Christina & Robert | Angus Barn Wedding

Sunday, July 27, 2014 Posted in Wedding 
Dear Christina & Robert, It was my greatest joy to photograph your wedding today. I'm literally sitting here speechless...completely overwhelmed by the beauty of your character and the strength of your love. Your family, your friends, your beautiful is a wedding I will never forget. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for asking me to photograph your wedding. I love you both!

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Miranda & Andrew | Oaks at Salem Wedding Photographer

Monday, July 21, 2014 Posted in Wedding 
The Oaks at Salem Wedding Photography

The Story

Girl grows up down the road from Guy. They know each other but their relationship is never anything more than casual acquaintances. Guy moves across country with the military. They have no reason to see each other again. So, it seems like the end of their story.

But, as fate would have it, Girl’s best friend starts dating Guy’s younger brother. They plan a cross-country trip to visit older brother and invite Girl along. On that trip, Girl and Guy start to have feelings for each other. They fall in love and eventually get married. Girl’s best friend also married Guy’s younger brother. And, they all live happily ever after as the Two Brothers who married the Best Friends.

Sounds like a great basic plot for a romantic comedy, right? Only this story isn’t fiction. It’s actually a true story, and I got to be one of the characters in it.

Miranda and Andrew are real people who are the leading roles in the story I just described. They really did grow up right down the road from each other in a town called Apex (just outside of Raleigh, NC). Andrew joined the Marines and became one of The Few. The Proud. The Marines relocated him to California. Then, Miranda’s best friend started dating Andrew’s younger brother. The couple really did take a trip to California to visit Andrew taking Miranda along. Love bloomed between Miranda and Andrew, and I got to play the role of Crazy Wedding Photographer at their recent wedding. ...And it was a blast!

They tied the knot at The Oaks at Salem -- a beautiful wedding venue located in their hometown -- which made me immensely happy. I love shooting at The Oaks because (weather permitting) the ceremony is held under this majestically ancient-looking oak tree. Oak trees are my favorite to photograph. From the outside, their dense foliage invites you to come explore the secrets hidden underneath. Once you cross the threshold of their canopy, it’s like being transported to a world that’s wholly your own. Twisting branches. Gnarly bark. The sound of rustling leaves and the smell of moss remain present in every photo. (Did I mention shooting weddings at The Oaks makes me happy?)

After the ceremony, we moved from underneath the oak tree to a tent attached to the stately, white home that’s on the property for the reception. There was a nice southern elegance to the decor. Burlap and lace. Not too much, but just enough to make you feel like you were in NC.

Miranda and Andrew were an amazing couple to photograph. Miranda was like the ultimate, stress-free bride. She really savored her wedding day and was so gracious to me. She made sure that I knew she was thankful that I was a part of her wedding day and gave me creative liberty to pursue my vision for her pictures. That love and trust really made me soar. I feel like I got to briefly experience the kind of support she’ll give Andrew for a lifetime.

And, Andrew? He is hilarious! His dry sense of humor had me laughing through the whole wedding. He was also excited about pictures (something I don’t always get with grooms) which made photographing him loads of fun.

Most of the groomsmen were fellow servicemen, except his brother and Miranda’s brother. From my experience, military weddings actually tend to be the most carefree and fun. Those guys are hardcore when it’s time to be serious. But when it’s time to play they really know how to let loose and have a good time. Miranda’s girls were also a blast. They were sweet, sincere and go with the flow...just like Miranda.

Both sets of parents were so welcoming and gracious to me. Miranda’s dad was very quiet and reserved for most of the day. But once the band kicked in during the reception, he transformed into the life of the party. I loved seeing him cut loose on the dance floor. Plus, it was his birthday, and everyone sang to him during the reception.

At the reception, all of the guys shed their suits and jackets and donned t-shirts that were specific to them. Andrew’s brother (Best Man) and Miranda’s best friend (Matron of Honor) gave a heart-warming co-speech. They had everyone laughing and Miranda even shed a few tears -- the only tears of the entire day.


