Category Archives: Weddings

Apr 16-14


I arrived at Sarah's home on Saturday morning, and I immediately felt welcomed and loved by everyone. The ladies were getting ready downstairs, and sunlight was pouring in the windows as if to say, "Rise and shine! Today is the day!" Everyone was laughing, and of course the UNC vs. NC State football game was on. Being in a home of loyal UNC fans, it was all too important to keep one eye on the game while getting ready.

Sarah was so calm and beautiful. She has been so sweet and steady ever since I met her, and I have been so impressed with her demeanor throughout the wedding planning process. I thought that maybe she would worry or stress just a little bit on her wedding day, but no - she just smiled and quietly enjoyed everyone's company.  Even when the limo had a flat tire in her driveway, she calmly watched her dad pump up the tire, then hopped in with no worries. Her sense of peace was just so real, it affected the atmosphere and made for a beautiful day.

Will was spending time with Fletch and the guys as they were getting ready, and we finally all met at the beautiful Duke Chapel to kick things off. Yes, there were plenty of jokes about how these Carolina fans were getting married at Duke chapel, but no one argued that the place was just perfect for their wedding! After their lovely and reverent ceremony, we headed to the Carolina Inn (some comfortable territory, no doubt!), for the reception and celebration.

So many people came to love on this couple, and this couple loved on everyone right back. They were gracious and inseparable, as a couple should be on their wedding day. I am convinced that Sarah and Fletch will have a long and happy marriage together. They love the Lord first, and they love each other beautifully. Not to mention - they love to laugh together! Steady, constant, loyal - I have been so blessed by knowing this couple. Congratulations, Sarah and Fletch!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab
Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel
Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn
Officiant: Doug Lain
Cake Artist: Cinda's Creative Cakes
Caterer: The Carolina Inn
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Event Designer & Coordinator: Erin McLean Events
Reception Band: The Voltage Brothers
Make Up Artist: Make Up For Your Day
Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Tuxedos: Bernard's Formalwear
Table Linens: CE Rentals






Above: I do believe Susan, the mother of the bride, was one of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever worked with. I love this image of her getting ready. Jen did a beautiful job with hair and makeup, as always! 




These custom bow ties and cumber buns by Alexander Julian were the perfect touch to this Chapel Hill wedding! Don't you love the Old Well emblems? 









Below: I couldn't resist sharing this image. Kristen at the Carolina Inn and Erin of Erin McLean Events presented the beautiful ballroom to Susan just before the guests were let inside. I adore her reaction! 




Comments: 2

  1. Mary April 16, 2014 10:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE seeing the Carolina Inn in it’s full glory for a wedding! Such a beautiful wedding, Nancy!

  2. Kellie April 17, 2014 1:06 am

    Oh Nancy these are so beautiful! I am thrilled you got to be their photographer for the day. Sarah (and her whole family!) are SO kind, and beautiful inside and out, you captured them perfectly. I love these so much!

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Apr 15-14

Hello friends! Today, I am so excited to share with you these images from a styled shoot that was featured on Wedding Chicks Blog a couple of months ago! When my dear friend Kaitlin asked me to be apart of this, I knew I could not pass up this opportunity. Everything she creates is absolutely stunning!

"This shoot was inspired by a small, quaint Italian restaurant downtown. What is extra special about this cozy corner restaurant is that it is the same building my great grandfather used to run his grocery store in. I incorporated organic elements, like the potted herbs, loaves of fresh bread, and European dough bowls overflowing with flowers, along with historical elements, such as the private historic Raleigh home, the vintage pews, and the old farm table. These images are a fusion of organic and historic qualities. Some of my favorite natural elements were the olive branch garlands lining the aisle and the flowers by Tre Bella that crawled up the side of the exposed wood framing." 

From Kaitlin with Simply Put Vintage

Many thanks to all the amazing vendors that made this possible!

