Author Archives: Bethany Joy

Bethany is a North Carolina photographer specializing in weddings & portraits in Raleigh NC, Cary, Wilmington, Asheville, Apex, Chapel Hill & the greater North Hills area.

Dan & Audrey’s Wedding| Apex North Carolina bethany-joy-photography-pa-wedding-photographer

Dan and Audrey’s day was nothing less than beautiful! The weather was perfect and the day incredible! There is something so sweet about meeting clients who love God and want him to be center on their big day- it’s so special!! I knew from the moment we met how much fun they were and soooo in love!! I barely had to pose them, they were naturals! So glad to have been a part of their day!! Reception Venue: Traine, Raleigh, NC Makeup/Hair: Melissa Cook Florist: Megan Carmana Caterers:View full post »

O’ Shea Wedding- Raleigh Wedding Photographer- Lake Lure Inn Lake Lure Inn, Lake Lure, NC

This couple were so much fun to get to know!! Tons of laughs, jokes and stories to share!!! I was super excited when I heard they were getting married at the Inn by Lake Lure- that place is gorgeous!! They moved from FL so they really wanted their wedding at a unique spot that portrayed the beauty of North Carolina (the mountain areas) they got just that! The ceremony was across the lake, a beautiful, quiet spot perfectly set with the mountains and hills in the background, talk about theView full post »

Brendan & Katherine Koslowsky Wedding| Raleigh, North Carolina raleigh wedding portrait photographer

Brendan + Katherine are a one of a kind couple! Full of energy, joy and God! It was such a pleasure watching their faces the entire day and being able to witness such a special, sacred love! Brendan’s favorite thing about Katherine is her intellect and ability to speak her mind… “she’s a go and get it type”. He loves her compassionate heart and her laugh! Katherine said she loves Brendan’s big heart and adores how strong and positive he is! When I asked themView full post »

Brendan + Katherine’s Engagement raleigh-north-carolina-wedding-portrait-photographer

These two are getting married tomorrow and I can’t wait for it!!! Last year we got the most perfect weather for their engagement session and I completely forgot to post it with you all so here it is!! They met coaching volleyball, Katherine says “I had a crush on him the moment we started working together” so sweet! Love couples like this. Brendan loves how much of a go getter Katherine is and says she has such a compassionate heart and cares so much! No doubt their interestView full post »

Daniel and Audrey north carolina wedding photographer-downtown raleigh

This couple!!! LOVED meeting them and I knew right away after meeting them that we would get along just fine! To find out they are christians too was just the icing on the cake! It’s so incredible to have that kind of a connection with your clients!! The weather was perfect and to say I am excited about their big day is an understatement! Nothing like seeing two people so in love with each other!!! Look out for the beautiful scenic shot of the city- it’s where they got engaged!!View full post »

New Year. New Goals. Hello 2017

2017 goals… where to begin. I’ve been planning on writing this blog for months now but just never got round to it- sound familiar? I have actually never written myself yearly goals but I am realizing more and more that I need to write literally everything down or it won’t happen ha! So here I am sharing with you all some of my big goals for the year. My list may be like many others but I have truly thought hard over these and decided to really follow these through the year!View full post »

Naida & David’s Wedding Highlights bethany-joy-photography-wedding-highlights-engagement-wedding-raleigh-nc-photographer

Sweet Naida was one of the most beautiful brides! She was glowing from the moment I saw her that afternoon! Pre-wedding jitters and anxious hearts waiting to be joined as one and they did it! They tied the knot!! What a beautiful day we had, packed with fun and fall favorites (smores, campfire etc) To say they had a rough year prior to the wedding wouldn’t cut it and to see their love and strength only grow is incredible to see. The original wedding venue cancelled last minute as it wasView full post »

Nathan + Heather’s Engagement Shoot Yates-Mill-Park-Raleigh-NC-Engagement-Shoot-Wedding-Photographer

These two… so much fun and full of life! Heather and I both share a borderline dangerous addiction to coffee which to me is always the start to a great friendship 😉 4 years of friendship and they are finally getting married! “At 16 I never knew this would be the man I’d spend the rest of my life with, but here we are, almost four years later and I couldn’t be more thrilled!”. You know it’s an honest to goodness couple when they say things like this, “IView full post »

Chris + Ani’s Maternity bethany-joy-photography-family-engagement-wedding-raleigh-photographer-maternity-family

I was SOOOOOO excited to find out I was going to be an Aunty again to another little boy- Chris and Ani’s first little baby! (if you can’t already tell- the boys run strong in the mercincavage family) haha! I have LOVED getting to know my sister in law over the past few years- we share so much in common from movies, european lifestyle and of course food 🙂 Her passion for a strong family bond is so awesome to see! She is such a strong woman and has been incredibly successful at herView full post »

Darling Wedding Workshop- Styled Shoot wedding-portrait-wedding-photographer

I am finally getting around to blogging this styled shoot from my incredible time at Darling Wedding Workshop. A HUGE thanks to Aj for hosting this entire workshop- she put so much hard work into it and I learned so much! I am so thankful for her willingness to open up and share her experiences, talent and business advice! It was beyond helpful! We got to work with some really amazing vendors too- the ones that everyone wants to work with, that was very cool to experience- thank you to all ofView full post »

A Trip to Charlotte, NC raleigh-wedding-engagement-family-portrait-photographer-charlotte-vacation-personal

