Who are these people who will be following me around on my wedding day?

Meet Carolyn + Jake

Husband and Wife. Ben and Leslie. Jim and Pam. Arwen and Aragorn.
Bourbon drinkers, Jesus followers, Tarheels born and bred.
Passionate about making weddings feel and be more real.

Learn more about us, our philosophy about wedding days, and what working with us could look like.
[photos by Amelia Fletcher Photography]

Fire + Rock


Carolyn flies this plane, handling most of the day-to-day tasks, editing, and general management. Constantly in motion, constantly moving forward headfirst into whatever is next. Wears her heart on her sleeve. Drinks red wine even though it gives her headaches. Wants the dog in the bed every night. The fire in the relationship.

Jake supports the operation, second shooting, web-designing, and generally encouraging and cheering forward. Steady, constant, caring, cautious but adventurous. Speaks conversational Arabic. Needs 4 hours alone every week. Concocts bourbon cocktails in his spare time. Best man alive (yes, Carolyn wrote this). The rock in the relationship.

Together, we push each other forward, spurring each to greatness, encouraging the other to be the best they can be. Giving space for each to be themselves, while also maintaining our own individual identities.

"I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately


We love to travel the world (20 countries between us and counting!), seek out hidden bars, float down rivers, jump off waterfalls, and wear our Chacos year-round. We've climbed Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, drank wine under the Eiffel Tower, accidentally bagged a Munro, cliff jumped in the Cinque Terre, Bermuda, Canada, and the Appalachian Mountains, bar hopped in Dublin, hiked the Spanish coast, camped in a hurricane, snorkeled the Mediterranean more times than we can count, and driven on the left side of the road numerous times. Jake is a master fire builder. Carolyn can lick her elbow. We can both drive stick.

All of this is not to brag, or impress you, or make you jealous. It's to prove to you that we are 110% bought into the idea that there is more to life than doing what everyone else is doing. Life is meant to be lived deliberately, and while there is still life to be lived, we will be chasing it with abandon.