Event Designer: Kaitlin Briley
Vintage Rentals: Simply Put Vintage
Hair & Makeup: Make Up For Your Day
Florist: Tre Bella
Dress Designer: Tre Bella
Paper Goods: Victoria Austin Designs
Venue: Private Residence


















Comments: 2

  1. Katie Minnick April 15, 2014 2:06 pm

    Nancy! You are so amazingly talented. God is so good. Question for you- do you perchance know where the bridesmaid dress is from? Love the pale pink. Thank you! :)

    • Callie Pitts April 15, 2014 3:08 pm

      @Katie Hi! Thank you! The bridesmaid dress came from Tre Bella Bridal!

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Mar 07-14


Amy and Luke's wedding celebration was simply stunning. Who isn't amazed by a wedding that has real snowfall on the dance floor? It took place at the Cotton Room in Durham, and Erin McLean designed and planned the details with her classic glittery style. My favorite features? Silhouette menus, glitter tablecloths, candlelight, silhouette chair signs, and pink hues throughout the decor. I especially loved watching this couple together. When Amy and Luke saw each other, everything else fell into the background for them. They became different, happier... it was like a light turned on inside of them. They glowed, and a contagious joy was felt by anyone who watched them together.

Another favorite thing about this wedding was the rich Jewish tradition that was so important to this couple. Amy and Luke provided yarmulkes available for gentlemen guests, they were married under a chuppah, they had a special private ceremony signing their Ketubah (the Jewish marriage document), they broke the glass in their ceremony, and they included the festive Horah traditional wedding dance where all their guests lifted them high in chairs on the dance floor. I must say - that was personally my favorite part of the evening! Everyone was laughing so hard, it was so much fun to capture it! I couldn't stop smiling.

Amy and Luke, congratulations on a lovely celebration!

Venue: The Cotton Room
Officiant: Rabbi Michael Shields
Cake Artist: Ashley Cakes
Florist: Tre Bella Florist
Event Designer & Coordinator: Erin McLean Events
Reception Band: The Dickens
Hair Stylist: A Go Go Salon
Makeup Artist: Make Up For Your Day 












Comments: 2

  1. Stephanie March 7, 2014 5:34 pm

    The Cotton Room is one of my very favorite wedding locations in the area – so beautiful! I am loving all of the stunning details of this weddings – and the snow is epic!!

  2. Abby March 8, 2014 7:46 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. As always.

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Feb 05-14


I've been waiting to share this incredibly lovely wedding with you, friends! Emily and Andy tied the knot in historic Winston-Salem, and their wedding could not be more elegant. Blush hues, lace, pearls, black tie tuxedos, lush bouquets, the sweetest first look, raindrops, umbrellas, gold undertones, an entertaining band and a groom that can d-a-n-c-e! (Seriously, y'all. I've never seen a groom with moves like Andy.) Everything came together to create one stunning celebration. Emily's style resonates with me so much, which is another reason I adore this wedding. I think if I were to re-create my wedding today, it would be very similar to this one. She has such lovely taste! Rebecca Rose outdid herself as she pulled the details together seamlessly, and Amy Lynne created florals that I could not stop staring at all day. Their bouquets were just stunning. Emily and Andy are young, beautiful, and so bright - both are students in med school at Wake Forest. Planning a wedding in the midst of studying, exams, and the high demands of med school made it all the sweeter when the wedding day arrived. Now that they are happily married, they can tackle med school as a team! So grateful to have captured your beautiful celebration, Emily and Andy. You were so wonderful to work with! And Andy… please never stop dancing!

A big thank you to Snippet and Ink for featuring their lovely wedding today! 

Ceremony Venue: Highland Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: Old Town Club
Cake Artist: Maxie B's
Caterer: Old Town Club
Florist: Amy Lynne Originals
Event Designer/Coordinator: Rebecca Rose Events
Reception Band: The Company Band
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Makeup and More
Calligrapher: Carole Murrary
























Comments: 4

  1. Tiffany Medrano February 5, 2014 3:11 pm

    I’m in my office reading this blog post. I see this beautifully shot wedding and say, “Gorgeous!!”

    Then from the kitchen (without him knowing what I’m looking at) I hear my husband ask loudly, “But is it SWOON WORTHY?”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! I love him.

