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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 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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5 Tips for Working With Your Wedding Photographer

Last week I wrote a post about why wedding photography was so important.  Now that you all know how important finding a professional photographer is, lets talk about ways you can work with your wedding photographer to not only ensure a smooth flowing wedding day, but also to make it easy for them produce the best images possible.

I think it comes as a surprise for most brides when they realize how big of a role photography will play on their wedding day.  Below is a list of 5 things you can do ahead of time so that both you and your photographer are better prepared:

1. Have an engagement session.
Lets admit it, most of us are not models!  As much as you’ve been practicing posing in front of your bathroom mirror (or is that just me?), it’s not easy to look natural and charming when someone is sticking a big camera in your face.  I can’t stress enough how important this is.  Have an engagement session with the photographer who will be photographing your wedding.  Not only will it allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day, it will also allow your photographer to get a feel for the best ways to work with you when photographing you both.  It will also give you a chance to get to know each other a little better!

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2. Include your photographer when creating the timeline.
Give your photographer the rundown of the day and make sure you are including enough time for things like detail shots, getting ready shots, formal family portraits, Bride and Groom portraits, etc.  The biggest mistake I see brides making is not allotting enough time for photography and then getting overwhelmed on the day of their wedding.  If you ask your photographer ahead of time for their input on how much time is needed for photography, the day will most likely go much smoother.

3. Create a list of VIPs and a formal shot list (and communicate the list to everyone).
While giving a list of your VIPs to your photographer is great, it does nothing if the people on the list don’t know they are VIPs!  Communicate to your VIPs when and where they are needed to take the formal portraits, and do it before the wedding day.  Also, ensure you have a bridesmaid or family member who is familiar with the list and all the people on it to help gather the troops when it’s time to take photos.  This will be a huge help to your photographer and ensure no one gets unintentionally left out!

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4. Let them know of any special ceremonies or events ahead of time.
Make sure there are no surprises for your photographer on the day of the wedding.  If they know of any extras ahead of time (like a sparkler exit, special dance or speech being made, etc.) they will be able to plan lighting, where to stand, and what equipment is needed to get the best shot without being too intrusive.

5. Have fun with them and don’t stress!
Weddings are meant to be a fun time for everyone.  If you’ve communicated all the important stuff to your photographer before the wedding day, they will be prepared to photograph it as best as possible.  When the wedding day comes, have fun, relax, and don’t stress about the photography!  Leave that to the professional.

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What are some additional ways you can work with your photographer to ensure your day flows smoothly and you get some amazing pictures?  Leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you have to say!

A Proposal Under the Bell Tower | North Carolina Wedding Photographer

I met Fatima and Mikey in December of 2013, when I had taken photos of her for her college graduation.  Almost one year later, I was thrilled when I received an e-mail from Mikey asking if I would be available to photograph his big proposal!

It was a gorgeous day in late November.  Mikey was planning to ask his long time girlfriend, Fatima, to marry him under the bell tower at North Carolina State University.  He had a gorgeous ring in that famous little blue box, and both of their families there to surprise her and witness the beautiful moment.  I’m sure it was everything Fatima could have imagined her engagement to be and I’m so honored to have been there to document this special moment for them! ❤ Good luck to Mikey and Fatima as they plan the rest of their lives together!

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