Recently caught up with my forever friends at Gilded Bridal to work on updating some store photos and to grab some headshots of Susan’s new girls, Jensen and Makenzie. It’s no secret that Gilded is one of my favorite places to photograph not only because it is ALWAYS FUN to photograph fancy dresses, but because Susan is a ridiculously fun person. This is quite evident in everything she does, but also evident in how happy her staff is. Everyone is relaxed and incredibly silly, and they all make my job easy just by being themselves. I had already worked with Jensen at another shoot, so I was aware that she’s a super chill and funny person, but I hadn’t yet met Makenzie until this shoot, and SURPRISE: she is also a super chill and funny person. I don’t think Susan would hire anyone who wasn’t, but still. I love how much I always love her staff. I don’t work at Gilded but I kinda wish I did because look at them!
I’ve done work for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for many years, and I still get asked questions about what they do for the city. The DRA is responsible for fun events that happen downtown (like First Friday, Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, and partnering with local artists to decorate storefronts and make murals) but they also provide Ambassador services! These (and many more) friendly folks wearing blue DRA ambassador logos patrol downtown, helping locals and visitors. They keep an eye on the cars in parking garages, provide directions and assistance, check on shop owners and local businesses, and they even jump your car for free if you need it! If you’re downtown late at night and would like an escort back to your car, you can call them and they’ll walk with you. They provide an immense and helpful service. I was happy to photograph the ambassadors in their new uniforms this year!
Always an absolute joy working with my kick-ass friends over at Gilded Bridal! Gilded Bridal is the best best bestest designer wedding dress shop in the area, owned by my former wedding client and friend Susan. We’ve had a ton of brides get their dresses here over the years, and every one of them has had a great experience, which makes me so happy! Susan’s incredible, and she just put together yet another awesome shoot which I feel privileged to be a part of. It’s so cool working with so many other local female-owned businesses in the area! Special thanks to our incredible team:
Makeup: Michelle Clark
Hair: Katelyn Mcginn
Dresses: Gilded Bridal
Model: Ashley Lyons
Model: Drewe Smith
Begrudging Yet Beautiful Model: Susan Langford, owner
Venue: Hummingbird Cafe