I’m so excited to feature the work of In His Image Photography as I’ve been a fan of Dajuan’s work for years. And what better way to debut his work than a New Year’s Eve Wedding! Having a wedding on NYE is a great way to gather all your friends and family in one place and to bring in the New Year partying together while celebrating love. Check out Melody & Michael’s wedding below!
From the Bride:
Share with us how you two met:
Mike and I have known one another for years. We grew up not too far from each other and had friends that ran in similar circles. It wasn’t until I spent a year in Greensboro after graduating from Meredith College that our friendship began to blossom and the companionship finally bloomed!
Tell us about your proposal:
Mike proposed on Thanksgiving Day at Maggiano’s Little Italy, in Orlando, Florida. Both of our families had traveled there to enjoy the holidays. Weeks prior to us heading down there I had a feeling he would propose that weekend, but unbeknownst to me Mike had contacted my friends and threw me off. All of a sudden everyone was making plans to visit me in Ohio one weekend for a big dinner. After dinner the waitress began handing out wine glasses and I thought we were toasting to our families being together for the holiday. He stood up and began giving a speech and the next thing I know he is asking me to marry him!
How / why did you choose your ceremony venue:
We wanted a location that was convenient to our guest. Our ceremony and reception were both held at the North Hills Renaissance Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina. We did not want anyone to have to travel upon reaching the hotel for the evening so after the reception was over they could head up stairs and stay the night.
Was there any particular theme or style for your wedding:
We had a New Years Eve wedding. We wanted it to be both festive, but still elegant. I think we achieved both!
More about the big day:
My dress was by Mori Lee/ Angelina Faccenda. I bought it at a bridal boutique in Columbus, Ohio. I actually cried for weeks about my decision to buy the dress because it needed a ton of alterations, but I am very pleased with my decision.
Wedding shoes and Jewelry:
My wedding shoes were Badgley Mischka and my jewelry came from Macys.
Hair & Make up:
My hair was done by Annette Seawell of Essential Designs and my make up by Lauretta of Doll Faces of Lauretta.
Tell us about your bridesmaids:
My matron of Honor was my sister. The rest of my bridal party were close friends I have known and grown with over the years including Mike’s sister.
Tell us about his groomsmen:
His best man was his 7 energetic year old son, whom before walking to the altar said to his dad, “I got your back daddy”. The other groomsmen were a collage of Mike’s life; friends from college, childhood, DC area, and a brother. This guys are a reflection of what has helped in making him a humbled person.
Wedding Invitations & Stationery:
The invitations and stationery were done by Cicily of Designs By Cicily
Our cakes were provided by Tracy of Sugar Fetish Cakery. In keeping with our festive New Years Eve theme, we had a small cake for Mike and I to keep with the tradition of being able to cut the cake. In addition, we had cake shooters with different flavors for our guest to chose from.
Tell us about your wedding photography:
Our photographer was Dajuan Jones of In His Image Photography and we could not ask for better individual/business to assist in documenting our one and only moment. His service was above and beyond extraordinary. His demeanor and his attention to detail is immaculate. Mike and I will forever cherish is work. When looking at the vividness of the pictures it allows us to travel back in time as it if were happening again at that moment. We could not have asked for anything better
Our videographer is the ultimate professional, Mr. Haywood Massenburg! Mr. Massenburg is captures videos as an enthusiast! When you need anything from him, he will be right there, no matter the time or short notice. His ability to document things we have missed through his work is like the sword in the stone! Because of his work we can highlight all the details we missed but he caught. Live expressions that show smiles, laughs, and love. Like the pictures from In His Image Photography, we are able to able to re-live the moment with work from Mr. Haywood. We will forever be grateful!
Our wedding planner was Demetris Fasion of Creative Touch Designs. We gave him our ideas and he let his magic work!
Any advice for future brides:
Enjoy the moment. The day truly does go by fast. Everything is not going to go exactly as you planned. Take a deep breath and keep enjoying your day!
What’s your favorite image from your wedding day, and why:
Too many to choose from….The ones from the intimate photo session Dajuan pulled us away from and the midnight shots.
Dajun is a second generation photographer of In His Image Photography. Based in North Carolina, he’s very passionate about weddings and has been married for 10 years with 2 sons. Learn more about him by clicking here.