Geoff and I photographed Katie and Tony’s wedding in Virginia back in 2017 when Katie wore this incredible pantsuit. Thankfully, the Durham area gained Katie and Tony back recently (!) and now we can have dinner with them and talk about podcasts. In addition, I was lucky enough to get to photograph them recently for a couple’s session! I love doing portraits with couples as it’s low-key and fun, and it’s cool to look back on them later with your partner (the best part is that no matter how old you think you look now, when you look back on pictures later, you will always look younger than you currently do! Isn’t that great?). We did a few at their house with their dog Caroline who is really adorable but only likes a handful of people (and I am not one of them… probably a Caroline vs. Carolyn thing) so I took photos of her from 25 feet away, and then we moved on to downtown Durham. Part of the fun of shooting in August is the fact that the weather doesn’t make a lick of sense, and even with a 10% chance of rain in the forecast, some sort of gnarly front moved in on us with 40mph winds and crazy clouds and we all ended up hiding underneath an overhang for a bit. But I’d happily hang with them under overhangs any day of the week, especially when it stops me from having to photoshop out a bunch of little rain dots on their shirts.
Sarah and Dustin are the best type of people. They like card games and video games and pie picnics, but most importantly, they can weather an extremely rainy engagement session without so much as blinking an eye. The weather is so unpredictable in North Carolina in the summer, and we had already rescheduled once due to rain. The forecast for their particular day was about evenly split, but toward the evening it was down to almost a zero percent chance, and nothing on the radar. Of course, because of this, it rained literally the entire time. For no reason. The radar still said it was clear, and the forecast still said it was not supposed to be raining. It did not let up. It was primarily a constant mist, but it did become heavier on occasion, but despite all this, they did not complain once, and were some of the happiest clients I’ve had, rain or shine! They met in the Archives while attending school, and are getting married later this year on Dustin’s family’s land in Tennessee. They’re excited to later bring Sarah’s dog Moses into the mix (who’s currently living with her family in New Mexico) and vow to continue to remain united over their love of desserts. I’m super happy to have done their engagement session, and can’t wait to see what life has in store for them in future. Congrats, Sarah and Dustin!
We absolutely adore the Museum of Life and Science, especially the inside and the outside of the butterfly house, so it was a little bittersweet that this was our last wedding there. But, we were so thrilled that the couple getting married was Sam and Mark, and that they stood in the high humidity of that butterfly house for us, and that Mark wore a trumpet flower as a hat. They truly are the best. We photographed their engagement session last year after they found us through Jessie and Dan. And soon in September we will be photographing Sam and Mark’s friends Sarah and Brandon and so all three of our wedding couples of past, present, and future were at this wedding together and it was so fun to see them all in one spot! SO MANY TEARS. Okay, nobody cried at all, but it was still nice.
I did cry at their wedding ceremony however, but it was from tears because their ceremony was hilarious. It was the very first one in my 10+ years as a wedding photographer where the officiant (their yoga teacher) had previously asked them to list some pet peeves about one another to her, and she incorporated them as vows. So there was a lot of vowing to stop leaving dirty clothes on the floor and cleaning up toothpaste from sinks. I expect they might need a vow renewal for at least that part of their ceremony every few months, but it’s important that they’re trying. We love these humans, and are so happy to be part of their day. Not only because their day involved the butterfly house but also spacemen and one chinchilla, but also because they’re great.
Date: June 1, 2019 Ceremony+Reception Venue: Museum of Life and Science // Durham, NC First Dance Song: “Here’s To Us” – Halestorm How You Met: At Duke Honeymoon: Tuscany Officiant: Sommer Sobin Band: Dance Candy Florist: Tre Bella Cake: Guglhuph Caterer: Rocky Top Hair+Makeup – Wedding Hair by Liz Coordinator: Stacey Newberg of Events by Memory Lane