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Sarah and Andrew are just good people. Andrew lives with and provides full time care to his ailing grandfather and Sarah is a medical social worker focusing on elder care. I grew up next to my grandparents and it has been one of the dearest relationships of my life so to see two people dedicate their lives to the elderly made me love them all the more. You can see a little more about Andrew and his grandfather’s home in a wonderful article on Back Down South.

The first time I met Sarah and Andrew was on their wedding day – well, to be more accurate, their second wedding day. They married in a civiil service a few months prior to their proper ceremony in Alabama so that Andrew’s grandfather could be present at their nuptials. Their ceremony was held at a gorgeous private residence in Winston-Salem, NC. There was so many personal details – for instance, Andrew’s dad, Reverend David Hull, performed the ceremony. Their friends sang hymns during the ceremony and finally, Andrew’s bluegrass band played during the ceremony. It was truly amazing.

Many thanks go out to the vendors and my second photographer Jamie Lynn for helping make the day so beautiful. And a big congrats to the happy couple!

Photographer: Traci Arney Photography
Florist: Bo-Ty Florist
Officiant: David Hull
Caterer: Pepper Moon
Cake: Spring Garden Bakery
Musicians: Fantastic Voyage
Videographer: Matt Hall, 201 Media Productions
Tent Rental: Hauser Rental
Venue: Private Residence
 
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Sarah and Andrew both wore fabulous Oxford shoes for the ceremony!
 
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I love how Andrew modified his Perry Ellis suit. The tie and lapels are from an antique sari his aunt sent from India where she works. 
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To me, Andrew felt like he was lifted straight from the 19th century of the Old South.
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And Sarah is the very embodiment of Snow White.
 
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Andrew sang for Sarah at the reception.
 
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And at the end of the evening, Sarah was serenaded by all the men by candlelight.  
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Occasionally, the photo gods smile on me a little more than usual – an unexpected thing for sure at 5:30 in the morning on a sweltering Myrtle Beach morning…

Meet Savannah, a softball playing beauty who could give any supermodel a run for their money. Rarely have I photographed someone who has such ease and poise in front of the camera. No matter what I asked her to do, she accomplished it as though it was the most natural thing in the world. Now, I am as camera shy as they come – most photographers are (a dirty little secret we don’t want people to know!) And in today’s camera saturated world, most people have an automatic and practiced smile and pose for the camera. What we as photographers try to do is get past that protective shell and show the real you behind that mask. There was no mask with Savannah… She just looked into and past the camera and was her real self, naturally. She was an absolute joy to photograph.

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I tend to go for the dramatic, even the cinematic in my images and I love the scope and scale of Savannah so small on such a big field. It’s my favorite image from the entire day.

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When Savannah’s mom and I were discussing the goals of the shoot, she wanted images that really talked about the two sides of her girl’s personality – her very girly nature off the field and her fierceness on it. I love the juxtaposition we were able to accomplish by simply putting her on the field in her eyelet dress. But even more powerful to me was when we added the eye black while she was still in her dress. To me, it was the most perfect statement of who she is a this moment in her life.

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So why on earth do photographers shoot so early in the morning – it’s certainly not because I spring out of bed at 4:00 in the morning rarin’ to go – quite the opposite. It’s because of the light, and occasionally, because of the mist. Simply magical and oh so very elusive…

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And finally, Savannah and her coach, who is also her dad.

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Zena and Paul married this weekend in what I can only describe as an epicly elegant Greek Orthodox event. It was so huge, it’s going to take me a while to get the gallery ready but I do have Zena’s gorgeous bridal session to hold everyone over!

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This is one of my favorite moments from the ceremony – the tranquility on Zena’s face is a thing of beauty.

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The weddings I love the most are the ones where there are lots of Love Notes. To me, a love note is not just a written message, but rather it is the references not just to your Beloved, but also to your family and friends. It anchors everyone to your wedding, gives them a sense of ownership and makes them all the more grateful that they are your family. Katie and Sean chose beautiful St. Mary’s Chapel on the grounds of St. Mary’s School where her grandmother attended. (It’s one of my favorite wedding venues in the Carolinas. I am obsessed with its intimacy and quality of light.) Their rockin’ reception followed at Cobblestone Hall just down the street.
And stay tuned to Katie’s bridal session in the next few days. You know how I love a brave bride and Katie definitely embraced that concept! Just wait until you see them. She is spectacular!
Many thanks to all my fellow vendors who always make my job such a beautiful joy. And a special thanks to my second photographer, Jessica, who helped capture all the pretty!
And if you want to see the whole gallery of images, head over to Katie and Sean’s wedding website! Be sure to sigh the guestbook too!

Make-up: The Makeup Culture, Stephanie Sevilla
Hair: Katherine at Vanity Salon
Event Coordinator: Gretchen Garrett at Red Bird Events
Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta
Ceremony Site: St. Mary’s Chapel
Officiant: Rev. James Harris
Reception Venue: Cobblestone Hall
Flowers: Rachel at Tre Bella
Caterer: Rocky Top
Cake: Whole Foods
DJ: Mike Morse

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©2013, Traci Arney Photography. www.traciarneyphotography.comFrom Sean about Katie:
Q. Tell me 3 things you really like about your Beloved.
A. “3 things…hmmmm, that’s a tough one. How about 2? J/K :) More like 100 things, but let me give you 3 good ones for starters:
1. Katie’s carefree spirit, upbeat attitude and positive outlook on life. No matter the situation, she always finds the positive in things…whether that be the unfortunate scenario at hand or some negative person you could be dealing with. She always finds a way to keep a smile on her pretty face.
2. Katie is extremely generous, caring, and thoughtful. She always puts others first before herself and goes out of her way to make sure I am happy. She is truly a selfless individual and loves me unconditionally.
3. She is the most beautiful girl I have ever met…inside and out. I think she thinks I’m joking when I tell her she looks the prettiest right before bed and in the morning…but it is the truth :)
4. She is extremely talented, handy, and artistic….3 things I am not and envy.”
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From Katie about Sean:
Q. Tell me 3 things you really like about your Beloved.
A. “He’s funny. He’s silly. He’s super sweet and always makes people feel at ease. He is super sweet to me and tells me I look beautiful even after I’ve been crying. He loves meeting new people and trying new things. He is so caring and kind and wants everyone to have fun. He is generous and selfless. That’s more than three… But there are so many, I can’t keep it to just three!”

©2013, Traci Arney Photography. www.traciarneyphotography.comQ. Who proposed to who? How long did it take? Were you surprised?
A. “Sean proposed on September 14th while we were at the beach in Delaware visiting our parents. There was nothing out of the ordinary so I was totally suprised! He proposed in my childhood bedroom while our parents were downstairs getting ready for us to all go to dinner. It was the most wonderful weekend of celebrating all together!”
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From Katie about Sean
Q. What is the best gift you were ever given by your Beloved?
A. “Unconditional love. sweet surprise notes. surprise flowers. surprise gifts – a watch, tickets to the Rockettes!”

