I’m currently on a flight from Lubbock to Dallas. As I’m sitting here, flying over the most incredible patch-work-quilt landscape, I can’t help but to reflect over this weekend, and the incredible honor of photographing Erica and Caleb’s wedding. Being a photographer was always my dream, and being able to fly around the US photographing love stories is a gift. Not only was Caleb and Erica’s wedding absolutely perfect, I met friends there that I know I will keep up with for the rest of my life.
I love being a part of weddings that have a strong family and friends dynamic. I think that’s just the way I’m wired. Once you get to know me, you’ll find that I highly value relationships with those I love. Carrie and Keirnan’s wedding was filled with those sweet touches that let you know they love the people around them and are deeply loved in return.
Carrie and Keirnan are an absolute pleasure to be around. Carrie is fun, graceful and loving. She’s appreciative, happy and an all around joy to be with. Keirnan is so laid back and does everything with ease and excellence. He’s very family oriented and grounded.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen were the perfect reflection of both Carrie and Keirnan’s personalities. The girls gave Carrie so much love throughout the day, which reflected on Carrie’s ability to be a good friend. The guys were fun and possessed that same laid-back, go with the flow quality as Keirnan.
It was easy to see why Carrie and Keirnan were so great... Both sets of parents were amazing! Carrie’s parents were incredible hosts. They held several parties and get-togethers for all of the out-of-town guests beginning on the Thursday before the wedding and extending to Sunday (the day after). Carrie’s mom was emotional and genuinely excited about celebrating their eldest daughter’s wedding. Carrie’s dad was kind, inviting and friendly to everyone that was a part of his daughter’s special day.
Keirnan’s parents carried the same “ease” that Keirnan had. Keirnan escorted both parents down the aisle, which showed everyone that he loved and honored both parents equally. His mom was so loving and gracious to everyone around her. And, every time I looked at Keirnan’s dad, I saw a loving smile spread across his face.
The entire wedding was held at The Pavilions at the Angus Barn. It is one of my favorite venues here in the Triangle. If you are thinking of tying the knot locally, I highly recommend it. Not only is the location beautiful, but the staff at Angus Barn are top knotch. Sarah Lilly was the event coordinator, and everything went off without a hitch. I had several behind the scenes conversations with her, and I can truly say that she loves weddings and loves her clients. She’s authentic and reliable and was a great gift to Carrie and Keirnan.
The ceremony was on the patio overlooking a gorgeous lake. Then we headed over to the open-air pavillion for the reception. The space has a lovely, North Carolinian feel to it -- rustic, yet elegant. Carrie and Keirnan cleverly incorporated social media in their event by using the hashtag #steakonalake. The food truly is one of the greatest things about Angus Barn. With the Pavilion overlooking the lake, a stunning fire pit and open-air reception, it really felt like we were spending an evening fine-dining and dancing.
I can’t let this wedding pass without sharing some of the sweet touches that were celebrated during the reception. Carrie and Keirnan did a choreographed dance to a song called Whimsical Hysterical Suburban by folk band Mike & Ruthy. This song was playing when Keirnan proposed to Carrie...so sweet. Watching this as the first dance brought everyone so much joy! It was upbeat, contagious and fun. The most important reception detail was the wedding cake because Keirnan made it with his dad and sister. It was spectacular! And for the cake topper, a close friend made pottery mascot polar bears to honor Bowdoin College in Maine where Carrie and Keirnan met and fell in love.