Ana Teresa: Blog en-us Ana Teresa (Ana Teresa) Wed, 23 May 2018 21:24:00 GMT Wed, 23 May 2018 21:24:00 GMT Ana Teresa: Blog 120 65 Lourdes & Mike | Wedding

Lourdes and Mike were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Between them, they have eight children and all of their kids participated by being in the bridal party. Lourdes's entire family made the trip from Miami for this special day. The reception was held at The Cotton Room followed by an afterparty at The Bridge Club. This crowd was all about the dancing! It was totally contagious, and even I was dancing by the end of the evening. I hope that this wonderful couple is enjoying a fantastic honeymoon in Italy. Congratulations, Lourdes and Mike!

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Elizabeth & David | Wedding

Elizabeth and David were married on Cinco de Mayo at The Chapel Hill Carriage House. Their wedding was absolutely fantastic. Their family and friends came from all over the globe to celebrate this special day. My favorite part of photographing weddings at this magnificent venue is the petting zoo where they keep goats and alpacas. They are adorable! Elizabeth's dad brought two of his vintage cars for the bride and groom's exit after running through the sparklers. They headed to Little Rock, Arkansas for their honeymoon, and I hope they are having a blast. Congratulations, Elizabeth and David!

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Johanna & Tyler | Wedding

Johanna and Tyler were married on a private property owned by his family in Mann's Harbor at the end of April. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony officiated by one of their best friends. Johanna was channeling ancient Greek Goddesses with her fantastic crown. The decor was almost single handedly the work of Tyler's mom who lives on the property. It was such a perfect day with perfect scenery, and the weather could not have been better. The food was homemade on the spot by a pitmaster. I feel like I have known Johanna and Tyler forever. They treat me like I'm part of their group of friends, and it's absolutely awesome because their friends are really freaking cool. I wish these two the best. Congratulations, Johanna and Tyler!

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Rachel & Luke | Wedding

Rachel and Luke were married last Friday at All Saints Chapel. From there, we headed over to the beautiful Rand-Bryan House for the reception. Rachel spent two years living in Namibia, so she and all her bridesmaids wore handmade Namibian bracelets. There were many, many Star Wars references on Rachel and Luke's special day, which was pretty freaking cool. During the reception Rachel's brothers and cousin did an incredible lip sync performance to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody that received a standing ovation from everyone present. I felt privileged to be part of this special day with so many kind, caring folks who traveled from all over to celebrate. These two are in lovely Lisbon for their honeymoon and I hope they are enjoying my home city. Rachel and Luke, May the 4th be with you!




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Leslie & Kevin | Wedding

Leslie and Kevin were married last weekend at The Oaks at Salem. This wedding was so perfect I don't even know where to begin. I'm so glad that over the past year, I have gotten to know Leslie and Kevin because they are such a kind, down-to-earth couple. Their day was a joy to photograph. Leslie wore the pearls that her father gave to her mother on their wedding day and her veil and comb were made from her mother's veil. During their ceremony, Leslie's cousin, who is an opera singer, performed a beautiful acapella piece. They also had live music by several fantastic musicians during the reception. They are going on their honeymoon later this year, and they are planning to visit my home city! I wish these two all the best. Congratulations, Leslie and Kevin! 

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Johanna & Tyler | Engagement

Johanna and Tyler will be married on Saturday at the Outer Banks. These two recently bought a house in Durham, so for their engagement session we went to the Durham Central Park and then to their favorite brewery, The Glass Jug. I'm pretty sure we laughed through the entire session. Johanna and Tyler are so much fun, and I can't wait to document their special day!

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Maddie & Nick | Wedding

Maddie and Nick were married last weekend at The Pavilions at Angus Barn. Maddie and I attended Peace College together, and there were so many of our classmates included in this special day, that it was almost like a reunion. I absolutely loved every second of it. Maddie's grandmother, to whom the family refers as Omi, flew here from Germany to watch her granddaughter walk down the aisle. The Breakfast Club, which is an 80s covers band, played at the reception, and the guests really enjoyed the vibes on the dance floor. Maddie is one of the most easygoing people I have ever met, and it was a joy to document her marriage to Nick. These two went to San Diego to enjoy their honeymoon, and I hope that they had a fantastic time. Congratulations, you guys!

