Raleigh Wedding Photographer | St. Patrick's Day Wedding | Sarah and Patrick

 The bride and groom look at each other while holding a sparkler on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.

St. Paddy's Day Awesomeness

This past weekend was AMAZING. Let's recap for a sec...

  1.  My 6-year played soccer in a championship game and was ecstatic to win a trophy. He now sleeps with it.
  2. I turned 37 on Saturday (St. Paddy's Day birthday, holllla!) and according to my Dad, I am now officially an adult.
  3. Oh yeah, this teeny tiny little thing about Sarah and Patrick... ;) 

YOU GUYS!!!!! I can't even tell you how many times through out their wedding day I said, "This is so incredibly detailed and beautiful, I feel like I'm at a styled shoot but it's for REALS!!!!" It was incredible, for sure!

Sarah and Patrick were meant for each other, no questions asked. If you want more on their background story, feel free to pop on over to see their engagement photos and read all about how their life got flipped and turned upside down (and if you sang that part while reading it, props to you). Their Irish Heritage was soooo apparent through out the whole day, and not just because they were married on St. Patrick's Day! It was a day full of tears, laughs, hugs, and lots of dancing. It. Was. Perfect.

The Deets

Here are just a few of the amazing details brought to life by Sarah, Patrick, and their extraordinary team of family, friends, and vendors:

  • During the ceremony, they had a hand-fasting tradition of them LITERALLY tying the knot. Each color represented something amazing.
  • They said their vows and took an oath to each other while placing their hands on a river rock which was taken from the waterfall in Asheville where Patrick proposed to Sarah back in the fall.
  • When guests sat down at the ceremony, there was a river rock for them to hold. Once the ceremony was complete, they placed it back into a container which Sarah and Patrick will keep at their home.
  • There was a table specifically to remember both Sarah and Patrick's fathers, who have both passed, along with other family members who were there in spirit.
  • Sarah's bouquet was not only handmade, but the lavender (which represents good luck) was bound together by a cuff made from a shirt that was Sarah's late father's. It was also her something blue. 
  • Not only did Patrick and Sarah have a super delicious wedding cake, they also had St. Patrick's Day looking cookies that were created and decorated by one of her bridesmaids.
  • Sarah's theme was more of a whimsical woodland feel, and boy did she deliver! She wore a headband of leather twine and leaves, her engagement ring and band look like silver pieces of wood, and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of pussy willows with copper lanterns and had flower wreaths atop their heads like woodland fairies.
  • There was driftwood that adorned the large reception tables, placed between candles and on top of homemade table runners made from the pages of books from favorite authors. There was an old typewriter, oil lanterns, velvet couches, and more details than I can count!

Vendors

There were so many vendors that made the day special!!! Scroll down to the bottom to see the amazing team Sarah and Patrick put together!

Sláinte!

 Wedding details such as the invitation, the wedding bands, the bridal bouquet, and other paper goods are photographed by Rose Trail Images at the Barn of Valhalla in Chapel Hill.
 Wedding details such as the invitation, the wedding bands, the bridal bouquet, and a bridesmaid bouquet made of lavender and pussy willows are photographed by Rose Trail Images at the Barn of Valhalla in Chapel Hill.
 Decorated St. Patrick's Day cookies and the wedding cake are decorated in greenery in the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Wedding details, such as typewriters, candles, and place settings are photographed by Rose Trail Images at the Barn of Valhalla in Chapel Hill.
 The wedding dress and it's beautiful lace details are photographed by Rose Trail Images at the Barn of Valhalla in Chapel Hill.
 The bride getting ready before her wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bridesmaids getting ready before the wedding day by helping each other put on their floral crowns at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride getting ready before her wedding day with her bridesmaids and Mother at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride posing in her bridal suite before her wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride posing with her lavender bridal bouquet before her wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride having a moment with her bridesmaids before her wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 Wishing stones and the groom waiting for his bride on his wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day for their ceremony at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom exchange vows on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom exchanging their vows on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom have a hand-fasting during their ceremony and share their first kiss on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 After the bride and groom exchange vows on their wedding day, they stop to stare at their family and friends at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom after their ceremony and posing with their family on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bridesmaids carried bouquets of pussy willows and copper lanterns, while the hand-fasting ribbons were braided colors of white, blue, and green at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bridal party pose together at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The groom's boutonniere was made of yarn and feathers, while the bridesmaids carried pussy willows and the bride carried dried lavender at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The groom posed with his groomsmen and the bride with her bridesmaids on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom pose for portraits on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom pose for portraits at sunset on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom have their first dance on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride dances with her Mom and the groom dances with his Mom at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride dances with her older brother on her wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom their cake on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom and all their friends and family gather together on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom and sparkler on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom kiss during their sparkler exit on their wedding day at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, taken by Rose Trail Images.