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From Sean about he and Katie.
Q. What is unique about you as a couple?
A. “We very rarely fight and get along with pretty much anyone – I think we are very fun to be around…and well if you don’t think that then you probably suck at life, lol.”
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From Sean
Q. What part of your wedding are you most looking forward to?
A. “The moment where we kiss each other as husband and wife and everyone celebrates b/c the party is sure to follow.”

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From Katie
Q. What part of your wedding are you most looking forward to?
A. “Having (almost) all the people I love in one room at one time…. being married to Sean!”

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I love weddings and I love babies but this was my first surprise party and I truly hope it’s not my last. Terry planned this gorgeous event so well that Jan never knew what hit her and the whole extended family was there to celebrate! Josephine’s Bistro in Greensboro was the perfect backdrop and the food was stellar! If your nearby, drop in for a glass of wine or a bite to eat!

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I am a fan of bravery in its many forms and for this engagement session, bravery included Zena and Paul wading onto a flooded island, climbing on the prow of a boat, and cuddling on the narrow underpinnings of a bridge in the middle of Lake Norman. The trust that they placed in my vision and the fearlessness they attacked this shoot with were absolutely spectacular and it translated into some truly beautiful images! I can’t wait for their wedding!

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Traci Arney Photography offers our couples an unparalleled experience with a focus on creativity, passion, and fine art photography. Each wedding is customized and created with a level of care not provided by other Greensboro wedding photographers. Your wedding commission is carefully crafted to offer a one of a kind experience unique to the Greensboro and Triad areas.

This is engagement and wedding photography at its best. Traci Arney Photography is an international award winning photographer based in Greensboro NC. We offer wedding coverage in Greensboro, the Triad, Charlotte, and many other destinations worldwide.

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Tara and Sam are doctors finishing up their medical degrees at Duke University. Somewhere in the midst of their exams, rounds, and taking care of some really sick people, they managed to plan a simply gorgeous and very personal wedding at one of my favorite venues in North Carolina, Fearrington Village. I grew up wandering around my grandparents’ farm, chasing the cows, and getting into loads of mischief so I always feel right at home at this beautiful, upscale farm venue. (Note: the farm I grew up on, while very beautiful, could definitely not be called “upscale”.) What impressed me most, aside from the Tara and Sam’s obvious glee at getting married to one another, was the intricate and personal details throughout the wedding. I always talk about the Love Notes that every wedding should be filled with and this wedding had them in spades – signage telling their story, the little gifts from the bride and groom, the signature cocktail that was reminiscent of their favorite popsicle shop in Durham.  If you didn’t know Tara and Sam before you came to the wedding, you knew then well when you left. It was awesome!

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What’s your story? How did you two meet?

“Sam and I met in medical school in upstate NY. We started dating during orientation week! Actually on our first “date” we went grocery shopping… very romantic! Our class was only about 100 students so everyone knew that we were dating rather quickly. Many of our friends took bets about how long we would stay together! We’ve been together now for almost 6 years and are about to start our final year of residency at Duke.” – Tara

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What was the best gift you were ever given by your Beloved?

“My family has a tradition of reading the Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to You book on everyone’s birthday. I told Sam that it never quite feels like my birthday when I’m away from home since we don’t read this book. For my birthday this year, Sam bought me the book and we read it together. I got choked up when I saw it!” – Tara

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Why did you choose Fearrington?
“I hate the typical wedding venue with the standard reception hall. I was so excited to find a place that was so beautiful and unusual. And those cows are pretty cute!” – Tara

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What is unique about you as a couple?
“We work together in a high intensity environment and do well doing it. When we aren’t working together it almost feels lonely.” – Sam

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Tell me 3 things you really like about your Beloved.
“1. She is the sweetest person I have ever met, she puts everyone else first and cares more about others more than I ever met.
 2. She has made me a better person. She finally made me grow up, she made me appreciate my family, and centers me.
 3. She corrects my punctuation. Without her I’d have commas splattered everywhere.” – Sam

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What make you love him?

“He’s the most gentle and even tempered person I’ve ever met. We have a ton of fun together even after 6 years.” – Tara

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What is unique about you as a couple?
“We complement each other well – my biggest flaws are his biggest strengths and vice versa.” – Tara

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I’ve said it before, and I say it again… Best. Cake. Cutting. Ever.

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The signature drink was a very boozy recreation of Tara and Sam’s favorite popsicle from the Durham institution, Locopop. We went there for their engagement session and I can attest to the serious yum factor.

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Congrats to the very happy couple! If you would like to see the entire wedding gallery, head over here!

Many thanks to the awesome vendors who made this wedding spectacular!

Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Traci Arney Photography

Engagement ring | William Travis Jewelry

 

Dress | Monique Lhullier

Veil | Claire Pettibone

Tara’s shoes | Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaids shoes | Audrey Brooke

Groom/groomsmen’s tuxes | Vera Wang

Groom’s tie | Hugo Boss

Groomsmen’s ties | John Varvatos

Officiant | His Honor Robert Horr, Sam’s dad

Planner | Gilda McDaniel, Fearrington Weddings

Hair/Makeup | Margo Williams, Belloviso

Videographer | Blueberry Fusion

Ceremony/Cocktail Hour music | Arioso Strings

Band | Groovetown

Invitations | emDOTzee Designs

Calligrapher | Calligraphy by Carrie

Table number signs | Calligraphy by Carrie

Save the Dates | Designed by Sam’s mom, Susan Horr

Rehearsal dinner invites | Designed by Sam’s mom, Susan Horr

Flowers | Mary Stevens, Fearrington Weddings

Cake | Jill Leckey, Fearrington Weddings

Food/Alcohol | Fearrington Weddings

Signature cocktail | Mango chili margaritas adapted from the popsicle recipe at Locopops

Guestbook calendar | Designed by Sam’s mom,  Susan Horr

Placecards for wedding and rehearsal dinner – Designed and handmade by Sam’s mom,  Susan Horr

Wedding date sign/chair signs | The Paper Walrus

Lollipop favors | Boss Girls Inc

Bourbon barrel groomsmen gifts | The Man Registry

Nighties and robes (bridesmaid gifts) | Love Ophelia

Doctor’s bag welcome boxes for the hotel guests | Boxco Industries

Sparklers – Ilovesparklers.com

Rehearsal Dinner | Weathervane Restaurant

 

 

 

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Traci Arney Photography offers our couples an unparalleled experience with a focus on creativity, passion, and fine art photography. Each wedding is customized and created with a level of care not provided by other Raleigh Triangle wedding photographers. Your wedding commission is carefully crafted to offer a one of a kind experience unique to the Raleigh and Triangle areas.

This is wedding photography at its best. Traci Arney Photography is an international award winning photographer based in Greensboro NC. We offer wedding coverage in Greensboro, Raleigh and the Triangle, Charlotte, and many other destinations worldwide.

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We are located in Greensboro, NC but travel extensively to our clients preferred locations.

