Downtown Raleigh Wedding Photos Market Hall • Caroline + John

Raleigh, North Carolina

We planned for stormy weather, maneuvering locations and timelines just days before their Saturday nuptials. A first look and photos would take place at the bride’s parents’ beautiful home instead of The Raleigh Rose Garden and we would have emergency umbrellas on hand just in case. Though come Caroline and John’s wedding day the touches of blue perfectly weaved throughout the wedding – from Caroline’s wedding shoes to her bouquet, her bridesmaids gowns and gifted totes, to, coincidentally, the bride and groom’s blue eyes – perfectly matched the blue spring skies and sunshine above. It was beautiful weather for a beautiful couple.Mikkel Paige Photography captures the wedding date engraving on gold bands for a downtown Raleigh, NC wedding .

Mikkel Paige Photography captures a wedding in downtown Raleigh, NC with spring roses.

Caroline and John just returned from Hawaii and I asked Caroline, “What were your three favorite things about your honeymoon?” It got me thinking about my favorite moments from their day, which are mentioned in this post between photos!

Mikkel Paige Photography captures the bride's Alyne wedding gown, Eleanor style. Market Hall event in downtown Raleigh, NC. Mikkel Paige Photography pictures of the bride getting ready for her wedding day in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall.

Favorite thing number one: Caroline’s excitement and sincerity. John and Caroline are sincere in a way a lot of people aren’t (I swear I have a sixth sense about this stuff). I enjoyed witnessing her emotions, especially, throughout that Saturday from her joy in first seeing her completed hair style, to the tears in her eyes as she saw John for the first time that day, to her gratitude at the end of the night when she thanked her vendors for their hard work.

Mikkel Paige Photography pictures of the bride's custom necklace from her groom on their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall.

John gave his bride this special custom necklace on their wedding day. As her bridesmaid Katie said, “You can’t go wrong with jewelry.” Mikkel Paige Photography pictures of the bride getting ready for her wedding day in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall. Mikkel Paige Photography captures the bride's Alyne wedding gown, Eleanor style. Bridesmaids monogrammed blue totes from Ballard Designs. Market Hall event in downtown Raleigh, NC. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids and custom hangers for her wedding day in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall.

Mikkel Paige Photography pictures of the bride getting ready for her wedding day in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall. She gifted her mother a custom embroidered handkerchief.

Personalization was all around from the totes and hangers she gave her bridesmaids, to the handkerchief she got for her mom. Even the simple, elegant necklace she wore was a diamond from her grandmother’s engagement ring.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a diamond necklace that was the bride's grandmother's stone and her mother helping her get ready for a Market Hall reception in Raleigh. Mikkel Paige Photography pictures of the groom getting ready for his wedding in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of the groom opening his gift from the bride of chess piece cufflinks.

It was easy to learn that John loves chess that day. Caroline gave him these whimsical cufflinks in addition to a tie clip and collar stays with their wedding date and initials.

Mikkel Paige Photography pictures of the groom getting ready for his wedding in downtown Raleigh, NC at Market Hall. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of the groom's gift from his bride of chess piece cufflinks and custom stamped collar stays and tie clip. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a bridesmaid in light blue with a spring bouquet of peonies and succulents and the bride in her gown for a Market Hall wedding in Raleigh.

One last check of the dress and grab of bouquets and it was time for their first look in the garden!  Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a first look in downtown Raleigh, NC for a Market Hall wedding. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a first look in downtown Raleigh, NC for a Market Hall wedding. Succulent boutonnieres were created for the groomsmen with ivy leaves. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom.

I can’t get over how beautiful the gardens are and how perfect they were for the photos. Vicki, Caroline’s mom, is truly an impressive gardener; I’m surprised all her fingers aren’t green including her thumb…to her pinky! From roses to magnolia trees, to herbs and vegetables in the backyard – I was blown away. I especially loved the rosemary pieces she clipped and dropped off for Cydney, at The English Garden, to incorporate in their centerpieces and bouquets.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom and custom dress hanger.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of the bride in an Alyne gown style Eleanor for her wedding at Market Hall, downtown Raleigh NC.

I am in love with this photo of Caroline! The buttons down her back and shape of the back of her dress were so befitting.  Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom and chess piece cufflinks. Mikkel Paige Photography captures the couple's initials engraving on gold bands for a downtown Raleigh, NC wedding . Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and her Cinderella blue shoes. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom amidst rose bushes. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom amidst a garden. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groom and orange ranunculus boutonniere by English Garden. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and bridesmaids in Bari Jay misty blue gowns. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and groomsmen. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the bride and bridesmaids in Bari Jay misty blue gowns. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with spring pictures of the groom and groomsmen in blue ties and grey suits. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the bride's peach peony, pink rose, Dusty Miller and succulents bouquet by English Garden.

