• John + Molly

As i was shooting this wedding, I thought to myself “How on earth am I going to put this wedding into words”.  This blog post was intimidating to write because I just don’t think just my “words” will do this wedding justice. The uniqueness of this was SO wonderful and the JOY that filled this celebration was undeniable.  Molly and John planned this wedding to mirror who THEY are. Every last detail had a piece of their personality all over it. I loved it… I loved it ALL!! Jill second shot this wedding with me and I’m always so thankful when my couples opt to hire a second pair of hands for their wedding because it really is a HUGE help to me! Jill spent the morning with the guys and I spent time shooting details

and hanging out with the ladies. The hotel suite was hott from all the energy and multiple curling irons.  Fuchsia dresses and cowboy boots constantly passed by as I sat on the floor and shot Molly’s adorable invitations and programs.  As the morning continued, the dress went on, the hairpieces were added and it was time for Molly to see her dad. A lot of brides make time to share a special moment with their dad and so I didn’t think anything of it….. what I mean by that is… I was prepared…. I wasn’t prepared for the TEARS!! Molly saw her dad and the floodgates let loose for everyone watching. It was just a beautiful moment. And those beautiful moments continued as Molly saw John during their first look.


Their ceremony was nothing short of fabulous… seriously, I wish I could walk you through the whole thing but it would take 7 paragraphs to do that! This ceremony was honestly a PRODUCTION! Lights, camera, music, an amazing slideshow… it was LEGIT and so unique. The greatest thing about their ceremony is that while it was exciting and so out-of-the-box….Christ was still the main focus. It wasn’t about them or about how amazing they are (even though they are pretty AWESOME)… no, it was all about THANKING the LORD for allowing them to enter into a lifelong commitment with their best friend. It was beautiful. I found myself not wanting it to end!


Molly and John, you two are such an incredible pair. I don’t think I’ve laughed and cried simultaneously at a ceremony, EVER…. and I’ve been to a TON of ceremonies! The joy you two share is contagious and I’m so SO thankful that I was able to be a part of your day! I think John’s best man said it the best… you two GIVE LIFE to everyone around you and it’s an honor to call you friends! Hope the honeymoon was AMAZING!!!! Enjoy these highlights of your big day!!


The flower girl and ring bearer used these… love it! (of and PS! If you hover your mouse over each image… there’s a TEAL “P” if you want to “Pin”

something that you love too! )

LOVE Molly’s stationary style!

A picture of Molly’s Mom on her bouquet:)


AWESOME gifts from John! I’m going to STEAL that apron…. even though I don’t cook!

Sweet Moment.

Looking good John!!!!

Love this first look shot!

a favorite for sure!

I loved the bouts!

I reallly loved them:)


Such a southern wedding!

love it.

Switching it up for the ceremony! It was super contemporary!

John and Molly made a video that played before she came down the aisle… and it went something like this “What do you need to have a wedding? A little girl (insert cute baby pics here) and a little boy (more cute baby pics) and bridesmaids (and they cheered) and etc. etc.”  They shared the proposal and the music was building and then the lights came up and BAM! Here she comes! Best entrance ever!

Love the lighting!

And did I mention that Molly did what only a few brave souls ever dare to do? …. She SANG at her own wedding! And did a little dance:)

She wasn’t the only one dancing (or should I say falling?)


An exact replica of the General Lee. Nice.


Love that curvy branch!


Little exit bar with mini sparklers

haha for the kids.

FAVORITE CAKE of ALL TIME! I’m pinning this!:)

Some Phi Mu love…

Molly and her dad have such a funny/amazing relationship!

Yay for amazing couples! … and crazy dancers!

Ceremony: New Hope Church – Senior Pastor Benji Kelley Durham, NC

Lighting: Kevis Mulchan 

Reception: The Big Barn – Hillsborough, NC

Cakes: Cakes by B (sister of the bride – Bridgid Murphy) – Jamestown / Greensboro, NC

DJ: Music Makes You Happy Entertainment (Chris Rice) – Suffolk, VA

Catering: Jim’s Famous BBQ – Chapel Hill, NC

Videography: NC Nwoko (friend and co-worker of the bride)

Flowers: Bridesmaid and bridesmaid’s mother Bec Rackley and Suzi Klyber

Getaway Car: The General Lee – owned by Keith King of King BMX Stunt Show 

Bride’s Jewelry: Rustic Gem 

Bride’s Clutch: Toriska

Brides Gown: Forever Yours Bridal – Bridal Mart in Burlington, NC

Groom’s Vests: Six Star Uniforms

Groom’s Jeans: Old Navy

Antiques on Sweetheart Table: Currier & Ives Dishes (bride’s family heirlooms)
Rings: Ken Jackson of Wentworth and Sloan Jewelers

Everything else (invitations, programs, decorations and whatnot): The bride designed ‘em and made ‘em with her bare hands.

