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Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding | Dawn Marie Photo

August 17, 2021

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They say love knows no bounds, and Meredith and Evan’s marriage is proof of that. Ironically, when they first met at NC State, she was the one who showed interest, and he seemed aloof to the perfect match. Since they were both premeds, they bumped into each other quite a bit. Soon enough, he realized he’d found his dream girl and forever best friend.

Then, COVID arrived, just in time for their scheduled June 2020 wedding. Like all of us last year, the realization that our lives would be flipped upside down hit hard. But love does prevail, and they rescheduled an outdoor wedding at Raffaldini Winery in Ronda, NC.


After waiting a few months, what’s twelve more? They made it through that pandemic year readier than ever to tie the knot. Until their wedding day arrived. The wedding party was ready to go. The venue and set up looked amazing. The weather was perfect. Meredith just needed to get her hair done and slip into her bridal gown.

And then the power went off!

She still needed her hair and makeup done, and they had no power, much less AC—in June!!

Dad to the Rescue

Thankfully, Meredith’s dad drove to the wedding in his RV (best to be overprepared, right?) In this case, he was perfectly prepared to save his daughter’s wedding day. She finished getting ready in the RV with the help of the generator.

Meredith and Evan planned an outdoor ceremony in front of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so the lack of power didn’t hold them back! It was as gorgeous and as wonderful as they had hoped. Their phenomenal team of wedding professionals made sure everything was flawless despite the outage.

The newlyweds did get a bit nervous as it got closer to reception time. If nothing else, they could use a couple of generators to power the reception (which was less than ideal). However, as fate would have it, the lights brilliantly turned back on just five minutes before the reception started.

Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo

Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding

Who needs light when you have stunning views like this? Raffaldini Vineyards showcases one of the more picturesque backdrops in North Carolina. Their wine is delicious, and the winery staff is incredible to work with. As a wedding photographer, I can attest that Ashley and Christina are the sweetest wedding professionals who expertly take care of their couples in every way.

Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding

Raffaldini Vineyards can host up to 150 wedding guests. They also offer smaller wedding packages, micro weddings, and elopement packages. As a full-service wedding venue, you should have just about everything you need, including:

  • Day-of coordinator
  • Chairs and tables
  • Bride & groom suites
  • Self-serve mimosa bar in the bridal suite
  • Event Parking
  • Setup & cleanup
  • Planning meeting
  • Wine tour & tasting
  • Bar service
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo

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No matter how it went down, Evan and Meredith were calm and collected through it all. They just wanted to tie the knot and celebrate their marriage with loved ones. Their personality and deep love for each other shined through the power outage. Evan has a proclivity for frolicking in fields (which elicited some adorable and good-natured eye rolls from Meredith). You’d never know the challenges they’ve overcome together by the way they embrace life, love each other, and venture on. Their wedding day was absolutely breathtaking, and the challenges just made their wedding day even more special.

Cheers to the newlyweds!

Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding

Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding Vendors

Ceremony/Reception Location | Raffaldini Vineyards
Caterer | Visions Catering
Wedding Planner | Weddings by Tracy
Photographer | Dawn Marie Photography 
Florist | Dream Events by Daria (AMAZING!!!)
Cake | The Icing & The Cake  (AMAZING!!!)
Ceremony Music | Corda Entertainment 
DJ | High Impact Entertainment 
Bridal Gown | Coastal Knot Bridal     
Hair/Makeup | SMG Beauty Co.   
Rental Company | CE Rental 
Couch Set Rental |  Eventful NC 
Transportation | The Parkway Group
Invitations | Lauren Andrews Designs

Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
Raffaldini Vineyards Wedding by Dawn Marie Photo
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dawn walsh

Dawn started her career in fine art wedding photography in 2012 on the foundation of genuine connection. She provides comfort for her clients through her down to earth personality and playfulness that allows them to show genuine interactions and emotions with one another in front of the camera. Capturing the essence of their relationship and the love they have for each other, with an editorial composition.

At home, Dawn is a wife and mother, living on a ranch in North Carolina. Spending quality time with family and dear friends, traveling, and having experiences is what drives her. Her family also fosters children and is active in fighting for all foster kids and their needs. 
 
Being able to have fun with her family, travel and share experiences is all because of the blessings God has given her and never taken for granted.

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