“Engagement” Photos

We’ve been engaged since last May, so it’s weird to call this an engagement shoot, but back in February Sarah took some photos of us to use for our Save the Date cards. We went to the Historic Yates Mill in southern Raleigh with every other couple who recently got engaged (seriously though, I did not know that it was such a hot spot for photographers!) It is very picturesque, though, even in February when everything is brown. We are both really awkward in front of the camera, but Sarah did a good job of loosening us up a little bit. I think they came out great!

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The Big Day

The people who own the hotel where the reception was also own the movie theater...so they put this up as a gift!

I can’t really think of the words to describe my sister’s wedding. It was all the things you expect when two people get married: beautiful, emotional, fun, exciting, and just a little bit nerve-wracking. The best thing about the wedding was that it was perfect for my sister and her husband. They had the perfect mix of traditional and modern. During the ceremony, my dad walked her down the aisle, but both my mom and dad “gave her away”. She and her husband wrote their own vows, but they also said the traditional ones. They didn’t segregate the church into a “groom’s side” and a “bride’s side”, people could sit where they wanted to. Instead of giving a maid of honor toast, my brother and I wrote them a song. What I liked the best, though, was that during the dinner and reception, they didn’t do a lot of the typical wedding reception things, like the bouquet toss or dollar dance. Yes, they still had a first dance and cut the cake, but besides that, it was just a really fun dance party. And I danced almost every. single. song. Good thing my aunt gave me some pink flip-flops for the occasion.

Waiting in the parlor before the ceremony!

A lot of people asked me if I cried. Of course I did. My little sister got married! It’s an emotional time. However, I was able to hold it together through most of the ceremony for one simple reason: I was worried I was going to forget some of my maid of honor duties if I wasn’t concentrating. In fact, when Chelsea was walking down the aisle with my dad, I almost started bawling and then almost forgot to arrange her train once she got up to the altar.

This image is what almost made me lose it. So beautiful!

However, later on during the reception, the DJ started playing “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones, which come to find out, my sister had especially requested for us. We performed this song together during my senior year of high school at our school’s talent show. Needless to say, dancing this song with my sister made me really glad I was wearing water proof mascara!

The sanctuary all decorated...my mom, aunts and grandmother made the bows, and my mom and aunt arranged the flowers.

I don’t have a ton of pictures because I was kind of busy with other stuff during the wedding, and hello, that’s why they hired a professional photographer, but I did remember to snap a few (and borrowed a few from Facebook…thanks Elea and Emily!)

The wedding party!

Cutting the cake...and a good view of the back of my sister's dress...gorgeous!

Cutting the cake...it wasn't only beautiful, it was delicious!













Laughing at the song my brother and I performed

Dancing with my dad to James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is"













With my best childhood friend Liz, who also designed the invitations and made the bridesmaids' jewelry!

Ending the night at a local bar, because unlike Chilean weddings, US weddings end around 11:30pm.