“We got married at this same spot 32 years ago.” This was the statement Katie’s father made to me upon our introduction. There was so much sentiment that Patrick and I felt the moment we sat down with Matt and Katie at our first meeting. These two wanted more than anything to have their family’s traditions and memories felt throughout every breathe within their day. Not only was the church special, but Katie wore her mother’s veil and had a first look with her father in addition to a first look with Matt before the ceremony. They loved that the first look took the edge off before they said I do, and I definitely held back tears when Matt and Katie saw one another during their first look. When asked about their favorite moment they both agreed that their custom vows were both at the top of their list. Patrick and I loved getting to photograph all of the sentiment surrounding their day and loved getting to start at the beginning from their downtown Raleigh engagement session to Katie’s bridals at St Mary’s. Enjoy these two and their absolutely stunning winter wedding.

Photographer: Christen Smith Photography

Venue: St Mary’s School, Raleigh NC

Dress: Lana Addison | Essense of Australia

Hair: Jade Marion Hair

Makeup: Beauty by Ashley Prins

Florals: Josh Wade Florals

Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids | Alfred Sung

Band: The Embers

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Cake: Edible Art