Matt and Ashley Married at Barclay Villa in Angier North Carolina! Raleigh Wedding Photographer

Matt wiping cake all over Ashley’s face was one my favorite moments from their wedding. It was one of their favorite moments too, out of a day filled with hilarity and tearful joy.

These moments reminded me once again that weddings are more than an event to be planned and crammed with things; they are a passage, a proclamation and a celebration of love, family and fellowship.

Their love story was succinctly summarized when Matt danced with Ashley’s daughter, Riley, to Brad Paisley’s song “He didn’t have to be” , a song about a single mom remarrying. I didn’t see a dry eye in the room. I scrambled to the balcony to shoot the scene of them alone on the dance floor, just as Matt picked her up and held her tightly.

Vulnerable, deliberate and tender only begin to describe moments like this. Ashley and Matt, I hope you both cherish the images, as much as I cherished witnessing the best that people have to offer each other.

Oh and PS: Barclay Villa is literally a castle in the middle of a corn field, and Harnett County’s best kept secret. It’s breathtaking. Book your wedding their. The staff is awesome!


Matt and Ashley a took time to answer a few questions about their experience working with me:

1. What set my images apart from other photographer? Describe my approach.
You do an awesome job at capturing the exact right moments. It looks like you are actually planning for the right moment to happen so you know when to take the picture. Most photographers will just stand there and snap a picture and just keep walking around.

2. Personally why was it important for you to hire a professional photographer with a documentary approach?
We decided not to hire a videographer, so we needed a photorapher to not only take our wedding pictures, but be able to film our day through pictures. How to do it is tricky, because you have to make sure you capture all of those important moments. You did a great job at doing just that. We didn’t want to just remember the event, we wanted pictures to tell the story.

3. What was your favorite moment that I captured?
We had two favorites: Me  [the bride] walking down the aisle, and the cake being pushed into the bride’s face. The bride of course did get the groom back by smeering icing all over his face, giving him a mustache.

4. Was there anything unexpected that I captured? Was there anything unexpected in working with me?
When I found out a piece of my dress was missing the expression and pissed off look on my face was hilarious now that I look at them. How well you handled family situations when they were getting upset about what kind of pictures they wanted taken was something we [did not expect] in working with you, as that shouldn’t have been something you needed to deal with.

5. What is next for you two?
Moving into a bigger house so we can grow our family. Hopefully we have more kids a while down the road. We are going to make sure we book either you to do the pregnancy photos, or your wife to do a Birth Documentary. Or maybe even both! 🙂


The Look and Logistics:

Dress: Victorian Bridal

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid dresses: Victorian Bridal

Flower girl dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s clothing: Men’s Wearhouse

Ties: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Victorian Rose

Cake: Not Just Cakes (YUM!!)

Catering: Barclay Villa Catering

Band/DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company

Transportation: Cowboy Limo

Officiant: Robin Renteria (she’s AWSOME!) Read her blog about this wedding here.