Wedding Coordinator: Cousin of the Groom – Kelly Cash

xoxo, Katelyn
36 Comments Weddings
  1. Cait reply

    LOVE this wedding. The pink is so great against the winter tones! Loved EVERYTHING about this wedding!! Gorgeous Katelyn!

  2. Serena reply

    LOVE – the details are adorable!

    Also, that photo of those pieces of cake… definitely craving some good wedding cake now.

  3. Abby Grace reply

    I can’t get over all of her details- I’m DYING to shoot a wedding with that much attention to the little accents! The image of Molly’s dad hugging her, right before he gave her away made me cry- Katelyn, you have such a precious gift!

  4. Alison Mish reply

    That was awesome! I absolutely loved the post :)

  5. Bridgid Murphy reply

    AMAZING! You really captured the day! I laughed and cried all over again. Thank you!

  6. Alison Mish reply

    That was awesome! I absolutely loved this post :)

  7. molly buckley reply

    katelyn! thank you SO much. john and i are sitting on our porch here in mexico grinning from ear to ear reliving our day! our wedding was seriously everything we dreamed it could be – and all our hard work really paid off! we are SOOO thankful that you could capture it all for us. we love you!! xoxooxo

  8. Anna Grace reply

    WOW! This post is fantastic. LOVE the pink :)

  9. Brittani reply

    I hope you are ready for another southern wedding FULL of cowboy boots this year! Beautiful pictures and such a fun couple :)

  10. Elizabeth reply

    KATELYN!!!! this post is incredible!!! it looks like such a fun wedding!!! fantastic job, as always!

  11. Alaina reply

    Adorable! Loved the slideshow idea before the bride’s entrance. Thank you for adding the teal Pinterest button! :-)

  12. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    LOVE the cowboy boots!!

  13. Meredith Sledge reply

    She looks like the happiest person in the world! I want to be friends with her. :)

  14. Victoria reply

    I can Not get enough of these!! and THAT dress! Fantastic!

  15. Amy Smith reply

    Katelyn, you absolutely captured the emotion, fun, and love from the day. Fabulous pictures of a fabulous couple!! Much love!

  16. beverly lilly reply

    cnu does it right…once again! Congrats Molly!!!

  17. Annamarie reply

    oh my gosh she is the most adorable bride!!!!! OBSESSED with all of her details and especially love her doily clutch!

  18. Gina reply

    I absolutely LOVE this wedding. Great job capturing the couple!

  19. megan reply

    love the pink, cowboy boots, and jean jackets!! :)

  20. Nancy Mitchell reply

    Omg! This wedding is amazing. I love the non-traditional attire and the DETAILS. Great job. Still waiting for a wedding like this to photograph!

  21. Stephen reply

    The shot of the brides father in the beginning is epic!

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  23. bec reply

    fantastic post Katelyn, the bride did an amazing job with all the details. Everything flowed so beautifully. and the colours! I’m not a fan of hot pink usually, but I loved it in this wedding! Kudos!

  24. Kendal Smith reply

    This is my favorite wedding of all of the ones you have posted since I started following your blog about a year ago! The couple is beautiful and the wedding decorations were awesome! And you did an amazing job taking these beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Becca reply

    Oh MY goodness!!!!!! Molly your wedding was STUNNING!!! I loved seeing all the details Katelyn captured! It was incredible and then some! I can’t imagine all the hours doing the cute, cute, cute crafts!!! Yalls outfits, the setting, that sweet tea sign, the flowers!!! Eeeeee! Going pin happy on Katelyn’s blog later =)

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  27. Sara reply

    If I could, I would look at this post ALL day. I think I see something new every time. AMAZING job, Molly, and fantastic job capturing it, Katelyn! It seems like such a joyous day – I hope mine can be the same way, but in our own special way!

  28. Stephanie Smith reply

    Such a cute wedding! I love it! I loved all the details. The Jeans the boots such a fun fun wedding to see! I bet the entrance was awesome! and I loved the invites and programs! Great Job all around! :)

  29. Girish reply

    Super post. Love the pictures. Excellent couple shots there. I wonder how much time do you get to take some lovely pictures. Both the before and the after are super. Inspiring work. Great work on the details as well.

    Suggestion – Why don’t you add the Pinterest button for the images.

  30. Girish reply

    Okay I got Pinterest button :D … move over.. :)) Sorry.

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    OMG. You are a GREAT Photographer. :)

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