Joanna Sue Photography » Lifestyle photography based out of Raleigh, NC

If you followed along for Michael and Katie’s engagement photos, you know that meeting them and becoming their wedding photographer was just one of those things where I lucked out majorly. These fellow pup-parents and coffee addicts have definitely surpassed the client-status to friend status. I absolutely LOVED shooting this day. From the get-go Katie’s infectious laugh and thankfulness spread throughout her bridesmaids and family. She took a couple moments  alone to spend with each woman in her life that had greatly shaped her, grandmothers, mother-in-law, mom, friends. She tickled and goofed around with her every-adoring flower girls. On the other side, Michael, truly one of the most goofy guys I have met, enjoyed his wedding morning in the best of way, relaxing with his dog, his guys, and employing the very best antics to get a laugh out of my second shooter. And really that was how the day unraveled with a ton of goofy antics, sweet slow  moments, and their beloved Aly-pup, who by the way was their ring bearer. I should also mention that this sweet crazy dog saw me kneeling at the end of the aisle, got really excited and successfully cleaned the front of my lens with that sloppy pink tongue of hers and it was really one of my favorite things about the day.

It was such a joy celebrating with these two, and I’m so glad I get to be their friends!


  • Aly-the-pup/Ring bearer kiss session with my camera
  • Fairytale moment with the bride and flower girls
  • Those moody portraits on the windowsill


Wedding Planner: Chad Biggs Event Planning

Hair and Makeup: Krista Massey

Dress Alterations: Just Sew by Renee

Caterer/Reception Venue: Millrose Knitting Mill

Ceremony Venue: All Saints Chapel

DJ: Making Memories

Florist: Atlantic Gardening Company 

Cake Artist: Small Cakes

Tiffany and Peter were so intentional in communicating their personalities through their wedding day. They didn’t limit themselves to a theme or abide by the rules of wedding conventions. They infused the day with the things that make them them, whether it was their Pride and Prejudice-esque vintage coattails and lace dress, the Harry Potter wand salute entrance into their reception, or the center-pieces graced with their favorite books ranging from Shakespeare, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Star Wars and the Great Gatsby. They were intent on enjoying the day as any other day, doing the things they loved. During their first look, I quite literally felt like we disappeared in their eyes (which is how I want it). Even as the stress of the day started to creep up on Tiffany, I watched Peter so kindly and gently reassure her and dismiss the issues right away. And Tiffany drew in Peter’s focus, helping him to slow and take it all in. These two really worked together beautifully, and enjoyed their wedding day, belly laughed, hand-squeezing, all the way through. They know how to enjoy and savor a moment. I especially loved that they recruited a talented friend to pain their wedding day scene. Her brush stroked over a canvas as they twirled and moved across the dance floor for their first dance. All in all, it was a fellow English Major’s dream wedding to see all the literature and creativity come together.


  • The “novel” (see what I did there) center pieces
  • The vintage wedding dress and tails
  • The live painting of the wedding scene


Venue: The Oaks at Salem

Hair and Makeup: Generations Salon and Day Spa

Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias

Wedding Dress Boutique: The White Room

Caterer: 39 West Catering

Cake Artist: Jenny LeMaster



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