Mordecai Historic Park Wedding | Tim & Leslie | Nieto Photography

bride and groom looking at each other and smiling as they pose for a portrait in Mordecai historic park

An Intimate Mordecai Historic Park Wedding

Tim and Leslies’s Mordecai Historic Park wedding was not my normal type of wedding. It’s not often that I get to shoot a fellow photographers wedding or that I get to shoot a friends wedding. That is mainly for two reasons. First, I don’t have many friends and second, the ones I do have are already married. Both Tim and Leslie have helped me through the years on bridal and creative shoots. Usually not know if I was going to endanger their lives or send them to the wrong location. What also made this wedding unique was the timeline. Normal wedding day coverage is usually 8-12 hours long. Tim and Leslie, flawlessly, had their wedding day in three hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

When Leslie and Tim initial asked me to shoot their wedding it was going to be a court house wedding in 2018. Wonderful events transpired that allowed them to have a more intimate wedding in Mordecai Historic Park in downtown Raleigh. The ceremony was held in St. Mark’s Chapel. If you are a bride looking for a venue for an intimate ceremony, this is your place. Truly a wedding venue for the couple and their closest loved ones. It allows everyone to be close and really enjoy the ceremony.

The Prep.

We started the wedding day off with Leslie getting her hair and makeup done at Tim’s parents house. The wedding bands were some of my favorites from 2017.

detail shot the wedding bands and engagement ring with their reflections
detail shots of the brides rings and necklace along with the grooms wedding band
purple flowers on the wedding gown sash
bride looking at her reflection in a makeup mirror
hairstylist working on the brides hair as the bride drinks orange juice
mother of the groom zipping up the brides dress
bride receiving a kiss from her mother after getting in her dress
bride receiving a kiss from her mother after getting in her dress
the bride smiling at the camera as her friend helps her with her necklace

Tim, his sons, and groomsmen all went to Van-tique Barbershop in Garner. After shooting this barbershop, I will recommend it to future grooms who are in search of a place to relax with their groomsmen before the wedding ceremony.

grooms son sitting in the barbers chair waiting to have his hair styled at Van-tique in Garner
the grooms son having his hair styled at Van-tique-barbershop
The groom sitting in a barbers chair surrounded by his sons in side of Van-tique-barbershop
the groom and his young sons sitting on a bench smiling for a portrait inside of Van-tique-barbershop in Garner NC
Black and white portrait of father and young sons inside of Van-tique-barbershop

St. Mark’s Chapel

December’s in North Carolina usually mean barren trees and the color brown. We were blessed with some great colored leaves still on the trees with a great historic background.

picture of St. Mark's Chapel in Mordecai Historic Park
Bride walking in Mordecai Historic park with her friend holing her dress
the bride walking down the brick walkway to St. Mark's Chapel at Mordecai Historic Park
bride standing near window posing for portrait in St Mark's Chapel
black and white picture of the bride standing near a window inside St. Mark's Chapel
father of the bride getting a kiss from his daughter
mother of the bride giving a kiss to the bride
Bride standing with her parents at the altar inside of St. Mark's Chapel
the bride and her bridesmaids posing for a formal portrait
bride holding back tears and covering her mouth as she reads a note from the groom before her mordecai historic park wedding
bride wiping away a tear from her eye after reading a not from her fiancé in front of St. Mark's Chapel in Mordecai historic park

Tim and all his guys hanging out

black and white image of the groom talking to his groomsmen at Mordecai Historic Park
black and white image of groom smiling at another groomsman
groom posing with his sons and his groomsmen inside of St Mark's Chapel
groom holding his youngest son in his arms and both are smiling for the camera
groom and his oldest son looking at each other and smiling
groom pretending to choke his son while posing for a portrait inside of St. Mark's Chapel
the mother of the groom pinning his boutonniere on his lapel

First Look

Because their Mordecai Historic Park wedding was so intimate and their desire to be as stress free, they both decided to do a first look. 

black and white picture of the groom standing by himself before the first look
the bride walking up to the groom from behind during their first look before their Mordecai Historic Park wedding
black and white picture of the bride standing behind the groom during their first look
bride and groom acting very excited to see each other during their first look before their Mordecai Historic Park wedding
bride and groom laughing with excitement seeing each other for the first time during their first look
black and white image of the bride aggressively kissing the groom during their first look
groom smiling at the camera as the bride smiles at him after their mordecai historic park wedding
bride and groom standing in leaves smiling at each other in Mordecai Historic Park
bride and groom posing for a portrait with the fall orange leaves behind them in Mordecai Historic Park
Groom standing with his hands in his pockets as the bride leans her head on his shoulder in front of St. Mark's Chapel
bride and groom posing with their children in front of St. Mark's Chapel
bride and groom smiling at each other nicely as they pose in mordecai historic park in front of St. Mark's Chapel
bride and groom laughing as they pose for a portrait in front of St Mark's Chapel before their Mordecai historic park wedding

The Ceremony

Every wedding ceremony should start off wit the ring bearers with Nerf guns.

ring bearer with a nerf gun on his hip as he walks around Mordecai Historic Park
the grooms sons about to walk down the aisle with nerf guns on their hips
small intimate wedding taking place inside of St. Mark's Chapel
the bride smiling at the groom with the brides smiling behind her
the bride whipping tears from her eye with a tissue during her ceremony
The bride reading her vows to the groom inside of St. Mark's Chapel during their Mordecai Historic Park wedding
the groom reading his vows to the bride during their Mordecai Historic Park wedding inside of St. Mark's Chapel
black and white image of bride laughing as the groom tries to place the ring on her finger
Black and white image of bride and groom praying and leaning foreheads into each other
bride and groom kissing for the first time inside of St. Mark's Chapel
black and white picture of the bride and groom recessing down the aisle of St. Mark's Church
bridal party portrait in front of St. Mark's Chapel in Mordecai Historic Park
bride and groom kissing in front of St. Mark's Chapel as the wedding party looks at them
the bride and groom touching noses as the wedding party smiles at them in front of St. Mark's Chapel
bride and groom looking at each other and posing for a portrait in front of St Mark's Chapel
the bride getting kiss on the check from the groom in front of St. Mark's Chapel
bride sitting and laughing while being hugged by a little boy with the groom standing behind her laughing
the bride and groom rubbing noses and being playful
bride and groom posing for a portrait as the bride smiles for the camera
grooms hand on top of the brides hand to show off their wedding bands

If you liked this intimate Mordecai Historic Park wedding please feel free to contact me. I would love to talk to you about your upcoming wedding.

Vendors

Brides Hair: Sierra – Salon Blu

Grooms Beard: Van-tique barbershop

Venue: Mordecai Historic Park

Grooms Suit: K&G

Wedding Gown: Wedding Dress On Call

Grooms Wedding Band: EMBR

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