Raleigh Food Photography | MealSmith

I have found myself drawn to food photography. It has taken a while, but, I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite food images from this past year. I have had the privilege to work with a brand spanking new catering business —MealSmith— who has given me free range to create some scrumptious art.

When photographing food the main thing that I want to portray is how delicious things look. It is important to me to have the viewer TASTE from the image. With so many things happening online in the social media world, I want my clients to have images that make other people stop scrolling and look at their content. For MealSmith, we wanted to create images that look homemade, ready to eat, and a sort of natural bright light that creates some beautiful shadows.

If you are in the Mebane/Hillsbourough area you should definitely check MealSmith out! They use all local sources for their meals and they are an incredible company to support. For more information on them please visit their website HERE.

Plateware by American Party Rentals
Styling of the “Dinner Table” done by Gather Together Events
Catering by MealSmith
Florals on the “Dinner Table” by Tre Bella Flowers

An Ethereal Spring Wedding at the Rickhouse in Durham, NC | Brooke & Teddy's Wedding

**As seen on the blog of Southern Bride and Groom! **

Okay—honesty time. I fall in love with my couples. I know. Super weird, but, I do. I first met Brooke and Teddy last year for their engagement session in downtown Durham. You may remember their session as it featured some really fun images of those two at Ponysaurus (their first date spot). So, of course, these two made my favorites list because they were great from the beginning.

Their wedding, though? Oh, it was just as beautiful as these two. The ceremony and reception took place at one of my all time favorite venues — The Rickhouse. Get Lit Special Event Lighting completely transformed the place by placing these beautiful white drapes at the altar site; it, honestly, felt a bit magical. Just wait until you see the ceremony site! It even dubbed as a beautiful backdrop of the head table at the reception!

The day started out dreary. The weather stated it was supposed to rain ALL DAY. Which, in the beginning, it did. However, right before Brooke and Teddy’s first look the sky opened and it was sunny until night. It was really a pretty site to see.

Brooke and Teddy did their first look on the patio of the Rickhouse overlooking the old Durham Ball Park. This may have been my most favorite part of the day only because I could see the sheer excitement in these two seeing eachother for the first time. They exchanged cards that they had written to eachother over the past couple of years they had been together, and—it was just the sweetest. They were completely smitten with one another.

After all of the jitters had passed, guests started to arrive and sit for the ceremony. Not only did Brooke’s parents walk her down the aisle—but, her father was the actual Minister who married the two of them at the altar. The colors of blush and grey looked almost mesmerizing, but how Teddy looked at Brooke had to have been the best part.

To be honest, I have had a hard time picking out favorites for this blog post as I am loving their entire gallery. Brooke and Teddy—Congratulations! Thank you for your kindness!

Special thanks to all of the vendors who made this possible!
Venue // The Rickhouse
Hair and Makeup // Makeup by Ashley Mooney
Catering // Picnic
Wedding Flowers // Tre Bella
Gown // Tre Bella
Coordination // Blissful Celebrations
Music // Spin
Draping and LIghting // Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Videography // Three Thirty Six Films
Chalkboard // Hint of Mint Designs
Cake Pops // Raleigh Cake Pops

Holly Springs, NC Wedding at the Mims House | Jamie & Stephen

Jamie and Stephen were married at a beautiful location in downtown Holly Springs. It was on the warm side that day, but that didn’t distract from the love that was apparent all around them.  I was so incredibly honored to be a part of their big day. Aside from the amazing ceremony and a very fun wedding party, I have to say that one of my favorite parts was everyone, including the beautiful bride, making trips over to the giant fan just to cool off for a bit. Watching everyone stand there, some still dancing to the music, some fluffing up their dresses and some singing into the wind. But there was a smile on every single one of their faces. Not one person looked unhappy. There were endless amounts of joy and laughter all around! Jamie and Stephen had such wonderful people with them to celebrate a fantastic day! 

I met Stephen and Jamie what feels like just a few months back but has been longer than that. Since distance was a bit of a dilemma, we actually met via FaceTime. I could tell right off that they were going to have a great wedding. They were so laid back and easy to talk to. If either of them had the jitters the day of, they did a very good job at not letting on. Though I think these two were just too happy and excited to be nervous. 

Congratulations Stephen and Jamie! I wish you nothing but the best in your new journey together!



Also, a special shout out to the very talented team that helped put this day together and make it run smoothly.

Venue // Mims House 
Planning // Socialite Events
Florals // Tre Bella
Gown // Maggi Bridal
Rentals // Homemade Bride
Hair and Makeup // Rachel DeLain
Catering // Under the Oak Catering
Video // Silver Paris
DJ // Matt Stutts
Photography // Samantha with Fancy This Photography