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Rachel & Alan | Engagement

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Their wedding is two week from tomorrow!!!! EEEEKKKK! I am SO EXCITED! We’ve been waiting months to finally meet these two, and had the best time with them when we finally did! Alan was deployed in the military, and then I had a baby, so engagement pictures had to be pushed back until now. What I love about this though, is there’s going to be no gap. Since we just took these, we’ll be able to get right back in the swing of things on their wedding day, and I can guarantee you their portraits are going to rock because of that! They’re such naturals in front of the camera, and I can’t wait to photograph them in wedding attire : )

As you can see in their pics, they came ready to be photographed. They have the most important element for pictures, love. And they aren’t shy about showing it. They were meant for each other, and couples like them make photography easy. I hope you guys enjoy your pics! Can’t wait to see you again in a few weeks! Enjoy this time. It’s a once in a lifetime moment, so soak it all in. Happy almost wedding! 0043 0052 0064 0078 0060

I love Rachel’s smile!
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LOOK fall colors!!!!! It’s about time! 0104 0105

You two…seriously! 0117 0120 0127 0136

In love with her skirt!
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Kyle took this photo below, and it’s one of my FAVES!!!!! 0143 0144 0146 0147 0151 0159 0162 0164 0169 0171

We had to patiently wait for the path to clear of people here, but it was so worth it. Those trees. 0176 0178 0184

See you guys soon!!!

Megan Baldwin - October 30, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Beautiful!

Suzanne Milano - October 30, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Such happiness, connected, intimate happiness. ??. Ps: her dad and I think her smile is pretty special too!

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Elizabeth & EJ

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I’ve known Elizabeth for years. We’ve had the same friends and have run in the same circles for a while, but always remained what I affectionately call close acquaintances. We got along well and really liked each other, but never had the chance to turn it into any type of friendship. And then she got engaged! I love what the wedding business does for me. I’m so blessed to have a career that gives me new friends all the time, and turns old acquaintances into good friends!

We met these two downtown in the heart of the city and the heart of their relationship. This is the spot of the first “I love yous”, and the proposal! It was our first time seeing Elizabeth in years, and as soon as I laid eyes on her walking up the sidewalk, I jumped up for a big hug! I probably scared EJ with all the excitement, but he’s marrying Elizabeth, so I’m sure he’s used to a little hyper-ness every now and then : ) Speaking of EJ, we loved him! He completes her and she completes him. Plus he has a really cool name : )

We can’t wait for your big day coming in May! It’s going to be spectacular and one for the memory books for sure! Congrats on finding each other and beginning your path to happy ever after : )

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More of these two coming in May!!!

Elizabeth - October 29, 2014 - 10:42 am

These are so beautiful, A.J. You and Kyle are the best!!! Thank you for making this time so extra special for us! I know we are going to love having this pictures.

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Laura & Justin | Downtown Raleigh Stockroom Wedding

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Their’s was a day we’d been looking forward to for a long while. We met them for breakfast earlier this year, just to get to know them. We had barely said our hellos before we began talking non-stop for the next hour, and before we knew it, it was time for them to head to their next wedding appointment. We love it when we just click with our couples like that. Makes our jobs so easy : ) And makes us oh-so-excited to photograph their day!

We arrived at the hotel to big smiles from everyone. The day had finally arrived! As Laura dressed, and we headed over to the first look location, you could feel the excitement rising. She walked down the path, touched her groom gently on the shoulder, and they embraced. It was a beautiful moment to witness, and an honor to photograph. We spent the next few hours wandering around the capital grounds with them and their wedding party, and then sent them off to make it all official!

Their venue fit them to a t. It was classic and rustic all at the same time. I love how Laura & Justin incorporated hearts everywhere, and kept the mood light. Everybody wowed as she walked down the aisle in that stunning gown, and laughed hysterically when they read out their fake vows mid-ceremony. We all cheered when he dipped her almost to the ground for their first kiss as husband and wife! It was a day for the memory books!

Congratulations Laura & Justin! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making us part of your day.

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Love the anticipation that a first look always brings. 0084 0088 0106

Her dress…BREATHTAKING! 0115 0121 0131 0142 0144 0147 0152 0156 0167 0178 10199

My favorite from their day below! 0213 0223 0228 0248 0255 0261 0281 0283 0285 0286

The unplugged wedding was amazing. Everyone was so tuned in to the ceremony, instead of being distracted by their phones. It really added a special element of closeness to their day. 0290 0297 03540352 0382

Instead of the traditional sand, they opted to mix red and white wines together, and then drink from the glass. I love the symbolism, because those truly can not be separated. 0383 0390

Beautiful image my husband took during the vows.
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Check out that dip!
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After the ceremony, we headed out for a few more portraits! They met while in the Air Force, and I love how they incorporated that! 0465 0470 0471 0472-1 0472-2

Beautiful sweetheart table! 0472-3 0472-4 0472-6 0472-7 0472

Just the small touch of adding the heart streamers made a big difference for their cake background! 0473 0474 0485 0486 0526 0586 0588 0598 0615

After all the formal events and dinner were over, there was some serious dancing.We were especially impressed with the kids who could break dance!