Stephanie is in the wedding industry – she works for the Proximity and O.Henry Hotels working with their wedding clients. When I met her and we started talking her wedding, I knew it would be a stunner. It was. What I was most thrilled with was the sincerity and laid back catering to their guests. Even a little rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the this sweet outdoor ceremony and reception!

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What do you most love about your Beloved? 

“She is so thoughtful, it’s amazing. She makes me feel like she and her own feelings are the last things she ever thinks about and that I’m number one. It makes me feel so incredibly special.” – Michael

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What do you most love about your Beloved?

“Where do I begin!? Michael knows me better than I know myself, and can tell me what I’m thinking before I have a chance to sit down and decipher and over analyze it for myself. He won’t let me get away with not being honest about my feelings, and I appreciate that so much. He challenges me, and always treats me with respect.” – Stephanie

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Who Proposed to who? How long did it take? Were you surprised?

“It was a random Thursday night, and I was COMPLETELY surprised when Mike proposed. We try to have weekly date nights, and I thought it was just a typical night out to dinner… until I was blindsided by an unexpected stop at the Bog Garden on the way to dinner! We had been dating a little less than 2 years and I was so so excited to have that ring on my finger. After several minutes of “oh my goshing” and crying, and squealing, and jumping up and down, I said yes a thousand times and we proceeded with the rest of our special date night!” – Stephanie

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What is the absolute best thing about your Beloved?

“She loves and appreciates me for who I am. Like everyone else, I’m not perfect but Steph makes me feel great no matter what. Her love for me is unconditional and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.” – Mike about his Stephanie

“Trust, loyalty, and honesty live deep inside him. I can trust him with anything and everything. He’s just the best guy I know.” – Stephanie about her Michael

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Besides actually getting married, what’s the one thing you are both looking forward to on your wedding day?

 “How beautiful it’s going to be and how fun of a party we are going to create with all of our friends and family.”

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Be sure to head over to their full wedding gallery to check out all their beautiful images!

 

Many thanks to all my fellow vendors. As always, without you, my life would be a little less beautiful.

Greensboro Wedding Photographer

Enjoy this Greensboro wedding photography provided by Traci Arney Photography offering Greensboro wedding photography in the greater Greensboro and Triad areas.

Traci Arney Photography offers our couples an unparalleled experience with a focus on creativity, passion, and fine art photography. Each wedding is customized and created with a level of care not provided by other Greensboro wedding photographers. Your wedding commission is carefully crafted to offer a one of a kind experience unique to the Greensboro and Triad areas.

This is wedding photography at its best. Traci Arney Photography is an international award winning photographer based inGreensboro NC. We offer wedding coverage in Greensboro, the Triad, Charlotte, and many other destinations worldwide.

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Traci Arney Photography offers Greensboro wedding coverage in the greater Greensboro area, including but not limited to, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington and their surrounding areas.

Not looking for a wedding photographer? Be sure to consider us for your family photography and high school photography needs in the Greensboro area.

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We are located in Greensboro, NC but travel extensively to our clients preferred locations.

It’s sneak peek time! First up are a few of my favorite shots from Stephanie’s Proximity Hotel bridal session. I simply adore her elegant,Grecian inspired White Collection gown by Vera Wang. And then we have a few of my of my absolute favorites from their gorgeous Groome Inn ceremony and reception in Greensboro. Congrats to the very happy couple. Stay tuned for the full blog post coming soon!©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

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Greensboro Wedding Photographer

Enjoy this Greensboro wedding photography provided by Traci Arney Photography offering Greensboro wedding photography in the greater Greensboro and Triad areas.

Traci Arney Photography offers our couples an unparalleled experience with a focus on creativity, passion, and fine art photography. Each wedding is customized and created with a level of care not provided by other Greensboro wedding photographers. Your wedding commission is carefully crafted to offer a one of a kind experience unique to the Greensboro and Triad areas.

This is wedding photography at its best. Traci Arney Photography is an international award winning photographer based in Greensboro NC. We offer wedding coverage in Greensboro, the Triad, Charlotte, and many other destinations worldwide.

Service Information

Traci Arney Photography offers Greensboro wedding coverage in the greater Greensboro area, including but not limited to, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington and their surrounding areas.

Not looking for a wedding photographer? Be sure to consider us for your family photography and high school photography needs in the Greensboro area.

Location Information

We are located in Greensboro, NC but travel extensively to our clients preferred locations.

I have been lucky enough over the years to form relationships and friendships with many of my couples and I know the deep and long-lasting friendship I have found in Jaimie is a very special gift. We have spent hour upon hour in photography sessions, hanging out over coffees and talking on the phone. Her love of art, her compassion, her genuine glee at life, and her overarching bravery are just a few qualities that make me love her. Nathan, take care of her but if she disappears for a few hours, she probably with me!!!

Here are a few of the gems from her incredible bridal session. She went anywhere we thought would be dramatic and beautiful, she did anything I asked of her, and she laughed at the rain… Bravery matters.

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The wedding was magical and relaxed and completely joyful. Nathan completely adores Jaimie and Jaimie breathes for Nathan.

“He says that he fell in love with me the first time he saw me in ninth grade, but I still don’t know if that’s true! Regardless, I could never spend my life with anyone else and he’d say the same. We are so thankful to have one another.”

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“Who Proposed to who? How long did it take? Were you surprised?”

Nathan proposed to me after about four years at the family’s lake house. I was completely shocked! I didn’t even say “yes” because I had my hands over my mouth and nose–I just kept nodding my head up and down because I couldn’t speak and I was crying! I still remember what he said because I kept replaying it in my mind so I would always remember. He took a knee and said, “Jaimie, we’ve been together for almost five years now, and I love you so much. I want to spend the rest of my life with you so will you marry me?” Short, sweet, and right to the point–just how I expected he would do it. Afterwards, we went inside and stared at each other, smiling and laughing like crazy. I think we just both just wanted to be in that moment for a little longer by ourselves, without calling and telling anyone.

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What is the absolute best thing about your Beloved?

“His playfulness and positive outlook. He is definitely a jokester, but he is also so kind and gentle. When you meet him, you will definitely feel happier just from being around him because that is just what Nathan is–happy Nathan, on the other hand, is a happy-go-lucky type of person. He is most happy when going with the flow and not stressing the small stuff which is what I admire most about him. I wish I could be more like him and he wishes he could be more like me;!” – Jamie about her Nathan

“Her best attribute is her trustworthiness or loyalty. She is a very driven and independent person–a.k.a. stubborn.  She is the type of person that tends to be hard on herself and stick to a somewhat strict schedule.  Honestly, I think what we love most about each other is that we can still have those grade school conversations that last for hours into the early morning and also, that we continue to learn new things about one another.” – Nathan about his Jaimie

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Besides actually getting married, what’s the one thing you are both looking forward to on your wedding day?

“Finally getting married to my best friend.”

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Many thanks to all my fellow vendors. You make my life so easy and beautiful!

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Greensboro Wedding Photographer

Enjoy this Greensboro wedding photography provided by Traci Arney Photography offering Greensboro wedding photography in the greater Greensboro and Triad areas.

