Melrose Knitting Mill, Raleigh NC Wedding | Clay & Karen


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I first met Karen back in 2012 when I photographed her sister Erin’s wedding. From that moment, she has always shared my photography with her engaged friends. I’m incredibly grateful for the continued support from her and her family! I first met Clay the following year in 2013 at another one of her friends weddings I was photographing. I immediately loved them as a couple! So when he proposed in Paris last year my filled with happiness. I was thrilled that they reached out now that it was their turn to say I Do!  Fast forward to now, and they moved to Raleigh where they had their wedding this past Saturday! I flew in on Friday afternoon, checked out their wedding venue, Melrose Knitting Mill and got ready for their big day!  Having two of my former brides as part of the wedding party made it even sweeter!

Kicked off the day with the ladies getting ready at the Marriott City Center and the guys at Clay and Karen’s home!


Oh these ladies… what fun!!

Love this image of Clay captured my Emily, and the gifts that he gave all the groomsmen…

Karen put on the final touches with just her mom – giving them a few special moments together and then we did a first look with all the ladies!

They decided to exchange letters – always so emotional…

Clay and Karen decided on a first look to allow for them to have some moments together and then be able to spend time with their family and friends!

This doorway is on the side of the building! Karen let me know that she really wanted photos there… so a ladder later and a willing bride and groom to climb up we gave them the images they wanted!

The holding spot for them prior to the wedding had this gorgeous velvet drapery that we had to take advantage of for a beautiful bridal and couple portrait.

Such a great wedding party!

Oh the details for this wedding were simply gorgeous!

Ceremony time!!

Party time!

At the end of the reception as the guests were going outside and getting ready for their sparkler exit they stayed behind and had the DJ play a special song for them and share a dance by themselves. This was such a sweet and romantic moment that only they got to share! I think every couple should take a few moments to do this. It really is a sweet memory allowing them to truly take in their entire day before their exit and after parties!

Wedding Team:
Venue: Melrose Knitting Mill, Raleigh NC
Planner: Steph at Chad Biggs Event Planning
Videographer: Cre8tive Mix Media
Florals: Expressions of Love Florist NC
Cake: Simply Cakes NC
Hair/Makeup: WINK Hair and Makeup
Macaroons: Sweets by Shayda
Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
DJ: DJ Harlem
Transportation: A Formal Affair
Furniture Rental: Cottage Luxe
Officiant: Rev. Kevin Holland
Bridal Designer: Stella York
Associate Photographer: Emily Alyssa Photography
Photographer: Photography by Marirosa



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