Ashleigh + Lawrence | Angus Barn Pavilion | Raleigh Wedding Photographers

After shooting their engagement session with Ashleigh and Lawrence, I came home with a serious stomach ache from laughing so hard for two hours straight. Ashleigh and Lawrence have such a playful kind of love with one another that you just want to be around them to watch. I have looked forward to their wedding day ever since they booked because I knew that it would be a day filled with that special kind of playful love, not only between Ashleigh and Lawrence, but also amongst the rest of their family and friends. Ashleigh and Lawrence were married on St. Patrick’s Day at the beautiful Angus Barn Pavilion. It was the perfect setting for their cowboy wedding affair! I was in love with the “cowboy flavor” of the wedding day! The entire wedding party wore cowboy boots (including the girls), and the groomsmen (and groomswomen) rocked their personalized cowboy belt buckles! Lawrence and his groomsmen even donned black Wranglers in true cowboy fashion! It was truly a day to remember filled with lots of special details and memories! We were so thankful to be a part of it! 🙂

We met up with the bridal party at the beginning of the day where they were getting ready at Embassy Suites at Brier Creek.

All of the groomsmen had their own personalized belt buckle with their names on it. What a cool keepsake from a day that no one is soon to forget! 🙂

Ashleigh and Lawrence had the most unique floral pieces and arrangements that I have seen as a wedding photographer. They were actually made of all dried flowers and the big white flowers were made of balsa wood! They were gorgeous!!! I loved the cotton added to the bouquets as well! Ashleigh had the most gorgeous ruffly wedding dress! It reminded me of a modern version of the ruffly, fancy dresses that the women would have worn in old cowboy movies! It was amazing and suited Ashleigh perfectly! I bet that Lawrence would agree! 😉 I love these next two pictures because when I look at them, I can hear the sound of Ashleigh’s excited laughter as she bounced around the bridal room after she was finally in her dress! It was awesome!  Nothing like having a pre-game toast in the bathroom! Ha! Seriously, Asheigh?!? You were STUNNING!!! Ashleigh and Lawrence opted to do a first look… WHICH I LOVE!!! It is so nice for couples to be able to have a few quiet moments together before the ceremony. It is also a nice time to do some relaxed portraits before the day takes off! 🙂 I positively LOVED Ashleigh’s dad’s reaction when he saw her for the first time in her wedding dress! Those are the types of reactions that a photographer waits and waits for! It was classic! And her dad rocking his own belt buckle was classic as well!! 🙂

Unfortunately, Lawrence’s dad passed away a few months ago. Ashleigh described Lawrence’s dad as the “last REAL cowboy” and I loved seeing the pictures that they had displayed at the wedding. They also had Lawrence’s dad’s cowboy hat sitting on the chair where he would have been seated and I think that everyone would agree, that Lawrence’s dad was present there with them on their big day. I know that he would have been extraordinarily proud of Lawrence! Seriously?! Aren’t those flowers amazing!?!? I am in love with the wooden ones! These two pictures of the ring bearer crack me up! The first one he smiled so nicely for Dave but then the second one, he looked at Dave like, “Ok, I smiled for one of them, what more do you want from me?!” Haha! Dave got the official cowboy “Stank-Eye”! But he is still awfully cute with those little cowboy boots! 🙂 Ashleigh and Lawrence filled an hourglass with a different twist on the traditional sand ceremony but it was so funny because the sand did not fill the hourglass quite as quickly as they were anticipating! Haha! There were a few moments filled with just the sounds of laughter as they waited patiently for the sand to drop so they could finish filling it. 

Because they were married on St. Patrick’s Day, Ashleigh and Lawrence hired a leprechaun to take pictures with their guests at the photo booth (which we are now offering to our wedding couples) and it made for some hilarious photo ops! I love his face on the second image where they are stealing his gold coins!

After we took a few more serious portraits of Ashleigh and Lawrence together, I could tell that they were itching to do something more goofy so I took a couple goofy shots of them both together and then gave them each about 15 seconds to fire off as many goofy faces as they could manage. I had the following collage in mind when I had them do this and it turned out even more hilarious than I had envisioned! They crack me up!! Thank you to Teresa Porter for this gorgeous wide angle shot of the Pavilion all dressed up for Ashleigh and Lawrence’s wedding! Teresa also ran our first photo booth (AKA The Cackle Box)! We GREATLY appreciated the help and were so thankful she was there! She did a GREAT job! 🙂 I loved that Ashleigh and Lawrence chose to use mustaches and lips on a stick as their place cards for seating at the reception! I also love the awesome stand that Lawrence made himself to display them all for the guests! I also love the old bathtub that the Angus Barn provides to collect the wedding gifts! When the bridal party was announced, the ring bearer can in “guns blazing”… I think he was on the hunt for Dave!
I have always loved images with light flare. There is always something that reminds me of heaven or something angelic and I can’t help but think of Lawrence’s dad being with him in this picture.


We were so extremely glad and honored to be a part of your big day, Mr. and Mrs. Garcia! We are sad it is all over! We wish you the most happiness as you start your lives together!

Wedding and Reception: Angus Barn Pavilion

Angus Barn Coordinator: Ashley Whittington

Flowers: Faye Zierer

Cake: Tartlette Treats

Officiant: Perri

Leprechaun: Seasound Studio Entertainment (Paedre O’Leary)

Band/ Ceremony Musicians: Sam Hill Entertainments: Drivetrain




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  • Candace Arnold - April 7, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Tara!!! These are so amazing!!! You are AWESOME!! :):) I love them all, you are brilliant friend!! 🙂

  • Laura Case - April 9, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    I have anxiously been waiting for these wedding photos after that engagement session and these do not disappoint! And in a small world, the leprechaun goes to my church. Fantastic photos.

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