Traci Arney Photography offers our couples an unparalleled experience with a focus on creativity, passion, and fine art photography. Each wedding is customized and created with a level of care not provided by other Greensboro wedding photographers. Your wedding commission is carefully crafted to offer a one of a kind experience unique to the Greensboro and Triad areas.

This is wedding photography at its best. Traci Arney Photography is an international award winning photographer based in Greensboro NC. We offer wedding coverage in Greensboro, the Triad, Charlotte, and many other destinations worldwide.

Service Information

Traci Arney Photography offers Greensboro wedding coverage in the greater Greensboro area, including but not limited to, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington and their surrounding areas.

Not looking for a wedding photographer? Be sure to consider us for your family photography and high school photography needs in the Greensboro area.

Location Information

We are located in Greensboro, NC but travel extensively to our clients preferred locations.

Adam and Amanda were my first wedding couple of the season and they were such a gift. Joy, ease, and generosity were the traits I saw in each of them from the very first moment until they drove away into the night. What a great day!

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“Tell us how you met? What’s your story?”

We having been dating for 6 years this past March. We met in high school and started dating after having a great time at a school dance together. We clicked immediately, easily making each other laugh, finishing each others sentences, and having so much in common. I felt like I had known him forever. We are both very family oriented and get along wonderfully with each other’s family.

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Greensboro Wedding Photography, ©2013 Traci Arney Photography

“Who Proposed to who? How long did it take? Were you surprised?”

After ring shopping in August, Adam proposed on New Year’s Eve at our house. It was the perfect proposal (in my opinion at least). After working that day, I came home and we watched the New Year’s Eve special on tv. With 1 minute left, Adam told me that there was still a present left in my stocking hanging from the mantle. I had the biggest grin on my face as I reached in and left the ring box. With just seconds left in 2011, he proposed and we rung in 2012 with a kiss. After dating for so long, I would be lying if I didn’t think about getting engaged often, however, on this night it was the last thing on my mind after a long day of work. I was so surprised and couldn’t imagine it happening any other way!

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Many thanks to our fellow Greensboro wedding vendors:

Greensboro Wedding Photography | Traci Arney Photography
Second Photographer | Rebecca Bouck
Caterer | The Painted Plate
Make-up Artist | Spoiled
Gown Boutique | Casablanca
DJ | K2Productions
Florist | Plants and Answers
Cake | Cakes by Manfred
Wedding and Reception Venue | Dewberry Manor, Kernersville, NC
Event Coordinator | Dewberry Manor, Kernersville, NC
 
 
 

Greensboro Wedding Photographer

Enjoy this Greensboro wedding photography provided by Traci Arney Photography offering Greensboro wedding photography in the greater Greensboro and Triad areas.

Traci Arney Photography offers our couples an unparalleled experience with a focus on creativity, passion, and fine art photography. Each wedding is customized and created with a level of care not provided by other Greensboro wedding photographers. Your wedding commission is carefully crafted to offer a one of a kind experience unique to the Greensboro and Triad areas.

This is wedding photography at its best. Traci Arney Photography is an international award winning photographer based in Greensboro NC. We offer wedding coverage in Greensboro, the Triad, Charlotte, and many other destinations worldwide.

Service Information

Traci Arney Photography offers Greensboro wedding coverage in the greater Greensboro area, including but not limited to, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington and their surrounding areas.

Not looking for a wedding photographer? Be sure to consider us for your family photography and high school photography needs in the Greensboro area.

Location Information

We are located in Greensboro, NC but travel extensively to our clients preferred locations.

 

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As many of you know, Jaimie and I have been spending a lot of time together with simply stunning engagement, boudoir and bridal sessions. Plus we talk a lot because she’s just awesome on every level. Having that sort of personal connection is not just great for the heart, it’s also great for the photographic soul. There is so much more to come but for now, here’s a quick sneak peek from the wedding at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, NC followed by her epic bridal session in Madison. And if you want to see the whole session, you can follow the link to her PASS gallery!
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Jaimie and Nate's Rehearsal Sneak Peek

I couldn’t help myself… Had to share this sweet image from Jaimie and Nate’s rehearsal tonight at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, NC. I wish I could shoot the whole ceremony from this location but, alas, the Father has nixed it.

Amanda and Adam were married last Saturday in a gorgeous, light filled wedding at Deberry Farm in Kernersville, NC. I just couldn’t wait to share a few of my favorite images!  (Even the chickens got into the act during the guys’ formals!) Stay tuned for the rest of the wedding coming soon

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The RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC is one of the local events that is near and dear to my heart and a joy to shoot each year. This time, I got the chance to shoot the opening night Gala at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). The backdrop to the event was the installation Afterlife by Jacco Oliver and Jennifer West. Guests were wowed by the projection pieces as mach as by the amazing food and drinks.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Top of the Hill Distillery, Official Sponsor of RiverRun International Film Festival, 2013
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Burgess Jenkins and Emmanuella Vaugier, stars of the film Susie’s Hope.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Emmanuella Vaugier, star of the film Susie’s Hope.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Burgess Jenkins, star of the film Susie’s Hope.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Midnight Moon Moonshine, Official Sponsor of RiverRun International Film Festival, 2013.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Frontier Airlines, Official Sponsor of RiverRun Internation Film Festival, 2013.
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RiverRun International Film Festival, opening night Gala at SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. ©2013, Traci Arney Photography. All rights reserved.

Top of the Hill Distillery, Official Sponsor of RiverRun International Film Festival, 2013
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And it’s gorgeous… Take a look at the new beauty that just arrived on our doorstep.

As a child, I always loved pulling out my grandparents’ photo albums. The images held within them captured my imagination and had such an evocative beauty all their own. I felt a connection to my past and I also had a vision of my future – of growing up and being that bride one day or holding my own babies. Any child looking at their history preserved within their families’ photo albums feels that. For all the wonders of the modern age, a digital image will never have the power that a physical print does. Prints don’t disappear when the computer crashes, and they will outlast every change of digital format. Human beings are collectors and lovers of artifacts. That’s why we make prints and why we make albums – to preserve our history and tell our future families all our stories, hopes and dreams.

All of our albums are 100% archival and made with the finest materials that will last the generations. Check out the sample album of Blake and Lindsey’s Sapelo Island, GA wedding. It is 8×12 inches and covered in a beautiful sea glass green raw silk. It arrived in a beautiful black leather box for presentation and protection. I absolutely cannot wait to start sharing with all our new couples.

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And here’s the interior layout! It was such a beautiful wedding and one of the sweetest couples of all time.

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There are big moments in every life and I spend a great deal of my time photographing one of the biggest, weddings. Occasionally, however, I get to photograph one of the first, a baby’s baptism. Growing up protestant, I saw baptisms that were slightly more low key with a dribble of holy water on the baby’s forehead. Greek ceremony’s are big, beautiful riots of color, sound and demonstrative joy and I just can’t get enough of them! A few months ago, Sophia’s baptism was my first greek ceremony and I spent much of my time in awe of the rituals and deep focus on family. Most recently, I had the honor of documenting the baptism of little Konstantine at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox ChurchI was in photographic heaven.

