A.J.

August 1, 2018

AnnaLaura & Scott

Photographer: A.J., Weddings

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I’m struggling to begin this one because there are so many things I could say. Let’s start with the obvious. This Sutherland Wake Forest wedding is gorgeous. The details are perfect, the floral tree magical, and everything fell into place perfectly. The Knot agreed because they printed it in their most recent Carolinas edition. That’s not me bragging on my photo skills, but bragging on the bride’s amazing vision and attention to detail which made her day stand apart. Nothing. And I mean nothing was forgotten.

Now for the not so obvious. This is Jenna’s best friend. The girl who has been by her side since her freshman year of high school, and she’ll continue to stand by her side this November as her matron of honor. She has held her hand through the important things, cried for her and with her, and was there the day she got engaged.

She’s also on staff at my faves Greenhouse Picker Sisters. She’s a huge part of their team, helping to organize and style, and keep the craziness sane. In fact, after years of hearing about the elusive AnnaLaura, we finally met at a styled shoot early last year that she was working with GHPS! We quickly put two and two together, realized I was still open for her wedding date, and the rest is history.

Now that you know the backstory, you can get a small sense of how big of a deal this Sutherland Wake Forest wedding day was to me. A lot of people I love would be directly impacted by these photos. No pressure.

As a wedding photographer, several things are out of my control. Two of the biggest ones are weather and emotions. I can’t make unemotional people emotional and I can’t make the sun do what I want no matter how many times I ask. I’ve tried, trust me.

For AnnaLaura & Scott’s day, I was handed magical unicorn weather for their Sutherland Wake Forest wedding. The sun went behind the clouds when I needed it to (ie for that epic floral tree photo below), and it came out when I needed it out). It was beyond perfect.

I was also given the most beautifully emotional group of people. I will never forget all the happy tears. All the sobbing smiley faces. Most of all I will never forget Scott, and the way he looked at AnnaLaura. How he broke down when he saw her during the first look and again as she walked down the aisle. I’ll never forget how she took his breath away in such a soul-filling way. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it.

I’ll never forget how AnnaLaura stood there with him, as his rock, lifting him up with her kind words and telling him over and over again how much she loved him. For such a young relationship, they’re so solid. They’re absolutely, one hundred percent, meant to be together.

I end every post with a thank you because I truly want people to know how thankful I am they chose me as their photographer. AnnaLaura & Scott, it’s no different. I know Jenna didn’t give you much of a choice (just kidding!), but you did have a choice. You could have chosen anyone and you asked me. For that I am and will be forever grateful.

Couples like you are why I love what I do. You made me fall in love harder with both my husband and my job. Your light shines on everyone around you, and I hope that never changes. Congratulations! We wish you all the happiness and adventure that marriage has to offer!

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Sutherland
Wake Forest Wedding Photographer: A.J. Dunlap Photography
Floral Designer: Specialties Florals and Events
Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Wedding Stationery Designer: One and Only Paper
Calligrapher: Laced In Letters
Caterer: Cook Shack
Cake Artist: SuzieQ Cakes
Hair Stylist: Kayley Melissa
Makeup Artist: Rae Makeup Artistry
Bridal Gown Shop: Lana Addison
Gown Designer: Martina Liana
Bridal Shoes: Vince Camuto
Bridesmaid Gown Designer: Renz Rags
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank
DJ: Nyce Danger
Videographer: Charis Weddings
Lighting: Themeworks

 

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