JC Raulston Wedding Photos

JC Raulston Wedding Photos – Austin and Nikole Anniversary Shoot

I’ve spent quite a bit of time taking JC Raulston Wedding photos, but I usually have deadlines to hit on a wedding day and timelines to worry about. This shoot was especially fun taking some extra time to get creative and really get to photograph these two in a way that shows their character. Starting with the JC Raulston golden hour and making the short trip to downtown Raleigh after for some night time imagery made this shoot a dream.

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About the Couple

Who’s filling this out?

Nikole & Austin

Session Location:

JC Raulston Arboretum

What were your favorite things about JC Raulston?

We both enjoy being outdoors surrounded by nature and all things green. Our favorite thing about this venue was what felt like the unlimited amount of spots we could choose to take photos, without feeling in the way of others taking photos.

What was your favorite moment during your shoot?

Hands down, when Dave got on the ground and took our photo using the reflection of a pond!

Being on the other side of it all, what advice would you give someone planning a wedding?

You don’t have to follow tradition! Ditch those heels, wear your favorite color down the aisle, and remember you don’t have to invite your second cousins uncle-in-law to the reception.

What was the biggest reason you chose Dave Shay Photography to photograph your anniversary session?

I have seen his work and was impressed with the quality of his photos. They look as if they belong in magazines!

How would you describe your anniversary session?

It was fun! Neither of us has ever been in a photoshoot before. We both started off nervous and feeling a bit awkward being around others, thankfully this only lasted a few minutes. Dave was warm, welcoming and didn’t object to any of the photos I asked to be taken.

Vendor Credits




Trader Joe’s

Wedding Dress


About the Images

To see the equipment used on these JC Raulston Wedding images and get some free tips on how I run my photography business, head to my education page here.

All of my images are color corrected with Adobe Lightroom only and not altered with photoshop in any way.

I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Portia for helping on this shoot.

In addition to these JC Raulston 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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