The Oaks at Salem Wedding | Raleigh Wedding Photographer

2012: James is living in California and Suzanne is living in NC.  Suzanne visits her friends in Georgia who all plan a tubing adventure down the Chatahoochee.  James visits his friends in Georgia and they, too, plan to tube the Chatahoochee that weekend.

This is where the worlds of Suzanne and James collide.  On the 6 hour excursion these two begin chatting it up.. Suzanne even claims that James saved her life when she was stuck in the ‘rapids’ and got separated from the group!

It was definitely love at first sight :)  They were both taken aback with how unique each of them were.. James was intrigued with Suzanne’s 20’s style bathing suite and Suzanne was intrigued with James’ bald head (true story!).  They kept up communication after they met and by the following year, James had landed a job in Raleigh and moved east to finally be with his Suzanne!

In March of 2015, James surprised Suzanne with the most beautiful proposal in the Asheville mountains and thus began planning their lives together :-)  Their wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC was nothing short of perfect.  Arguably the most perfect was that after a week of planning for 80% chance of rain that day, we were all lifting our thanks to Jesus for answered prayers when not a single drop of rain ended up falling!

Suzanne planned a sweet garden theme for their day and had the most beautiful shades of sages and pinks, and pretty little birds dotting her decor .  They had the delicious SweetWater Italian Ice cart there and the prettiest cupcakes for desert!

Aside from all the beautiful elements, the best part of the day was the focus that was kept on celebrating James + Suzanne’s love.  They had a no-see first look as they kept their eyes closed but held hands and prayed together before the ceremony! It was so perfect!  And all around them that day was the love and support and encouragement by their friends and family to see them begin their lives together.

This joyful couple was the biggest pleasure to work with!!  I will miss photographing Suzanne’s excitement and the way James looks at her with so much adoration in his eyes.  He just adores his Suzanne :-)  And while the wedding day might be over, there are so many beautiful beginnings God has in store for this couple and I look forward to watching their future blossom!

Thank you so much, Suzanne + James, for including us in your beautiful celebration!!

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Venue & Wedding Coordination // Veni Ridout, The Oaks at Salem, Apex, NC

Videographer & DJ // Damien Maass Film

Floral Designer // Marsha Snyder, Mews Florist

Cake Artist // Gigi’s Cupcakes

Hair & Makeup // Twisted Scizzors

Officiant // Kayelity Middleton, Raleigh Wedding Minister

Bridal Shop // Savvi Formal

Dress Designer // Casablanca

Bridesmaids Dresses // David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse

Rental company // Party Reflections 

Caterer // Catering By Design

Violinist // Raleigh Violinist

Italian Ice Cart // Sweet Water Ices

Photobooth // Shutterbooth

Classic Get-Away Car // Dave’s Classic Car

 

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