I have legitimately known Nicole for almost 20 years. We used to ride the bus together, hang out after middle school together (in the home that you see in the pictures, she got ready in her childhood home!), she used to drive me home from high school (old blue volvo, anyone?) and lived in the same neighborhood for almost all of our childhood.. so it was both an honor and such a weird feeling when she emailed me and told me she was engaged and wanted to talk to me about shooting her wedding!
WEDDING?! When did we get old enough for this to happen.
They met at Chapel Hill and you'll see in the ceremony decor that they made each table a different place in Chapel Hill that they loved! I thought that personal detail was so cool. And the flowers? To die for.
Anyway, Nicole and Bobby are so incredibly perfect for each other. He's hilarious and loves Nicole so well. She lights up a room with her crazy beautiful smile and wacky sense of humor that just makes you want to be her friend. Neither of them take themselves seriously and spent a majority of the day laughing. At one point, I was with Bobby and asked him how he was doing, to which he replied - "I'm just ready to get out there and marry that girl. And to give her a kiss." I told Nicole that and the glow that crossed her face was unexplainable.
They just love love, love both their friends and family so much.
I'm so happy I could be there to capture all their moments. Especially the span of time that Nicole was walking towards Bobby. I've never in my entire span of shooting weddings seen a groom get so emotional over seeing his bride. Bobby and his best friends just couldn't keep it together and I'm glad they didn't. It was beautiful.
It felt like one giant reunion with all of our old friends coming back again after so long (seriously. My old old friends Jessica&Nicole were in the wedding party, Carlee&Chris were guests and I rode the bus to middle school with a handful of other people) - at one point, during "Don't Stop Believing" I just had to put my camera down and get in the magic. Soon after that, Nicole looked around after realizing that the night was almost over and let me tell you, she was so upset! She got so caught up in the fun that she didn't realize what time it was! THAT shows a good wedding.
Nicole&Bobby: I loveeeee you guys. Thank you for letting me into your moments and trusting me to do your day justice!