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The Oaks at Salem Wedding – Josh and Amanda are Married!

So photographing a wedding at the Oaks at Salem is great, and I don’t want to downplay how beautiful this venue was in May, or how great the view from the reception was, but this day was all about Josh and Amanda. I’ve gotten glimpses at seeing these two together from before they were engaged, to photographing their engagement session, to their awesome wedding day at The Oaks at Salem. They genuinely love each other, they have a faith that binds them close together and it’s a marriage that I can’t wait to see where it goes. Josh and Amanda, marriage won’t be easy, but y’all have what it takes to make it work. Congratulations again!

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About the Couple

Where did your wedding take place?

The Oaks at Salem in Apex

What was your favorite moment on your wedding day?

The time that we got to spend just the two of us, being a married couple!

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

Remembering what the purpose of the wedding is… and that’s the upcoming marriage.  A wedding is just one day… but the marriage will be a lifetime. 

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

it was incredibly important for us to have a photographer with a true appreciation for tacos. We feel we found that. 

All kidding aside, Dave has a style in dark backgrounds that we were immediately drawn toward.  Also, Dave made it obvious that he not only has a passion for the photographs but for the people beyond the lens.

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


About the Team


Sam’s Club


Edwin Norris

Cake Designer:

Marie Sutton


Backyard Bistro

Terrible Sports Team Allegiances:


About the Images

These The Oaks at Salem images were taken with combinations of a  Nikon D4s,  Nikon D750,  Nikkor 85mm 1.4G,  Nikkor 45mm Tilt Shift,  Nikkor 24mm 1.4G, 5 off camera  Flashpoint R2 Speedlights, and 2  AD-200 strobes with an assortment of  MagMod modifiers. To learn more about my work as a photographer, you can find free information on my patreon. 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 Paul and Portia for helping on this shoot, some of their images are mixed in with mine above.

In addition to these The Oaks at Salem 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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