tropical engagement on a hotel rooftop

From Radian Photography “A southern engagement session usually means a gorgeous garden, soft tones, and blowsy blooms. Instead, Erika and Barry opted for a session that packs a tropical punch to mirror their upcoming beachside nuptials! The lovebirds chose a penthouse suite on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel in downtown Durham, NC, the city they call their home, but managed to create a setting reminiscent of a saltwater paradise.”

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“Erika and Barry infused their engagement session with glamorous style, working with Bowerbird Flowers to pick out the brightest of blooms and sipping on cocktails made by the bar adjacent to their suite throughout their session.”

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“They included so many touches of their own love story into their session, making it entirely their own. Photos from tropical travels frame the keys to their room and the letterboards they brought along have lyrics from songs that are meaningful to them. In a few months, they will play at their wedding! While a destination wedding in Hilton Head is in the works for Erika and Barry, we love that they will have these photos that combine the anticipation of the day to come with their home right now to remember this time!”

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Photography: Radian Photography // Stylist: Amanda Blair // Floral: Bowerbird Flowers // Dresses: BHLDN & French Connection // Shoes: Maison Valentino // Suit: Ted Baker // Barry’s Shoes: Brooks Brothers & Viberg Boot // HMUA: Natasha Abe // Film Processing: The Find Lab // Ring Box: Voeu du Coeur // Letterboard: Rivi Co. // Engagement Ring: Joyces Jewelry // Accessories: Kendra Scott & J.Crew // Venue: The Durham Hotel in North Carolina.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.