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And in this very room there’s quite enough love for all of us,
And in this very room there’s quite enough joy for all of us,
And there’s quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus … is in this very room.

More than anything, Caroline and Ian wanted for their wedding to be a worship experience. For that to happen, they would have to slow down and acknowledge the spirit throughout the day, and that’s exactly what they did. I love the lyrics to the song that they sang during their ceremony above. In each and every room that they entered throughout the day, there was more love and joy and hope and power.

I came back from this wedding feeling as if I had just shot a close friend’s wedding. Caroline and Ian have become dear friends of mine since we first met way back when in our old studio for their consultation. From their downtown Durham engagement session to Caroline’s hometown bridal session and everything in between, I have loved every minute of walking through this process with them. Their families felt like friends to me and I had been looking forward to their wedding day for months. There were so many times throughout the day where I felt like I needed to pinch myself because their wedding day truly reminded me how passionate I am about this work.

There are so many moments that I will never forget, but especially these:
– Ian’s excitement as he stood waiting to hold hands and pray with Caroline before their ceremony. He was literally jumping up and down the moment he heard her voice from a distance
– The way that they fully experienced each and every moment of the day. As we finished portraits at the church and were heading to the country club, Caroline and Ian stood outside of the bus before getting on and took an intentional moment to look back at the church and take it all in
– They recessed down the aisle and made it into the vestibule of the church and immediately began celebratory dancing, and I mean full on breaking it down in excitement
– They were introduced into the reception to “I Like Big Butts” (Ian’s last name is Butts) and had a full minute of dancing in celebration
– The surprise on Caroline’s face when she opened Ian’s gift – a bible with her new name on it and the journal that Ian kept when he first started having feelings for Caroline. After all those years, he had convinced her that he threw it away but that was just a little fib :)
– The amount of abundant laughter and joy that I felt throughout the entire day and that I could see on everyone’s faces

Caroline and Ian, you are FUN and compassionate and you have a tribe of people surrounding you that love you big time. Thank you so much for inviting me in, allowing me to capture your wedding day, and more importantly for reminding me of Jesus’ great love for us. Don’t ever stop being who he created you to be. The two of you together are going to change the world!

Ceremony Venue: Snyder Memorial Baptist Church
Reception Venue: Highland Country Club
Cake Artist: Stick Boy Bakery
Caterer: Highland Country Club
Reception Band: The Band Punch
Videographer: Muddy Trails
Wedding Dress: Alexia’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bellas Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid’s Earrings: Francesca’s
Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Bernard’s Formalwear
Groomsmen Suspenders: The Suspender Store
Groomsmen Socks: Happy Socks
Groomsmen Bow Ties/Pocket Squares: The Tie Bar
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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