The Purcell’s Wedding at The Upchurch in Cary, NC

North Carolina wedding at The Upchurch Cary.

Hey there, future bride or groom-to-be! It’s your fav Raleigh wedding photographer here, Patty Betts, and I’m thrilled to share with you The Purcell’s spring wedding at The Upchurch Cary Wedding Venue in North Carolina. From heartfelt moments to crazy dance moves, The Purcell’s wedding had it all. So, grab your popcorn and buckle up as we dive into this whirlwind of love, laughter, and pure magic!

Picture this: the sun shining, birds singing, and the atmosphere buzzing with excitement. But before we jump into the action, let me set the stage for you. The Upchurch Cary Wedding Venue is like a secret garden straight out of a fairy tale. With its lush greenery, dreamy lawns, and charming architecture, it was the perfect backdrop for this spring wedding in North Carolina.

First Look (And what is the first look at a wedding?)

If you’re new to the world of weddings, you might be wondering, “What exactly is a first look?”

A first look is a private and intimate moment shared between the soon-to-be-married couple before the ceremony takes place. It is a planned meeting where the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day, capturing their genuine reactions and emotions.

Why opt for a first look, you might ask? Well, it’s a chance for the couple to have an intimate moment together, away from the eyes of the guests. It allows them to share their excitement, calm each other’s nerves, and take in the significance of the day before the whirlwind of the ceremony and reception begin.

From a photographer’s perspective, the first look is a treasure trove of emotions and raw reactions. It provides an opportunity to capture authentic moments, the pure joy of seeing each other, and the unfiltered expressions of love. As a North Carolina wedding photographer, I cherish the first look because it allows me to freeze those fleeting, heartfelt moments in time, creating photographs that will be cherished for a lifetime.

John, the groom, looking dapper and slightly nervous, couldn’t contain his excitement as he awaited his stunning bride, Audrey. And there she was, walking towards him with a twinkle in her eye. It was a moment frozen in time, filled with so much love and anticipation. I loved getting to captured their genuine reactions, ensuring these heartfelt memories would last a lifetime.

Wedding Bridal Party Photos

Next up, the bridal party! The bridesmaids rocked their pastel lavender dress with sass, while the groomsmen strutted their stuff in their tailored suits. We turned the Main House and Patio of The Upchurch Cary Wedding Venue into our personal playground, capturing the perfect wedding party photos.

Bride & Groom Wedding Photos

Now, let’s talk about the newlywed photos! Audrey, an absolute vision in her flowing, sparkly gown, looked gorgeous! With the enchanting surroundings of The Upchurch Cary Wedding Venue as our backdrop, we created timeless images that John and Audrey will be able to cherish for years to come!

The Wedding Ceremony

Now, let’s take a step back and immerse ourselves in the sweet ceremony that unfolded at The Upchurch Cary. As the guests took their seats, anticipation filled the air. The couple stood at the altar, radiating love and excitement, ready to commit themselves to each other.

The ceremony was a heartfelt expression of their love, filled with heartfelt vows and promises to cherish and support one another. The officiant led the proceedings with grace, weaving together faith and touching words that painted a picture of the couple’s unique love story. The ceremony music was live provided by Jordan Alikraish and it provided the perfect romantic setting.

As a North Carolina wedding photographer, I had the privilege of capturing every precious moment during the ceremony. From the gentle exchange of rings to the shared glances filled with emotion, each frame captured the essence of their commitment to one another. The Upchurch Cary Wedding Venue provided the perfect backdrop for this sacred moment, with its timeless green lawns and serene atmosphere adding an air of elegance to the proceedings.

The Wedding Reception

But the real party was just getting started! The reception at The Upchurch’s reception space called “The Conservatory” was a sight to behold. The venue was decked out in stunning decor, combining elegance and a touch of whimsy. The caterers did not disappoint, serving up a feast!

And the dance floor? Oh it was fire! “Spare Change Music,” the incredible live band, had everyone on their feet and on the dance floor all night long!

The energy was contagious, and I found myself grooving along with my camera in hand. The newlyweds, surrounded by their loved ones, laughed, twirled, and let loose on the dance floor, creating memories that will forever be etched in their hearts.

Now, let’s give a shoutout to the unsung heroes of this incredible wedding—the amazing vendor team! From the moment I arrived, the North Carolina wedding planner Mandy Owen, was an absolute rockstar, ensuring every detail was flawlessly executed. Her attention to detail and organizational skills kept the day running smoothly, allowing me to focus on capturing every precious moment. A big round of applause also goes to the incredible, award-winning caterer Rocky Top Catering and the rentals provided by Curated Events Raleigh.

And of course, let’s not forget the stars of the show—the incredible couple! Their love and chemistry were evident in every frame, and I felt honored to be the one capturing their special day. From the nerves and excitement during the first look to the laughter and joy shared with their friends and family, they radiated happiness throughout the entire celebration.

As the night drew to a close, I couldn’t help but reflect on the magic of this spring wedding. The Upchurch Cary proved to be the perfect setting, offering timeless elegance and picturesque beauty that enhanced every moment.

To anyone searching for their dream wedding venue in North Carolina, look no further than The Upchurch Cary. And if you’re in need of a fun, modern and timeless North Carolina wedding photographer to capture your own love story, well, you know where to find me!

So, bride or groom-to-be, as you continue your journey in search of the perfect wedding venue or one of the best North Carolina wedding photographers or Raleigh wedding planners, I hope this blog post has provided you with a glimpse of what awaits you for your own wedding.

Hope your own love story is filled with laughter, adventures, and unforgettable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. Cheers to love and a future filled with endless possibilities!

North Carolina Wedding Vendor Team:

Venue: The Upchurch Cary

Coordination: Mandy Owen Events

Catering: Rocky Top Catering

Florals: Fallons Flowers

Rentals and decor: Curated Events Raleigh

Live Band: Spare Change Music

Make-up: Make-up By Gentry

Ceremony Music: Jordan Alikraish



Happy Couples

Joanna & Michael

“All we hear are ravinggg comments about our pictures! No one could've made us feel more special than this photography duo on our big day!”

Erin & Danny

"Patty and Donny were hands down the BEST decision we made in our WHOLE wedding! I wish I could get married again and have them all over again! Don’t hesitate, book now!!"

Danielle & Mike

"Patty was able to capture our love so perfectly in photos! I would recommend Betts Photography & films to anyone planning a wedding!"

Kellie & Robert

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Ashley & Mike

“The BEST people to work with! So so kind and brought our vision to life!” 


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