Miranda and Andrew, you exude life. The love radiating from you both is contagious to everyone around you. I pray that wherever your journeys take you, you will always hold onto your deep friendship and the joy you both have in life spent together. ~

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  1. Leslie Dubow Jul 22nd, 2014 5:59PM

    Very lovely and special photo and story! And thank goodness you captured a photo of the cats on hotdogs in space! :)

  2. Alice Bray Jul 22nd, 2014 2:37PM

    All I can say is WOW Ginny!!! You have allowed us all to relive such a wonderful celebration with your photos. One of the most beautiful weddings EVER!

  3. Alyse Butler Jul 21st, 2014 2:11PM

    Ginny, these photos are sensational! You have an amazing gift of capturing incredible highlights in the most elegant and candid ways. Miranda and Andrew were so blessed to have your talent working behind the scenes to document their day. It was wonderful to have met you and thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!

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Suzanne & Chris | Merrimon-Wynne Wedding

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Posted in Wedding 
Merrimon-Wynne House Wedding Photography

Weddings are complex. Some days I feel like my mind is running a thousand miles a minute. There are so many factors that I need to juggle all at once to stay on schedule, keep the atmosphere light-hearted and make sure the most beautiful images are captured throughout the day. Every wedding is like a physical, mental and emotional roller coaster. At the end of the night, you can stick a fork in me because I’m done. But there’s something about weddings that keeps me coming back for more, and Suzanne and Chris wedding left me more in love with weddings than when I started.

Suzanne and Chris tied the knot right here in downtown Raleigh, NC just a few weeks ago. They held their big day at a venue that’s fairly new -- it just opened last fall. The Merrimon-Wynne House is a renovated, historic home that is just breathtaking. It’s an open, airy space that is a photographer’s dream. There was bad weather looming that day, but I wasn’t worried if we happened to get rained-in because the ceiling to floor windows make for beautiful lighting for portraits.

Even with the glum weather, Suzanne and Chris were in good spirits. (I’m being serious when I say there was a monsoon that day. We barely got the portraits shot outside before the heavens opened.) Amidst the sky dumping buckets of cats and dogs, I couldn’t sense any anxiety coming from the bride or groom. Suzanne was just as calm and generous as ever. And, so funny! Chris stayed positive and kind to everyone. He really made me feel more like a welcomed guest than just another vendor. They laughed and relaxed with their family and friends. They simply enjoyed themselves.

Suzanne lived completely in the moment all day. When it was time for joking, she had everyone in stitches. When she read her card from Chris, she let the tears fall freely. Whatever emotion rose to the surface, she embraced it. And we all got to share in those beautiful moments. It was such a sweet wedding.

It was in the midst of such a beautifully anchored couple that I realized’s their decision to love each other for the rest of their lives that gives me a renewed strength. At the end of the day, when I’m utterly exhausted, it’s the beauty I see in the simplicity of love that keeps me constantly looking forward to the next couple. Looking forward to the next bride and groom I get to witness making the same promise.

Earlier I said that weddings are complex. But, love? Love is simple. Love is radiant. Love is the greatest gift of all.


Suzanne and Chris, thank you for welcoming me into the day that you promised your lives to each other. May you live learning more and more just how simple it is to choose to love.

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  1. Laira Jul 16th, 2014 9:17AM

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Once again, Ginny, you've captured not just the special moments of the day, but the incredible emotions that go along with them. Congratulations, Suzanne and Chris! Wishing you both a lifetime of laughs!

  2. Stacie Patterson Jul 16th, 2014 8:18AM

    OMG! Such a BEAUTIFUL wedding! It looks like a fairy tale! God truly smiled down on you two. Be blessed & enjoy life! Smoochies!

  3. Sheila Smith Jul 16th, 2014 7:26AM

    Simply Beautiful!!! Suzanne are the words that come to mind as I scan through all of the lovely photos of you and the Wedding Party. Chris knew exactly what he was doing when he chose you as his wife! Hey you didnt do bad either cause he is as Handsome as you are beautiful. Cherish this day, and all the days that will follow in your Marriage. Nothing but the best of luck to you and Chris... Young Love is Simply Beautiful....

  4. The Merrimon-Wynne House Jul 15th, 2014 7:35PM

    Ginny, wow! You captured the day so beautifully. These images are stunning, you never would've known a monsoon unleashed on us right in the middle of the day! We can't thank you enough for being such an amazing presence on Suzanne and Chris' wedding day! We cannot wait for you to work at The Merrimon-Wynne House over and over again in the future!

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