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It was a HOT Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville, NC, but it was wonderful to share it with sharing such a kind and loving couple.  It was so enjoyable to spend the day capturing the love that Paula and Richie have for each other.

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Special thanks to the entire creative team:

Wedding Planner/Event Coordinator: Galej Events
Officiant: Terry Oxendine
Ceremony Music: Event Performances
Cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations
Makeup Artist: Darla Oxendine
Floral Arrangements: Jeffrey’s Florist
Venue: Doubletree Hotel – Fayetteville NC
DJ – Live Action Events
Videographer – Jerfilm
Photographer – Trevor Bar Photography

It was spring of 2010 as Ashley headed out to grab a few drinks with friends. As they settled down at a bar in downtown Annapolis, Ashley managed to catch the eyes of a young man across the bar.  When Paul decided to approach Ashley and buy her a drink, he was a bit caught off guard when she managed to beat him to the punch and buy his drink instead.  A few days later Ashley decided he could make it up to her and take her out on a date.  One date turned into several, and after almost four years of dating, Paul finally made up for that first drink.  Pouring Ashley a glass of champagne and dropping to one knee he swore to love her forever.

On what had to be the most beautiful day of fall, I got the pleasure of spending it photographing this wonderful couple for their Walkersville Maryland Wedding!  Walkers Overlook was a gorgeous wedding venue set in the rolling hills and farmland of Walkersville.


The bridal suite had beautiful lighting that was perfect for capturing Ashley as she got ready.




Ashley’s dress was the perfect mix of elegance and a dash of vintage, loved the hanger!







While Ashley and the bridesmaids got ready upstairs, Paul and the groomsmen got dressed downstairs.


Ashley’s gift to Paul was a custom engraving on the back of his watch2014-10-29_0009


As the boys finished up, Paul sent his gift to Ashley upstairs.
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After the tears and hugs filled the room, Ashley was ready to head down for her first look with Paul.

As Paul anxiously waited, Ashley’s mom and bridemaids were able to sneak a few from the second floor brial suite.


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After the first look, we wandered the grounds for a few quick portraits before the ceremony.




Then it was time to tuck the love birds away so they could actually get ready to walk down the aisle.

While I went to capture the all the wonderful details that Ashley, Paul and their families and friends had all helped to put together.

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As the sunset over Walkersville, Ashley and Paul headed back towards the house to join their families and friends for the reception.






The toasts from Ashley’s sister, Courtney and Paul’s best man Rory was both heartfelt and hilarious.




On top of all the other wonderful decorations the Ashley and her “team” put together, Ashley even managed to make her own wedding cake!  Quite skilled in the art of dessert making, she has actually been documenting/blogging all of her creations over the past few years.


With the cake cut, the party ensued with nothing but smiles and dance moves from grandparents on down to kids.





Of course no reception finale is complete without a bohemian rhapsody sing along


Or a sparkler exit!






Congrats to Mr & Mrs. Miller, I had a truely wonderful time documenting such an incredible and gorgeous day.  Hope you guys have a wonderful time in Spain!!!

Coordinator & Venue: Walkers Overlook
Second Photographer: Leah Ward

I have known Carlee since we were both freshman at NC State.  When she reached out to me to photograph her and her fiance Ryans’ wrightsville beach wedding down in Wilmington NC, I can’t describe how excited I was she chose me to photograph it.

On June 28th, the morning began in the way most brides never hope for; rain.  As the day continued, the weather seemed to clear up just long enough to give everyone hope, before returning to it’s previous state of grey and wet.  But mother nature could not have picked a worse couple to toy with on that day, because Carlee and Ryan were more excited than ever.  While family, friends and vendors scurried about, stressing over the various changes necessary due to the weather, Ryan and Carlee calmly began getting ready, with the biggest smiles they have probably ever had.

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Once Carlee got into her gorgeous dress, it was time to pick something old…

and something new.

And while I missed the borrowed, Carlee’s blue shoes were gorgeous!

2014-07-13_0007As Carlee was getting ready upstairs, Ryan and the men were getting their finishing touches on downstairs.

As everyone was getting ready, we were all serenaded by cello and violin.
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As the ceremony approached, the sun started to shine through the clouds and into Carlee’s bridal suite.  So of course, she looked even more stunning and so absolutely elegant.



Carlee’s brother Ross tried to offer his assistance in getting Carlee’s earrings in. 2014-07-13_0013

While Carlee was safely tucked away upstairs, I took a second to grab some portraits of Ryan,  his suit was incredibly sharp and had a perfect summer style.


As the ceremony began, Carlee’s step father escorted Carlee down the stairs to the arbor outside.


