I might be a wee bit OBSESSED with this wedding as Kelly and Tony are family!!! More than that, they are two the of kindest, smartest, and down to earth people I know. This past weekend, my brother-in-law married his best friend in a gorgeous Highgrove Estate wedding right outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. Kelly and Tony met while attending Elon University, quickly became friends, and started dating right before graduation. They mastered the long distance relationship thing as Kelly received her DPT from Duke and Tony traveled to California to pursue his PhD in Chemistry at Berkeley. Shortly after she graduated, Kelly joined Tony in California! These two are adventurers at heart and love spending their days playing tennis, going on runs, or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen. Speaking of delicious, Tony proposed to Kelly in Ghirardelli Square (yum!) and the planning for their southern celebration began.
On May 15th, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky as guests began to arrive at the Highgrove Estate. Tony started the morning by getting a close shave at V’s Barbershop
with his groomsmen. The good kind of butterflies began to build as Kelly’s mom helped her slip into her gorgeous Maggie Sottero
gown. Tears streamed down Tony’s face (and basically everyone else’s) as Kelly made her way down the aisle, and cheers of joy rang out from family and friends as they were pronounced husband and wife! One of my favorite moments of the day was when Kelly and Tony recessed to “I’ll Be There For You” from Friends! If you know anything about Kelly and Tony, you know they have seen every episode too many times to count. It really was a sweet surprise for unsuspecting family and friends! Dinner was served family style, heartfelt toasts were given, and the dancing lasted well into the evening! Thank you Kelly and Tony for giving me the honor of photographing such a special day and to Mekina for helping me capture it so beautifully! Enjoy reliving a few of my favorite moments from this gorgeous Highgrove Estate wedding below.
The Team – Photographer: Amy Rizzuto Photography, Second Photographer: Mekina Saylor, Venue: Highgrove Estate, Hair Stylist: Laura Jones, Make-up Artist: Pamela Hung, Florist: Flowers on Broad Street, Dress: Maggie Sottero, Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal, Shoes: Zigi Soho, Jewelry: Blue Nile, Videographer: Chris Bunn, Cake Baker: Sweet Memories Bakery, DJ: Jason Huggins Stylus SE, First Dance Song: Ingrid Michaelson- Can’t Help Falling in Love
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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC and Destination wedding photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
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