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A Christmas Love Story|Cary, N.C. Matthews House Styled Shoot

A Christmas Love Story


A styled shoot by Joyful Hearts Photography

After an inspiring conversation with Liz Perniciaro of Wedding Hair by Liz, I decided to take on my first styled shoot this past November. This being my first styled shoot, I sought out a local planner to help me get started and found Lillian Suarez of Lillian Suarez Weddings + Events who assisted in compiling an experienced vendor team in the Triangle to create A Christmas Love Story. The holiday season was quickly approaching, so the decision to use simply glam, festive looking decor for this shoot was a great choice. Wanting to show future clients the importance of researching their photographer and to understand every photographer has a different creative eye and style, Aaron Lurie of VMA Studios was asked to join the styled shoot to flex his creative muscles and capture the same sets as Hilary, but was challenged to show his own perspective.

The Bride and Groom who participated in A Christmas Love Story were given the opportunity to display their love for all to see. Raquel and Mike, of Raleigh fell in love with the concept of the staged wedding and played the part beautifully. Traditions by Anna, a Raleigh based bridal boutique, offered two gorgeous bridal gowns to be featured in the Christmas-themed style shoot. Julia Perniciaro, daughter of Liz Perniciaro, starred in the shoot as the second bride and ended up being a true jewel.


The gorgeous bridal jewelry came from Chloe & Isabel by Markie.



The talented Calligraphy by Jessica Yee created the invitation suite as well as the other paper goods.



Both dresses were from Traditions by Anna Bridal




Wedding Hair by Liz came to do hair and makeup.


The center pieces and bouquets were put together by The Flower Cupboard. Flatware and china were rented from Capital Events & Grand Rental Station and the fun mix match chairs from  Greenhouse Picker Sisters.



These beautiful delicious cupcakes were made by Cupcakes d’Amour….


Southern Harvest Catering provided a festive holiday meal.


Lifestyle Limousine provided a limo and the groom’s suite was custom made by John with SF Tailors.


A hot cocoa bar was set up outside on the porch



Groom’s suit was custom designed by John Fijen with SF Tailors.


“Ornamentinis” were the wedding party favors. These glass ornaments had the guests names (designed by Calligraphy by Jessica Yee) and were filled with Apple Martini drink, sitting in a martini glass ready to be served.


The gorgeous ring set was from Johnson’s Jewelers of  Cary.





Venue: www.matthewshousecary.com

Models: Bride & Groom: Raquel Nielson, Mike Reynolds/Julia Perniciaro

Coordinator: Lillian Suarez Events Wedding & Events

Hair/Makeup: www.weddinghairbyliz.com

Dresses: Traditions by Anna

Tux: SF Tailors

Jewerly: Chloe & Isabel by Markie

Limo: Lifestyle Limousine Company

Cake & Cupcakes: Cupcakes d’Amour

Caterer: Southern Harvest Catering

Flowers: The Flower Cupboard

Bridal Rings: Johnson’s Jewelers of Cary

Photographers: Joyful Hearts Photography, VMA Studios

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