wedding photographer

Making Her Dress

Making Her Dress

Margaret is my first bride to make her own wedding dress from scratch! She bought the fabric, found a vintage design, and scheduled the time for her mother to come down from Canada for a week to work on the project together in her new studio space. Delighted to witness and capture some of the process.

Bonnie + Brandon's Engagement Session on Elodie Farms

Bonnie + Brandon's Engagement Session on Elodie Farms

When Bonnie said she wanted photos with goats, I knew just who to ask: Elodie Farms. Besides their beautiful barns, pastures, and woods of goats, they also have a lake! We took full advantage of our visit and had a blast.

Bridals at Grandpa Pete's

Bridals at Grandpa Pete's

I grew up with this beautiful woman. We took these bridal photos in her Grandpa Pete's home. A lot of history in that space.

Chelsea + Rachel

Chelsea + Rachel

I love knowing these two...

Best of Durham 2017

Much thanks to those of you who endorsed Merritt Chesson Photography for Durham Magazine's Best of Durham Issue for 2017!!!

Much thanks, also, to all of you who have invited me into you lives to document your families and special occasions. 

A true gift, indeed. Looking forward to capturing many more of your beautiful faces, creations, and memories.

From the June/July 2017 issue of  Durham Magazine .

From the June/July 2017 issue of Durham Magazine.

Fall Wedding Styled Shoot in Germanton, NC

Fall Wedding Styled Shoot in Germanton, NC

Great excuse to hang out with some exceptionally creative and talented women last November.

Claire + Bryan's Intimate Rooftop Wedding at The Durham

Claire + Bryan's Intimate Rooftop Wedding at The Durham

Claire and Bryan were originally planning to elope but then found a way to have the kind of intimate, simple wedding they wanted. Friends and family were greatly relieved, and crossed distances to be there.

Sarah + Ben: Intimate DIY Mountain Wedding in Elk Creek, Virginia

Sarah + Ben: Intimate DIY Mountain Wedding in Elk Creek, Virginia

This is what a wedding can look like when it's all about your people and your place. I was totally charmed by these two lovely people, their community of close ones, and this wooded mountain retreat of theirs.