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Janna and Michael’s Creedmoor, NC Wedding | Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

Janna and Michael got married on May 16, 2015.  They have known each other for a very long time, and it was a perfect day to celebrate the long-lasting love that they have for one another!  The ceremony took place at Creedmoor United Methodist Church, which was very special to the bride since she has been attending this church  from the time she was a little girl!  I love when brides and grooms incorporate a special location into their weddings. It makes the day even more meaningfull than it already is!

Their wedding was filled with a bunch of beautiful do-it-yourself details!  I had a blast photographing the day!  Janna and Michael are such a beautiful and fun couple, I wish them both the best in their forever together!  ❤

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How to Make Your Wedding Unique: Part 2 – Think Outside the Box

In general, weddings are all pretty similar.  There’s a ceremony, food, reception, and dancing.  When planning their wedding, every bride and groom should take a second to ask themselves “what makes our wedding different from all the rest?”.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how details can set your wedding apart from the rest.  For my second post on how to make your wedding unique, I’ll be taking a look at how you can think outside the box to come up with some fun ideas that will make your wedding stand out!

Thinking outside the box when it comes to your wedding can be tough!  With a little tool called Pinterest, we have access to so many real wedding ideas, it almost seems as if everything has been done already.  I’ve come up with a little exercise for brides and grooms to help them think outside the box when it comes to their wedding day.  First, start off by breaking down your wedding day into all the major pieces.  Then, think about the weddings you’ve been to and write down the way they approached that piece of the wedding.  Finally, now that you have a list in front of you of all the things you’ve seen before, brainstorm your own list of things you have never seen before but that you think could be a lot of fun to add to your wedding day.

To help you out, below I’m going to break down a wedding into each major part and give you some ideas on how to think outside the box!

1.  Venue – This is an important one.  The venue sets the tone for the entire day.  Write down the venues that you have been to quite a few times.  Now think up some other places that could make a great wedding venue (even if you’ve never heard of someone having a wedding there!).  Are there local parks that you have a special connection too? What about an old building or historic house? A family farm? Maybe even a great restaurant that you love?  The options are endless!

2.  Food – A lot of times the food goes along with the venue, but there are still ways to make it different.  Maybe, instead of a sit down dinner, you decide to do more of a cocktail reception with lots of amazing hors d’oeuvres.  Maybe you’re a more casual “bar food” type of couple and offer nachos or a great burger as the meal.  Food is a great way to showcase your personalities, so don’t brush it off so quickly.

3.  Attire – You can have a lot of fun with what to wear, and this is a great place to make your wedding unique.  You could let your bridesmaids pick their own color dresses.  Maybe the guys just wear vests instead of a full suit.  The bride could shock everyone and walk down the aisle in a full color dress!  The options are endless here, and it’s your wedding so you can go as traditional or unique as you like.

4.  Decor – I’ve already touched on this in my post It’s All in the Details, but the overall decor and details of a wedding are what really makes it stand out.  Come up with some details that show off you and your fiance’s style and personalities.  The littlest detail can make a huge impact on your guests.

Finally, I want to add that just because you’ve been to a venue before or seen something done already doesn’t mean that you have to rule it out completely.  This is your wedding and if the venue, food, attire, or decor fits your personalities, go for it!  You do not have to make every aspect of your wedding different from the rest.  The point of this post and exercise is to help you identify fun ways you could make your wedding unique. It’s then up to you to pick and choose which ideas you want to follow through with.

I know it might sound like a tedious task, but just doing this exercise can get your brain working and get you excited for planning your big day.  It will make you want to put in the extra effort to come up with something out of this world that your guests will love!

Happy planning! ❤

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How to Make Your Wedding Unique: Part 1 – It’s All in the Details

In general, weddings are all pretty similar.  There’s a ceremony, food, reception, and dancing.  When planning their wedding, every bride and groom should take a second to ask themselves “what makes our wedding different from all the rest?”.  There are a lot of answers to this question, which is why today is the first part of a series of posts I’ll be doing on how to make your wedding unique.  Check back over the next few weeks for more of these posts!

