Whew! This blog post is literally busting at the seams!! Too many great moments and photos not to share them all! Joy and Blaine had an intimate and memorable wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne in Raleigh, NC! I had the great pleasure of having Amber, my incredible friend from Six Foot Photography assisting me on this wedding! I did miss having the hubs – but Amber was the PERFECT fill in since he wasn’t able to be there! The Merrimon-Wynne House is by far one of my favorite venues to shoot at!! It’s truly a photographer’s heaven – the white walls, colorful decor with a touch of historic and vintage charm – it’s just one of those places you never get tired of shooting at. Throw in the most adorable couple and you are yet again, amazed this is your JOB! Joy and Blaine’s wedding was one for the books – one of those weddings you leave wanting to do it again the next day! Joy and Blaine are the kinda couple you don’t want to say bye too – you spend a year getting to know them and when the wedding day is over you feel great joy for their new journey as husband and wife – but a little sadness that their day is over. Thankfully, I have a feeling we will always stay in touch – at least we better ;)!
Some of my favorite moments from their day:
Joy’s details! Not only were they all beautiful but they held so many precious memories. My favorite was the doggie tag that Blaine used to propose to Joy. It read, “He wants to know if you will say yes?” – SO CUTE!! And of course, her bouquet with the perfect mix of pinks, whites and greens!
The First Look. Blaine was both nervous and so excited to see Joy. The moment he saw her in her classic, lace wedding dress his jaw dropped and he couldn’t take his eyes off her. He just kept saying “WOW, You look great, You are so beautiful!” “Turn around, let me see the back.” As he spun her around in circles, he fell in love all over again! Moments like that just remind me why I love the First Look so much – the groom really gets to check out his bride, hug her, kiss her and share sweet words with her!! Moments later they read notes to one another and Ben Rector started playing in the background. The tears couldn’t be tamed.
The ceremony. Joy surprised everyone with a professional bagpiper playing as she walked down the aisle. Blaine cried tears of happiness as she walked in, so sweet!! Joy and Blaine shared their vows and sealed the deal with a kiss! After the ceremony they were greeted with so much joy for their new marriage! Every family member was ecstatic for them! There were more hugs and more tears!
The huge family portrait on the porch of the Merrimon Wynne House. Such a goodie and such a fun family!!
The light up L-O-V-E sign in the reception!!
The toasts by Joy’s sisters and the Best Man had everyone in the room laughing!!
Not only did they have ice cream but also a Pittsburgh Cookie Bar with to-go boxes!!
Joy and Blaine ended their wedding with a sparkler exit!
We are SO HAPPY for the newly married couple, Mr. & Mrs. Wiles and are thrilled to share this beautiful wedding with you today! Joy & Blaine, it has been a privilege getting to know you both and truly an honor to share these photos with you!
Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this day happen!
Photography | Amber Hatley
Venue | Merrimon-Wynne House
Planning | Happily Ever After
Dress | Monique Lhuillier
DJ | Brad Junell
Cake | Groovy Duck Bakery
Catering | Catering Works
Invitations | Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique