Category Archives: Weddings

Sep 12-14

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From the moment that I arrived at the Rand-Bryan House, I knew that this day had been waited for and most importantly, prayed for. With their families and friends close, soft pink accents and beautiful green foliage, Lauren and Jake's wedding day was filled with sweet moments, prayers, a delicious dessert table, and laughter throughout. Their meaningful ceremony took place inside, with a dreamy wall of windows behind them, which made them glow even brighter than they already were while saying "I do". Even though Lauren and Jake decided to do a first look, Jake's face lit up all over again as he watched her walk down the aisle to him. The weather was predicted to be rainy and overcast but thankfully, as we went outside to take all of the portraits, it cleared, and we were able to take advantage of the lovely grounds at the Rand-Bryan House.

Lauren and Jake, congratulations on your beautiful, life-long marriage! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special celebration!

Wedding Venue: Rand-Bryan House
Officiant: Grant Staubs
Caterer: Cateringworks
Florist: Expressions of Love
Event Coordination: Your Special Day Weddings and Events
Wedding Dress: David's Bridal
Rings: DP Jewelry
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Sep 03-14

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Anna and Benjamin were married at a lovely downtown Raleigh home of one of their sweet friends. They restored this historic home into one magnificent place and even though they had never hosted a wedding before, this venue gave their wedding celebration a feeling of comfort that I have never experienced before. There is just something different about having a wedding in someone's home! The feeling of sweet Southern hospitality is greater, the gathering is natural and comfortable in the tight quarters, and you can genuinely feel the love bursting through the walls. To make their wedding even more special, their friends and family contributed their talents in helping with the wedding details. From family member's signature desserts to the roasted pig for delicious barbecue, each decision was made to display their love for one another and the love they have for their family. One of my favorite moments of the night is when they cut Ben's great Aunt Juanita's famous Coconut cake and served her the first piece.  Anna and Benjamin decided on a short engagement and a small wedding celebration only including their family and closest friends. Instead of a traditional reception with dancing, they wanted to devote each minute to spending time with their guests; catching up, laughing and sharing sweet memories that they will remember for many years to come.

While the weather had not gone as planned, Anna and Ben were focused only on one thing; becoming one. Their love is far more beautiful that any perfect August day and I am so excited to watch their marriage grow and flourish as they pursue Jesus above each other. Congratulations! I am so happy for both of you and thankful to know a love as sweet as yours!

Wedding Venue: Heck-Pool House
Officiant: Kenny Jones
Cake Artist: Friends, Family, Hayes Barton Pharmacy
Florist: Petal Pushers 3
Hair Stylist: Debra Goodyear at Glam Lounge
Makeup Artist: Pam Hung
Jewelry: Bailey's Fine Jewelry
Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M
Cups, Koozies & Napkins: Th!nk Promotional Group
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Don't you love the subtle polka dot detailing on Anna's lace gown? Because she loves polka dots, when she tried this dress on, she knew it had to be the one!

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  1. Anna Hedgepeth September 3, 2014 5:48 pm

    Lovely photos! We could not be more happy with how they turned out. Thank you SO MUCH Callie Davis!!!!

  2. Madi Fehling September 3, 2014 6:43 pm

    These photos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! (And of course the couple too!) :)

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Aug 25-14

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I looked forward to Whitney and Nick's wedding celebration since the day I met them, and my excitement continued to unfold over the months getting to know them. First, I learned they were getting married at one of my favorite venues - Lowndes Grove Plantation. Then, as I photographed their engagement session, I discovered how genuine and kind this couple was. They are just plain fun to be around! They joked and laughed the entire session, and they made me feel so important as they asked questions and genuinely cared for me. Then came the thank you notes. After their engagement session and her bridal session, I received a hand written thank you note and a gift from Whitney each time. I don't believe I've ever had a bride as thoughtful and caring as Whitney. As the planning process continued, I began to see Whitney's love for all things Southern (which explains the gifts and hand written notes!), and Nick's love for NC State football. When the time finally came to pack up our equipment and drive to Charleston, I was thrilled. I just knew that this wedding was going to be special, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Every detail was thorough and lovely. The venue was stunning, the weather was calm and beautiful, the colors were classic, even the lanterns hanging from the trees had special meaning - representing those who had gone on before them. If I had to choose one word to summarize this wedding, it would be meaningful. Yes it was beautiful and beautiful and lovely, but most of all, it was meaningful. It reflected the love of the bride and groom perfectly, and you can't ask for more than that on a wedding day. (And yes, I received a hand written thank you and gifts after the wedding, too!)

Much of Whitney's beautiful inspiration for their wedding came from one of our favorite wedding blogs here in the NRP studio, and today the Southern Weddings Blog made one Southern bride (and her photographer!) very happy for featuring her wedding. Thank you so much for the feature today, Southern Weddings ladies! (And thank you for your kind words within the feature, Whitney. You are the sweetest!)