    And yes, yes it is sooo swoon worthy ;)

  2. Elizabeth February 6, 2014 6:21 pm

    This wedding is gorgeous!! I’m in love with it, especially her dress. Stunning!

  3. Joy February 7, 2014 12:00 am

    Stunning! I love the bridesmaid dresses and beautiful flowers.

  4. Hannah February 7, 2014 3:06 am

    Love this wedding! Especially those dancing pictures :) I am doing the same color scheme for my upcoming wedding, love how it looks here!

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Jan 29-14


More than the details, more than their amazing story, more than her adorable yellow sweater, more than the beautiful florals, more than the groomsmen socks, more than their chalkboard signs and delicious food and thoughtful gifts… more than anything, I loved the spirit of this wedding. Utterly selfless and full of joy, Jen and Casey promised their lives to one another on a beautiful autumn day. Their ceremony was all about giving your life away in a beautiful commitment of marriage, just like Jesus laid down His life for us. My favorite thing their pastor kept saying was, "Today is the 2nd best day of your life, because the best day of your life was when you gave your hearts to Jesus." When a couple says their vows with the love of Jesus and eternity in their hearts, it takes on a deeper, fuller meaning. The commitments of marriage are so much more than making the other person happy. It's about challenging and encouraging your partner in life to be more like Jesus in every way. It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I had ever heard. And just a few weeks ago I received a sweet thank you note from Jen, saying, "Thank you for capturing the 2nd best day of our lives." It made me smile as I thought to myself, this couple gets it.

It was one of those days that just seemed perfect: the air was crisp and the light was beautiful. They took their time opening their gifts and soaking in the importance of every moment. Nothing felt rushed or stressful, but everything was covered in joy! Capturing Jen and Casey's sweet wedding was definitely a highlight of 2013. And while nothing compared to the sweet spirit of their day, I did adore all of the charming details and emotional moments in between (especially their getaway car completely covered in post-it notes)! Being that we've known Jen since high school, it brought me even more joy to witness and capture her sweet day. Casey and Jen, you are perfect for one another. I'm so grateful to have been a part of your beautiful, heartfelt wedding celebration!

Venue: Haywood Hall
Officiant: Rob Hamilton
Cake Artist: Edible Art
Caterer: Beau Catering
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Reception DJ: Stylus S.E.
String Trio Ceremony Music: NC Wedding Music
Magic Show: Michael Rosander
Rental: CE Rental
Wedding Signage: Sophie McDonald
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Geoffrey Beene
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
















Comments: 2

  1. Jen Thompson January 30, 2014 4:49 pm

    Nancy, thank you to you and Elizabeth for capturing our day! And thank you for your sweet words in this post. We were so glad to have you there and that The Lord’s presence was felt. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. Marriage is truly a gift from Him that is filled with abundant blessings!! We are so blessed and thankful that He brought us together. Thank you again, for everything. xxx

  2. Joy February 7, 2014 12:03 am

    The details are just perfect! Oh my word, the sticky notes on the car?!!! Awesome :)

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Jan 10-14


Venue: The Fearrington
Officiant: Shawn Stinson
Cake Artist: The Fearrington
Caterer: The Fearrington
Florist: The Fearrington
Event Coordination: The Fearrington
Ceremony Music: Wind and Willow
Reception DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Videography: Heart Stone Films
Wedding Gown and Veil: Victorian Rose Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Becca and Louise
Going Away Dress: ModCloth
Bridal Dressing Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Guest Book: Bleu de Toi
Ceremony Doors: Simply Put Vintage

Check our their beautiful wedding film by Heartstone Films !
A big thank you to Faith Teasley for being an amazing 2nd shooter!

My goodness, y'all get ready!  This morning Fearrington wedding sure is a special one. When Megan booked me, she described her style as "bohemian ballerina" and after her wedding, I would totally agree! So many thoughts come to my mind when I think about this wedding: Megan's stunning dress, the gorgeous vintage ceremony doors she walked through with her father, the sweet vows they wrote and promised to each other, the gluten-free delectable brunch, and the tandem bike exit. Don't get me wrong, these things were beautiful but what was even more beautiful was the feeling of this wedding. It's something that I hope for my own wedding day. For Megan and Spencer, this day wasn't about the little details being perfect. They were certain it was going to be the best day ever  because this day was about becoming one in marriage. As you will see, this wedding was filled with lots of tears, love, laughter and joy!





