Sarah and Tim introduced us to the lovely concept of a pop-up wedding (inspired by a company in DC that officiates and photographs local elopements). They wanted to essentially pick a nice naturey spot in Durham, show up with their closest family and friends, and get married without a formal booking. It’s like an even less formal elopement. And the less formal the better, so we jumped on board and were happy to join Sarah and Tim and their 25 people of choice at the Shepherd Nature Trail in Duke Forest for some weddingy goodness. They got ready in an awesome Airbnb rental house near downtown and we all followed caravan-style to the ceremony site where they married in the forest. Some bubbles, hugs, and photos later, we all rejoined in downtown Durham at Rue Cler for some tasty food and congratulations. It was short, sweet, and a fantastic way to spend a couple hours on a Friday evening. :)

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  • Date: May 22, 2015
  • Ceremony Site: Shepherd Nature Trail at Duke Forest // Durham, NC
  • Reception Site: Rue Cler // Durham, NC
  • Sarah’s Occupation: Sarah is a social worker who helps communities support social justice, sustainable economic development, and environmental stewardship.
  • Tim’s Occupation: Tim is an attorney who works with early stage companies and the like.
  • How You Met: During summers in college, Tim worked as a lifeguard with Sarah’s high school friends, who introduced them. Tim was smitten immediately, but it was Sarah who called him to meet up at a concert they both had previously planned to attend the next day. The rest is history!
  • Interesting Fact: Sarah and Tim lived and worked in Sevilla, Spain for a year after graduating from college.
  • Honeymoon: Minimoon – Outer Banks, NC; Honeymoon – Yet to be decided!
  • Vendor Credits: Officiant – Becky Kyle: esteemed friend | Pies – Scratch | Caterer – Rue Cler | Hair – Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Gallery | Makeup – Attraction Makeup Artistry

Annie and Kunal finally broke our rain-streak for weddings at The Cotton Room, so we’re guessing that choosing Friday, May 15th as the date for their wedding due to its auspiciousness worked out. :) It was also, adorably, Kunal’s parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary (they got them their own anniversary cake to cut!). Annie looked stunning, Kunal looked handsome, and they decorated their venue with beautiful purple and yellow details, gorgeous floral arrangements, little wedding cakes and sequined table cloths. Then we added in a dash of graffiti and some skateboarders just to balance things out a bit and they were totally cool with it because Annie and Kunal are super nice and wonderful people. Super smiley, super happy, super polite, and super chill. We were so happy to be there with them on their wedding day and also to be given the chance to eat their fantastic Indian food too! We love these guys a lot and wish them the best in their new journey to live and work in New Mexico!

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  • Date: May 15, 2015
  • Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Cotton Room // Durham, NC
  • First Dance: “All of Me” – John Legend
  • Annie’s Occupation: Physician
  • Kunal’s Occupation: Clinical Statistician
  • How You Met:
  • Interesting Fact: We have a blind dog who rules our house.
  • Honeymoon: India for wedding #2 follows by some well deserved rest!
  • Vendor Credits: Officiant – Jessie Larkins | DJ – Gabby Sasore | Florist – Tre Bella | Cake – Daisy Cakes | Caterer – Triangle Catering and Sitar | Hair/Makeup – Bella Trio | Coordinator – Shelley Clayton w/ the Cotton Room

Bérénice and Mike gave us the joy of attending and photographing our first courthouse wedding recently! We’ve had a few very small, intimate weddings in the past (one where Carolyn was literally the only guest and witness!), but no courthouse weddings, so we were excited for something new. Bérénice and Mike were excited to have a low-key, low-stress way to permanently commit to each other without the headaches attached to a large scale shindig. :) Together, we had an awesome time! Mike’s family came in to join him from out of state, and Bérénice’s family came all the way from France to see her get married. There was a lot of love in that room, and even more so between Bérénice and Mike. And despite it being hot, humid, and muggy… and despite Bérénice’s feet hurting from her really adorable shoes, these two were really cooperative, fun to work with, and two really nice people. We ran around Raleigh to take some newlywed pictures of them before they went off to Sitti to celebrate their wedding with amazing food! A big congratulations and a huge “thank you for having us!” to Bérénice and Mike for allowing us to be with them on their wedding day. :)