Carlee’s choice of Lilies for the bouquets was wonderful


As the ceremony began the weather became completely clear and family and friends gathered around the arbor for the ceremony.  Ryan just had to sneak one a quick kiss before the officiant got started.  The second one after the ceremony was a little less sneaky, as it should be.


After the ceremony, Carlee’s step father made for a heartfelt and moving toast.


Following a few speeches, I stole Carlee and Ryan away for a bit for some more 1 on 1 time.2014-07-13_0026 2014-07-13_0022
And Ryan could not keep his hands or lips off Carlee for more than a few seconds.
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These two just fit so perfectly with each other, it was hard to keep them more than a few inches from each other.

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As we went back outside to have join family and friends at a patio reception, I was able to get a few quick photos at the end of the walkway overlooking the intracoastal.

As we returned to the reception site, it was hard not to notice the wonderful work from the wedding designer.
The details were nothing short of stunning, the diversity of the floral arrangements was amazing.
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Dinner was filled with laughs, smiles, and a blissful sense of intimacy that only a small wedding can bring.
Food was prepared by the wonderful people at Landfall Catering Services and Events, and they did a wonderful job with dinner as well as dessert.

Carlee and Ryan
Following dinner, Carlee and Ryan cut the cake and the mini-cakes were served to the guests.


Following the cake cutting, everyone gathered in the foyer while a special guest got to sing a number for the newly weds.
Congratulations again to Carlee & Ryan, the two of you were such a wonderful couple to be around, I wish you both the best!
I also wanted to thank the Marino family for being such gracious hosts for the entire day, they opened up the doors to their wonderful home and were wonderful to everyone attending.


Ceremony/Reception: The Marino Residence
Catering: Landfall Catering
Design/Floral: Jeff of Design Perfection

On an overcast Saturday morning, Ashley and her bridesmaids gathered at Sonage Salon and Day Spa.  While everyone still seemed half asleep, the excitement was already starting to build. Today Ashley would marry Jon, her sweetheart of almost 10 years!


After a well planned engagement, Ashley was now getting ready to meet Jon on the aisle at the First Presbyterian Church for their Dunn NC wedding.


While Ashley and the bridesmaids were up at the Spa, Jon and the boys arrived at the church to start getting dressed.  After the boys were suited up, I had a few minutes to take some portraits of Jon.


Once Jon went back to relax with his groomsmen, Ashley began getting into her gorgeously ornate dress just down the hall.



At every step of the way, Ashley’s sister and maid of honor, Emily was there to make sure Ashley was looking beyond perfect.


Once she was in her dress, Ashley walked to the sanctuary where her and Jon had opted to do their first look.  Jon was escorted to the end of one of the aisles by his father with eyes closed, before getting into place where he could see his very soon to be bride.

2014-06-15_0015Once Jon and Ashley had spent a few minutes enjoying their first look, we headed out front for some portraits so that they could move straight from the ceremony to the reception later in the afternoon.



Ashley’s choice of details was wonderful, and her pink rose bouquet  added a wonderful classic touch to the day.




Just after the ceremony finished, Ashley and Jon headed to the back the sanctuary, and paused for a brief second to just enjoy each others company.
Following the ceremony, Ashley and Jon headed over to meet family and friends in the reception hall.  The room was overflowing with applause as the newlyweds entered the room, I don’t think I have seen a bride hug so many people at a reception.  There really was so much love in the room, so many friends and loved ones there celebrating this couples choice to spend the rest of their lives together.


Once the reception came to a close, Jon and Ashley exited the reception and were bombarded with a shower of rose petals.


And finally as they prepared to leave, Jon managed to sneak one last kiss for the camera before riding off with his new bride.2014-06-15_0018


Jon and Ashley, thank you so much for letting me join you on such a beautiful and happy day.  I wish you both the best as you move forward with your lives together, and I know you are going to make an amazing team!


Venue: First Presbyterian Church
Second Photographer: Cindy Schepers
Florist: Dragonfly Florist
Hair and Makeup: Sonage Salon and Day Spa

Rachael and Adam are two of the nicest and most relaxed people you may ever come across.  My girlfriend has known Rachael for YEARS!!! and we were lucky enough to travel down to Alabama to be a part of her and her husband Adam’s wedding a few weeks ago.

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The ceremony was small, intimate, and wonderful.  Rachael could not stop smiling while she was holding hands with Adam, and Adam seemed just as happy to be up there with his soon to be bride.

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After the ceremony, my girlfriend was to sneak in a few words with her newly married friend.2014-05-12_0011



And as everyone gathered back up at the house for dinner and cocktails, Adam and Rachael were able to take a brief walk out on the beach as husband and wife.

