Wednesday, July 02, 2014

a fall wedding in durham - jessica + derek - october 19, 2013

as the summer kicks off, i'm reminded of the cooler temps of fall and of the many fabulous weddings we photographed then.  fall has become quite popular here in the south for weddings, as we almost always have pleasant weather that time of year.

   jessica & derek's wedding was no exception!  jenny & i arrived early at their church to capture jessica & her bridesmaids getting ready, as well as most of the wedding party ahead of time. the church had a nice outdoor courtyard with pretty landscaping - it was the perfect location for photos!  jessica & derek had such a lovely ceremony with so many personal touches. one of the sweetest aspects of their ceremony was when jessica's mother walked down the aisle beside her & gave her away.  

the reception was held not too far from the church, at a great little place called the dunnagan house. it had an outdoor covered pavilion set up with tables and festive twinkling lights. there was a space indoors where they had a dance floor & the bar set-up too. everyone had so much fun & the food was delicious! one of jessica's bridesmaids carved all of the pumpkins & another made the burlap flowers on the cake and tables. the cake was also made lovingly by a friend. 

not only did i enjoy working with such a wonderful couple, jessica's mother nita was also such a sweetheart to work with!  she decided to surprise them with an album, which i really enjoyed designing for them. it was so exciting to finally receive the final product & to be able to deliver it to nita just in time for christmas was an added bonus. i found out later that jessica & derek absolutely LOVED it too - and they were totally taken by surprise! i'm so lucky to have such wonderful clients! 

ceremony location - mt. hermon baptist church
reception location - dunnagan house
bride's wedding gown/attire - bridal mart
reception decor - DIY
catering - gillis's catering
cake - friend
reception music - DJ harvey grady
thanks to jenny for co-shooting with me!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2013

a spread from their album which is a favorite -

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

greensboro engagement session - kate + frank

kate and frank drove up from florida last fall to visit family and to schedule their engagement session with me. we met up at greensboro's bog garden on a beautiful november afternoon - we were thrilled that the leaves still had some fall color!

the natural beauty of the bog garden makes for such an interesting setting for portraits. from the bamboo forest, to the winding paths & boardwalks, a water feature, and a large pond. at the end of their session, we came around a bend on the boardwalk and up in a tree we spotted a barred owl. kate & frank commented that they had to come all the way up from florida to see cool wildlife!

 we had a lot of fun together & i look forward to their upcoming wedding on june 28th in the great hall at castle mcculloch

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2013

one of two barred owls residing in the bog gardens who made an appearance at the end of our session!