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Sara and Will’s Southern Pines Wedding

Some of you might know that my husband David’s family are Italian.  His father was born in Sicily and his mother was the first child of her family born in the United States.  David and I have had the opportunity to travel to Italy several times and I’m just fascinated by their culture.  So I was understandably excited when Sara contacted me about shooting her wedding!  She is Italian and met her fiance, Will, when he moved to Italy and taught at the school she works for.  Will’s grandparents are from Southern Pines, so in order to honor both families, they decided to have the ceremony here in North Carolina and a reception next month back in Italy.

The wedding was at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines.  It’s a venue I had never shot at before,  but I’m looking forward to shooting there more in the future as it’s a very photogenic estate with an interesting history.

 First look before the ceremony:

This was the second wedding in a row I’ve shot where the bridesmaids didn’t where matching dresses but rather found their own in the chosen color palette.  I love the visual interest this gives!  I also love the peonies in their boquets.

Sara coming down the stairs for the ceremony:

There was a fifty percent chance of rain that afternoon, but it thankfully held off and the outdoor ceremony was beautiful.  Paper lanterns decorating the trees:

Sara and Will said their vows in both English and Italian:

Ahhh, so sweet!

Because they’re having another full reception back in Italy, Sara and Will kept reception simple with champagne and a dessert bar.   Who can resist butter cream?

And a beautiful first dance:

Will and Sara are preparing to begin a new adventure with a move to Switzerland and I wish them the best of luck!

Wedding Planners:  Orangerie Events

Hair and Makeup:  Margo Williams

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