Congratulations, Whitney and Nick, on the loveliest Southern Wedding!

Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation
Cake Artist: FISH- Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Caterer: FISH- Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Florist: Stems
Event Designer & Coordinator: Southern Protocol
Reception Band: Java Band
Hair & Makeup: Willow Salon
Wedding Gown: Modern Trousseau 
Exit Dress: Lula Kate
Paper Goods: Scotti Cline Designs
Groom's Cake: Delicious Desserts
Bride's Earrings: Swell Caroline
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Banks
Bowties: Brooks Brothers
Rentals: Synder Events
Draping: Yoj Events
Ceremony Music: Charleston Brass
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Aug 18-14

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Have you ever been to Bald Head Island? No? Please go, because Callie and I worked all day for Kaycie and Kevin's wedding day on BHI, but it actually felt a little like a vacation.

The weather was amazing... breezy and warm, evening rumbling thunder in the distance - about what you'd expect for a June wedding on a tiny island off the southern coast of North Carolina. Kaycie was stunning, Kevin was handsome and completely captivated by his bride. Both were adorably wrapped up in each other from the time she walked down the aisle, to the time they putt-ed away on their Rolls Royce Newlywed Golfcart at the end of the night. All of the moments in between, the rich and unique details of the environment, the love and support of family and friends, the celebration of a couple truly in love and committing their lives to eachother... you try but you can't really put those things to words. I hope their pictures will leave you with a glimpse of the joy they shared in their wedding day!

Ceremony Venue: The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island
Reception Venue: Bald Head Island Club
Cake Artist: One Belle Bakery
Caterer: Bald Head Island Club
Florist: Kickstand Events
Event Coordinator: Bald Head Island Club
DJ: Active DJ Entertainment
Videographer: Heart Stone Films
Hair & Makeup: Island Retreat Spa & Salon
Bride's Gown: Modern Trousseau
Groom & Groomsmen Wear: Cahill & Swain
Water Bottle Labels: LabelsRus
Guestbook: Pixels and Wood
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carole
Paper Goods: Minted
Draperies: Design Perfection
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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  1. Gretchen Saffles August 21, 2014 5:10 pm

    These are amazing pictures! You captured the day beautifully!

  2. Meredith Bernard August 21, 2014 6:18 pm

    These film images are a stunning portryal of what was obvioulsy a stunning day. Your work+faith life is an inspiration to me as a Christian writer/speaker/photographer. I fly solo on my first wedding this weekend and you give me an extra dose of wind to set sail on this new adventure. Blessings to you and your team…xoxo

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Aug 13-14

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"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealously unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one's house for love, it would be utterly scorned."
Song of Solomon 8:6-7

It was the verse that Hunter read one day when he knew that we wanted to spend the rest of his life with Nichole. Through their beautiful wedding at The Umstead, it was made clear to me that their love is as strong as death. I am a firm believer that The Lord loves marriage and that the ceremony of a wedding is the most important part of the day. It is in those moments when you proclaim your love for one another and make a vow to stand by each other's side for the rest of your lives. As the clouds quickly rolled in during Hunter and Nichole's outdoor ceremony, guests flinched with worry about the rain, but Hunter and Nichole remained still, unable to take their eyes off of each other. As they were pronounced husband and wife and all of the guests were guided inside the ballroom, in God's perfect timing it began storming like I have never experienced - rain that was so thick you couldn't see ten feet in front of you and thunder, so loud that it scared us half to death.

Hunter and Nichole's wedding was sweet and intimate in a way that I have never seen done before. Their small, private ceremony and dinner only included their closest friends and family. As I watched them greet and speak with each of their guests from afar, I realized that this could not have been a better planned event for the two of them. Hunter and Nichole are such intentional people and wanted to make sure that each of their guests felt appreciated for being at their wedding celebration.  After their dinner was finished, 95 additional guests arrived to enjoy a ballroom reception, put on by some of Hunter and Nichole's closest friends. The night was filled dancing thanks to The Dickens Band! And there were sweet Southern treats for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations, Hunter and Nichole!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Umstead
Officiant: Justin Morgan
Cake Artist: Cinda's Creative Cakes
Caterer: The Umstead
Florist: Floral Designs by Eddie
Event Coordination: Kelly Ann Ward at The Umstead
Reception Band: The Dickens
Hair Stylist: Salon Blu
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Ashley Mooney
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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  1. Kelly August 13, 2014 1:52 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve been reading for awhile now, and this couple might be my favorite yet. Also love the verse chosen. Such a sweet reminder.