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Melissa & Corey | Wedding

Melissa and Corey were married on Saint Patrick's Day at William Peace University. There was so much laughter throughout the day, and it was absolutely contagious. It's always a pleasure when I get to work at my alma mater, WPU, and also working with other Peace alums. Melissa and her dad had the best father-daughter dance I have ever seen, which earned them a standing ovation from the guests. Since Corey and his mom could not have their own dance, Corey read her a beautiful letter he wrote thanking her for her unconditional love, and there wasn't a dry eye in sight. Once the cake was cut, the dance floor was open and nearly every guest participated. This beautiful pair started off my wedding season in the best way possible, and I can only hope that the rest of my weddings are as amazing as this one. Congratulations, Melissa and Corey!

(Ana Teresa) bride engagement raleigh wedding Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:45:21 GMT
Melvin & Jeffrey | Anniversary Session

These guys just celebrated one year together, and as part of the celebration, they booked an anniversary session with me and a trip to the mountains of NC. I had so much fun walking around the North Carolina Museum of Art with these guys and even got to watch them practice a little Capoeira, which is a Brazilian style of martial arts. Congratulations on this milestone, Melvin and Jeffrey! 

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Revolutionary Love | Styled Shoot

My friend Erica of Folie a Deux Events had a phenomenal idea of pairing two revolutionary figures into a styled shoot. She chose Frida Kahlo and Joe Strummer who influenced the world during different time periods with their art and music. Chrissie and Chris who are a real totally in love couple getting married this fall posed for us as Frida and Joe. This was one of my favorite shoots. Everything came together beautifully and every member of the team was a joy to work with on this collaboration. Please check out all these amazing creatives listed at the end of the post.


Venue: The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve, Raleigh, NC

Concept & Coordination by Folie à Deux Events 
Floral Design & Decor by Hana Lee
Stationery Suite by Revelry + Heart 
Cake Design by Sugar Euphoria 
Hand-dyed Ribbons by Hana Lee & RIVTAK
Vintage Knit Throws provided by The Local Vernacular
Tabletop Place Settings from American Party Rentals 
Hair Styling by A Shear Perfection Salon
Makeup by Devon Drugan | Instagram 
Gowns sourced from Rent The Runway  
Chrissie’s Blue Gown was designed by Badgley Mischka 
Chrissie’s White Gown was designed by Alexis  

Photography by Ana Teresa 
Additional Hanging Greenery & Branch Installations by Natya Regensberger at The Meadows

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Lindsay & Rachel | Sweetheart Session

It's no secret how much I love the fact that many of my couples come back after their wedding for more portraits. I photographed Lindsay and Rachel's downtown Raleigh, brunch wedding in 2016, and at the end of 2017, I had the pleasure of doing a sweetheart session for them. These ladies are so much fun. They are getting ready to go on an adventure to India, where Rachel was born, and I cannot wait to see all the photos from their travels! 

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Martha | Bridal Portraits

I'm excited to finally show Martha's bridal portraits. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of doing the same for her sister. For Martha's portraits, we went to Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve. It's a beautiful park near where we both live. Getting to take bridal portraits before the wedding day is always awesome because I get to spend time with my clients one-on-one in beautiful, serene settings like this! I've known Martha since she was in middle school, and it was a pleasure to be part of her story by documenting her marriage to Ben after eight years together. 

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Erica & Tim | Engagement

Erica and Tim wanted to go on an adventure to the North Carolina Art Museum. They prefaced our meeting by explaining that they'd never had their photos taken professionally before, but they were complete naturals in front of my lens. That's in addition to the fact that they look like they could be models. By the end of our session, it felt as if we were old friends. I had a blast doing their engagement session. Congratulations, Erica and Tim! 

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Martha & Ben | Wedding

Martha and Ben were married at 214 Martin Street on Thanksgiving weekend after waiting over eight years to tie the knot! These two are so sweet. Three years ago, I photographed Martha's sister's wedding, and the warmth with which I was greeted when I arrived at the venue was incredibly heartwarming. I feel like I'm part of the Ervin family! Ben majored in Music Composition, and he actually wrote all the music for their ceremony, which was absolutely phenomenal. Martha wore her paternal grandmother's pearl bracelet and carried a brooch in her bouquet to honor her maternal grandmother, both of whom are no longer with us. This brunch wedding featured a coffee bar and delicious breakfast food enjoyed by all. My favorite part was taking Martha and Ben all around our historic City Market streets to capture their formal portraits. Congratulations, Martha and Ben! 


