time with Dana and Kevin afterwards and hearing all their thoughts about what just happened. Kevin was over-the-moon excited and couldn’t stop telling Dana how beautiful she looked, and Dana just was so couldn’t stop smiling. They were simply giddy.

After the ceremony, we ran, laughed, danced, though the forrest at Umstead park until the sun was pretty low, and then headed over to Chatham Station in Cary for the big reception part of the evening. After capturing some beautiful details shots, I was able to pass my camera over to my second shooter and enjoy the rest of evening as a guest. I loved everything about Dana & Kevin’s day, and it was wonderful to witness one of my dearest friends begin a whole new kind of adventure.

DREAM TEAM

Photographer: Chelsea Morgan Photography
Caterer/ Desserts: Rocky Top Catering
DJ: All Around Raleigh DJ / DJ Jim
Coordinator: The Gathering Co.
Ceremony: Umstead Park
Reception: Chatham Station
Florals: Mood Fleuriste
Rentals: CE rentals
Lounge & Arch Rental: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

KIMBERLY & CHAD / LITTLE HERB HOUSE / RALEIGH, NC

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Oh the beautiful venue that is The Little Herb house. I shot one of my first weddings here, and it was so fun to go back and be reminded how much I love everything about it. Kimberly and Chad got married in the most serene setting as they officially became man and wife, where their dog, Foster, even was present for the ceremony. My absolute favorite part of the day was hopping in some-what of a tractor with the bride and groom to take some stunning photos in the back part of the property. There were cows, grasshopper galore, and a sunset that didn’t disappoint. It was everything a wedding day should be, filled with happy tears, close family and friends, an epic dance party, and two souls who were over the moon that they will get to spend the rest of forever with each other.

THE DREAM TEAM

Photographer: Chelsea Morgan Photography
Venue: The Little Herb House
Wedding Planner: Set the Date Event Planning & Design / Barbara Gautier
Cake: Daphne’s Bakery
Flowers: Flowers On Broad
DJ: CWDJ Entertainment
Caterers: Donovan's Dish
Hair: Ashley Riva Hair
Makeup: Olivia Thompson

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