  2. Nichole August 13, 2014 3:01 pm

    Callie, your pictures truly captured all of the special moments on our wedding day. Your comments had me tearing up! That bible verse hit home for us at our ceremony. That was still my absolute favorite part of our wedding! Again, we were grateful to have you as a big part of our day and just love your passion, creativity and REALLY appreciate your hard work. You are the best! – Nichole and Hunter

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Aug 11-14

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Confession: I hardly slept the night before this wedding... that’s how excited I was. Based on my experience with Megan and Baker to that point, I just knew it was going to be an amazing day. You don’t meet many couples like Megan and Baker: Megan is sweet and genuine and adorably Southern, and Baker is what I like to call a true Southern gentleman – charming, well mannered, and I’m pretty sure he's never met a stranger. Together, they’re passionate about celebrating the blessing of family and friends, and most importantly each other. Their wedding was a true reflection of that.

This doesn’t happen often, but on their wedding day, everything in and out of their control just came together perfectly: the venue was gorgeous. The bride was stunning. The groom was charming. And, as my second shooter Will put it, “they won the weather lottery”.

The day was intentionally slow – that’s one of the things I loved about it. Every moment was celebrated, from the time the bridal party got in their party bus to head to the ceremony, to the time Megan and Baker shared their last upbeat dance to “Happy” before the end of the night. The Pure Party Band kept the party alive all night and they were amazing!

Megan and Baker, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to capture your beautiful day! Congratulations on your Marriage – we wish you all the best!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brookgreen Gardens
Cake Artist: Croissants Bakery
Caterer: Austin's
Florist: Blossoms Events
Event Designer & Coordinator: Stunning and Brilliant Events
Band: Pure Party Band
Videographer: Hart to Heart
Hair & Makeup: Vanity Suite Salon- Kayla Clark

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Aug 04-14

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Delicate chandeliers hanging from the pecan trees, gold sequin table cloths, neutral Amsale bridesmaid dresses, church pews and one gorgeously decorated barn were just a few of the elegant and Southern details from Katie and Josh's stunning Fearrington wedding. While the wedding decor was gorgeous, what truly set the tone of the day was the love of their dear friends and family. More than anything, Katie and Josh wanted their guests to be included and experience some sweet Southern comfort. I love the way they chose to shower their guests with gifts throughout the night. From the sunglasses on their ceremony seat to the jam and biscuit favors at the end of the night, their guests were not left empty handed or with an empty belly!

Katie and Josh, Congratulations on a meaningful and beautiful wedding celebration! I wish you an everlasting marriage filled with joy and laughter!

A big thank you to the SW ladies for featuring this lovely celebration on the Southern Weddings Blog!

Ceremony & Reception Venue:The Fearrington 
Officiant: Triangle Custom Weddings
Cake Artist: Maxie B's
Caterer: The Fearrington
Florist: The Fearrington
Event Designer: Simply Put Vintage
Event Coordinator: The Fearrington
Band: Elegance/East Coast Entertainment
Hair  & Makeup Artist: MakeUp For Your Day
Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier/Alexia's Bridals
Bride's Shoes: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom's Suit: Gordon's Menswear
Groomsmen Suits: Gordon's Menswear
Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings
Linens: CE Rentals
Pews & Lounge Furniture: Simply Put Vintage
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Katie chose to wear her grandmother's gorgeous sapphire diamond bracelet as her "something blue," which has become a family tradition for her cousins to wear on each of their wedding days.

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Jul 29-14

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If I can summarize this wedding with one word, it would be “sweet.” The tear-filled first look, the heirloom veil from the mother of the bride, the unique dress that fit Anna’s personality perfectly, the pickle mason-jar favors, the beautiful floral printed stationery, the photos on display from weddings gone by, and hands down, the best father-daughter first look I’ve ever photographed – there was a sweetness to this wedding that is hard to put into words.

Over the months that I spent getting to know Anna and Ben, it was evident to me that this couple was different. They live in Boston, so "getting to know" them usually meant a Skype chat or conversations on the phone. Even so, I felt that it was so easy to connect with them. They were real. They were full of joy. (each time I saw them, they couldn't stop smiling!) They were not afraid to be themselves. They were so refreshing to me, because truly, all they cared about was getting married to each other and spending the rest of their lives together.

At the end of the evening, my intern leaned over to me and said, "This couple is my favorite." That is the kind of impression that Anna and Ben leave - you cannot help but adore them! I’ll never forget this couple, their precious families, and the sweet atmosphere of their wedding day. Anna and Ben sure have friends and family who treasure them individually, and now, as a couple. What a sweet, sweet day!

A big thank you to Steph (a guest at the wedding!) at Style Me Pretty for featuring this lovely celebration!