Peach garden roses, pink and white peonies, dusty miller, blue thistle, orange ranunculus and mint green succulents spotted her incredible bouquet and the boutonnieres the men wore matched the ladies’ arrangements. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of bridal party in blue gowns and groomsmen in grey suits. Wedding party on the porch! Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the simple white and silver invitation and custom envelope from If It's Paper and Calligraphy by Carrie. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh wedding with pictures of the bride and groom at Trinity church.
To think we planned for rain – can you believe that utterly perfect sky?!Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh wedding with pictures of the mothers of the bride and groom and their nosegay flowers. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh wedding with pictures of a floral wreath for the church and silver and white programs. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh wedding with pictures of the rings and Trinity Methodist Church ceremony. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the simple white and silver invitation from If It's Paper. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of a blue bowtie and white ranunculus boutonniere and bride and groom with their siblings.

Here’s my second favorite thing about their day (though as I type this it’s really difficult to rank and only pick three): their willingness to switch things around and go with the flow. You can’t change a weather forecast but you can certainly be in control of associated plans. They were awesome about last minute changes that week – even when the sun was blazing down on the church steps when we were trying to get an wedding party picture they understood if we were all patient and hung out for a few minutes the clouds would move and the photo would be worth it. It certainly was!

mikkelpaige-market_hall_raleigh-wedding_photos-downtown_0089Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the bride and groom and colorful spring bridesmaid bouquets. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the bride and groom and bistro lights and custom chalkboard welcome sign from AB Chalk Designs. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the bride and groom.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with their custom laster cut monogram and floral centerpieces with hydrangea and roses. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with custom chalkboard guestbook sign.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with their custom laser cut monogram and floral centerpieces with hydrangea and roses. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with their lounge area table and carpet. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with their blue linen and bridal portrait on display.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina.

From childhood to adulthood Caroline was a beautiful bride at any age! It was extra special she wore that same veil on her wedding day – her mother’s from her wedding day to her father in 1977. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Bistro twinkle lights and lounge area. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Raleigh Market Hall wedding with pictures of the groomsmen socks and bridesmaid pearl necklace gift.

John gave his groomsmen socks to go with each of their personalities and Caroline gave all her bridesmaids a dainty pearl necklace. Boys will be boys! I like when groomsmen get into the groove. :-)

I adore this sweet photo of Caroline’s first dance with her father. A photo truly speaks a thousand words. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Special father daughter dance. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Special mother son dance and bistro light high top tables and small floral centerpieces in mercury glass. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Custom chalkboard signs for the bar menu. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Music by Joe Bunn DJ Company. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Sour Patch Kid favors and chalkboard sign for dessert.

So much planning went into their wedding. Sally Oakley Weddings and Events did a phenomenal job orchestrating it all. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows there is a lot that happens weeks and months prior to the actual event day that makes THE day a possibility. Coordination of delivery times, the hanging of lights, placement of tables, covering them in linens, the final flower touches and lighting of candles – and the room looked beautiful! I especially loved their guest favors – John proposed to Caroline by hiding the ring in Sour Patch Kids (a personal favorite candy, might I add). It was just the right thing for them to package for guests to take on their way out and I adore the sign AB Chalk Designs created to go next to it. (All the signage was impressive.) See the Sour Patch Kid outline in the background?Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Dance floor time! Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Outdoor night pictures with bistro twinkle lights and Mr. and Mrs. chalkboard sign.

My third favorite thing: this photo of John holding Caroline next to City Market in downtown Raleigh. They took about 10 minutes to quietly break from their reception for some fresh air and to allow us to capture them amidst the cobblestone and bistro lights. He swept his wife up in one fluid motion of love and I felt the world around them disappear…if only just for a few moments. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Dance floor time! Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Dance floor time and night pictures. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Outdoor night pictures with bistro twinkle lights. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Cake cutting with a buttercream cake and chalkboard sparkler sendoff sign. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a wedding in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall, North Carolina. Sparkler sendoff for the couple's exit!

A sparkler send off and one final “official” wedding kiss and these two escaped to enjoy the rest of their evening alone as newlyweds.

I am so glad I was a part of their incredible day and was able to work with them in the months leading to their wedding too. An extra special thank you to Caroline’s bridesmaid Katie and her husband Austin for recommending me to them – I’m forever grateful!

Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley Weddings and Events / Venue: Market Hall / Church:  Trinity United Methodist Church / Florist: English Garden / Videographer: Twenty-One Films / Cake: Details Cake Design / Chalkboard Signs: AB Chalk Designs / DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company, Mitch / Stationery: If It’s Paper / Envelopes: Calligraphy by Carrie / Wedding gown: Traditions by Anna, designer Alyne /Hair: Carley Brice / Makeup: Megan Brown / Bridesmaids dress designer: Bari Jay / Suits and socks: Executives Cutting Edge / Wedding shoes: Badgley Mischka / Engagement Ring and wedding band: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry / Cufflinks: SirCuffs, Etsy / Hair comb: Allure Wedding Jewelry, Etsy / Bridal earrings: BHLDN / Bridesmaid totes: Ballard Designs / Necklaces: Dogeared / Groom collar stays and tie clip: The Silver Diva, Etsy / Monogram: A Simple Place on Main, Etsy

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Happy Thursday!

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