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Kathy & Will | Wedding

Kathy and Will were married earlier this month at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. Kathy had a series of mementos with her from family members such as her grandfather's jacket and grandmother's bible. The buttons from her mother's wedding dress were sown onto Kathy's bouquet by Steph, Kathy's younger sister, who donned their mother's dress at her wedding. It's really fantastic that part of that dress was once again used in such a special way. Kathy and Will are such an amazing couple, and I had a blast working with them and their sweet families. Congratulations, Kathy and Will! 

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Sierra & Brett | Wedding

Sierra and Brett had a gorgeous wedding at the Leslie Alford Mims House. It was really special getting to capture this day where so many of my Peace College sisters were present. Sierra and Brett waited seven years for this day, and it was absolute perfection! Brett's reaction upon seeing Sierra walk down the isle was priceless. It was difficult even for me to keep my eyes dry. At the reception, their guests couldn't wait to get on the dance floor, and it was beautiful to see Sierra dancing in the middle of all her Peace Sisters and close friends. The camaraderie between these women was truly heartwarming. I loved the personal touch of having homemade spicy salsa as a gift for guests to take home. After their special day, Sierra and Brett drove to Washington D.C. and then to Martha's Vineyard for their honeymoon, and I know they had a fantastic time. Congratulations, Sierra and Brett!  

(Ana Teresa) bride engagement nikon raleigh wedding Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:00:49 GMT
Rachel & Alexander | Wedding

Rachel and Alex were married in Wilmington last week in an intimate ceremony overlooking the river with their closest family and friends present. Their multicultural ceremony was officiated by one of their best friends who witnessed their relationship from the very beginning. The ceremony included Jewish and Colombian traditions such as the Hakafot, which is the circling of the groom and Las Arras, which is a tradition where the groom hands several coins to the bride as a symbol that what's his is also now hers. The ceremony ended with the breaking of the glass in remembrance of the suffering endured by Jewish people over the centuries, followed by the guests all shouting in unison "Mazel tov!" Rachel and Alex built the Chuppah under which they were married from recycled materials, and Rachel also made her own veil. This brunch wedding ended with most of the guests heading the beach to catch some waves. Congratulations, Rachel and Alex!


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Lanisa & Bryan | Wedding

Lanisa and Bryan were married at Bass Lake last week and it was such a joy-filled day! These two haven't lived in North Carolina for very long, so their families came all over the country to attend this beautiful wedding. Lanisa is the baby of her family with three older siblings who gushed over their little sister and told hilarious stories about their family. Bryan had an absolutely amazing dance with his mom, which received a standing ovation from the guests. In general, this couple is all about dancing, and it was so much fun to capture their joy. The night ended with yours truly dropping her car keys inside her camera bag, which was then in turn locked inside the trunk of her car, but Lanisa's kind uncle from Ohio saved the night, as he happens to be a locksmith. That was a fun, new experience for me at a wedding, lol! This wedding was a blast, and I'm so glad that these two chose me to document their special day. Congratulations, Lanisa and Bryan! 

(Ana Teresa) bride d810 engagement nikon raleigh wedding Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:38:32 GMT
Amy & Julie | Wedding

Amy and Julie had a beautiful ceremony in their backyard surrounded by their four children and close family members. Amy's sister sang as Amy and Julie descended the stairs with their children into the yard. Their ceremony incorporated traditions from several cultures including some storytelling accompanied by a djembe drum, handfasting, and finally jumping over a broom. After the ceremony, everyone migrated over to Beer & Wine 101 in Wake Forest to enjoy Fuzzy's Empanadas, drinks, and lots of dancing. Amy and Julie went to Beer & Wine 101 on their first date, and the owner told them that his establishment would always be a safe place for them. The ladies knew that they couldn't have their reception anywhere else. When the reception started, Amy surprised Julie by serenading her accompanied by the guitar. Everyone danced the night away, and afterwards, Amy and Julie went on a familymoon with their children to the Caribbean. Congratulations, Amy and Julie!


(Ana Teresa) bride d810 engagement nikon raleigh wedding Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:00:55 GMT
Christina & Brian | Wedding

Christina and Brian are such a joyful pair, and it is totally obvious just looking at their wedding photos. They seem to spend all their time together laughing, which in turn spreads to everyone around them. It's truly a beautiful thing! Brian had Christina's engagement ring made into a wedding band, and their wedding day was the first time that she saw her new ring transformed. After the wedding, these two went on a cruise to Mexico, and I hope that they had a blast. Congratulations, Christina and Brian.

(Ana Teresa) bride d810 nikon raleigh wedding Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:08:07 GMT