Our Wedding

I wanted to share my wedding with my viewers because it was such a labor of love and very DIY. As a designer this was a time for me to flourish with complete creative control (oh Justin was involved too). Me and my husband (Justin) were married on October 3rd, 2015 in Raleigh, NC at NC Center for Architecture and Design. We are both very stylish people and wanted our wedding to reflect that. We knew we would be paying for our own wedding so first thing first was the budget. Weddings are special days that will be remembered forever but at the same time it is just a day. We were not about to go in debt over a party! We thought outside the box for pretty much everything! My mom made my dress, I designed all stationary and signage, my bridesmaids and I made all floral arrangements/bouquets 2 night before the wedding, and the list goes on! We also followed the trend and had food trucks cater our reception, best decision ever, all our guest raved about the food and experience.


There are definitely some cons to planning your own wedding but we have the best friends and family in the world. Me and Justin couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day! Even with the torrential downpours and flooding that swept NC that weekend. Just our luck it did not rain during the wedding, the overcast gave us the most beautiful even toned photos!

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photography: Chealsea Morgan Photography // venue: NC Center for Architecture and Design Raleigh, NC // event design + planning: Bride + Groom // florals: Bride + Bridesmaids // wedding dress: Bride’s Mother // bride’s shoes: ASOS // groom’s shoes: ASOS //  bridesmaid dresses: variety // hair + makeup: Bride // groom suit: Step N Style // paper goods: Gioia Leigh Creative (Bride) // food trucks: Only Burger & Bandito Burrito // cake: Sugar Euphoria // dessert table: Radiant Delights // music: iPod playlist


Honeymoon Part 2

On the second half of our honeymoon we took a trip down to the motherland. It was a 3 hour flight from Paris to Marrakech, Morocco. It is referred to as the red city, really the whole country is red. The clay is a staple point of the landscape. It was defiantly a completely different culture and experience from Paris. It was so fun walking the narrow streets of the city and seeing the variety of landscapes. The people were so nice and really took pride in their culture. We took an excursion 7 hours over the Atlas mountains into the dessert, to spend the night in a tent. I have never seen more stars or shooting stars at that. All in all I think it was a good experience and I took a few design inspirations from it!
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Honeymoon Part 1

Me and my husband had the pleasure of visiting Paris, the second week of November for the first part of our honeymoon. We asked our wedding guest to help us fund a trip overseas and we can not thank them enough, our trip was completely covered (both parts)! We spent 4 days in Paris and it is such a wonderful experience. We did as much as possible in 4 days from the time we stepped off the plane! The highlights of our visit were defiantly seeing the architecture of the city, going to a futbol game, the city at night, the Palace of Versailles, and really just enjoying our first big trip as a married couple. It just as romantic as it is in the movies.  I’m a city girl so I loved how easy it was to get around the city by all the subway lines. Luckily I am good with directions, can’t say that is Justin’s strong point lol. I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked, trying this new thing where I live in the moment! But these are a few of my favorites and I hope it gives you a good summary of the first half of our trip.


On our way back to the States we started receiving text and calls asking if we were okay. Me and Justin both confused, searched the web and were devastated to hear about the tourists attacks that were taking place. We were so fortunate not to be in the city during that time and pray for all the victims and families affected. It defiantly put a damper on the memories we had shared only a few days earlier. 

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Roberts Wedding

In the first week of spring I had the pleasure of shooting my first wedding! I would like to thank my lovely cousin Nathan and his new wife Shereene for letting me capture such a special day! I had no idea how much work it took to shoot a wedding and tired isn’t even the word, but luckily my dad was my second shooter and he has more experience with weddings. He was able to lead in direction and I could capture the sweet moments. It was a wonderful wedding everyone was having such a good time, it was easy to capture that in the images. I am much more of a portrait photographer, I loved sneaking away with the bride and groom to get more intimate portraits of the two of them. Mooresville, NC is such a cute town and has a lot of cool shooting locations. We had so many pictures to go through after I was seeing them in my dreams! But in a way that was the fun part seeing which moments where captured and how beautiful the bride glowed. In all it was a great experience and defiantly open to doing more but not yet at a career change. Lol

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Gioia and Justin

Well the perks of being a photographer is taking self portraits! Well in this case “us portraits”, tripods are life savers. We have been engaged for 5 months and just now getting around to taking some pictures. I like being able to take my own pictures because one it is free and second I can get exactly what I want. Downtown Raleigh provides a unique but also classic back drop for the stylish session. We both love our winter wardrobes and have a ton of coats so a winter photo-shoot was perfect for us, even though it was freezing. The real downside to shooting “us portraits” is having to fake candid moments but Justin thinks he is a model so he had no problem! We are both very fashion forward and live for the chance to get dressed up, so more pictures may be in the future!



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