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. :)

Amy and Jeff are amazing and hilarious people and definitely saw to it that both Geoff and myself had a wonderful day alongside them and the rest of their family and friends. I’d be out of eyesight with Amy when I’d hear her shout, “Carolyn!” and I’d shout back, “Yeah!” and she’d shout, “I appreciate you!” and I’d shout, “I appreciate you too!” and it went on like that for a good while (when she wasn’t busy doing yoga moves). They’re both generous, lovely, and just so ridiculously nice to not only us but everyone else they encountered and managed to stay that way through the entire planning process and wedding day.

This was our first wedding at the Cotton Room where it didn’t rain (!!). It threatened to, but it held off and sent in its place a substantial amount of wind. The wind did a few wrestling moves with Amy’s veil throughout the photos but stayed on her head nonetheless… and eventually the clouds and wind parted to fill the giant windows in their venue with light for their ceremony.

We are so thrilled for Amy and Jeff (and their adorable dog who is happy to have his dog-parents newly married) and just a tiny bit jealous of their awesome honeymoon to New Zealand and Bora Bora while we sit here in the rain in Durham…. but we forgive them anyway because they’re so nice. :)

 Date: March 30, 2014

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Cotton Room // Durham, NC

First Dance Song: “All of Me” – John Legend

Amy’s Occupation: Business Development Director at an engineering consulting firm

Jeff’s Occupation: Business & technology consultant

How You Met: Amy hit on Jeff at the gym…and then forced her number on him :)

Interesting Bride Fact: Amy used to believe that her name was spelled A-M-Y-Q- . (period)  She is generally uncoordinated but very enthusiastic.

Interesting Groom Fact: Jeff’s dream job is to be a LEGO designer!  He is also generally athletic.

Honeymoon Destination: Auckland, NZ and then on to Bora Bora!

Vendor Credits: Officiant – Rev. Barbara Lodge | DJ – All Around Raleigh DJ | Florist – Triangle Catering | Catering – Triangle Catering | Hair – Blo Salon | Makeup – Janise Carter | Coordinator – Amalia Sarnecki-Ackley of the Cotton Room