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Rachael and Adam, thank you for letting us be a part of your day.  We wish you the best and hope you get that honeymoon of yours in sooner rather than later 🙂


I have known Alex for almost 9 years now.  We first met our freshman year of college and have grown to become best friends over the years.  Alex is a Charlotte native, but ventured all the way to Huntington WV to pursue her masters and coincidentally to meet the love of her life, Steve.

After dating for almost a year, Steve moved down to Miami to take a job while Alex stayed to finish grad school.  Every weekend they were apart, they wished to be back in each others arms.  About the time Alex finished school Steve was offered another job, this time in El Paso, TX.  They both knew that they could not continue apart, so they decided to venture out west together!

A few weekends ago, I spent the entire day behind the scenes of Alex & Steve’s wedding.
Spending the whole day around your best friend is actually a blast and it almost didn’t feel like work.  It was a gorgeous day and no one could have asked for better weather, not even the parade going on outside during the ceremony.  After the ceremony the bridal party wandered around Charlotte, stopping at panthers stadium to take a few fun photos before heading over to Romare Bearden Park for some more elegant portraits and lunch.  As the day turned to evening, everyone headed to Roof with a view for a gorgeously decorated reception.  As night fell, the city of Charlotte lit up the background of the top floor venue.  The band, with the father of the bride on vocals/keyboard, kept everyone dancing til the nights end.

Thank you again Bondra & Steve for letting me be such a special part of your day, love you guys to death!  The two of you are the perfect pair and together you will make a wonderful team!


Many thanks to the wedding creative team as well,
Ceremony Location: St. Peters Catholic Church
Reception Location: Roof with a View
Hair + Makeup: Amy Castro of Bella MUATatiyana Yeremuk, and the maid of honor Michele
Band: The Jazz Guys
Wedding Photography: Trevor Bar
Photographer’s Assistant: Leah Ward

Aug 21, 2013
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Last weekend I was up in DC photographing a bride and a groom, however neither ended up at the same wedding,


Josh went on later that day to marry his best friend and future partner for life, Helene.


Tracy was already a happily married bride helping me out with my bridal portfolio.


I’ll be clarifying any confusion in their upcoming individual posts, but for now just a teaser of the weekend’s festivities.


Nov 01, 2012
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Although Tim grew up in North Carolina and Jen in Michigan, they seemed as though they had met so much longer than just 3 years ago. They were just out of college, had left their respective homes to take on a new independent lifestyles and start their careers in Portsmouth Virginia.  Tim and Jen quickly became friends and a short while later, Tim decided to ask Jen out.  These two work together with such happiness and ease it makes you stop to think, “Can a relationship really be that easy?”

Beautiful weather and wonderful guests blessed the couple on this lovely fall day at Belle Island State Park, in Lancaster VA.

Tim seemed to have two modes when the camera was on him, “smile” and “even bigger smile” and to him neither could quite convey just how happy he was to be tying the knot with his best friend.  Jen got ready for the wedding upstairs in the Bel Air House, which overlooked the beautiful waterfront and ceremony site.  She was calm and collected while getting her groove on with her bridesmaids as her mother and grandmother helped her into her HAND-MADE DRESS!!!!   Jen spent months working on her dress and the intricacy and detail were beyond amazing.   Once the dress was on, Jen went from a beautiful bride to a front page VOGUE stunner!

After the ceremony, we were able to sneak away for short portrait session on a quiet dock over the Rappahanock River.  After Tim & Jen’s entrance, they spent the rest of the afternoon mingling with guests and dining on a BBQ pig grilled by Tim & the groomsmen. As the sun set, toasts were made and the dancing began.  Everyone enjoyed an evening filled that was filled with love,  joy and happiness.

Congratulations and best of luck Mr. & Mrs. Chase!!!

Sep 27, 2012
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Troy and April first met at a mutual friend’s house warming party in 2008. When April spied Troy from across the room, she quietly wished for a reason to go over and start a conversation. She then noticed Troy was wearing the t-shirt of a band whose concert she had attended only days earlier. With conversation starter in cheek, they spent the rest of the party talking late into the night.

The day started at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Richmond, VA. Sacred Heart was beautiful, both architecturally and acoustically. Muted sunlight cascaded from the windows throughout the cathedral, illuminating this wonderful couple and their guests.

After the ceremony, April & Troy hopped a Trolley to the reception at Willow Oaks Country Club . They were met by all the wedding guests including one who was not at the ceremony, Beau, their English Foxhound. After a wonderful lunch, the rest of the day was spent socializing among friends and family with the laughter and joy echoing through the country club until the very last song was played.

Troy & April were a wonderful couple to work with. Their entire wedding day was filled with smiles and April and Troy were glowing the whole afternoon. They continue their adventure together with a trip to Africa. Where they will begin with a safari through various parks and end on the island of Zanzibar, lounging on the beach and swimming in the Indian Ocean.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Patrick!