Ceremony: Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian
Reception: The Pavillions at the Angus Barn
Cake Artist: Blue Moon Bakery
Caterer: Angus Barn
Florist: Flowers on Broad Street
Band: Hey Brothers
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Hairlines, Cary NC
Dress: Traditions by Anna
Paper Goods: Paper Daisies Studio
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Comments: 2

  1. Em July 30, 2014 3:13 am

    What a gorgeous veil!

  2. Ally King July 30, 2014 1:39 pm

    Love this couple and this wedding so much!! This is one of my favorite weddings that you’ve photographed Nancy!

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Jul 23-14

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I have been waiting to share this beautiful wedding, and I am so happy that today is finally the day! Kaitlin, one of my dear friends who owns Simply Put Vintage and Kaitlin Holland Creative (she also founded the School of Styling. Yes, she is quite talented!) married Clay, who has a heart for the Lord, for ministry and for planting churches. What an incredible couple!

It was no surprise to me that Kaitlin put together one of the most beautiful and unique wedding celebrations I've ever had the honor of photographing. My favorite part about it all was the simple fact that their day was driven by love. Yes, it was beautiful, but they displayed love that runs deep in their family relationships, in their friendships, and especially their passionate love for the Lord. While the day was absolutely beautiful, the true beauty came from within these two beautiful people.

Kaitlin and Clay, words cannot express what an honor it was to photograph your wedding celebration!

Venue: The Lofts at Union Square
Officiant: Bobby Herrington
Cake Artist: Maxie B's
Caterer: Holly Tate Fine Catering
Florist: Tre Bella
Event Designer: Kaitlin Briley
Event Coordination: Orangerie Events
Rentals: Simply Put Vintage
Reception DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Hair and Makeup: Make Up For Your Day
Invitations: The Postman's Knock
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Below: This had to be my favorite detail from their wedding. Kaitlin and Clay personally wrote letters to each of their guests, which greeted them at the entrance of the ceremony. Can you imagine how special that would make you feel at a wedding? I loved this small touch that meant so much!

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Comments: 4

  1. Graham July 23, 2014 3:46 pm

    Incredibly beautiful Nancy! LOVE their portraits and so many awesome details!

  2. Chiantia July 23, 2014 7:44 pm

    AMAZING!!!

  3. Kaitlin Holland July 23, 2014 9:13 pm

    Nancy, thank you so much for every single image you captured!! Not only are the photographs beautiful, but having you and Will there that day was such a joy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. Carrie July 24, 2014 12:35 pm

    Nancy! These are to die for. You captured this stunning wedding so beautifully.

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Jul 17-14

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Anna and Barrett have waited for this day for a long time. They met for the first time in 7th grade, but it wasn't until junior year of high school that they really connected though - in French class. After knowing one another for so many years, and then dating for several years after that, one can only imagine how sweet it must have been to wake up that morning and say, "today is the day!" I personally loved their story as it's so similar to ours: Will and I have known each other since middle school, and we began dating just after my junior year of high school. There is nothing greater than watching someone become your friend, your best friend, your boyfriend, your fiancé, and finally, your spouse. The wait makes the day so much sweeter!

When I asked what made them unique as a couple, they said these simple words: "We have withstood the test of time." That is true. And honestly, that's the stuff that good, lasting marriages are made of. Commitment. Time. Selflessness. Patience. Barrett and Anna certainly have a firm foundation for a strong and lasting marriage.

What stood out to me particularly about these two is their personalities. Anna is vibrant, type "A," punctual, and passionate. Barrett is laid back, funny, charming, quiet, and loyal. I love how different they are, because they compliment one another perfectly. Not only were they smiling from ear to ear all day, but their families were celebrating with more joy and tears that I've seen in a long time. It was a sweet day of celebration!

Venue: Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
Cake Artist: Edible Art
Caterer: Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
Florist: The Watered Garden
Event Coordinator: Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
Band: Men of Distinction
Videographer: Good Earth Films
Hair & Makeup: Kristin & Aubrey with Tanas Hair Designs
Cornhole Set: WG Cornhole
Stationary: The Write Image
Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Carrie
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab
Bride's Gown: Tara Keely
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Bridesmaid Necklaces: Lauren Van Dyke Jewelry
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

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Above Right : I was so happy to see Jessica and Richard again! I photographed their wedding back in 2011, and Anna was a bridesmaid then. It was so wonderful catching up with friends!

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  1. Samantha July 17, 2014 7:33 pm

    Such a lovely wedding and that bouquet toss!!! Great work, friends!

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Photographer, wife, and worshiper... I am a Southern girl who looks most forward to waking up each morning to drink my coffee, read my Bible, and soak in the beauty that surrounds me. These pages chronicle my work, my life, and the things that I love most. You'll also hear from Callie, Will, and Elizabeth - my amazing team who has so much to offer. Thanks for visiting, I do hope you stay a while!
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