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


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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