The other weekend Pete attended hero con (he is BIG into these kinds of things) and me… well, not so much! So my brilliant idea was to get my sister who had just arrived into the country by the way to tag along with me for the weekend for sister massages and just some good, much needed girl time. Did I mention it had been over a year since I saw my only sister?! Yea- way too long. It was a wonderful weekend of food, live music, exploring a new city and lots of laughs! Pete and MichaelView full post »

Ray + Betty raleigh-north-carolina-lifestyle-family-photographer

I am convinced I have two of the worlds greatest, sweetest grandparents. A couple weeks ago I shared my vacation back to visit family in NJ with my sweet hubs. We had an amazing time catching up with family and getting to visit my lovely Momom and Popop. These two generous, loving people have been encouragers and inspiration since I can remember. They have always been so genuinely interested in what we were doing in our lives, where we wanted to go and always made it a priority to listen how weView full post »

the yummiest pie ever and a catch up happywednesday-pierecipe-chat

Today is my first real FREE day in what feels like forever. For those of you who do not know what I do other than photograph weddings, I am a nanny to two amazing, incredible, funny, smart, crazy fun twins! I absolutely LOVE them (more about life as a nanny in another blog post) 😉 I also a few months ago picked up an extra job as a personal assistant for a lady who runs her own LulaRoe business, she is an incredible leader and you can find her shop here . Tell her I sent you her way! I takeView full post »

Vacation #2 in New Jersey-raleigh-portrait-photographer Raleigh-North-carolina-wedding-engagement-portrait-photographer

I already talked about deciding to do more travelling on a budget (smaller trips) as we save money and journey to be debt free next year! So far it’s worked out great! We got to visit my wonderful family in NJ last weekend for Memorial Weekend and enjoy part of our mini vacation at the beach where I used to always visit on vacations as a child,  Stone Harbor (favorite beach ever) and of course we HAD to make a trip to the boardwalk in Ocean City. Ocean City just has that atmosphere, theView full post »

Matro Family | Raleigh, North Carolina Family Portrait Photographer Vineland-New Jersey-Family-Portrait-Photographer

Meet my sweet, fun-spirited cousin, Holly and her sweet, beautiful family- Daniel, Ara and little Ellie! I was so lucky to have the chance to capture some of their family moments together this weekend while Pete and I visited them for our mini vacation to NJ this past memorial weekend! We had so much fun visiting them and seeing how these two cuties have grown up since our last trip! It is literally unreal how quickly little people grow 🙂 Holly has been a close friend ever since we were little,View full post »

Daytona Beach-FL-Mini Vacation # 1 raleigh-north carolina-wedding-engagement-portrait photographer-personal-vacation

FLORIDA! You beautiful place you! The hubs and I have decided on a few ‘small’ weekend aways and mini vacations this year instead of a big expensive one. We are saving money and have been working on trying to be DEBT FREE as quickly as we can. I can’t get enough of adventure. I LOVE seeing new places and visiting family but we are all about saving money and budgeting now. One thing we are doing to cut costs is driving everywhere instead of flying. SURE it’s muchView full post »

The Wright Family Raleigh North Hills NC Family Photographer

I met this sweet family early on Saturday morning, before it was too hot and while the sun was shining. It was the perfect day for a family shoot. When they arrived, little one was sleeping, so we let him rest and grabbed some pictures of Mom and Dad! That is one thing I absolutely LOVE to incorporate into each sessions. It can be so easy to focus so much on the kids you forget that it all started with you two. I love capturing those sweet, romantic moments in between the fun family ones.View full post »

Styled Bridal Shoot at Leslie-Alford Mims House Raleigh North Hills NC Wedding Photographer

For the past few years I have been dying to create my own styled bridal shoot. Where local vendors all come together and ‘help’ one another out by providing their awesome services, advertise each other’s business all while building and perhaps growing some wonderful friendships! I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina almost a year ago and it has been one giant move… I still feel like I am adjusting and finding my new clientele in a brand new market, so a styled shoot was theView full post »

Lascell Raleigh North Hills NC Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Lazy Saturdays are the best, let’s be honest. Yummy muffins for breakfast, jammies all morning, dress up, bubbles outside… welcome to a these little cuties saturday morning 🙂 It was so much fun getting to capture their typical day and just capture their normal everyday routines! Such a sweet family and what adorable little girls! Happy Saturday everyone!View full post »

Chris & Leah Raleigh North Hills NC Wedding Photographer

Chris and Leah! What a cute, fun loving couple! They were super nervous when we first met for their engagement pictures as they hadn’t had proper pictures taken together- Can I just say… they were naturals and they didn’t even know it 🙂 We had a  blast on their engagement shoot and even more fun at their wedding! These two are full of life and love and what a celebration they had! Congrats to the new Mr & Mrs Wagner! Venue: The Boondocks Wedding Co.Ordinator: (who by theView full post »

Tyler & Trisha’s Wedding Day Raleigh North Hills NC Wedding Photographer

Ah… too many wonderful things to say about this sweet, sweet couple! First of all- I am sooo glad i met them! They are two of the kindest, welcoming and loving couples I have met! Their love for eachother is so evident and there is nothing sweeter than witnessing this, especially so closely on their wedding day! From the moment I met them I knew we were a good fit! Their day was beautiful, stress free and full of laughter, love and celebration! Not to mention Trisha was thee most calmView full post »