I am honored to have been the photographer at Craig and Tamara’s absolutely GORGEOUS wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC. We started the day in the beautiful bridal suite where Tamara was joined by her bridal party and her amazing hair and makeup artists from Amakas International Hair and In God’s Image Makeup Artistry. And…let’s talk about those shoes!!! After much searching, Tamara found her dream Christian Louboutin shoes at Barney’s in Vegas. All I can say about them is wow!!!

After some primping and prepping, we headed over to Sarah P. Duke Gardens for the couple’s first look, family portraits and some beautiful photos of the love birds. Craig had a hard time holding back the tears seeing his bride for the first time…and seriously, can you blame him? She is absolutely flawless.

When we got back to The Cotton Room, the ceremony site was fully decorated and ready for the two to say “I do”. Tamara’s Uncle, Reverend Andy, gave a beautiful ceremony filled with love and laughs. A couple vows, a ring exchange and a first kiss later, the couple exited their ceremony and got ready to party the night away at their reception. The Cotton Room and Fresh Affairs did an amazing job creating beauty in the space and Ambrosia Cake Creations added the finishing touches with a cake that was to die for. Eric from All Around Raleigh DJ Company kept the music going and the party hopping well into the night.

A little about the couple…Tamara said she had always believed that love comes around when you are not looking for it, but she also wasn’t sure it would happen to her; but then there was Craig. She feels blessed that Craig fit so well into her strong family unit including her two kids and is super excited to see what tomorrow will bring for them. Craig looks forward to spending the rest of their lives together and is amazingly in love with Tamara (which is so apparent when you see how he looks into her eyes). Craig also has a tight family including his parents and sister who all welcome Tamara with open arms.

The couple met online and are another success story for Match.com (as are my husband and I). They spent 10 wonderful days in Hawaii for their honeymoon just after their wedding and are unpacking into their new home together. Congratulations Craig and Tamara…sending wishes for a long and happy marriage!!!

This special day was made possible with the help of:


Bridal Gown

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Bridal Prep

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