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May 11, 2017

Samantha + Billy, Traine Raleigh Wedding

Samantha and Billy were a dream to work with and get to know throughout their engagement and wedding day! One of the kindest couples we’ve worked with — and on their wedding day it was clear we weren’t the only ones to feel that way. They were surrounded by SO much love and support.

When I met Samantha, we chatted over coffee at the local Caribou for at least an hour. I knew right then she would be an #ahatleybride ;)! We chatted about all things wedding and just life in general. She shared their vision for their big day – she wanted a lot of white and neutral colors (hello, gorgeous!) and most of all she wanted everyone they cared about to celebrate together in one space and have a wonderful time! She was such a sweet girl and I couldn’t wait to spend more time with her and capture this incredible season!

This wedding was truly spectacular. I have so many favorite moments. I fell in love with Samantha and Billy’s grandparents. Both being married for something like 50 + years and still breaking it down on the dance floor. Both Billy and Sam’s parents had also been married for 30+ years (something like that;)) all I know is — I LOVED seeing so many strong, lasting marriages in one room. It was refreshing and hopeful. In a world with so much separation – it’s nice to know strong marriages still exist and I know they’ve all overcome obstacles because no life or marriage is easy.

Samantha and Billy have some incredible friends. Everyone was so helpful throughout their day – not only looking out for them but even their vendors. Such a sweet bridal party!

The first look with Samantha and her Dad was precious. I loved how the bridesmaids all peaked to watch the moment happen.

Billy is one of 3 boys.ย The mother-son dance had him and his brother in a few tears . (don’t be mad, billy ๐Ÿ˜‰ , I’m sharing because it was so sweet). Had my Mama heart feeling so full. Thinking about my son and our dance one day.

Billy’s grandpa was absolutely adorable – blessing the food and cracking great jokes! After the Anniversary dance the DJ asked him and his wife what their marriage advice would be and they each responded with: “Always be each others best friend” & “Treat your spouse the way you would want to be treated” ๐Ÿ™‚ GRACIOUS, you guys. I wanted to bottle them up, stick them in my pocket and take them both home with me!!

The toasts were a perfect mix of humor & authenticity. Billy’s brother had everyone in the room laughing.

Samantha and Billy, you were a joy to work with and it was truly an honor to capture this day for you both! So happy for you!! Love y’all!!

xoxo

Special thanks to the incredible vendors!!

Photographer // Amber Hatley

Venue // Traine Raleigh

Planner // Martha Stilwell

Florals // Meristem Floral

Hair + Makeup // Wink

Dress // Alexias Bridal

DJ // Stylus NC

Catering //ย 214 Martin Street Catering

Invitations // Wedding Paper Divas

 

 

 

 

 

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