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Many thanks to Maria and Ted for allowing me to be there to document sweet little Konstantine’s day.

Ceremony: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Reception: Milner’s American Southern Restaurant
Cake: Delicious
Flowers: Maria Ballas
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Jaimie might just be my muse. Every time I photograph her, I see more possibilities and a different way to approach a story. When we first started discussing her boudoir session, she told me she he wanted an unusual and demure feel that would incorporate the different aspects of her life: her background in dance, her love of the outdoors and her new home. Shooting outside in this gorgeous, buttery light has convinced me that boudoir doesn’t have to be relegated just to the bedroom.

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I’ve been so busy up until now that I am still playing catch up in the blogging department.  The upside is that I get to revisit some of my favorite weddings of 2012!  Today, let’s look back at Kathleen and Christian’s ceremony at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and their reception at the Greensboro Country Club.  (Oh, and don’t forget to check out their Raleigh engagement session and Kathleen’s gorgeous bridal session!) Blog-120908-KathleenChristian-T-IMG_3102A

I love this shot.  Kathleen somehow reminds me of Marie Antoinette.

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Many thanks to my fabulous fellow vendors:

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Do y’all remember a few weeks ago when I posted Stacie’s fairy tale bridal session at the Graylyn Estate?    It was one of those absolutely magical days where all of the alchemy of photography fell completely into place and not a bad shot could be taken.  It was just one of those days that every artist should be blessed with.

Stacie and Garrett’s invited their family and friends to spend Thanksgiving weekend celebrating their new beginning and, again, magic.  Both the ceremony and the reception took place at The Millennium Center which is another of my favorite venues in the Carolinas.  There are so many nooks, crannies, and a seriously cool empty courtroom to use as backdrops.  There were several times throughout the night where I may have shot through tears, but those moments tend to make the best images, don’t they?

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Davidson and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your beautiful, fun-filled, loving day!

And many thanks to my fab second shooter, Jamie Lynn and our fellow vendors who made a gorgeous event run as smooth as silk!

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I took the wedding dress up to the courtroom to shoot it and ended  up falling in love.  After a pleading phone call, the bride and her maids hauled it upstairs to a big empty and perhaps slightly chilly room to finish getting ready.  Totally worth it! Blog-121124-StacieGarrett-T-IMG_6733A-Edit

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The Millennium Center also has a really cool basement and Stacie, trooper that she is, let me drag her down there for some slightly moody half-light portraits.

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Garrett seeing his bride…

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Stacie’s father passed away and in memory of him, she walked herself down the aisle.  It’s a very brave thing and I must admit, I was crying when I took this photo. Blog-121124-StacieGarrett-JL-IMG_8201

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Again, shot through tears.

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Anybody remember Katie and Jeff’s New Year’s Eve wedding?

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There are so many things I love about my job – the daily creativity, becoming immersed in a new story every day, that moment just as a bride and groom are announced man and wife, and BABIES!!!  One of the real treats of my life is getting to photograph babies in their every stage and today I get to share with you little Sophia’s baptism at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem, NC.  I am a sucker for the ornate especially when steeped in ceremony and surrounded by Byzantine art so this beautiful Greek ceremony was photographic perfection for me.

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The sense of community was palpable throughout the ceremony but never more so than when the women in Sophia’s life prepared her for each stage of her baptism at the alter.

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Thatcher’s 1st Haircut!

We waited a really long time but a few weeks back I finally broke down and allowed my sweet boy’s blonde locks to be cut for the very first time.  It was exhilarating and heartbreaking all at the same time.  He went from a baby to a real boy in a matter of minutes…

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We chose College Inn Barber Shop, a traditional barber in Salisbury, NC near Catawba College and it was a perfect choice.  Everyone was very easy going on no one seemed too concerned about the havoc that is a 20 month old.

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Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

The waiting was far easier once Thatch found a friend to play with.  The poor ladybug was a little less thrilled.

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Thatcher's First Haircut

The very first snip…

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Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

Some pretty heavy bribery (3 suckers) and the help of my mom and sister was required to make this haircut happen.  I’m so glad they were there with me.

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Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

Thatcher's First Haircut

Any barber shop worth its salt has a high powered air hose to play with.

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Thatcher's First Haircut

 

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Yesterday, I shared some personal favorites from Cate and Brian’s rehearsal dinner and today I want to continue their story. Cate’s vision for her wedding was an elegant, classic affair which was executed perfectly by Becca of Rebecca Rose Events.  Everything about this wedding had a glowy, almost ethereal feel and it was a pleasure to photograph. The Graylyn Estate is simply magical with its soft light, old world charm, and a stone gazebo as the ceremony site.  It was the perfect backdrop for this fete and is truly one of my favorite venues.

Congrats to the very happy couple !

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and her bridesmaids got ready in the airy Gardener’s Cottage on the grounds.

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Brian and his groomsmen finished getting ready in the estate’s library.

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian were married in the White Garden by the Stone Gazebo in some of the most beautiful light I’ve seen all season.

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

The guests were treated to cocktails on the terrace before dinner.

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

The reception took place in the Atlantis Room – I love the way checkerboard floor and the lighting really made the mermaids and sea life on the walls seem a part of the celebration.

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Cate and Brian Are Married!  :: A Graylyn Estate Wedding, Winston-Salem NC

Many thanks Rebecca Bouck for helping me shoot that day!  And to my fellow vendors:

Event Planning + Design: Rebecca Rose Events (Be sure to check out Becca’s blog post over at Rebecca Rose Events)
Venue + Catering: The Graylyn Estate
Photography: Traci Arney Photography
Floral Design: Amy Lynne Originals
Wedding Cake + Cake Cutting Service: Regi Originals
Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Ensembles
Reception Entertainment: Cookie – Sam Hill Entertainment
Lighting: Sound Illusions
Hair + Make-up: Bella Upstyles
Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Minister: Rev. Christian Lundberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

I was thrilled to run across this marvelous post by Rebecca Rose Events of Cate and Brian’s gorgeous Graylyn rehearsal dinner that we shot back in October.  Today I want to share some of my favorites from their stylishly elegant rehearsal dinner which is just a prelude to their breathtaking, sunlit wedding.

Many thanks to Becca who is such a pleasure – her work is always impeccable. After you finish here, be sure to head over to her blog and see more of our work and her beautiful planning.  To my fellow vendors, thank you for giving me so much beauty to work with.

Event Planning + Design: Rebecca Rose Events
Venue: The Graylyn Estate
Floral Design: Amy Lynne Originals
Photography: Traci Arney Photography
Entertainment: Allegro Music, Inc.
Courtyard Lighting: Sound Illusions 
 

Be sure to head back over tomorrow for the follow-up post of their incredible wedding!

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Cate and Brian Are Married :: A Graylyn Wedding, Winston-Salem, NC

Stacie and Garrett married in a beautiful ceremony this past weekend at Winston-Salem’s Millennium Center.  Here’s a quick sneak peek from their formals followed by some of my favorites from Stacie’s bridal session at Graylyn!  Many thanks to the Graylyn staff for letting us take use their beautiful facility as a fairy tale backdrop.  Congrats to the happy couple!

And now for part two of Lindsey and Blake’s breath-taking Sapelo Island wedding.  Yes, it’s massive but I simply could not edit any more out.  I love this couple, this story, this location.  I want to do it all over again!  Remember, if you want to see the who shebang, head over to the full gallery.

Today we get to focus on the happy couple and their beautiful ceremony in front of Reynolds Mansion by the pool.  The day began with Marissa and I taking Lindsey and Blake traipsing all over the island for an engagement session.

Blake graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and as a gift to Lindsey, he made and decorated their wedding cake!  Not only was I wildly impressed, I was also beyond excited to get to shoot another groom/chef prepping food for his own wedding.  I have always been fascinated with the work and lives of chefs – the long hours, the training, and mostly the creativity that is so much a part of their daily existence. It was a thrill to hear Blake talk about his restaurant, Cafe 37, and his thoughts on food.  As an added bonus, the cake, a gluten-free pineapple concoction with rum butter cream was the best thing I’ve ever tasted!  Lindsey is a lucky woman!

Prior to the ceremony, everyone wandered around the house and grounds and just chilled for a bit.  Layla and Nicole of Simply Savannah Events gave us tons more details to shoot and, of course, there was no resisting shooting more details of the grounds.

And suddenly, it’s time for the wedding.

And we even had enough time to do an actual bridal session!  Lindsey’s statuesque beauty, genuine happiness and total confidence made this a real treat.

One of my favorite moments during the ceremony was the breaking of the sand dollar. Here’s the story behind this sweet and very unique act of their union:

In the Legend of the Sand Dollar, the poem reads

“Now break the center open,
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread Good will and peace.”

Lindsey and Blake have had many special moments on the Georgia coast, from watching tropical storms hit Tybee Island in their 20’s to sharing a special weekend the first time they kayaked to Little Tybee last year. On that trip, they found sand dollars. Lindsey hoped to take them home as a memento, but they were broken in transit. When they first came to Sapelo, again, sand dollars were gathered to be kept, but broke in Lindsey’s suitcase on the way back to TN. A third time, again on Sapelo, the results were the same. This time Blake told her not to worry, that she was setting free the doves of peace.  Lindsey and Blake decided to break open another sand dollar, this time together with intention, to represent and guide them towards a peaceful marriage filled with good will.  May they always have the 5 doves of peace in remembrance of this day.


I have a confession: I have been putting off blogging Lindsey and Blake’s wedding but there is a really good reason – I just don’t want it to be over.  Seriously, I think I am going to go through mourning now that I am saying goodbye to this dreamy event.  So to ease the pain of parting, let’s break this baby up into two posts!

Lindsey and Blake were college sweethearts at SCAD.  When they reconnected years later, Blake had graduated from France’s Le Cordon Bleu and opened Cafe 37 in Savannah.  Lindsey was (and is) living a wildly glamorous life with a job that takes her back and forth to Italy constantly.  Their love is so sweet, full of laughter and is very well worn-in. I admire them greatly and am lucky to count them as friends.

Here are the things I love about this wedding:

  1. The location:  Reynolds Mansion has a wonderful, ever-so-slightly decayed beauty.  I simply must shoot there again.
  2. The spanish moss:  It’s everywhere and drifts and sways from anything that will stand still.  It’s too dreamy for words – that’s what pictures are for.
  3. The no-escape clause: The wedding was held on a holiday weekend when there were no ferries available. Everyone was happily trapped on gorgeous Sapelo Island with tours, bike rides, a low-country boil and fishing to keep them busy.
  4. Blake’s cake:  As a gift to his Beloved, Blake made and decorated the wedding cake and I got to see it happen!
  5. The luxury of time:  This was most certainly a gift as Marissa and I had oodles of time to really explore, get to know everyone, and take our time finding THE perfect place for every single image.
  6. Lindsey and Blake:  Their joy in one another and their glee when they became husband and wife was beautiful.

For today’s post, images from day one’s ferry ride over to Sapelo, the low country boil, a slight spanish moss obsession and some of my favorite detail shots!


You can check out the whole event here.

Many thanks to:

 

Remember Caitlin and Andrew’s beautiful Blowing Rock Engagement Session?  Remember the gorgeous mountain backdrop, the silliness, the laughter, and complete and utter sense of love?  Their wedding was no different…well, except that whole natural, outdoorsy thing.  Instead, I had the awesome urban backdrop of Uptown Charlotte, NC.  The wedding took place in St. Peter’s Catholic Church followed by their sky high reception at Bently’s on 27th.

 

We started out the day hanging with the girls at Salon on Selwyn.

Now y’all have heard me yammer on (some might say harp on) about the importance of attention to detail in the room you get dressed in.  Assign all you stuff to one corner of the room so it looks clean and tidy, a beautiful mirror to add interest to the shots, and, if possible, a gorgeous room.  Caitlin’s getting ready photos are a prime example of why these simple suggestions make all the difference in the world. The focus is all on her and her girls and not on the chaos of the mess in the room.  These are actually some of my favorite shots from the day!

Shot by Marissa

Shot by Marissa

Be sure to check out Modern Trousseau‘s website!  This shot of caitlin made it onto their Featured Brides section!!!


Shot by Marissa

One of my favorite moments of the day was when Caitlin and Andrew exited the ceremony and stepped outside into Charlotte Pride’s parade and accepted congratulations and had their photos taken with some of the participants.  It was a beautiful moment.

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Shot by Marissa

One of my favorite cakes ever.  I love how it embodied the whole concept of the urban wedding.  It tasted pretty stellar too!

 

Caitlin and Andrew, I loved every second of your big day.  You’ve made me feel like a valued friend since the day I met you.

A big thanks to my dear friend Marissa who got some great shots of this fabulous day.  And many thanks to my fellow vendors who helped to make the day a huge success!

 

 

Marissa and Brett are infectiously playful, silly, and wild about one another and I cannot wait for their wedding this November.  While we were rambling through Greensboro finding fun places to shoot, Marissa suggested we head to UNC  Greensboro’s infamous Climbing Tree.  After we chased off several students, we spent a few romantic moments in the boughs of this beautiful old magnolia.

On a personal note, I didn’t go to UNCG but my husband Adam did and I was shocked to learn that, for years, students have been scaling this tree to carve the initials of their loved ones in it’s heights.  Adam still hasn’t been able to pinpoint where my initials are.  Hmmmm….

We ended the session at Marissa and Brett’s favorite restaurant, Bin 33 in downtown Greensboro.  I’ve never visited before but I am definitely going back.  Everything smelled delicious and the wines were divine.  You simply must try it out!