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Vendors:

Reception Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Coordinator: Erin McLean Events

Videographer: Twenty One Films

Catering: Empire Eats

Florist: Serendipity Designs

Cocktail Hour Venue: The Big Easy

Rentals: CE Rental

Cake: Edible Arts

DJ: Unlimited DJ

Transportation: City of Raleigh Trolley & Raleigh Rickshaw

Hair & Makeup: Elaine Harrison

Lighting: Themeworks

Officiant: Sue Gannon, Bride’s Aunt

Jennie Smith - October 28, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Gorgeous! Loved the decor and her dress!

Laura Sime - October 28, 2014 - 5:07 pm

I think I’ve looked at these at least 100 times already today!! You both captured all the special moments of our day so beautifully!

Sallie Gurganus Pope - October 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Beautiful!

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Kelly & Spencer | Boone Engagement

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They couldn’t decide. They loved the city and the mountains. So they did both. This is the first time we’ve ever photographed two engagement sessions for the same couple, but I hope it’s the start of a new trend! The first session was fun. We walked around uptown Charlotte, got to know them, and they learned how we operate behind the camera. The second session we were all relaxed! I was comfortable photographing them, and they were comfortable being photographed. It was like we were old friends just hanging out!

I met them up in Boone on my first solo road trip without the baby. Even though I lived in the mountains most of my life, this was my first time exploring Boone. It was just as adorable as I expected it to be! I met them at the very spot where he proposed, the old Mast General Store. We all bought way too much candy, and sugared ourselves up so we were all nice and hyper for pictures : ) Then they took me on a parkway tour stopping at several new places to me! I love exploring the mountains! I may not miss living there, but I definitely love visiting. Especially on a gorgeous day like this one! We ended the evening at one of the prettiest scenic overlooks that I’ve ever seen. Up until that day, I’d always wondered why they call it the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not any more. They truly lived up to their name that evening!

Thank you two for showing me around Boone and making it such a fun experience! Can’t wait to see you again in a few months for more pictures…and a wedding! : )

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He proposed right on the steps with pumpkins that had “will you marry me” carved into them! 0013 0015 0021 0022

Oh, and we found a random corn field! 0036 0037 0051 0059 0067 0078 0080

Then they took me to this stunning hiking area! Look at those rolling hills and sunshine!
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About 10 minutes before sunset, I looked at them and asked if there was anywhere close where we could look out over the mountains. This is where they took me! I’d say it’s pretty perfect! 0126 0130 0132 0135

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Amanda Fenwick - October 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

You are an amazing photographer!

Kelly Jones - October 22, 2014 - 2:34 pm

So gorgeous!! Thank you!!! You guys are the best!!!

Kara Smart - October 22, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Awesome pics! Congrats to you guys

Katie Dancy Akins - October 22, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Beautiful !!!

Jo Turner Tesseneer - October 26, 2014 - 3:58 pm

You are both Blessed <3

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Winter Discounts

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We’ve never done this before, but there’s a first for everything, right? We are offering $100 off any Married Love or Lifestyle Family sessions scheduled for the months of December, January and February!!! These are two new areas of our business that we want to expand, and what better way to do that than by offering a discount! You’re probably wondering what are these sessions? Let me explain!

Married Love Sessions are just what they sound like. They’re designed to capture that established love. We shouldn’t stop documenting love just because the wedding is over! Every married couple will tell you, your love only gets better and stronger with time, and that’s what we want to photograph. The bond that lasts a lifetime. No wedding dress, no kids, just the two of you, in love. We can come to you and photograph you snuggling on the couch, or we can brainstorm about your favorite date spot and capture you eating spaghetti Lady & The Tramp style…or maybe you are like us and love to hike. Let’s find your favorite trail and make an adventure out of it! Married Love is too important to ignore! Let’s celebrate the already married couple, and photograph your story too!

Family Lifestyle Sessions are a slightly different take on what we’ve done in the past. Now that we have a baby, we treasure the small moments so much. The way she smiles when we lay her on her changing pad, how she plays with her toys, the look in her eyes as we give her a bottle. It’s all special, and as we’ve taken this all in recently, we realized we’ve missed a key area of photography: documenting the family life, as it is, on a daily basis. These sessions aren’t designed to go to a park and have everyone smile at the camera. We want to capture the raw emotions that make up your family. It might be playing legos, or giving your kids a bath. Whatever you do fun together! That’s what we want to photograph!

The great things about these sessions is they’re timeless. If we’re inside your home, it doesn’t matter what season it is outside. And if you’re married, going outside for photos in the winter gives you a great excuse to snuggle closer…maybe we’ll even get some snow! How romantic is that? : )

If this is something you’re interested in please email me at aj @ ajdunlap.com (spaces included to avoid spam emails). Tell me about yourselves, what type of session you’re interested in, which month you’d prefer, and any ideas you have for your pictures!!! I’ll respond with extreme excitement (more exclamation points and smiley faces than you can count!!!!!), detailed pricing information, and our available dates. Spaces are limited, so contact us soon. Can’t wait to hear from you!!!!

Don’t forget we still have mini sessions available for November 1st! Click here to see available times and reserve your spot. Unlike Married Love & Family Lifestyle, these are designed to smile at the camera and capture a beautiful traditional family portrait : )

Rebecca Rice - October 20, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Hey hey hey!! Can you message me a price for both- I would love some of just Matt and I for your bedroom

Rebecca Rice - October 20, 2014 - 2:55 pm

my phone messed up it would let me fix it my bedroom not your bedroom LOL

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