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The Carolina Inn feels like home. As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a long-time resident of this town, it really does feel like this town's fancy living room. I love this fine, old hotel for it's different settings, great location and for its wonderful staff.

Here is a SLIDESHOW created with Carolina Inn clients in mind. We show you the various ceremony and ballroom locations as well as many of the incredible moments we have been privileged to witness.
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Wishing and Hoping | Wedding Story

Sally Fry and Matt Scruggs met and fell in love on the UNC Chapel Hill campus. They asked us to photograph their whole wedding story! We were lucky enough to photograph her bridal portrait, their engagement portrait, various events leading up to the wedding and the incredible wedding itself. I just love it when we get a chance to know our clients really well and are able to thoroughly document this special time in their lives. We really could not have asked for nicer people to work with. Thank you soooooo much, Sally and Matt!

This is their wedding story, which is a slideshow of the best images of the day set to music. If you want to see the WHOLE STORY please visit their wedding gallery. This is where you may also purchase prints.

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We began their photo story in the spring time when we met at my studio for Sally’s bridal portrait. Sally’s mom, Ginny, came along.

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After the studio we headed up to campus to get some images in front of the azaleas at the Old Well.

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Then, later in the Spring, Matt, Sally and I met on campus to do a tour. Their courtship took place here so we stopped at all of the significant places. Here we have Sally and Matt at Matt’s old dorm, Old West, which faces the Old Well.

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This is where Matt proposed, at the Davie poplar. Sweet!

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We visited Sally’s old dorm. Behind them is Kenan Dorm where I also lived many moons ago.

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This was one of their selections from the session. It was taken in the Arboretum, which is one of my favorite places to photograph.

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Fast forward to July. All of their friends and family are arriving in Chapel Hill for the wedding. On the day before the wedding the ladies gathered for a lunch and sing-a-long at The Carolina Inn.

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Meanwhile the men were having a cookout and playing some games at Sally and Matt’s home in Chapel Hill.

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That evening everyone met at University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street for the rehearsal. I think they look ready!

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Finally the big day arrived!

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A sneak peek for Sally’s dad.

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Matt was all smiles.

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What a beautiful ceremony!

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They formed a receiving line to make sure they were able to speak with all the guests at least once.

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Holy cuteness!

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Meanwhile the reception room was ready for the guests to arrive at The Carolina Inn.

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This day would not have been possible with out the parents.

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Gorgeous! Flowers by Tre Bella.

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The beautiful ladies.

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The handsome (and silly) men. They just had to use those gloves at some point.

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The happy couple.

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They incorporated their whole wedding party into their first dance. It was really wonderful!

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The whole affair had a french flavor, as Sally has spent significant time in France. Their cake was a croquembouche, which is the traditional French wedding cake made from filled pastry shells. She changed into another dress so she could really dance!

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The end!

Wedding Vendors:

Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn, Heidi Werner
Florist: Tre Bella
Dessert Designer: Miel Bon Bons
Tablescapes: CE Rentals
Ceremony Music: Tim Baker
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Bridal Boutique: Traditions by Anna
Aesthetics: Mina’s Studio
Men’s Tuxedos: Julian’s
Stationery: Reaves Engraving

After I posted the Wedding Story this is what Sally’s mom, Ginny Fry, had to say:

Kristin – Wow!!

You have done such an amazing job with capturing all of the love and memories from Sally and Matt’s wedding day and weekend!! Our many, many thanks to you and Sarah for doing a truly wonderful job!! We are so very impressed with your work and appreciate all of the many hours behind the scenes that you’ve spent to produce their wedding story, slide show and gallery. I love the music you added for the slide show – perfect! We can’t wait to share everything with our family and friends!!

I have to thank you so much for being such a joy to work with. You made Sally and Matt and each of us feel so comfortable. Your terrific and fun personality, thorough understanding of Sally’s expectations, and the natural and professional ease with which you worked each wedding event to photograph the planned and candid moments will keep their special weekend forever fresh in our memories. We feel very fortunate to have had you there with us. Thank you, thank you.

As the “mob” and a fellow alum, I feel we can’t highly recommend you enough!! Your fabulous work and reputation in our area speaks for itself; however, should you ever need an endorsement or recommendation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Luckiest | A Wedding Story

Elizabeth White and Dan Vallero were married on a gorgeous Saturday in April at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This couple was so relaxed and fun to be with that both Sarah and I commented on how lucky we felt to be there witnessing their union. They held their reception at The Carolina Inn, which had a vintage garden feel. You can see their WEDDING STORY by clicking on the image below. Or, for the WHOLE STORY visit their gallery by clicking HERE.


