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

I had been looking forward to this wedding all year. It’s a special treat when you shoot another photographer’s wedding, and as I mentioned during their engagement session, it really inspired me to chase after light and there’s an understanding between me and the clients when I reach for a creative shot. On top of that, these two are just genuinely beautiful people through and through. I loved texting Nicole all throughout the year leading up to their wedding, she updating me with their plans and just life! I walked onto that wedding day with such a comfortability and excitement to share in their day.

The sweetness and the evident constancy between Nicole and Brandon was emphasized by the beautiful day and care of the details. Since I last shot at the Oaks, they purchased the wild field and barn on the back of their lot. It provided the most wild and beautiful backdrop for these two. Paired with Nicole’s classical and boho-esque lace dress and barefoot sandals, it was a dream.

Those Details:

  1. Those delicate barefoot sandals
  2. Nicole’s DRESS…. WOW
  3. The sun-filled field during Brandon and Nicole’s portraits
  4. The ice-cream sundae bar

The Dream Team:

Venue: The Oaks at Salem

Makeup Artist: Kimberly Atwood Makeup

Hair Stylist: Meredith Gustafson and Amanda Buck

Dress Designer: BHDLN

Invitations: Zazzle

Caterer: 214 East Martin Street

DJ: Glory Days Events

Bouquet Florist: Bouquets by the Flower Cupboard

Table Flowers: Juan Alvarez

Cake Artist: Blue Moon Bakery

Ice-cream: Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream

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Celebratory – that’s the word I would use to sum of up their wedding. The camaraderie and the excitement exuded from every single person in attendance. All came prepared to raise a glass, to dance, and to usher in Melanie and Patrick’s marriage with a grand beginning. Before the night was over, Jesse was palls with the groomsmen, scheduling pool nights. It was just one of those weddings we forgot that we were just photographers.

Some of my favorite things?

  1. I loved the hotel that Melanie and the bridesmaids got ready at. The midcentury/modern look created an stylish background for the preparation photos that I don’t often get to work with.
  2. The downtown jaunt with Melanie and Patrick. For their photos, we got to walk some of downtown’s alleys and roads, and it was a lot of fun.
  3. Their dance floor. Everyone, from toddlers to grandmothers tore up that dance floor.

The Vendors:

Getting Read Location: Embassy Suites at Raleigh Crabtree

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of Assisi Church

Reception Venue: Market Hall

Makeup Artist: Emily Mize

Hair Stylist: Jen Mize

Day of Coordinator: Ashley Vause Events

Dress Designer: Camille’s of Wilmington

Caterer: Farm Table

Florist: Teresa Rodriguez (MOB)

DJ: Raleigh Events DJ

Cake Artist: Teresa Rodriguez (MOB)




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