March 29, 2021

Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer | Skip & Smith | Married

March 20, 2021

As some of you already know but one of my favorite movies of all time is “Father of the bride” the one with Steve Martin. After the previous year we had, it has led our industry into a trend of Father of the Bride weddings. A beautiful church ceremony and reception at the bride’s parents’ home. I begin my 2021 season with this incredible wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina. For the first day of Spring, the weather was gorgeous! Smith and her bridesmaids started the day off at the Carolina Country Club. The moment got real when Smith put on a stunning Kate Mcdonald gown from Coastal Knot bridal boutique. She had a removable train and bow both created in-house by Coastal Knot. She wore the incredible train as she walked down the aisle to marry Skip at Temple Baptist Church. This wedding left me speechless. The church was beautifully adorned in florals and garland but the Hinton Home just made my jaw drop. I had visited the home weeks before during planning and to see it transform was something magnificent. Casey, of La Fete, I applaud you! Kelly Odom designed large white floral designs outside on the entrance and floral garland around the door, but the tent was truly remarkable! With a chandelier and floral installation connecting draping and garland and custom monogram on the dance floor- it welcomed all their guests with a grand view. Once arriving at the house Smith traded her train for a bow for a few more couple photos out front of the house before joining cocktail hour and their first dance as husband and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Hinton’s home could not have been more perfect for Smith and Skip’s wedding. Smith’s style and classy look with neutral colors matched her mother’s taste in decor around the house. The newly wedded couple partied the night away with The Ember’s band – even including special performances from Skip and his father on the drums. I will be talking about this wedding all year but congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Dickens it was an honor to photograph your wedding!

Creative Team

Getting Ready: Carolina Country Club

Ceremony Venue: Temple Baptist Church Raleigh

Reception Venue: Hinton Residence 

Planner- La Fete Planning & Design

Bride’s Dress – Kate McDonald 

Bridal Boutique – Coastal Knot

Bridesmaids dresses – Bella Bridesmaids 

Stationery/programs – Olive Paper 

Monogram – Shop Surcie Painted Veuve: Morgan Werner Design

Caterer- Mitchell-Casteel Catering 

Florist – Kelly Odom 

Baker – Mitchell-Casteel Catering 

Ceremony music – Udeshi Hargett + Organist 

Reception music – The Embers 

Officiant – Russ Andrews 

Tenting, Lighting and Rentals – Party Reflections 

Draping – Party Tables 

Furniture – Cottage Luxe

Linens: CE Rental

Hair and make-up – Wink Hair and Makeup 

Transportation – Ecostyle 

Trolley: The Great Raleigh Trolley