weddings

Dakota Hersey Weddings

For couples who are madly in love, appreciate a good dinner recommendation, and can’t wait to party. 

Dakota Hersey

You’re engaged!!! AH! I am so incredibly excited for both of you as you celebrate and prepare to enter this new season. There is a lot to do now that there is a wedding to plan and it’s okay to freak out a little...it’s totally normal.

I’ve photographed countless weddings and have learned a lot along the way, making it really easy for me to guide you and help create the day you’ve always dreamt of.

I absolutely LOVE weddings, and I love that this job allows me to meet the coolest couples and capture the moments that mean the absolute most to them.

As your wedding photographer, I’m here for more than just delivering beautiful photos (though that’s included!!!). I’m a timeline building, dress fluffing, bouquet fixing, bridal party rallying, thinking-of-it-before-you-have-to, professional hype girl.

Above all else, I want you to be friends beyond the camera so I can celebrate your love alongside all of your guests.

I am so in love with what I do (and who I get to work with!).

What does it look like to work together?

I know this process is a little new to you (even if you’ve been in weddings before), so I make sure to walk you through each step of the process. From planning out your engagement session, to creating the timeline for the day, to posing and guiding you throughout your entire day. This is such an exciting time in your life and your photos should reflect that!

But first...here’s how this all works:

1. LET'S TALK ALL THINGS WEDDING!!!

If you think you want to be a Dakota Hersey Couple, fill out the form below and tell me a little more about your big day. We’ll hop on a quick call to get to know each other, answer all of your questions, and I’ll go real in-depth on what it looks like to work with me.

I want to make sure that this experience will be once-in-a-lifetime, so that means making sure you have your questions answered and you are excited to work together. If it looks like we’ll be the perfect fit for each other, we’ll make things official ;)

2. SAVE THE DATE

Let’s make this official!!! To make sure your date is secured, I’ll send over an online proposal where you can review the details and pay your retainer...then you’ll officially be a #DakotaHerseyCouple!!! Now we can talk wedding planning details and engagement session ideas!

3. ENGAGEMENT SESSION

We don't wait until the big day to jump right in! All of my brides and grooms receive a complimentary engagement session. I love gifting this to my couples because it allows us to get to know each other more and they get gorgeous photos for save the dates and their home!

We will use this time to get rid of the nerves and learn how to look and feel SO much more natural in front of the camera, AND make life even easier on the big day!

4. TIMELINES AND DETAILS

As we get closer to your date, I will send over a questionnaire to get all of the final details to make sure we’re totally prepared. I will work alongside you and your planner or coordinator to make sure we have a timeline that includes all of the must-have shots of romantic portraits, fun friend and family group photos, and pretty details.

If you have any last minute questions or need a quick opinion, I am your girl! I am here to be your partner in organization and make sure that we have thought of everything on your wedding day. 

5. You're getting married!

YAY! The big day! It’s time for all of your hard work to come to life, to celebrate with your most special people, and let me get to work! There is a lot that goes into telling the full story of your day, so I will never shoot less than 8 hours.

It is my priority to make sure you will be able to look back on every aspect of your wedding, from the little details to you two seeing each other for the first time to everyone belting out Sweet Caroline on the dance floor, and all the laughs and tears in-between. It’s going to be a long but FUN day!

6. Gallery delivery and Album design

This is one of my favorite parts of the process! After your wedding day is over and you are settling in to married life, I will be working to select the best photos from your day, edit them, and deliver them to you in a beautiful, easy-to-use online gallery. From there you can download, share, and order prints...and relive your perfect day over and over again! 
 
I believe photos deserve to live beyond just an Instagram or Facebook post, so as your gallery is being edited, the first draft of your wedding album will also be prepared so you can begin the customization process. Imagine how sweet your future anniversaries will be as you flip through the pages and remember the beginning of this wild, beautiful journey.

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"I will never regret my decision to choose Dakota as my photographer for my wedding day."

Dakota was there, capturing every moment without getting in the way and asking me lots of questions, and this is all because of all the prep work she had done beforehand. It was pouring on the day of my bridal portraits, but you would never know it in my pictures. Im still getting compliment after compliment from my guests on how beautiful my pictures are. I will never regret my decision to choose Dakota as my photographer for my wedding day - she is experienced, flexible, fun, accommodating, and so sweet. She made me feel beautiful and i have SO MANY pictures in my album! Thank you again, Dakota! #dakotaherseybrides for the win!