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Elizabeth made her own jewelry as well as jewelry for all the bridesmaids. Amazing!
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What a beautiful way to make an entrance!
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Dan was greeting guests as they arrived while Elizabeth and the ladies were hiding in the garden.
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I just love to see the expressions on people’s faces when they see their betrothed for the first time on their wedding day! Above is Elizabeth and below is Dan.
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As they walked out they wandered through the garden and had a little quiet time. They were both beaming!
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I can’t think of a prettier place to take portraits!
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I just loved how Elizabeth’s bridal portrait turned out. She is such a natural beauty which I think really comes through! This framed print now lives in her parent’s house.
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Their reception was in the Old Well room at The Carolina Inn. Even while surrounded by 150 people they were still very much focused on each other.
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Elizabeth’s father made the piece that held their wedding cupcakes. There were so many wonderful details at this wedding and nearly all of them were created by friends and family.
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I had to levitate to get this photo!
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Towards the end of the night I noticed that Elizabeth and Dan had been missing from the reception for a bit. I found them here, enjoying the front porch of The Carolina Inn.
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The End!

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Carolina Inn Bridal Bridal Showcase

On Sunday, January 30, 2011 KPO Photo will participate in the Bridal Showcase at The Carolina Inn. If you are only going to attend one wedding show, make it this one as it really is very unique and always well run. You can REGISTER HERE.

To see recent KPO Photo weddings at the Inn, visit our Carolina Inn Weddings page.
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This was the view in the Chancellor’s Ballroom at last year’s event. See you there!

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Another Mr. and Mrs. Doctor | Wedding Story

Lara Mamikonian and Mitchell Block met in Rochester, New York where they were both working as medical doctors. Lucky for me, they made a move to North Carolina and decided to plan their wedding here. They heard about me from Libby Dodds and Tim Ashley, friends from Rochester whose wedding I had photographed back in 2002. Thanks, Libby and Tim!

On their wedding day, they were blessed with a beautiful fall day. Their ceremony combined both of their backgrounds beautifully- Mitchell is Jewish and Lara is Russian Orthodox Christian. They held their ceremony in the Anne Hill Courtyard at The Carolina Inn and had their reception in the Hill Ballroom. I loved the fall colors they chose for the flowers and attire. Thank you all so much for choosing KPO Photo!

To see their WEDDING STORY just click on the image below. To see the WHOLE STORY visit their wedding gallery. It is from this gallery that you can purchase prints and other products.

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WEDDING VENDORS
Wedding Coordinator: Devon Schwartz at The Carolina Inn and Becky Sansbury
Officiates: Rabbi Andrew Ettin and Reverend Ed Sansbury
Floral Design: University Florist
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Musicians: Sound Nation

Cake Design: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
After I sent the WEDDING STORY to Lara, I heard this back, “I DO love it!! I have watched it once and I just want to watch it over and over again.”

And from her parents, Steve and Marie, I heard, “Thank you, Kristin!
We will be at the Blocks for Thanksgiving and are looking forward to viewing the Wedding Story together.
Today is Lara and Mitchell’s one month anniversary!
Marie joins me in thanking you for the wonderful, high-quality photography you and your colleague executed at The Carolina Inn. Every shot exhibits the subject’s mood and personality.”

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Purple Feather Boa

Here is the wedding story of Briana Corke and Matt Pelton. They were wed in a courtyard in front of the Carolina Inn on an unusually temperate, summer day. Briana and Matt really enjoy outdoors activities and as such wanted to be married outside. During the hours that led up to the ceremony there was a steady drizzle and many nervous glances outside. But the timing worked out perfectly as the rain stopped in time for the ceremony. You can find out how a purple, feather boa enters into the story by clicking on the SLIDESHOW below. You can see the whole story in their GALLERY.

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I heard this from the happy couple, “We LOVE our wedding story. We are so excited about some of the amazing shots that you took. My dad’s comment was, “Wow, she is really an artist!” Thank you so much.”

