Haley and Matt’s Wedding | Washington Duke Inn Wedding | Durham, NC

Dramatic photo of the bride and groom walking hand in hand across Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club during a gorgeous sunset.

Haley and Matt are two of the kindest, sweetest and most thoughtful people I’ve ever worked with, and I was so excited for their Washington Duke Inn wedding! This became apparent to me when I shot their engagement session. I was still pregnant during their session, and they brought a book for my child to have when she was born! I still have that book, and both my toddlers love it. Haley and Matt are just like that–they bring that kindness, compassion and respect to everyone they meet! They are truly an example of living joyously and faithfully.  

The week leading up to their wedding in Raleigh NC, the weather was calling for thunderstorms. Haley and Matt were looking forward to a lot of portrait time after the ceremony, and I knew that it was upsetting that their plans would have to change. Haley and I checked the weather every day up to the wedding. Eventually, Haley came to terms with it and felt prepared for the rain. Even though she was a little disappointed, you could tell her priorities and focus were on her marrying Matt. She clearly had found a way to not feel so worried about it! 

Their wedding was at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Raleigh NC, and their reception was at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Even driving to the venue, it was an emotional rollercoaster. Most of the time it was storming, causing huge slowdowns on the highway, but there would be random bands of perfect weather too! I reached the hotel where the bridesmaids were getting ready and it was still rainy, but we made the best of it! 

Collage of the bridal details and a black and white photo of the bride putting on her wedding shoes.

Once everyone was ready, we went to chapel which gave us a peek outside. Yep, it was still raining. Nonetheless, they had a beautiful Catholic ceremony that emphasized marriage as a sacrament. It was wonderful, and I was able to document their love on camera! 

Collage of a Catholic ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral - the bride and groom at the altar with the clergy and the bride resting her head on the groom's shoulder while sitting in the pews.

When we exited the church, to our surprise and sheer joy, it was bright and sunny! And that set the mood for the rest of the evening. We were able to take some portraits outside of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, which were some of the photos they were wanting! And the weather turned out perfectly for that! 

We moved onto the reception at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Thanks to the now-clear weather, we were able to get some portraits outside with bridesmaids and groomsmen! And their reception hall was decorated with candlelight and just a really lovely ambiance for the black and white wedding that they had envisioned. 

Haley and Matt walking across a golf course during their wedding in Raleigh, NC with their wedding party.

After portraits and first dances, then getting to enjoy some time as a married couple, we were able to get some shots on the dance floor. Then we ducked out of the reception for a surprisingly lovely sunset that was absolutely amazing! 

Haley dancing with her wedding guests during her reception during their Wedding in Raleigh NC

At the end of the night they used confetti poppers as their exit. And, it was such a great choice, because you could see the joy on their faces! 

Haley and Matt cheering as they exit their reception while their guests pop confetti during their Wedding in Raleigh NC

I loved working with Matt and Haley.  They were just so happy and joyous in everything they did. And their loved ones around them recognized it. The way they considered and loved everyone was so apparent throughout their wedding day. It was such a memorable and lovely day that I got to spend with them.  

Haley and Matt, I pray that your marriage is even more beautiful than your wedding in Raleigh NC! 

Vendor Team:
Caterer – Candace Raniery-Lewis
Hair and Makeup – Roya Barick
DJ/Music/Entertainment – Dow Oak Events
Bakery/Cake – Happy Little Cakes
Bride’s Dress – Bridal and Formal Center 
Bridesmaids Dresses – Azazie
Groom and Groomsmen Attire – Mens Warehouse 
Wedding Planner/Coordinator –  Candace Raniery-Lewis
Florist – Sweet Love Blossoms
Ceremony Venue – Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh NC. 
Reception Venue – Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
Photographer – Jennifer Eddine

The bride and her bridesmaids sitting on a hotel bed laughing at each other during getting ready. during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
Collage of the wedding gown through a mirror and the bride's mom helping her put on her necklace for her wedding day in Raleigh, NC.
Collage of the ceremony piano planer and the bride and groom excitedly walking back up the aisle as a married couple during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
Dramatic photo off the bride's veil flying in the wind while the groom nestles in to her cheek during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
College of Sacred Heart Cathedral and the groom helping the bride into their wedding day limo.
College of a black and white photo of the groom with his back to the camera and the bride nestled in to his arm with their foreheads touching and the bride walking, looking back over her shoulder while the groom holds her train.
Collage of the bride and groom with their foreheads touching and the veil swooped in front of the camera and a soft, veil filled image of the groom kissing his bride. during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
The bride and groom walking hand in hand off across the golf course during their wedding in Raleigh, NC.
Collage of a close up of the bride softly touching her bridal belt and her walking in front of Sacred Heart Cathedral holding her dress.
Collage of the groom walking and buttoning his jacket and him holding on to his tuxedo lapel.
Collage of a black and white photo of the bride resting her head on the groom's shoulder and Haley and Matt walking hand in hand.
Collage of Matt and Haley walking across the golf course as Haley looks over her shoulder and them kissing.
Close up of the white flower bouquets with greenery being held by Haley and her bridesmaids.
Collage of the groomsmen throwing the groom up in the air and the bride laughing with her bridesmaids on the golf course at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club.
Collage of wedding reception details of the head table and tall candles.
Collage of wedding reception details of candles, white flowers and greenery.
Matt spinning his bride, Haley during their first dance at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club.
Collage of the bride and groom during their first dance along with the father/daughter and mother/son dance.
Collage of a white four tier wedding cake and the bride and groom cutting their wedding cake.
The bride dancing with her groom and guests at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
A very excited wedding guest at Haley and Matt's reception in Raleigh, NC, during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
Wedding guests at Haley and Matt's wedding throwing their hands in the air as they dance at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
A wedding guest holding up two photo booth strips at Matt and Haley's Wedding in Raleigh NC
Matt and his groomsmen taking advantage of the photo booth at their wedding in Raleigh, NC.
A man in a clown costume holding up a girl in a photo booth at Haley and Matt's wedding during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
Haley and Matt dropping it low with their wedding guests during their wedding at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club during their Wedding in Raleigh NC
The bride dancing with a guest at her wedding in Raleigh, NC.
Collage of the bride and a guest dancing during their Wedding in Raleigh NC

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