Christa & Aaron | Jones Chapel | The Royal Banquent Hall

My last wedding photography client of the 2009 season was Christa and Aaron.   They decided on a  Jones Chapel wedding in Raleigh, NC, which is a beautiful Chapel on the Meredith College Campus, certainly had me excited as there really is no bad place for photography here (well, maybe by the construction tape but I could of made that work as well).

Occasionally, I walk into a “preparation” room and have to pull up my boots because, well, it’s going to be a challenge. The preparation room here, however, was large enough to hold the ceremony in and beautifully adorned. A very fitting scene for my lovely couple and it instantly got the creative wedding photography juices flowing (which means I start doing crazy things like hanging wedding dresses from chandeliers and stuff).  After a beautiful ceremony and, what the officiant described as the “best wedding kiss all year”, we went outside Jones Chapel to capture a few bride & groom portraits… only one problem now, it was dark. Well, if you know anything at all about me, I LOVE shooting in dramatic lighting situations and, well, darkness can certainly be considered dramatic especially when used in wedding photography.

After I subjected the couple, specifically Christa, to December temperatures in a sleeveless gown outside Jones Chapel and in a parking garage, we headed up to the Royal to get the party started.  Ron Smith got the party jumping after everyone had their bellies full with food from Cafe Luna in Raleigh, NC (If you have never been there you must go!). Dancing, partying and laughter were everywhere for the rest of the reception events and the couple exited the wedding with a sparkler sendoff to their car. Apparently a few of the groomsmen had their way with the car and, ahem, I won’t be showing any of those photos. ;)

So, congratulations to Christa & Aaron! You guys were awesome to work with and thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer!  As always, here are a few of your photos!

Reception – The Royal – Raleigh, NC
Wedding Directors – Danielle McNeillie and Jack Armstrong
Cake – Ashleys Cakes – Raleigh, NC
Flowers – Victorian Seasons – Apex, NC
Catering – Cafe Luna – Raleigh, NC

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Groom photography at Jones Chapel in Raleigh

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Wedding day portrait at Jones Chapel

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Jones Chapel wedding at Meredith College

Raleigh, NC Wedding photography couples portrait

Raleigh, NC Wedding couples portrait photography

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bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

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sparkler exit at wedding reception at the Royal in Raleigh

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