Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Intimate Backyard Wedding | Betsy and Suliko

 The bride and groom have portraits taken in their backyard in Raleigh right after their wedding ceremony, images by Rose Trail Images. 

About Betsy and Suliko

As a photographer, there are some events that make us go, HOLY MOLY I CAN'T WAIT TO WAKE UP AND GO TO WORK TODAY!!!!!! This wedding was one of them, hands down. I was contacted by Betsy's mother Joan about doing this super intimate wedding ceremony and I am soooo incredibly thankful!

Betsy and Suliko are super private and super fun people. They have known each other for over 6 years, as they both work for a local company here in Raleigh called SAS. They kept their relationship private for a long time, but together they are complete and total awesomeness. There was no formal engagement or engagement ring, but somehow they just both knew it was time. 

About their wedding day

Betsy and Suliko ended up getting married in their backyard, which was right in the heart of Raleigh and is GORGEOUS!!!! It truly is a bungalow and it's perfect! The catch... they only moved in about a month or less before their wedding day!

Their wedding consisted of 20 members of their closest friends and family, including their friend Meredith, whom they work with, who specifically became ordained so she could marry these two best friends. Betsy wore a David's Bridal gown, which she spruced up with a ribbon sash tied around her waist, and all the flowers and boutonnieres were from Fallon's Flowers. The flower girl was Betsy's niece, who was also in charge of Olive, the bride and groom's puppy! The rings were presented by their nephews and the vows were so incredibly personal and uplifting. It was SUCH a beautiful ceremony!

The cakes, both chocolate and coconut made by Linda's Cakes in Raleigh, were on display and were to die for! Suliko's Mom, Inga, spent all day cooking up a delicious feast which was had around the farm table out back. It was DELICIOUS! I tried to take a back seat and let the family be together, but I was quickly told to come up to the table and I got to be a part of the family... just for a little bit! It was SOOOOO incredibly heartwarming, I wish I could find the right words to describe how I felt! It was a true love story that seemed like a fairytale, all the way down to the amazing family and friends, and I was just thrilled to be a part of it. I would LOVE more weddings like this one!!!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, your day was absolutely perfect in every way and I wish you nothing but happiness, laughter, and many more trips around the world and back! 

 The intimate wedding ceremony took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom got ready at their house before their intimate wedding ceremony in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 Details of their intimate wedding at home in Raleigh include their calendar, cake boxes with their name, cards on their piano, and ethnic treats from their travels abroad, photos by Rose Trail Images.
 The wedding rings were engraved and held by their nephew before the wedding ceremony, and their puppy walked down the aisl in their backyard in Raleigh, NC, photos by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom walked down the aisle in their backyard in Raleigh to a ceremony officiated by their friend, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 Their intimate wedding ceremony took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photos by Rose Trail Images. 
 Betsy and Suliko's intimate wedding ceremony took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom's family were excited to see their intimate wedding ceremony taking place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride read her vows during their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom exchange rings during their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The groom read his very "long" vows during their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom said "I do" during their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures with her sister after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures with her family after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures with his family after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures with all of their guests after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures with their puppy after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures with their puppy after their intimate wedding ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took portraits with Rose Trail Images after their intimate wedding ceremony at sunset that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The groom holds his new brides face as he goes in to kiss her after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom took pictures at their brand new house after their intimate wedding ceremony that took place in their backyard in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, photos by Rose Trail Images. 
 Details of their intimate wedding reception in their backyard in Raleigh include dinner made by Mom, hydrangeas, and coconut cake, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 Their intimate wedding reception in their backyard in Raleigh at sunset included flowers with their garden gnome, photos by Rose Trail Images. 
 Their intimate wedding reception in their backyard in Raleigh included al fresco dining on the porch under the market lights, photos by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom kiss during their intimate wedding reception in their backyard in Raleigh under the market lights, photo by Rose Trail Images. 
 The bride and groom cut their coconut cake inside their home during their intimate wedding at their home in Raleigh, North Carolina, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom smush their coconut cake on each other's faces inside their home during their intimate wedding at their home in Raleigh, North Carolina, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom pose with their coconut cake frosting on their faces inside their home during their intimate wedding at their home in Raleigh, North Carolina, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 All the guests sat, ate, and danced al fresco under the market lights at their home in Raleigh for their intimate wedding, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom had their first dance under the market lights at their home in Raleigh for their intimate wedding, pictures by Rose Trail Images.