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!!


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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