Andrea & Nate | The Sutherland Wedding | October 5, 2013

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Nate was full of surprises for his bride-to-be on their wedding day. Andrea arrived at the venue to see he’d secretly had the twinkle balls installed in the tree even though they’d decided it was too expensive. But he knew how much she loved them, so he did it anyway. We showed up an hour earlier than she was expecting and made her worry she was running late. Only to calm her by telling her Nate had hired us to come early, because he wanted her to have more photo time with her sisters getting ready. Can you say brownie points?! But I think she evened the score when she surprised him with a table-top ping pong board and a new watch. To say these two love each other would be an understatement. It’s so much deeper than that. They were made for each other, and their wedding day reflected everything about their deep connection.

These two are the perfect example of when clients turn into friends. They sat in our living room for our very first meeting, and we started talking. 45 minutes later we still hadn’t gotten to their wedding, and it was then I knew we’d be great friends. We’ve since spent several dinner & coffee dates talking until we’re blue in the face, laughing and just having a good old time with them. Sometimes you just click with people. The more we get to know our couples, the more emotionally involved we are in their day…especially me. I was a hot mess photographing all their sweet moments. I seriously think I’d teared up at least 3 times before the ceremony even began! Even Andrea’s reaction when I told her Nate hired us to come early had me balling. Let’s not even talk about the father-daugther moment before the ceremony!! You’ll see that in a moment, and I promise, it’ll make you cry too : )

Andrea and Nate, we’re beyond happy to call you friends. It was an honor photographing your wedding, and we’re so excited to finally be sharing your wedding photos. We’ve been waiting a long time now for this day to come : )

003600480050005300600063006600710067006800690070Andrea spent about 10 minutes writing her heart out to Nate. I didn’t read what she wrote, but I know it was special by how emotional she was writing it.
01160119014201450149016101630170And then she had to read his note…017601900197Go ahead and pull out your box of tissues now, because here comes her dad. He’d never seen her in her dress until this moment!020002020203002040205206020702080209They wanted to have a moment without seeing each other before the wedding. It was so sweet.02240229023302460279LOVED their faces!
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They had a full Catholic Mass during their ceremony. It was a first for us, but I loved it! 03440354

Kyle always follows the couple out of the ceremony, mainly because he’s taller and can get over people to see their reactions : ) I am in love with this moment he captured of them right after they were married!

0372After their ceremony, we headed back up to their venue for pictures!04070429043104450450045704660469048004830497050405080511In love with these two below!0514And Kyle’s perspective too!05170519052305290533Stunning Andrea!053505490556055805610569057105750581Nate does GQ well : )05890593And Andrea could be a gown model!05940599We ask all of our couples if they’d like any groups photographed that aren’t family. They only sent us one back…us : ) That is the sweetest compliment any couple has ever given us!0600

The Sutherland is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues in the Raleigh area. It’s stunning and the staff there is amazing!

0636023206010602060306110604061006080612065106410653See the huge twinkle balls that hang from the tree? It was worth it Nate!0637

I have to say, these were some of the most entertaining reception entrances I’ve ever seen! Especially the flying bridesmaid : )
0657068106870688A first dance, under the twinkle lights…does it get any more perfect?0714The father-daughter dance was just as sweet as their moment before the wedding! Andrea’s the oldest of 4 girls, so her dad better start getting used to this : )073107420761And the mother-son dance was adorable!077807930805These two are so loved, and their toasts proved it! Laughter and tears through them all. They were perfect.0819082408350838Andrea’s younger sisters did a combined toast that was pretty much the sweetest thing ever.
0868And then there was dancing. Tons of it. If you look closely you might find me in one too : )0901092309770983098709991009101510391043106210971118Sent off by a lovely sparkler exit!11241129

Congrats again!!! We love you two and wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

Vendors:
Ceremony: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 
Reception: The Sutherland 
Videographer: Twenty One Films
Flowers: Fresh Affairs
Band: Empty Pocket
Hair: Makeup For Your Day
Makeup: Primp Salon
Dress: Traditions by Anna
Cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations
Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

  • Pam Lappegard - WOW!!

  • Jenny Vyain - Fantastic wedding and beautifully photographed…..so-o-o-o beautiful!!!

  • Jessica Tippy - Amazing! Tears throughout all of these beautiful pics! So happy for you both!

  • Real Wake Forest Wedding - […] We also can’t wait to see the video from 21 Films! Be sure to check out the entire story at A.J. Dunlap Photography’s blog, there are lots more gorgeous images, as well as the sweet stories behind […]

  • Makeup for Your Day - Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. She was so lovely to work with. 🙂

  • Andrea + Nate: Real Wake Forest Wedding At The Sutherland Estate - Weddings Magazine - […] also can’t wait to see the video from 21 Films! Be sure to check out the entire story at A.J. Dunlap Photography’s blog, there are lots more gorgeous images, as well as the sweet stories behind […]

  • Laurin Nichole Konopka - Absolutely beautiful photos! I had so much fun applying makeup on such an amazing group of women!! We laughed and cried the whole time!!

  • Andrea & Nate's Emotional Sutherland Wedding | Twenty-One Films, Raleigh Wedding Videographer - […] sure to check out AJ Dunlap’s gorgeous images from their day, we absolutely love working with […]

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