Amy and Cullen are the bee’s knees. Cute, cute, very cute, and more cute. They are SO fun and SO giggly and basically a photographer’s dream to work with. It poured the morning of their wedding. Like, torrential. And it had been pouring for several days prior. And ground was muddy, yet this would not stop them! Brave and valiant souls, they still wanted to go outside for pictures and had their ceremony in front of the gorgeous butterfly conservatory at the Museum of Life and Science. Thank goodness, too, because that place looks like Jurassic Park and is quite fun to shoot as someone who loves plants, butterflies, and also escaped raptors.

The way these guys found us is kind of fun, as Amy used to do framing. She did the custom framing for this fab family, whom we’ve done photographs for the past several years. They have what I consider to be a bonafide Museum of Carolyn Scott Photography, and I was so glad to meet the gal who did some of their incredible framing! Amy also loves Halloween and was attracted to our bats, much in the same way that we’re attracted to her Nightmare Before Christmas tattoo. It was a match made in heaven. Also, there’s Cullen, who is a wonderfully fun redhead and whom I now possess much reception photo blackmail over, and I’m pretty sure neither one of us would have it any other way. We adored working with this whole crew and were so thrilled the rain held off for this one!

Bonus picture: Geoff feeling incredibly uncomfortable and laughing nervously after a Pittsburgh Steelers-colored butterfly lands on his neck and refuses to leave during the butterfly release ceremony. Occupational hazards of a fluttery nature. ;)

Date: May 19, 2018
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Museum of Life and Science // Durham, NC
First Dance Song: “Past Lives” – Bornes and “There goes our Love Again” – White Lies
Cullen’s Occupation: Account Rep for Nutanix
Amy’s Occupation: Project Manager for 3C Store Fixtures
How You Met: Girl walks in bar, boy works at bar…boy complimented on girl dance moves.
Interesting Fact: Cullen is the rain man of movies and pop culture. There’s is no song that Amy can’t dance to.
Officiant: Lawyer Jonathan Crook (friend)
DJ: Michael Gay of All Around Raleigh DJ
Florist: Fallons Flowers and Libby Baskervill
Cake: Lisa Tedder (Cullen’s Aunt)
Caterer: Porchetta
Hair/Makeup: Rock Paper Scissors

I had worked with Lindsay and Ken on their engagement shoot, and then again with Lindsay on her bridals, and I spent the few months leading up to their wedding hopelessly trying to explain their personalities to Geoff and how much I love both of them (I think Geoff thought I was kind of weird). Then he met them, and it took him only about 5 seconds with each of them to understand what I was talking about. Hopefully this blog post doesn’t come across as a really creepy love letter to them from their photographers.

Lindsay, first, is an absolutely beautiful person inside and out, but has an amazingly silly/quirky/goofy/hilarious personality that is completely at odds with her super formal and thick southern South Carolina accent. My brain basically can’t compute what’s happening while in her presence, but I do know that I laugh the entire time and, apparently, slip into an occasional completely non-existent southern accent which Geoff pointed out to me a few times. She has a definite tendency toward the dramatic and will often strike ridiculous poses. Her sister, mom, and myself had to tell her several times during her bridal session to stop… for just a minute… and smile normally. Now – normally we’re giving anything for people to be silly like that, so this was the first time I had to tell someone to actually stop acting silly for a second so I could take a normal picture. She’s the type of person who can entertain me endlessly and who’s incredibly charming and amusing at the same time. Like a really, really silly comedian who dresses impeccably and has a very formal southern way of speaking.

Ken is a little easier to explain, but just as charming. He initially struck me as decently formal, but the more I’ve gotten to know him I realize that he’s just as quirky, but in a more subtle way. He’s almost always wearing an expression of amusement (probably because of Lindsay) and is just a really, super decent and nice guy. He let me harass him for a couple hours during the engagement session and took it quite well, and I think I sealed the deal of gaining client-photographer trust when we discovered we share a mutual love of 24 and Kiefer Sutherland. During the wedding he was just as fantastic to work with as before and was probably our first groom to stay on the dance floor 99% of the night.

I know that I’m not ever going to do these two awesome people justice in words, but you’ll just have to trust me that they’re really good people… and that Geoff and I had an incredibly good time being thoroughly entertained at their wedding. Also – check out the gallery that they made in the Cotton Room with some of the photos from their engagement session! It was kind of like having my own art showcase. ;) :D

Date: September 14, 2013

Ceremony Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens // Durham, NC

Reception Venue: The Cotton Room // Durham, NC

Linday’s Occupation: Optometrist

Ken’s Occupation: Optometrist

How You Met: Optometry School Ft. Lauderdale Florida

Interesting Bride Fact: Boxer fanatic: Lincoln & Mona – Lover all things artistic: music, art, theatre, food, etc etc etc etc:: unique experience realizing life resumes after 09/14/13 when I bought my Cats tix for October performace — felt weird….

Interesting Groom Fact: Muscle cars, beer, pizza & all things Dude Americana.

Vendor Credits: Officiant – Pastor William | DJ – Frankie Hagan with Island Sound | Florist – Robin Roberts with Flowers for You in Goldsboro, NC | Cake – Cakes by Cinda | Caterer – Triangle Catering with the Cotton Room | Hair/Makeup – Heather Weeks | Videographer – Big Dog Little Bed Productions | The Cotton Room Coordinator – Amalia | Sarah P. Duke Gardens Coordinator – Marcia | Hired Director – Pat Kiewert