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Copper Ridge on the Neuse Wedding – Timothy and Alana are Married!

While I don’t know that I’ve done a Copper Ridge on the Neuse wedding quite so warm, I can’t say how much of a pleasure it was to photograph Timothy and Alana. As a photographer, you’re granted a unique perspective into a wedding day. Usually by a certain point in the day not too many people notice that you’re there and start to relax and go back into who they really are, not who they are when they posing for a picture. These two shone in these moments. Their love for each other, their desire to make sure that both the other and all of their guests were having a wonderful time was so clear, and it truly was a privilege to take part in their day. 

I also can’t go without mentioning the wonderful team getting everything together in Avalon Floral and Party Perfection. They do such a great job so consistently and I had a great time working with them both! 

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About the Couple

Where did your wedding take place?

Copper Ridge on the Neuse

What was your favorite moment on your wedding day?

We always wanted a barn on the water (rustic charm). Copper Ridge was absolutely perfect. 

What was the most helpful piece of advice you received when it came to planning your wedding?

Hire a wedding planner. 

What was the biggest reason you chose Dave Shay Photography on your wedding day?

Loved his work. We also love tacos. 

How would you describe your Wedding day? Use as many or as few words as you’d like



About the Team

Hair Stylist:


Party Perfection Weddings 


Bryan Mayer (live Cocktail hour music), Nick Russo (DJ) 


Carolyn Mechanye from Avalon Flowers


Michael Ledbetter (Pastor) #252-342-0492

Cake Designer:

Famous Baking Company

Bridesmaid Dress Designer:

Groomsmen Attire:


Strange and Sons Catering


About the images

These Copper Ridge on the Neuse images were taken with combinations of a  Nikon D4sNikon D750Nikkor 85mm 1.4GNikkor 45mm Tilt ShiftNikkor 24mm 1.4G, 5 off camera  Flashpoint R2 Speedlights, and 2 AD-200 strobes with an assortment of  MagMod modifiers. All of my images are color corrected with Adobe Lightroom only and not altered or photoshopped in any way.

I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to James for his help on this shoot, some of his images are mixed in with mine above.

In addition to these The Carolina Inn Wedding Photos, Raleigh Wedding Photographer Dave Shay is available for wedding and couple’s portraiture along the entire East Coast and worldwide. To see more work from Raleigh Wedding Photographer Dave Shay, please head over to the portfolio page.


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