Category: weddings


Winter Wedding Shoot / caroline z photography / The Garden on Millbrook

It is almost spring, but I am excited to post pictures from the winter wedding shoot I did in collaboration with a few other vendors at The Garden on Millbrook. As always, it was a great concept and a great experience, and the venue could not be more amazing. It was a cold January day with expected snow fall, which in North Carolina is a big deal, so we had to be done before the weather went bad. The setting could not be any better though. The sky was overcast (perfect for this type of shoot) and we even had a frozen waterfall to play with. Just like with a previous shoot I did at the Mountain View Farm, all vendors went out and beyond to fulfill their role in the shoot. We had a beautiful white cake and cupcakes from The Confectionate Cakes, awesome frozen desserts from The Freezing Pointe, and our table was dressed by no other but The Paradigm Shift Event and The Desktop Diva. Vivian, our bride,  was wearing an amazing wedding gown from Savvi bridal boutique, and Brock, our groom, looked handsome in a tux also provided by Savvi. Not to mention how absolutely stunning Vivan looked thanks to Liz of Wedding Hair by Liz and Pam of OnLoktionMakeup. Let’s not forget about bling on Vivian’s neck and ears provided by Sabika and gorgeous flowers donated by North Raleigh Florist. My idea for a winter wedding shoot was brewing in my head not very long. I pretty much knew what I wanted to do. Winter weddings in North Carolina are not very popular. Most brides prefer warmer weather and some color in the nature. But I wanted to create something different. Winter is such an awesome season even if there is not much snow on the ground. You just have to know what to look at. Picking a venue for a winter shoot was crucial. I did not want any bare brown trees in the background, so more urban looking venue was perfect. But we did have one awesome surprise: a frozen waterfall! There is a small waterfall in the corner of the courtyard that normally flows easily down the rocks, but due to lower temperatures, it was completely frozen creating cascades of ice. I could not ask for anything better as a backdrop for the winter wedding shoot.

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Mountain View Farm NC | stylized wedding shoot | caroline z photography

What is so special about Mountain View Farm NC? Every now and then I have a vision and a need to create a shoot that is just for me. Mostly to practice certain new techniques I learned, build my portfolio, or satisfy the hunger for creating something new. This time I wanted to create a boho stylized wedding with all elements that come into planning a real wedding. That is not an easy task, but a task that requires involvement of many individuals. First of, I needed a venue that would let me use the grounds to bring my vision to life. I wanted to find a place that would be as close to boho style as possible, so I contacted one of the vendors I met at the networking event, Kimberly Williams of Wedding by the Vine. She happened to know Sandra, the owner of a very lovely property called Mountain View Farm NC. The moment I saw the grounds, I knew it was a perfect choice. The grounds are breath taking with pastures, horses, a pond, gazebo, huge old oak tree, and mesmerizing cottage. I needed a cake, stationery, decorations, flowers, makeup artist, hair stylist, and models of course. I sent a message to the wedding vendors I met before, asking if they would like to participate in the shoot, and to my surprise, they all were on board! (You can find a list of all fantastic vendors at the end of the post). This is when the real excitement started. It is not an easy task to coordinate that many people, but we find a date we all agreed on, and the planning process started. Our theme was boho, and since it was fall time, we decided to incorporate fall colors. I must say, we encountered a few hiccups, but overall the shoot was a total success! Everybody did such a great job, and I am forever grateful to all wonderful women who put their souls, time, and talents into this shoot. Not to mention the owner of the Mountain View Farm NC, Sandra, who went overboard to accommodate us and made us feel at home.

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Kimberly Williams – Wedding by the Vine

Kristal Cloer – Farm and Filigree

Julie Robbins – Julie Robbins Makeup

Liz Pamias – Wedding Hair by Liz

Sarah Butler Proudfit – Sabika Jewelry

Courtney Ann Marshal – Courtney Fashionista

Laura Gornto McMillan – Confectionate Cakes

Jennie Harke – Savvi Tuxedo and Bridal Gowns

Samantha Bunn Alawar – North Raleigh Florist

LaDonna Bethea –The Desktop Diva Stationery

 

 

 

Emily and Brian wedding | the City of Raleigh Museum | caroline z photography

Emily and Brian’s spring wedding was nothing short of fun and chick. The wedding ceremony took place at the small and very intimate Fred Fletcher Park in downtown Raleigh, while the reception was moved to the City of Raleigh Museum on Fayetteville Street. Fun and relaxed couples are always so easy to photograph. Especially when you have to deal with big family portraits and chaos of Saturday evening nightlife downtown Raleigh. At some point during the wedding reception, we decided to take a few shots on the street in front of the museum. You can only imagine how busy the street was with all the people attending to local bars and restaurants, not to mention the car traffic. Taking a photo in such conditions requires some planning and strategy. On the other hand, it cannot take too long, since you deal with all the pedestrians and drivers, and you do not want to keep your couple away from the guests for too long. When you scroll down the pictures, you will see one of the pictures I took in the middle of Fayetteville Street that night. Man, was that fun! I was actually surprised how cooperative all drivers were stopping for us and waiting until we were done. This is the magic of the wedding dress! Everybody freezes when they see a bride and let her enjoy the moment. Emily and Brian’s wedding was a great second shooting experience.

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