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

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



The day began in a frenzy. We battled downtown traffic on steroids due to the huge Bluegrass festival that closed down many of the main streets surrounding the venue. Despite the parking inconvenience, the live music, food trucks and bustle actually proved to be a colorful backdrop to a lovely day. In between photos the groomsmen stood around the musicians and the guests grabbed appetizers from food trucks during cocktail hour.

The whole day unfolded in such an organic way. It wasn’t a picture perfect country club wedding. Alyssa and Spencer wanted to incorporate the realistic feel of downtown into their portraits…the decrepit brick walls, the shop-front windows, the parks, and even the impatient cars. We sort of just wandered up and down Fayetteville street and stopped wherever we saw a spot. It was a perfect fall day, full of Bluegrass music, lots of coffee, and whole lot of sweet love. Congrats!


  1. Liturgy Coffee guys…. If I could do it all over again, I would definitely do a coffee bar and I would absolutely hire these guys. GREAT COFFEE and I don’t say that easily
  2. Spencer and Alyssa’s willingness to pop into Lucette Grace for some awesome pictures
  3. the Glass Box..the lighting
  4. The flowers…. I loved the colors the couple picked

Venue(s): The Glass Box and the Stockroom at 230

Hair Stylist: Wink Hair + Makeup 

Makeup Artist: Wink Hair + Makeup 

Dress Designer: Truvelle

Caterer: the Pit

Florist: The English Garden

Ice-cream Sundae Bar: Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream

Coffee Bar: Liturgy Beverage Company

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