What’s that you say?  You want to do part of your engagement shoot at a bowling alley?  No problem!  Well…it was actually quite tricky (and just a little bit scary) but so worth the effort.  How was it tricky?  Well, bowling alleys are dark and for some unknown reason, avid bowlers are definitely not keen on us using flash photography in their sacred space. Solution?  Go in really early on a Sunday morning and light the place up.  Many thanks to Triad Lanes for letting us take over for a bit.  Why was it scary?  I have a tendency to lay down on floors to get more dynamic shots but having bowling balls whizzing toward your head as you look through your lens can be quite disconcerting (but hilarious to the people watching you twitch and shriek as the ball flies down the ally.  But was it worth it?  Absolutely!  Would I do it again?  Only with a spotter.

I was completely thrilled to find out that Stephanie is the Social Event Sales Coordinator at the O.Henry Hotel here in Greensboro and handles all the weddings so I know her own big day next year is going to be AMAZING!

I couldn’t resist sneaking behind the back wall and photographing the pin mechanism.  I find it to be so beautiful in its own industrial way.

Later in the evening we met in a beautiful open field near Guilford College and played in that gorgeous Golden Hour light.

Ok, ok, ok.  I know I say it’s a “sneak peek” but seriously, two days gloriously stranded on Sapelo Island, GA and staying in R.J. Reynolds’ beach mansion…  There is absolutely no way I could just post one image from Lindsey and Blake’s amazing destination wedding.  And just wait until you see the rest!  Stay tuned.

Oh, and if you’re in Savannah, be sure to stop by Blake’s restaurant, Cafe 37, for dinner!

Kathleen and Christian married this past weekend in Greensboro, NC.  Here’s a quick sneak peek from their reception at the Greensboro Country Club.  AND…I finally get to post this gorgeous lady’s bridals!  Please, enjoy.

I feel like I’ve been a world traveller this year and that is due in part, to this sweet couple.

Katherine and Lynn had me come up to Chicago for their incredible E-Session and then we met back in Bermuda Run for Katherine’s bridal earlier this summer. (If you haven’t seen these posts, please go check them out!)  There are too many personal touches on this wedding to list but here goes…  By the way, Katherine works in the fine textiles industry and you can really see the impact of her expertise throughout the design of the wedding.

Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone involved in making this event the staggering success that it was.  Many thanks to my second photographer, Marissa Kaplan, for her beautiful work.  To my fellow vendors, you made my job too easy.

Ok, here we go!

The rehearsal dinner was at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC.  Beautiful, ridiculously yummy food, fantastic wines, and a gorgeous backdrop.

Katherine’s shoes from Anthropoloie

Shot by Marissa

All the collected love notes from their relationship. Shot by Marissa

Shot by Marissa

Shot by Marissa

Shot by Marissa

Invitations were a collaboration between Katherine, a Melissa Perry of Lovesome Design Studio, and the talented Becca Atchison.  Katherine did sew every piece of lace on those invites!  Shot by Marissa.

Katherine designed and made these signs herself.  Shot by Marissa.

Shot by Marissa

The quilt in this shot was made by Katherine and hung in the entrance to The Granary.

Just after the ceremony, the skies became very foreboding but those of you who know me know that that’s when I am my happiness.  I love good dramatic clouds!

On their honeymoon, Katherine and Lynn are going to take part in the ancient Chinese custom of Love Locks. What a beautiful tradition.

Lauren and Patrick married in one of the prettiest places on earth, the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  I’ve always had a deep love of this region and it was the perfect backdrop for the beginning of life together. The wedding was very intimate with a mere 37 people attending but you never could have told that from the boisterous reception that took place.  Seriously, these people can PARTY!  My favorite thing?  Puppies!  Lauren and Patricks dogs were such a huge part of the ceremony and they were so well behaved (something that is not always a guarantee)!  The party continued well into the wee hours of the morning back at the Big Sky Lodge in the Gatlinburg Falls Parkway Resort where the entire wedding party was staying. It was a great location, a great party, great people, and a freakin’ fantastic couple!

Many congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Mix!  Guys, thanks for letting me be a part of your big day.

I love the sensuality of this shot.  Lauren has fab legs so we had to show ‘em off.  (Patrick was thrilled, of course!)

Lauren traded out her gown for a sweet little white dress and, with the boots, perfection!  Of course I had to steal her boots for the ring shots.  But what other option did I have?!?

I am just giddy that Colleen and Megan of Two Delighted chose to feature Caitlin and Andrew’s Blowing Rock engagement session today!  You simply must go and check out their beautiful blog and while you’re there leave lots of love for the happy couple.

Caitlin and Andrew got married in a stunning and riotous event this past weekend in Uptown Charlotte, NC.  Stay tuned for the full post soon!  For now, here’s a sneak peek.

I have been absolutely dying to post these!  Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Snow.

Ceremony:  Grace Episcopal Church               Reception:  The Crest Center Pavillion

Event Planning ::  BobbyMark’s Designs               Cake :: Sweet Promises

Florals ::  The Bloom Room               Music :: The Business

 And many thanks to my friend and  Second Photographer :: Wendy Riley

Shot on right by Wendy

Shot on right by Wendy

Shot on Left by Wendy

Shot on left by Wendy

Shot on left by Wendy

Shot by Wendy

Shot on right by Wendy

Photography, in it’s every form, makes me happy. Photographing beauty, laughter, silliness, and genuine adoration makes me giddy. Meet childhood sweethearts, Jaimie and Nate who will be married in April 2013.

A big congratulations to Jaimie and Nate!  Be sure to check back for their images from their spectacular wedding at Our Lady of Grace and Starmount Country Club next spring.

E-Session Location: Smith Mountain Lake, VA

It’s July and we are knee-deep in wedding season so I have become ridiculously remiss in posting. No more! Instead of letting a huge backlog build up, I give you just the bare facts and beautiful couples. Enjoy!

First up, Caitlin and Andrew and their Blowing Rock E-Session. Be sure to give them some love below!

Hilarious.  Playful. Sexy. Sweet.

 

Caitlin and Andrew will be married in Charlotte, NC on August 25th. Keep an eye out for more yum!

As a mom, the thought of leaving your little one wailing at the door as you drive off for a shoot does lay heavy on your heart. (Yep, that did happen-more than once.) Luckily, having a stellar husband and an awesome big brother does help to salve those mommy-wounds. But there is certainly an allure to hopping on a plane with gear in tow and discovering a wealth of new photographic wonders.

Katherine and Lynn are getting married in {Greensboro} later this summer but for their E-Session they asked if I could come to {Chicago}. Really?!? Ok, twist my arm. I’ve never been to Chicago before and I now understand people’s devotion to it. Personally, the plethora of {public art} (everywehere!) and the genuine kindness of the people sucked me in. I’m definitely heading back! We shot all day ambling around parts of the city I probably never would have seen as a tourist and had an absolute blast.  Loving every second of this trip made coming home to my boys all the sweeter.

 

After we hit up {Millennium Park’s} {Cloud Gate} sculpture, we headed over to the {Art Institute of Chicago} to recreate Katherine and Lynn’s first date. This stunning museum is a must the next time you’re near by.

I love the simple sweetness of the touch in this shot.

