Ashley + William | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

Dave and I had the honor of photographing Ashley and William’s wedding last month. I was nervous when I woke up the morning of the wedding because winter decided to make it’s grand entrance on their wedding day. They week before it had been in the upper 70’s but the morning of the wedding, it was COLD and WET. Dave and I prepared for cold and rain but hoped for sunshine to make it’s appearance. The rain stopped shortly after wedding preparations began, which I think made us all feel better and a bit more optimistic. The day only got better as it progressed, because you can’t help but be warmed by the love and support of awesome family and friends. After shooting Ashley and William’s engagement session back in August, I knew that Ashley would be a positively stunning bride! When Dave and I arrived at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh, where the girls were getting ready, I was amazed at how beautiful Ashley already looked even with hair clips and sweats. Doesn’t she remind you of a modern Audrey Hepburn? A little Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Ashley chose the most adorable red little slingback shoes! I LOVE when brides choose something different than white shoes for their weddings! That little pop of color peeking out from underneath a white gown definitely makes a statement! 🙂 The difference between the bride’s room and the groom’s room before the wedding always makes me laugh! They are like night and day! While lipgloss, hairspray, and bobby pins fly madly around the bride’s room in excited anticipation, the groom and the groomsmen are always relaxed and chilling that it is any ordinary day! William and his boys even took the opportunity to watch some of the NC State game on a phone prior the “main event”! Too funny!

I am SO HAPPY that Dave was able to get this next shot! One of the groomsmen gave Dave a heads up before the wedding that they had hijacked William’s shoes before the ceremony and painted a little message on the bottom. We were only permitted to shoot from the balcony of the church during the ceremony so we were a long way away and I wasn’t sure that we would be able to get the detail on the bottom of the shoes. Out of respect for the religious ceremony, we never photograph during a prayer, so I knew that we would only have a split second between the “Amen” and when William would stand back up. Dave nailed it and this photo is PRICELESS! A sweet private moment right after they walked outside of the sanctuary! I love those moments! Isn’t she stunning?! This photo makes me laugh too! Nothing says bridal elegance like champagne and Cool Ranch Doritos! LOVE IT! 🙂 This next image is one of my favorites from the day and it wasn’t even mine! Dave…. you rock! This is hot! William, kudos to you for such a sweet surprise for your new wife! On one of their first dates, William and Ashley saw a show with a specific musician. As a surprise for Ashley, William arranged for the musician to come and sing for their first dance as husband and wife. I think that this look on Ashley’s face meant that the sweet gesture meant a lot to her! Way to go William!

This was probably the funniest toast I have seen! The best man decided to do a spinoff of “You Might be a Redneck.” but instead did “You Might be Billy”. The toast included all sorts of funny traits or stories about Billy and it was hilarious!! I think my favorite one eluded to how tall and thin William is as his best man said, “If you can hang glide from a Dorito or hula-hoop with a Cheerio, you might be Billy! TOO FUNNY! All of the wedding guests were quite entertained and if you can tell by all of the notecards scattered on the floor, the best man had a lot of ammuniation for his roast toast! 🙂

This was the bride’s grandparents who were the last couple standing in the marriage dance because they have been married the longest. Aren’t they sweet?!

What wedding is complete without someone doing a choreographed dance to “Beat It” by MJ? I am telling you, Ashley and William and their friends really know how to throw a party! They were all so much fun! This last image has definitely become one of my all time favorite images! Ashley, you were a STUNNING bride! Thank you both so much for allowing us to document this amazing day! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together!

Wedding: Fairmont United Methodist Church

Reception: Sheraton Downtown Raleigh

Florist: EAB Designs

DJ: PC Productions

Hair: Formal Hair by April

Makeup: In God’s Image

Cake: Simply Cakes

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  • Jules - December 9, 2010 - 11:55 am

    you have got to be kidding me with this last image! it totally belongs on the cover of a magazine. get it published! your couple is just gorgeous … brides don’t get any more beautiful than this! love how you document such a special day! xoxo

  • Carrie - December 9, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Tara, these images are simply stunning. Once again, you have outdone yourself!

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