Christine + Jamie | Durham Museum of Life and Science Wedding

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“Shelley’s photography was recommended to us by our wedding planner, Sarah Shumay (Sweet Sara Belle), and couldn’t be more thankful because I can’t possibly speak highly enough of her. From the moment my husband, Jamie, and I met her she had a fun, yet calming presence, was easy to work with and very responsive (even just that is a gift in what can be the hectic world of wedding planning). She absolutely spares no time or energy when it comes to her preparation and devotion to her clients— she scouted an amazing spot in the mountains of North Carolina for our engagement photos.

On the day of, it rained the entire shoot which you might think would have put a damper on the experience. Think again—thanks to Shelley, we not only had an blast but also received absolutely stunning photos despite the fact that there was cloud cover blanketed over the landscape nearly the whole time. We were told countless times by friends and family that they had never seen engagement photos like ours and that they were a true work of art. We have a 30 inch by 40 inch canvas of one of them hanging in our home.

During the engagement shoot and again during our wedding, she made us feel totally comfortable and has a unique ability to give just the right amount of the direction so that you feel like you know what to do but don’t end up with photos that look forced or overly posed. She is capable of capturing both the widespread striking, beauty of whatever landscape she has thoughtfully selected but also the up close, intimacy of private moments between two people during some of the most precious days of their lives. She is not only an incredibly skilled, artful photographer, but also a gem of a human and a joy to work with!”

– Christine + Jamie

 

 

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The Rickhouse, Durham, NC Wedding

Christine and Jamie held their beautiful wedding last spring in Durham, North Carolina. They got ready at the Hotel 21c in downtown Durham, and then held their ceremony in the gardens alongside the Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science. Christine’s dad made their ceremony arch himself, which was then beautifully decorated by their super-talented wedding planner, Sweet Sara Belle.

Christine and Jamie were all smiles through the ceremony. Afterward, we all headed over to the Rickhouse in downtown Durham for their elegant reception. The tables were decorated with white flowers, taper candles, and scalloped plates white pretty little white lights were strung overhead.

Kicking off the reception was Christine and Jamie’s killer band, who kept the party going through the night. Given that Christine and her ladies started their own little dance party while getting ready, I know that they had an incredible time.

Thank you so so very much Christine and Jamie for being so sweet and wonderful to work with. I feel so very grateful to have been able to share the day celebrating with you and your families!

Shelley Hartman,

Michelle Elyse Photography , Durham Wedding Photographer 

Vendors Credits:

Planner: Sweet Sarah Bell

Ceremony Venue: Durham Museum of Life and Science

Reception Venue: The Rickhouse

Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Culture

Bride’s Dress: Eddy K

 

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