Amanda + Raj : Chapel Hill, NC
Amanda and Raj’s celebration combined so many things that we love about weddings: traveling, a historic setting, elegant details, exceptional vendors, a personalized ceremony, and a couple that is madly in love with each other.
Amanda and Raj met during med school in the emergency department. Although Amanda was shadowing another resident, Raj asked her if she would like to shadow him instead. Their story began there! After only a month of dating, Raj told Amanda that she would be his wife. Amanda laughed, but as their pastor recounted during the ceremony, she felt like she could trust Raj immediately. She said that it was like God touched her on the back and said “there he is.” Our hearts beat for love stories like this! Amanda and Raj are it… meant to be! Not only do they compliment each other in the most beautiful way, but they have a blast together in whatever they do. Their wedding day was no exception!
Their enchanting celebration took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the historic Carolina Inn. It was our first time filming there, and we discovered a magical place with antebellum architecture, lush green grounds, antique furnishings, and elegant parlors and ballrooms. It was the ultimate romantic setting for this next chapter in Amanda and Raj’s love story! The day began with Amanda’s mother and sisters helping her into her gorgeous gown, and she looked absolutely stunning… just like a princess ready for her fairytale wedding day! Raj was just as handsome in his black suit and bowtie, and after a chill morning with all his best friends around, he headed to the courtyard where he would meet his bride-to-be for their first look. As Amanda descended the stairs to the lawn below, Raj could hardly contain his excitement! When he turned around, it was like he saw Amanda for the first time all over again… his love for her was written all over his face and the emotions went wild as they tend to do when you realize the love of your life is standing in front of you!
Friends and family gathered together for the ceremony in the Annie Watts Hill Courtyard, which was adorned with a cascading altar curtain, the loveliest flowers all down the aisle, and the music of a string trio to set the romantic mood. Amanda’s smile was radiant as her father escorted her to her groom! The pastor is a close friend of Amanda’s family, who also officiated both of her sisters' weddings. His message for Amanda and Raj was one that deeply connected to their faith in God and commitment to each other. Before they exchanged their vows, he also shared the story of how they met and fell in love, as well as what they love the most about each other. It was a ceremony filled with emotion, prayer, and the most passionate kiss!
The evening continued inside the Old Well Ballroom. The elegant decor and table settings coupled with the black and white terrazzo dance floor made the party an incredibly glamorous event. Amanda’s sister sang a lovely rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” as the couple shared a breathtaking first dance together. Raj’s cousin shared memories from their childhood growing up in India, and Amanda’s sister commented on how perfect of a match Amanda and Raj are! Dancing and good times continued long into the night until Amanda and Raj exited through a sea of bubbles… the sweetest ending to the most majestic wedding day!
Amanda and Raj, we can’t thank you enough for giving us the honor to film such a beautiful moment in your life. May your story be an inspiration to others and a blessing to your families. We wish you the very best for your new life journey together!