Now, unfortunately I can’t take credit for the amazing first photo you see here:

This is Becky’s Facebook profile picture (used with her permission). She said that since they didn’t have engagement pictures taken that she would make their own. By photoshopping her cat in. Three times. My favorite is the one peeking over Steven’s shoulder (Steven and the cat do not get along but are working on it). Anyway, this is clearly better than all of their wedding pictures combined so I had to open with it because it is amazing.

Becky and Steven are clearly awesome based on the photo above. They met in February and tied the knot the first weekend in December and were SO excited for their morning/afternoon wedding at Caffe Luna. It was freeeezing outside for their 8:30am pictures but neither one of them ever complained and were really good sports. They’re  both incredibly sweet people and it wasn’t hard to keep Becky laughing at all times despite the open toed shoes and strapless dress and my lenses fogging up in 30 degree weather.

Their wedding was attended by all of their sweet family members and their brothers, who were the Best Man and the Man of Honor. :) The Amazing Jenny, Becky’s friend, acted as a wedding coordinator who was so well coordinated that I pulled her aside and asked if she was really just a friend or actually a legit coordinator. She was a friend. And was great! There were also super cute sock monkeys and invitations that were hand drawn by Becky herself (who can do awesome calligraphy!) and holly accents as a shout out to Steven’s merry last name (and the time of year). :) They were even so, so kind to get a gluten free cake for me and another guest with allergies!! I WAS SO EXCITED TO EAT CAKE AT A WEDDING YOU HAVE NO IDEA. It was delicious!!! So nice and unexpected and kind.

Congratulations, Becky and Steven! Please keep in touch with us on your adventures around Raleigh and we hope that you enjoy the photos when you get back from your honeymoon!! You guys were awesome to work with!!

Date: December 1, 2012

First Song: “At Last” – Etta James

Becky’s Occupation: I graduated with a degree in illustration, still trying to figure out what I want to do with it… artist? I still do a little work on the side.

Steven’s Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

How You Met: We met at church. We started talking between services and hit it off so well he asked me on a date that same day.

Interesting Bride Fact: Can’t dance.

Interesting Groom Fact: Best griller in the world…according to the bride. :)

Honeymoon Location: A cabin near Gatlinburg, TN. Yay mountains! :)

Ceremony and Reception Location: Caffe Luna // Raleigh, NC

Officiant: Doug Van Ness (friend)

DJ: Keshan

Florist/Hair/Makeup/: Becky

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Caterer: Caffe Luna

Coordinator: Jenny

This was our very last wedding of 2011 held on December 17th. :) The day after, I flew to Pittsburgh to be home with my family for the holidays, and Gwen and Nick were patient and kind enough to be cool with me editing them when I got back in January. We could not have ended the year on a better note. Gwen, as you may recall from her engagement session, was a teaching co-worker of mine when I taught 2nd grade. She still teaches alongside my other teacher co-workers Jen (who was a bridesmaid in the wedding) and Sara (who did Gwen’s lovely makeup). It was so wonderful to see all of them again and to photograph Gwen and Nick’s family and friends on their wedding day. :) They’re such a sweet and loving couple… and December was the perfect month for them to get married as it’s an important month in their faith as well as a time when Gwen gets a little time off from work. ;) They combined adorable Christmas elements into their wedding… and I nearly cracked up when Gwen told me she was having her guests decorate ornaments for a tree while they were getting their pictures taken to occupy them (it was a very teacher-like craft assignment and amazing!).

Gwen looked beautiful and stunning, as always and Nick and his groomsmen looked awesome in their grey suits (I’m a sucker for grey suits and they photograph so well). Their ceremony took place in the church where they met. Their reception had a Cheerwine toast, a cheesecake bar, and a toilet papered getaway car that almost caught fire from their sparkler exit. ;) It was a beautiful day and I was happy to be there with them. Hope the pictures were worth the wait, guys. xo.

First Dance Song: “You and Me” – Lifehouse

Bride’s Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher

Groom’s Occupation: Software Developer

How You Met: Through our Sunday School class at Providence Baptist Church

Interesting Bride Fact: Competed in the NCAA DIII National Championship game in senior year of college

Interesting Groom Fact: Was the state champion in the floor routine as a 12 year old

Honeymoon Destination: Cruise to the Western Caribbean out of Tampa, FL

Date: December 17, 2011

Ceremony Venue: Providence Baptist Church // Raleigh, NC

Reception Venue: Cobblestone Hall // Raleigh, NC

DJ: Uniq Events

Florist: Harris Teeter

Cake: Melody Sawyer (friend)

Cheesecakes: The Twisted Fork

Hair: Kim Braddy

Makeup: Sara Haan // Makeup For Your Day

Coordinator: April Collier