Katherine’s apartment is directly across the street from {Lincoln Park Zoo} which was one of the big highlights of the day for me. The zoo is completely free and a bastion of nature in the middle of this huge and thriving city.

Katherine’s apartment building is a gem from the 1920’s with tons of gorgeous details and charm.

We dropped into lots of their favorite haunts – {La Crêperie} was my favorite.

We ended our shoot at {Lake Michigan}. It was a marvelous day.

I had the rare pleasure of joining Treyci and Brandon for an Afterglow Session while they were honeymooning in Asheville, NC. Their wedding took place the week before in Greenville, SC and when Treyci called to ask me to come join them for the day, I was absolutely thrilled.  Seriously, I adore this couple-take a look at their wedding blog post to see why.

Brandon proposed to Treyci at the Biltmore Estate so it was the perfect place to spend the day. Marissa and I arrived with the hopes of brilliant skies but what we got were brooding clouds and thunderstorms.  When the skies opened up, we hid out in the Biltmore Conservatory-a place of incredible beauty that should not be missed if you are near the NC Blue Ridge Parkway. And if you’re lucky enough to be there on a rainy day, the music of the rain on the glass roof is unforgettable.

Brandon and Treyci did not have a first dance at their reception-they saved it for a rainstorm in a greenhouse and Treyci sang the most beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” I have ever heard.  At one point, I realized neither Marissa nor I were shooting, we were so mesmerized by her voice. I still get chills…

Shot on the bottom right by Marissa

Shot on the top left by Marissa.

Shot on the right by Marissa

Brandon proposed under the Pergola in the Italian Gardens.

Shot on top left and right by Marissa

The rain may have been fear-inducing when we arrived but it ended up being photographic perfection.

There is just something about being around a couple when they are still in that honeymoon haze. The frenzy of the wedding preparations are over and it is just relaxed happiness. The whole day was magical and I hope to do more Afterglow Sessions. (FYI: I’m available for any wildly exotic and lush locale!)

Treyci and Brandon were best friends for fourteen years before they finally realized they were meant to be together. Actually, Brandon loved Treyci from the very start but sometimes we have to wait for it. Their life is centered around faith, a touch of chaos, and a great sense of humor. They are playful, kind, and boisterously happy. To put it plainly, they are a joy to be around. I love this couple.

Oftentimes when we are driving back from a wedding, {Marissa} and I will discuss how the wedding made us feel and not just how we did (although we do tend to obsess over that particular point). What was the highlight? What made us cry? What made us laugh? What was the hardest part? Coming back from Treyci and Brandon’s wedding, we said, almost at the same time, “I want to be adopted by these people!” There was not one ounce of family drama. Just a sincere joy for the couple, acceptance of one another’s families, and a lot of laughter. Treyci and I are already dear friends. Brandon, you’ve got to share her…just accept it.

Ring on Blue shot by Marissa.

Treyci’s dad gave Brandon this beautiful pocket watch that has been handed down for generations.

Each guest received an acorn pin, a reminder that love has humble beginnings and must be tended.

Shot on top right by Marissa

My favorite moment in a wedding is when the couple sees one another for the first time. Every bride wants to be looked at the way Brandon looked at Treyci – with longing, joy, and complete serenity.

Shot by Marissa

Both shot by Marissa

Whenever possible, allow a photographer to hide up front during the ceremony. There are private moments-a touch, wink, or a gaze-that are invisible from the back of the church. I’m so glad Marissa captured these.

There were many acts of love throughout this ceremony but the one that was most important was serving Communion. Just after they were announced husband and wife, even before the kiss, Treyci and Brandon committed their marriage to be an act of service.

Shots on left by Marissa

Brandon’s twin brother crying during his speech to the happy couple.  I must admit, I cried a little myself.

Chest hair ² + Limelight = Awesome!

Shot on left by MarissaCongrats to the happy couple!!!

Before they headed to {Asheville’s} {Biltmore Estate} on their honeymoon, friends and family gave a benediction. I’ve never seen this at a wedding before. Considering the couple’s commitment to faith and service, it was a perfect ending to a heartfelt day.

Many thanks to {Marissa} for acting as my second and getting such beautiful shots!  And {Twigs Tempietto} in {Greensville, SC} did a stellar job handling everything from the venue to the food.  You were marvelous to work with!

I was recently asked by the fabulous Leigh Pearce of Leigh Pearce Weddings to be a guest blogger.  She gave me a pretty wide open field (so long as it dealt with photography!) and I chose a subject near and dear to my heart – light.  Light is everything to us photographers and I wanted to discuss how you can plan your day to optimize its fabulosity.  So here’s the question we discuss: what is the optimal time to get married in order to get the soft buttery light that just makes a wedding sing?

From the blog post – “When you envision your wedding ceremony, what do you see?  Candle light glowing softly or sunlight streaming in through the windows?  Outdoor formal portraits and a romance session with that sweet yellow light or more traditional formals in front of the church sanctuary?  This is no small question in the planning of your big day – especially where your photography is concerned.  Most brides spend an average of 10 – 12 % of their budget on their wedding photography but really have very little knowledge of how to plan for the best wedding light – and light, my dear friends, is everything.”

Head over to Leigh’s blog to read the rest of the post and here’s to you looking fab on your wedding day!

XOXOXO

Traci

 About Leigh:

Leigh is one of my absolute favorite wedding planners to work with.  Her work is honest, whimsical, and very thoughful…  I wish I had known her when I was getting married!  If you are in need of a wedding planner or a wedding designer, contact this sweet, sweet woman.  She will make every step a joy.  Go and check out her work and read all the great information on her blog.

Jayme and Millie have been best friends a long time – through high school here in Greensboro, to the addition of four kids, and a move to Romania three years ago.  Now I admit, I wish the shoot had been in Jayme’s current home of Bucharest but Greensboro would have to do on short notice.  The kids were beautiful, sweet and almost always well behaved.  (But what would a portrait session with little ones be without some mayhem?)  It was a beautiful day at Bur-Mil Park spent with the kind of people I want to always surround myself with – warm, genuine, and truly funny women.    Jayme, the next session’s at your place in Romania!   I’m totally crashing on your couch…

Pat is a funny, funny man but when he asked me to do his head shots for his burgeoning comedy career, it was no laughing matter.  This was my first opportunity to do this kind of shoot and the requirements are so different than they are for brides and babies.    No soft light, no soft smiles – basically, no pretty.  He needed to look like his stage persona, dry, witty, and completely irreverent.  To add to the pressure, Pat is a dear friend and neighbor and you know I couldn’t disappoint him (he knows where I live)!  Fortunately, Pat misbehaved just enough in front of the camera and I behaved just enough behind it and the results were outstanding.  And when you’re in Greensboro, go check out his act at The Idiot Box or head over to his Facebook to find his next show near you.

I love to shoot images that are challenging, confounding and still utterly beautiful. And I LOVE a brave bride – a bride who is willing to challenge the conventional wisdom of traditional wedding photography. This shot is the very embodiment of everything I love.©2013, Traci Arney Photography. www.traciarneyphotography.com

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