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Weddings are filled with tiny details.  Flowers, rings, centerpieces, decor, all of these things add to the look and feel of a wedding.  Unique details are something that can set your wedding apart from all the other weddings your guests have been to.  The trick is, finding the perfectly unique details that reflect both you and your groom and give your wedding the look and feel you are going for.

weddingdaydetails3The first thing to think about is your style.  Are you more modern, country, chic, or a mix?  Your location will also play a big factor in the style of the wedding.  Are you getting married at the beach, in a barn, in a city loft?  Once you’ve determined the style you’re going for, you can then find details that will fit within the style of your wedding.  Pinterest is a great resource for finding fun details, and remember you can always find something on Pinterest and then tweak it to make it your own!  For example, at a wedding I recently photographed, the bride and groom displayed photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days.  This is such a beautiful detail and it was so awesome to see all the generations of brides and grooms.  They had more of a country-style, and were getting married in an old chapel that had a very rustic feel to it.  They chose to display these photos in a windowpane that had an old barn wood style.  They also used a lot of burlap and antique style details when setting the decor for their wedding.  A bride and groom who are getting married and having more of a modern wedding could do the same thing, however they could use a more simple and sleek picture frame with clean lines to display the photographs.

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Another thing to remember is it’s not just the details in the decor that can make a wedding unique, but everything from the flowers to the attire can include special details.  Tie a locket around your bouquet, or wear a special pin or jewelry to honor loved ones that are no longer with us.  Use an accent flower or something else in your bouquets that not many people have seen before (I just had a bride who used cotton in her flower arrangements).  The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules or boundaries.  Your wedding is just that, YOUR wedding. Think outside the box and make your guests say “wow, I’ve never seen that before!”.

Finally, don’t forget to find a photographer who is going to capture all of these amazing wedding details you worked so hard on!  Make sure they are aware of the details ahead of time so they know what needs to be captured and can figure out the best way to photograph your day so that these unique touches are reflected in your images.

Be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks for my next post, How to Make Your Wedding Unique Part 2 – The Venue!  Happy planning!

xo
Lauryn

Lauryn Alisa Photography
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Oswalt Wedding at All Saints Chapel | Raleigh Wedding Photographer

“Live a life less ordinary with me.  Live a life extraordinary with me” – Carbon Leaf

Kelsey and Kevin are perfect for each other.  They love sports, to travel and see new places, but are also happy just relaxing at home playing games.  From the moment I met them I could tell that they balanced each other out, they truly complete each other.  It was such an honor to be a part of their wedding day.

Their wedding took place at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh and was filled with amazing details, many of which the bride created herself, and both of their personalities just shined through!  Despite the fact that it was a frigid high of 32 degrees on their wedding day, they fought through the cold and we had so much fun!  Their bridal party was full of big personalities, their guests were all ready to party, and everyone danced the night away until they were kicked out.

I wish Kevin and Kelsey all the best in their new adventures together!

Venue: All Saints Chapel
Catering: Empire Eats Catering
DJ: Anything Music DJ
Officiant: Jason McKenzie
Cake: Party Delights
Hair: Britt Cregan
Makeup: Nicole Nelson
Photographer: Lauryn Alisa Photography
Second Photographer: Niki Matthews-Wilbanks

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Remember to Have Fun

Relax and have fun.  It seems like such a silly thing to have to tell yourself, but I find myself doing this all the time.  Between trying to run a business, trying to be a good mother to Brayden, and trying to be a loving and supportive wife to my husband, there is always so much going on that I find “having fun” isn’t the top item on my to-do list.  I’m sure most (if not all) of you could say the same thing.  But what’s the point of being whoever it is we are if we’re not going to have fun while doing it?

The same goes for Brides and Grooms on their wedding day.  If I could give only one piece of advice to newly engaged couples, I would tell them this one thing.  Remember to have fun!  Not just on your wedding day, but during your entire engagement.  I know, it sounds so cliché, but there is a reason why as a bride-to-be you hear this over and over again. During the planning process, you will be stressed and overwhelmed, there is no doubt about that.  Take time to enjoy it!  Go bridesmaids dress shopping with your friends and before trying on the good ones, have everyone try on the ugliest dress they can find.  Break up a day of vendor meetings by having an afternoon brunch with your parents and in-laws.  Get away from it all and go out on a date with your future husband, making a rule to not talk about the wedding the whole night.

When your actual wedding day comes, the day you have spent months planning for, the most important thing you can do is remember to have fun.  Drink champagne, eat all the delicious food, kiss your new husband or wife, and dance the night away.  You put so much work into this one day.  Take a second to yourself, look around at the beautiful event you put together for all your family and friends, and then get out there an enjoy every second of it!

I’ll leave you with this fun bridal party photo.  This crew knew how to have fun and their wedding was full of energy.  I can’t wait to share the rest of their photos with you next week! 🙂

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