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Snow White

I am writing this blog post while it is still Spring but it will not go live until we are deep into the heat of summer. Briana Corke, a fourth grade teacher at Carrboro Elementary School came in for her bridal portrait while the azaleas were in full bloom. We photographed her inside the studio as well as outside. My cat, Eve, who normally doesn’t care for many human beings, loooooved Briana. Her dress, combined with her beautiful complexion, dark hair and relaxed manner made her a pleasure to take photos of. When this posts she will be married! Congratulations!
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Here is an update, post-wedding. They ended up with a temperate July day, which nearly never happens. There was a little rain but they were prepared with a tent. Here is what they ended up having at the wedding, in terms of bridal and engagement portraits. I just love to see how clients incorporate their KPO photos into their celebration! I will have their wedding story up at the end of this week. Thank you SOOO much, Matt and Briana, for making us a part of your wedding!
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KPO Photo at the Carolina Inn Bridal Fair

This past Sunday I spent the day at the Carolina Inn catching up with some of my favorite wedding professionals and meeting with a lot of folks with wedding fever. The Carolina Inn Bridal Fair is the only show we do each year because it is truly a site to behold. The already stunning hotel is decorated to the hilt and top wedding professionals in the area bring their best work to inspire people who are planning a wedding for 2010 or 2011. Here are some of my favorite images from the show.
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On the left is the Old Well Ballroom and on the right is a stunning table designed by La Fete Weddings.

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After the forced postponement due to the snow storm, it was great to see the show so busy! This was the view from the Chancellor’s Ballroom.

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On the left are flowers from Tre Bella and on the right is a table by An Elegant Affair. I saw a lot of kelly green, black and white and fun lighting. So different from the brown and blue craze of the past few years!

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On the left is a floral design that mimics a wedding cake by Purple Puddle. On the right is a tea table designed by Floral Dimensions.

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And, finally the KPO Photo table at the show. See you again next year! Thanks to Bea Miller of Floral Dimensions for the flowers. And a HUGE thanks to Julie McCay and Ashleigh Collins and their team at The Carolina Inn who do an incredible job year after year!

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The Devil is in the Details

Lauren Murphy and Eric Dixon had each been at Duke for more than 3 years before they were introduced. Perhaps Eric had stood behind her in line at Chick-fil-A, maybe Lauren had sat across from him on the East-West bus, but who can know if such coincidental encounters ever occurred? It seems the fates were taking their time to draw the two together.

But on a chilly Halloween night in 2003 Eric and Lauren found each other. Lauren, dressed as a stunning Genie, and Eric, in a less-than-fearsome child-sized Gladiator costume, were both invited to the same Halloween gathering. In their remaining semester at Duke, Lauren and Eric were inseparable. They enjoyed every minute of each other’s company, and they did all they could to make up for both the years it had taken them to meet and the short time they had remaining. Shortly after they graduated, they reluctantly parted ways.

Lauren returned to Washington DC to begin her career at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and later made the move to New York City to work with the Whitney Museum of American Art. Eric returned to California to ski and toy with the idea of writing, and later spent time in Europe working with the Center for International Environmental Law. While geographical distance kept them apart, they never stayed out of touch for long, and each always remained in the other’s thoughts.

After Eric was admitted to UCLA School of Law, the two decided that 3000 miles wasn’t enough to keep them apart. Through the constant connection of cell phones, and flexible sharing of travel duties, Lauren and Eric nurtured the bi-costal romance that still thrives today.

On October 10, 2009 they made their union official. They were married at 6 p.m. at The Duke Chapel followed by a beautiful reception at The Carolina Inn. I think their story is told best in the SLIDESHOW below. We have also posted a larger selection of their wedding photos in their GALLERY. It is from this gallery that you can purchase prints and other products.

Here is what Lauren had to say about her photos, “Everyone LOVES the slideshow and just thinks the images are stunning. There are SO many to choose from but I think my favorite is the kiss on Chapel Drive. It turned out perfectly!!”

We then completed the KPO Signature Album Lauren and Eric chose to be a part of their package. This is what she had to say when it arrived in their California home, “The album arrived! It looks so beautiful and we are thrilled with the final result. It perfectly tells the story of the day and it will be treasured! Now we just have to find the perfect place to display it. Thank you so much for capturing these wonderful moments for us and creating such a gorgeous album filled with wonderful memories.”

Wedding Vendors:
Floral Design: Fresh Affairs
Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn
Reception Musicians: Deanna Jones Orchestra
Cake Design: Sweet Memories
Videographer: Reel Life

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