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Downtown Raleigh Wedding // Aaron + Grace

What do a bathroom floor, a parking garage, and a cemetery all have in common? I'll just go ahead and tell ya - they're all locations used for photos on this wedding day. I don't usually shoot multiple weddings in one weekend, but here we are! And I got a couple of the most laid-back brides this weekend. Grace was literally texting me on the morning of her wedding, and she had me laughing out loud (I shared a screenshot later in the post). Aaron was so sweet. His reaction to seeing Grace during their first look was priceless.

I started the wedding day at a cute Airbnb not too far from the venue. Then we headed downtown for the first look and bride and groom portraits. From there we went to the wedding venue where we stayed the rest of the day (except for a couple quick walks across the street to the cemetery).

A few other highlights from this day: the beautiful music played by an amazing violinist before and during the ceremony, some of the best maid-of-honor and best-man speeches I've heard during the reception, AND the milk and cookie bar. I've listed the vendors at the bottom of this post!


Before we get to the big reveal, I had to include some texts Grace sent on her wedding morning. She was cracking me up. I'm going to go ahead and save the meme photo for the blooper section of their final gallery.😉

Also....not photogenic? Yeah right. Okay! On to the first look. Aaron and Grace had written letters to each other. Before the official first look, they held hands and read the letters. The tears had already started by this point. But get ready, because when Aaron saw his bride, he lost it.



After taking some bridal party photos in front of the chapel, Grace wanted to go across the street to the cemetery and take photos there. It provided some pretty greenery. Would you believe this wasn't my first time taking wedding photos in a cemetery?


Congrats, Aaron and Grace!


Coordinator: Tammy Koenig

Caterer: Empire Eats

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