Jordan

Durham, NC

The Parlor At Mann's Chapel

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Highlight of your day:

Opening my gift from Mike – a canvas with the lyrics to our first dance

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"She was able to make my husband and I feel natural and not staged."

After looking at Dakota's pictures and interviewing photographers, I just kept going back to her portfolio.
I loved how all my photos turned out! The morning went off without a hitch and the timing was perfect. We decided to do a first look and with Dakota’s planning we were able to get a ton of photos before the wedding. Dakota is super personable and easy going. She was able to make my husband and I feel natural and not staged. After the ceremony my feet were killing me! Dakota saw this and let me borrow a pair of her shoes so I could take some of my portraits comfortably. I definitely would recommend Dakota!

Claudia

Wilmington, NC

Bakery 105

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Highlight of your day:

Our first look...I'm so glad you helped me get my mom on board!

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"Family, friends and vendors raved at her skills and personality after the wedding."

After looking at Dakota's pictures and interviewing photographers, I just kept going back to her portfolio.
After meeting with Dakota I pretty much just wanted to write her a check right then and there to do my wedding, LOL! I called my mom immediately after and raved about Dakota and how excited I was to have her do our wedding. Dakota goes above and beyond all of your expectations. During the wedding she was on time, professional, SO fun! Family, friends and vendors raved at her skills and personality after the wedding. The finished product is sooo amazing. I’ve already bought so many prints and canvasses to put up in my home.

Lindsay

Wilmington, NC

St. Thomas Preservation Hall

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Highlight of your day:

Devin's reaction seeing me for the first time

Meet the Dakota Hersey Couples

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"I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer with absolutely zero hesitation."

Getting married is one of the biggest milestones in life. With that being said, planning a wedding can be very stressful. When Alayna and I met Dakota in our first meeting, we immediately knew we were in good hands. The professionalism, confidence and preparation Dakota brings to the table is what sets her apart from other photographers. Our wedding planning went smoothly enough, but the photography aspect was exceptionally smooth. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer with absolutely zero hesitation. Thank you again Dakota for making our wedding perfect. The pictures are amazing and we will always remember you!!

Padraic

Goldsboro, NC

Walnut Creek Country Club

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Highlight of your day:

The introductions into the reception and everyone enjoying the DJ

Meet the Dakota Hersey Couples

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"Her experience, enthusiasm, and professionalism shines through in everything she does."

From our engagement photos through to the end of our wedding day Dakota offered endless support, advice and guidance. By the time our wedding day arrived we felt more like we had asked friends to capture our special day! Her experience, enthusiasm and professionalism shines through in everything she does. We were able to relax, laugh, and fully experience every moment of our day without stress because Dakota is simply a joy. When we got our sneak peek (on our honeymoon might I add) not only was I insanely impressed with her turnaround I was STUNNED at the photos. Every moment we could have dreamed of and more were captured beautifully. We truly love this beautiful lady and we know that you will too!

Hannah

Goldsboro, NC

Lane Tree Golf Club

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Highlight of your day:

Walking down the aisle and us seeing one another for the first time

Meet the Dakota Hersey Couples

Choosing your wedding photographer is a big decision, so who better than my couples themselves to share their thoughts on the wedding experience! 

investment

The moment when you and the love of your life become one is so incredibly special...so is making sure that you're able to share your joy and excitement with all of your friends and family! That's why I work tirelessly with you to make sure that after we have talked through every detail of your day, I provide an experience on the day of that provides excitement to keep energy high and comfort when things may not go as planned.

You spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than anyone else so my mission is to be the person that is exactly what you need when you need it.

All packages include a complimentary engagement session, 8 hours of wedding day coverage, a second photographer and an online gallery full of all your high-resolution digital images to download, print, and share.

Bridal sessions and custom, handcrafted keepsake albums are at an additional cost.

The Dakota Hersey Photography Wedding Experience begins at 3,600

For more information about wedding collections, please inquire below:

let's do this!

I can't wait to hear from you.

I am so looking forward to hearing from you and capturing the joy and love between you and the love of your life! 

My top priority as a wedding photographer is to ensure that I am a perfect fit for each of my couples. Because of this, I only take a limited number of weddings each year. My ultimate goal is to provide you with an amazing experience throughout your planning and on your wedding day, and the first step is to ensure that I can serve you well. 

Fill out the contact form to inquire about your day, or contact me directly at dakota@dakotaherseyphotography.com. 

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