Miami Wedding Photographers Move Back Home to Durham, North Carolina!
Drew and I have some fun and exciting news! We bought a house in Durham, North Carolina! Drew and I are both from Raleigh, NC and we are really excited and ready to be near family again. We have absolutely loved our 3 years living and being wedding photographers in Miami and around South Florida, but we are excited for this next chapter! This is not goodbye to Miami, we have tons of weddings that we can't wait to fly back down for!
Drew got an amazing job with Duke University where he will continue his research on how parenting and families are similar and different all over the world. Did you know Drew is currently writing a book on his findings? YEAH! So cool! The Doctor, Reverend, Author Drew is doing big things!
Champagne & pizza party in our empty house!
House Hunting in Durham, NC:
Once Drew got the Duke job we started looking on Zillow and Redfin for houses. We also thankfully have an amazing realtor, Mary! House hunting while we were in Miami wasn't as challenging as we thought We are so blessed to have our realtor and friends and family go through a few houses and take video and FaceTime us. The most challenging part was the pandemic. Right during our house hunting window everything shut down which meant no walk throughs and very few listings. We honestly thought we'd have to extend our time here in Miami. But, a little miracle happened. We had been seeing some cute houses go under contract within hours of them going live so we were worried that by the time we flew up for houses it would be gone. BUT, due to the restrictions, there was this one house that we fell in love with that was just accepting digital walk throughs, so it didn't fly off the shelf as fast. First day it went on the market we bought tickets to fly up the very next day. Our realtor was able to get us in to see the house in person while we wore all the PPE and bathed in hand sanitizer to keep everyone safe. We immediately put an offer in. After a little battling, we got the house!! We are learning so much through this whole process! It's been so fun!
Drew grew up in Cary and I grew up in Raleigh. We both went to high school in Raleigh. I went to UNC in Chapel Hill and Drew went to State in Raleigh. The Triangle is home to us. So we knew it would be somewhere in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill area. There are so many reasons we picked to zone in on house hunting in Durham.
1. Family, Friends & Work
My sister and brother in law and most of of friends live in Durham and all love the city. We are super social and of course want to be near everyone for dinners, cook outs, and hangs! Also, Duke is in Durham so it's a quick drive for Drew. 3 amazing companies I've been working with, Better On, Pathos Ethos, and American Underground are all right in Downtown Durham!
2. Diverse City With Small Town Pride
Durham is so cool. There's SO much. To all my Miami friends, it's like a mini Wynwood with outdoor restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, character, wall murals, and an artsy/hipster feel. We honestly are less familiar with Durham! That makes it really exciting! While only 30 minutes from Chapel Hill where I spent 9 years, and only 30 minutes from Raleigh where we grew up, there's still SO much to be discovered about Durham and we love that! We already have a list of restaurants, shops, and places to visit and check out! Durham is amazing because it has all the perks of a city while also a really supportive and active diverse base! I love that I can walk around downtown and still hear several languages and see a mix of people. As a diverse couple ourselves, living in a diverse city was important to us.
3. Community Building
The small town pride that we love about Durham makes it the perfect place to plug in, plant roots, and give back. Drew and I love giving back to our community! We love volunteering and supporting grassroots organizations. Durham has tons of non-profits and opportunities and we can't wait to give our time and talents back to the city! We've loved how Durham has come together and united for Black Lives Matter protests and events and how supportive the community has been of locally black-owned businesses. We are stoked to continue that love and activism!
Ready for front porch hangs and gardening in our backyard!!
Our house is SO CUTE. It's not too big, so going from a 1 bed 1 bath apartment won't be too overwhelming. It is open concept which is perfect for hosting all our friends and family. And there are 2 spare rooms so we each can have an office, which will be a huge change and upgrade! (I'm currently typing this from our bedroom while Drew is doing a tele-health therapy session in the kitchen haha)
Our backyard is perfect. A small decks and lots of room for gardening!
Our house is also walking distance to downtown! 15 minutes on the beautiful Greenway/American Tobacco Trail and we are right in the heart of Durham. We're close to baseball games, breweries, awesome restaurants, and small businesses. Walkability is something we'll miss the most about Miami Beach so it was really important that we weren't too far from the action!
We are just really overjoyed for this next chapter! We officially move end of July! We can't wait to fly back to Miami to photograph weddings and we can't wait for all our awesome couples and weddings in Raleigh too!
Durham, NC (aka Bull City!) here we come!
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