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
Olivia and Gunnar eloped in Raleigh in mid-November and had their closest family and friends in from out of town to stay at a big house in Raleigh to celebrate with them. Olivia and Gunnar are originally from Alabama but recently moved to the area for jobs, and we’re so glad they did! They are awesome people who are super sweet and like key lime pie. And I automatically trust anyone who loves key lime pie. They enjoy cooking together and are pretty into food. But, so is their dog, and upon returning from a honeymoon in Ireland where they brought home chopsticks from one of their favorite restaurants there, their dog dug through their bag and ate said chopsticks. You can’t with ’em all. They told us of driving through Ireland on the wrong side of the road which sounded terrifying, and they told us about black pudding which sounds totally disgusting, but beyond that, Ireland sounds really great and it’s still high on our list of places to visit someday (just without the black pudding maybe). At home, Gunnar likes video games and building computers and doing techie things, and Olivia likes all things true crime and watching movies (and we all agree that Pet Semetary definitely should not be remade as it’s perfect in its original form). We had a great time meeting their families at their elopement in Raleigh, and then a great time on a slightly drier day photographing them in Durham. Thanks for finding us, Olivia and Gunnar, and may you have many more chopsticks someday that your dog doesn’t eat. Congratulations!
It was a pleasure to meet and work with these guys on an elopement-style session! Jessi and Alec got married at the courthouse and celebrated with family later in the week, but they wanted photos in all their garb downtown prior to the festivities, and we were happy to oblige. They are such a sweet couple, and into all things science. They met at an observatory (I believe Alec proclaimed himself the King of the Observatory at one point, which is a truly amazing and wonderful title) and have been having outdoorsy and sciencey adventures together ever since. They also like good music and movies and can ride a rented bike downtown like nobody’s business. It’s not easy to get on one of those things wearing a significant amount of tulle or a suit, but they managed quite well. We hit up all their favorite local spots in Durham (shout out to Viceroy for being nice enough to let us take a few inside!) and got to know this awesome pair. Congratulations to Jessi+Alec!