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Erin is a wedding photographer back in my hometown in Michigan, and I’m glad we finally were able to meet! I was not expecting that we would cross paths in North Carolina, but I was elated when she said they were passing through the mountains on vacation and wanted some photos to memorialize their trip. We had a wonderful time hiking Sam Knob and taking in a beautiful spring day in Asheville.

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Quoc and Lauren were married at the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC, a city that they were excited to introduce their out-of-town guests to. Lauren and Quoc currently live in Los Angeles and both work as fitness trainers. Quoc is also an incredible wedding photographer, so it was an exceptional honor to be chosen for their wedding day. A few of my favorite moments:

// At one point during the ceremony, almost everyone was in tears! The bridesmaids, parents, siblings… It showed how much everyone cared for Quoc and Lauren. The entire wedding was filled with so much emotion. I loved that everyone wore their hearts on their sleeves.

// Magnolia Plantation has many peacocks that naturally wander the estate. In the morning, I had this wild idea to get Lauren + Quoc in a photo with a peacock, but I really didn’t think it was possible. The birds are not the friendliest and run away if you get close to them. As we were wrapping up photos, a male peacock wandered past us, and we knew we had a chance! It was quite a sight to see me and the videographer chasing this peacock towards Lauren + Quoc. He did open his feathers (probably in defense…oops!), but we managed to get the photo without injuring anyone :)

// I adored the fact that their wedding was authentic and true to them. Her bridesmaids rocked sneakers that Lauren had given them (they both have a thing for shoes), and their main course for dessert was doughnuts! Even though they are fitness trainers, they have a weakness for doughnuts (doesn’t everyone?).

Special thanks to Emma for helping me out. A few of her images are mixed in here.

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Stevie and Scott are gems. They are both changing the world as doctors and are two of the kindest, most down-to-earth people that you’ll ever meet. They were married at The Cotton Room in Durham and had such a lovely celebration. My favorite moments:

// Stevie spent the morning with her bridesmaids getting ready at the 21c Museum Hotel. I loved the modern decor, and the exhibit was incredibly interesting (as you can see in some of the photos). It was fun to play off of the art and have their first look at the hotel.

// Scott played “Old Pine” while Stevie walked down the aisle. It was magical to watch the music crescendo as they smiled at each other from either end of the aisle.

// Their dance party was incredible! I think every guest made it on the dance floor at some point, and the party did not let up until it was time to go home. One of the groomsmen even ripped his pants from busting a move. Hilarious.

// One of the last songs was “Wagon Wheel,” and every guest hugged and made a big circle around Stevie + Scott while they danced in the center. Everyone one was singing and dancing. It was one of those perfect moments that naturally transpired.

S+S worked with the most fabulous vendors! I have to shout out to Deedie with Springvine Design. She made the space look fabulous! Also to Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ Company. He threw the best party. Ashley Mooney also did a wonderful job with hair and makeup. Last but not least, Emma has been the best second shooter this spring season! A few of her images are in this post.

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