Congratulations,  Megan and Spencer! What a joy it was for me to stand aside and capture each sweet moment of your best day ever. From the beginning to end, it was a gorgeous wedding celebration!

Comments: 5

  1. Faith January 10, 2014 9:44 pm

    Ahhh such a beautiful wedding! Love it! :)

  2. Kaitlin January 12, 2014 2:05 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Callie!

  3. Tiffany January 13, 2014 5:09 pm

    What a sweet wedding!

  4. Allison Mannella January 14, 2014 12:31 pm

    Oh my goodness! Just gorgeous!

  5. Megan January 14, 2014 4:24 pm

    Callie, you made our day look as magical as it felt and we could not be more grateful for the heart you put into capturing that time! Thank you for everything!

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Dec 30-13

Film in 2014

Press ~ by Nancy Ray ~ 5 comments


Beginning in 2014, I will be a film photographer.


If you've been following me this year, you may have noticed that I've been shooting film quite a bit. I've actually been shooting some film at every wedding for the past 2 years, and it has pushed me and inspired me as an artist much more than I thought it would. When I learned photography in college, I spent most of my time in the dark room, developing film and prints myself. I worked with a large format camera (yes, the giant old school camera), and I loved the anticipation of watching the image appear under the chemicals. My first love has always been film photography.


I switched to digital for wedding photography because that was simply the thing to do. Fast images, the safety of checking the back of your camera, low light capabilities.  I embraced it fully, and got very good at it. I still love shooting with my Markii, and I love digital photography. But for me, as an artist, I missed film. I purchased a film camera in the beginning of 2012, and then another this year. I have felt challenged and inspired, and I have loved every minute of it.


My friend Caroline  did a wonderful blogpost on Film v. Digital, in case your interested in seeing the visible differences. To be honest, the common eye probably cannot tell a difference. But I can, and as an artist, I want the photographs I take to be the very best they can possibly be. I want to give my clients warm, beautiful images, rich in skin tones, vibrant in color.


So now that I'm a film photographer, does this mean I'll never shoot in digital again? Absolutely not. I will primarily shoot in film, but if I feel the image would be better captured digitally, then I have no problem switching. In certain low light situations, digital outshines film, and I'm aware of that! I am confident to make the decisions necessary to deliver the most beautiful images.


What about Callie and Elizabeth? They will be primarily digital photographers, but both will begin shooting with film in 2014 as well. In short, our team will deliver mixed media - a combination of film and digital as needed. I will primarily deliver film images, they will primarily deliver digital images.


So many photographers are switching to film these days, that it was honestly a hard decision for me. I don't want to follow the crowd, or do something on a whim. I wanted to be thorough about it, making sure this decision to switch to film was the best decision for me and my business. I've taken my time with it - shooting some film at every wedding for two years, learning it to the point of having full confidence in my own abilities. There is a financial cost to shooting with film, and I didn't want to rush into that either. But when I focused on the big picture, I knew it was the right thing to do.

I've learned so much from film this year - to be intentional with every photo that I take, to take my time, to think through every photograph. This can be challenging on a wedding day, but that's how photography should be - focusing on quality over quantity.

I want to deliver work that I am incredibly proud of, like the film shoot I did for Southern Weddings.
I want to work with brides who appreciate the artistic value of shooting in film, and want that for their own wedding.
I want to partner with beautiful magazines and blogs who love and appreciate the medium of film.
I want to work from a place of passion rather than complacency, being challenged rather than being comfortable.
I want the joy of seeing my images come back from Indie Film Lab, just as I saw the images appear in the darkroom when I first fell in love with photography.


I am so excited about how my business is growing and changing! Most of all, I'm excited in 2014 to be inspired and challenged as an artist, returning to my first love in photography.

