John & Rachel | TOPO Wedding – Chapel Hill, NC

John & Rachel’s wedding was such a pleasure to photograph. Everyone was super laid back and friendly–they made me and my second shooter Jesse Roberts feel like family! John & Rachel planned a Sunday morning brunch wedding with mimosas, donuts and a photobooth in lieu of a DJ and dancing. Sunday weddings are totally my new favorite thing!

The day started out with breakfast at Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill. Moms, friends, and younger guests hung out en masse while the ladies got ready. When it was time for their first look, John, Rachel and their close family converged on the green on UNC-CH’s campus near Franklin St. Everything about this moment was perfect, and I just cannot convey how much these two are in love.

The ceremony and afternoon was filled with love and laughter. One of the most memorable moments was John’s heartfelt speech, which left no eye in the room dry. The photobooth was also a big hit, and nearly everyone got their silly on. (See more images of their photobooth here). The afternoon wrapped up with a bubble exit on Franklin St. Oh! And Varsity Theater also wished these two a happy day. Talk about a Chapel Hill wedding!

Throughout my entire experience working with John & Rachel, I’ve come to learn a lot about them and myself as a photographer. They are my ideal clients in so many ways. From being laid back and going with the flow to also being up for an adventure, I’m so grateful to have been a part of their big day and thankful to count them as part of my photography family. I hope to work with them again and I’m so excited to watch their love and new family grow <3


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The rest of the images from this gorgeous wedding will be available next month!

Venue/Caterer | Top of the Hill
Photographer | Natural Craft Photography
Second Photographer | J L Roberts Photography
Hair & Makeup | Tiffany Carnes
Flowers |  Fern Rock Farm
Donuts | Monuts Donuts

  1. Lovely images, Ashley! Sunday Brunch Weddings are the best! And I’m not just saying that because I had one. 😉

  2. Marty and Barb James says:

    What a beautiful day!!!!!!!! Just think of how far your life has come Rachel since you moved to Chapel Hill?!!!!! We are so happy for you and John.

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