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Rodney & Natalie’s Bright and Beautiful Summer Wedding

Navy and Fuchsia Prestonwood Country Club Wedding by Images by Amber Robinson 

Jordans or Jimmy Choos? Sometimes picking the perfect pair of shoes to wear on your wedding day can be hard. But Natalie had zero trouble when it came to deciding whether or not to say “yes” to Rodney’s marriage proposal. Although her style is classic and he’s more trendy, this NC couple compliments each other in every way. They hosted a beautiful, summertime Prestonwood Country Club wedding in Cary, NC. 

Yes, this is a blog about Natalie and Rodney’s true love story. But it’s also a story of two friends, and how they’ve shown up for one another since day one. Literally! Bride Natalie and her wedding photographer, Amber Robinson have known each other since birth. When both of their moms were simultaneous pregnant pals, it was only natural for the daughters to become fast friends. From Natalie’s first touch with Rodney to their pom pom exit, Images by Amber Robinson captured every wedding memory on camera. The best part? Amber got to participate in the celebration of her best friend’s wedding on a deeper, and more personal level. Keep scrolling for more of this amazing NC wedding story. 

Navy Fuchsia Colorful Summer Wedding Invitation Suite Flowers Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber Robinson
Purple Fuchsia Ring box Diamond Engagement Ring Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber Robinson

Hire a Local Planner like Kathy Swope with Sally Oakley Weddings & Events 

Thanks to Kathy Swope of Sally Oakley Weddings & Events, Prestonwood Country Club looked exactly as bride Natalie dreamed – an elegant ballroom covered in lace, navy, fuchsia and bright summer blossoms. We understand why a bride or groom would want to plan their own wedding. It’s the excitement of choosing color palettes, themes and picking out plates or tasting cakes that drives this desire. However, the newly engaged don’t anticipate hours of vendor communication, meetings, logistics, budgeting and setting timelines!

Local wedding planners such as Sally Oakley Weddings & Events are seasoned pros in this field. Not only can they gracefully direct a wedding party of over 200 people, they have years of experience. With that experience comes invaluable leadership skills and all-things-wedding knowledge. By the time Bride Natalie hired a planner she had most of her wedding mapped out. However, she still felt that hiring a planner was absolutely necessary for her big day to run smoothly! Bride Natalie was thankful to have planner Kathy Swope by her side, 

“Kathy was simply amazing and made the day go exactly as planned!” 

Bride Laughing in Lace Wedding Dress with Flower Girl in Fuchsia Prestonwood Country Club Cary Venue Images by Amber

Friends For Life, NC Wedding Photographer Images by Amber Robinson 

When bride Natalie was asked how long she’s known NC wedding photographer Amber Robinson she replied with, “ literally forever.” Growing up together, she said Amber knew exactly what she liked, disliked and needed for her wedding. Trust is the ultimate foundation for this kind of vendor-client relationship. Whether you’ve known her forever or a short time, Natalie said Amber makes you feel valued, 

“I watched her recently at an event passing out hugs and advice. It didn’t matter if you booked with her. She genuinely wanted these brides to have the best experience possible.”  

One thing about Amber that stands out among other NC wedding photographers is her decisiveness and professionalism. Rodney & Natalie got the same timeline and treatment as all of her couples. Bride Natalie says that Amber is an expert communicator and stress reliever,

“I couldn’t have imagined anyone else capturing the most special day of our lives.”

Images by Amber Robinson and Best Friend Natalie Bride to Be NC Wedding Story

Above, Natalie and Amber posing together for a selfie in 2010! Below, Natalie and Amber helping us celebrate the relaunch of Heart of NC Weddings magazine in 2019. Over the years their hairstyles have changed, but their love and friendship has remained steadfast.

Groom Wedding Day Details Hat Pow Tie Jordans Love Letter Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber Robinson
Groom in Navy Blue Suit and Bow Tie Summer Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Venue Cary NC Images by Amber
Groom Putting on Gold Cuff Links Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Venue Cary NC Images by Amber

Heartfelt Ceremony at Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Venue

One of the most romantic features of Prestonwood Country Club wedding venue is their magnificent staircase. Not only does this curving staircase make for a royal wedding entrance, it serves as a stunning ceremonial backdrop. Groom Rodney could not help but shed a tear at the sight of his beautiful bride walking down the aisle. As a part of their wedding ceremony, Natalie and Rodney lit a special candle to symbolize their love and marriage. You cannot miss the look of pure joy and adoration that this NC couple has for one another. Every single photo by Images by Amber Robinson captures that heartfelt emotion.

Beautiful Bride Wedding Ceremony Father Walking Down the Aisle Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber Robinson
Groom and Groomsmen in Michael Jordan Shoes Wedding Day Prestonwood Country Club Venue Cary Images by Amber Robinson
Emotional Groom Seeing Bride First Time NC Wedding Ceremony Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber Robinson
Custom Gold and White Wedding Ceremony Candle Prestonwood Country Club Venue Cary, NC Images by Amber Robinson
Groom and Bride Lighting Special Gold and White Wedding Ceremony Candle Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber

Navy and Fuschia Wedding Reception at Prestonwood Country Club

Dim the lights! Planner Kathy Swope of Sally Oakley Weddings & Events flipped Natalie and Rodney’s ceremony space when it came time to celebrate. Candles and mood lighting set the tone for this navy and fuchsia wedding reception. Tables looked romantic and timeless covered in lace and navy linen from CE Rental. Bright summer wedding flowers and a fuchsia pink wedding cake table gave the room that fresh and warm glow. We love that this NC couple included a colorful balloon photo booth for guests to have fun! Their experience working with the club was of utmost professionalism and care. Guests raved about dinner, featuring salmon, braised short rib and chicken palermo paired with mashed potatoes, broccoli cheese, and salad. Natalie is still gushing over her “dream” five tier cake! 

Bride and Groom Romantic First Dance Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Reception Cary NC Images by Amber Robinson
Glass Acrylic Table Seating Chart Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Reception Cary NC Images by Amber Robinson
Custom Colorful Summer Dinner Menu Prestonwood Country Club Cary NC Wedding Venue Images by Amber Robinson
Colorful Summer Wedding Flower Bouquet Prestonwood Country Club Cary NC Wedding Venue Images by Amber Robinson
Delicious Southern Food Onsite Wedding Catering at Prestonwood Country Club Cary NC Venue Images by Amber Robinson
Delicious Southern Food Wedding Dinner Prestonwood Country Club Cary NC Venue Catering Images by Amber Robinson
Bride and Groom Toast Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Reception Cary NC Images by Amber Robinson
Fun Colorful Gold Fuchsia Navy Balloon Photo Backdrop Wedding Reception Prestonwood Country Club Images by Amber Robinson
Bride Kissing Mom Balloon photo Booth Wedding Reception Fun Prestonwood Country Club Wedding Images by Amber Robinson
Five Tier White Wedding Cake Gourmet Prestonwood Country Club Catering Cary NC Images by Amber Robinson
Hand Dipped Strawberry Dessert Wedding Favor Prestonwood Country Club Cary NC Images by Amber Robinson

Natalie danced the night away with her new husband and best friend, Images by Amber Robinson. Today, the newlyweds live in Raleigh, where Rodney is a Youth Mental Health Counselor and Natalie is an Pepsi Analyst. If you drive through their neighborhood, don’t be surprised to find Natalie and Amber sitting on the porch with a glass of wine. Living only five minutes apart, they catch up regularly to talk about life and reminisce on their weddings!

Want to see more incredible wedding inspo from Images by Amber Robinson? Click here to view an Art Deco Black and White Wedding at The Glass Box in Raleigh.

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