Comments: 5

  1. Allison Mannella December 31, 2013 1:25 pm

    I have loved following your work in film and it has helped inspire me to start re-exploring film, which I am loving! I would love to know what film camera you started using in 2012. Thanks!

  2. Mary December 31, 2013 5:38 pm

    Beautiful wedding day photos! You really captured the magic of the whole day! The vivid colors made me feel like I was there!

  3. Mattye W January 2, 2014 7:31 pm

    Thank you for this inspiring post, Nancy! I cherish beautiful photography, and while I am not a photographer myself, I still found this post to be so applicable to my own passions.. I love the line, “I want to work from a place of passion rather than complacency, being challenged rather than being comfortable.” You helped me remember that things worth doing, are worth doing wholeheartedly and well– even if that means taking a more challenging path. I love the resolute and confident attitude you have in this decision for yourself, your art and your clients. Thanks for sharing! xo

  4. Lauren January 6, 2014 10:30 pm

    I love that you’re going to be switching over to film in 2014. One of my friends uses only film and it provides such a depth and artistry that it seems only film can. Your work is lovely – thanks for sharing!

  5. Breanna January 7, 2014 8:28 pm

    I am beyond excited for your switch! I have fallen in love with film photography, and I know your photos will be gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more this year!

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Dec 19-13

On a sweet October day, Megan and Matt tied the knot at the Highgrove estate. Lovely ladies with beautiful curls and make up all arrived at the same time, dresses in hand, ready to go inside and finish getting ready. Matt and his men arrived shortly after, full of smiles, ready for a party. The finishing touches, getting dressed, bridesmaids photos with smiles, groomsmen photos while it began to sprinkle, then the anticipation of all the guests arriving… it was an exciting day! Thankfully, the rain held off, and their outdoor ceremony was so sweet.

When everyone witnessed Megan and Matt's hand fasting ceremony, I couldn't hold back the tears. It was a beautiful and unique tradition that I had never seen before, but I certainly hope to see again. These were some of the words that their sweet Mamas read, as the minister covered their hands with a lace handkerchief, binding them together:

These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your first home, plant your first garden, and walk forward hand and hand into your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you, the only ones with the ability to comfort you like no one else can.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your first child, the hands that hold your family together as one.

And lastly these are the hands that even when winkled and aged will still be reaching for yours as they hold you here now promising you they will never ever let you go.

Megan and Matt, thank you for including me in your beautiful wedding day.

Event Designer and Coordinator: Erin McLean Events
Venue: The Highgrove
Cake Artist: Sweet Memories Bakery
Caterer: The Highgrove
Florist: English Garden
Reception DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day
Wedding Gown: Mikaella
Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Flower Girl Dresses: Us Angels
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse
Ties: Vineyard Vines
Stationary: Minted








Comments: 1

  1. Megan December 20, 2013 3:30 am

    We loved working with you! Thank you for being so wonderful and for giving us photos that we’ll cherish for a lifetime!

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Dec 17-13


There was such a sweet spirit about Aubrey and Brenton's wedding. So many things made it so meaningful: a handkerchief that had been passed down generations, vows that were written by the bride and groom, toasts that made everyone laugh and cry.  It was apparent that they are a very loved couple! When Aubrey's Dad saw her for the first time, they both cried and were speechless. They took time to just be together, soaking in the moment. (Aubrey is definitely a Daddy's girl!) Everyone was so full of anticipation for the day they had been waiting for!

My favorite memory was when Brenton said his vows. Oh I wish I could remember his perfectly chosen words! Everyone was in tears by the time he was done. It was an elegant ballroom wedding, with warm light and chandeliers. Enjoy this warm, heartfelt wedding!

Venue: Grand Marquise Ballroom
Officiant: Eddie Mullins
Cake Artist: Dreme Cake Artistry
Caterer: Kaplan Catering
Florist: Simply Elegant
Event Designer & Coordinator: All OK-sion Events
Hair Stylist: Tanas Hair Designs
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab









Comments: 1

  1. Alison December 31, 2013 10:06 pm

    What a fun surprise to see the invitations I designed on your blog! Aubrey and Brenton’s wedding turned out beautifully – love the photos.

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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!
Nancy Ray