It is always such a pleasure to be asked by a family to photograph a second wedding in their family. Such was the case with David and Hannah’s wedding. Just a few short years ago I met Hannah when I photographed the wedding of David’s sister. Back then, she was David’s girlfriend. Since that time, she has become his fiance and today everything was falling into place and she was about to become his beautiful wife. Hannah was clearly meant to be part of David’s family. She is not only beautiful and kind, but her sweet demeanor fits just perfectly with his family. And David’s fun-loving spirit makes him the perfect complement to Hannah’s wonderful family. I think truly, their’s is a relationship that was meant to be! They both have an amazing amount of respect and genuine fondness for each other that is unmistakeable when you are around them.

Their wedding day started at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. This was the third in a series of crazy-rainy weekends in North Carolina. For three weeks we hardly saw the sun. And although it was raining (pouring actually!) outside, Hannah and David’s sunny dispositions made everyone forget the weather and focus on the love and events at hand.

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When you start with a gorgeous dress like Hannah’s, you know the day is going to be perfect. And those elegant charcoal bridesmaids dresses were to die for. You can see Hannah’s bridal session here! What a classic beauty she is.
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Hannah made sure to tell me about the inscription inside of David’s ring. It is actually her hand writing, reduced to fit inside his band. What an awesome idea!
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Krystal, from The Junction Salon did an amazing job on hair and makeup for Hannah and the mothers.
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The Oaks at Salem Wedding_0113.jpgA few sweet tears are shed as Hannah shared a gift with Alexis, her maid of honor.
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Just a precious and beautiful group of ladies who adore their friend, Hannah.
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Hannah had a first look with both her dad and brother before she headed off to the church. What a wonderful time to take in how beautiful Hannah looked on her wedding day.
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Down on the lower level of the house, David and his buddies had gathered together and were ready to celebrate David’s wedding and stand by his side. Natalie Schram second shot with me on this day and covered the mayhem that always ensues with guys getting ready for a wedding! Seriously, this group of guys were fabulous and had so much fondness for David and Hannah. It’s always a pleasure to see such friendships and support.

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David and his sweet little nephew, Aiden had some buddy time. You can tell that Uncle David is more than a little proud of him.

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Time to head over to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, where tons of friends and family were beginning to arrive. Once there, Hannah had a few quiet moments to read a letter from David. I love this tradition and I have to think that years down the road, this letter, filled with expectation and love, will mean so much to both of them. Remembering just how you felt on that special day, and having it captured in words will be so meaningful.

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David is a light-hearted fun guy. I am not sure he expected to be so moved by the sight of his beautiful bride on this day. I was standing fairly close to him and it was very moving to see how filled with emotion and touched he was as he saw her come towards him.

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And they are happily ever after!

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Back to The Oaks for the real celebration. What a beautiful and fun bridal party!

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We took advantage of a brief break in the rain to take Hannah and David outside for a few bride and groom photographs.
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Hannah’s father hand-crafted the wooden boxes that adorned each table and held the centerpieces. Truly, this was a labor of love for his little girl. The gorgeous flowers were created by Tre Bella Florist in Durham. The flowers were light, elegant and a perfect compliment to the design of the entire day.

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Anna Loeffler, a friend of Hannah’s family, designed and created the cake for them. Yum!
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As the bridal party entered, the party got started.
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Love the quiet moments between the bride and her father and the groom and his mother. Both Hannah and David hold very special places in their parents’ hearts..always a tear-jerker for me!
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Music for the night was provided by Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company. They always do an amazing job of filling the floor because of their great selection of music. And this night was no exception! These folks were here to party people.
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Hannah and David met at ECU when they were in school there. Their special request was a group photo of their college friends. So awesome that they could be there to support them on this special day!
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Annnnnnd back to the party at hand!
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Hannah’s sorority sisters serenaded the happy couple in their age-old tradition.
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And this was not your ordinary get away car. One of David’s friends owns this vintage pickup truck. Such a perfect touch for a couple that is as real as it gets. They are down-to-earth, sweet and kind. No pretenses. And this suited them to a tee!
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What an incredible evening for Hannah and David celebrating their love and be surrounded by so many family and friends. It was such an honor to be part of their day. I have not a doubt that they will indeed live happily ever after because of their wonderful respect and love for each other and their amazing support system. Much love to you both!