Featured Vendor - The Oaks at Salem | Raleigh North Carolina Wedding Venue

The Oaks at Salem is a stunning wedding venue located just outside of Raleigh, NC in Apex.  I visited the venue and met with their wonderful owner/operator, April.  It was such a pleasure meeting with April, exploring the space, and chatting about all the wonderful plans she has!  The first thing I noticed when I met with April is how passionate she is about it all.  She was previously a photographer, so when designing the spaces she knew exactly what was needed to make for great photos.  This is a huge plus in my book!

My favorite part about The Oaks at Salem is that the venue provides you with a wedding coordinator (included in the cost) to ensure you have the perfect day you dreamed of.  They even ensure that all vendors are involved and invited to the final meeting, so that everyone is on the same page and the timeline is planned to accommodate all the different aspects of your day.  Also included in your package are tables, chairs, linens, various glassware decor (which your florist can use to help save on costs!), valet parking, golf cart, and a video projector.  You also get to bring in your own catering which gives you more freedom.  I absolutely loved the bridal suite and groom's space!  So simple but still so beautiful.  Perfect for all those getting ready photos of you and your best girls.

We chatted about plans for the future.  The venue recently acquired the property next door which includes an amazing, rustic, barn (great for photos!).  Something else that April and I chatted about was a dream she has which she is slowly starting to work towards.  She has been working with local farms to discuss growing their own produce on the property, and then allow the caterers to use their fresh produce on wedding days!  How amazing would that be?!  Such a huge plus for the eco-friendly bride and groom!

I absolutely loved this space and can not wait to shoot a wedding here one day!  Any bride and groom looking for a gorgeous space that feels intimate but can accommodate a larger wedding, has beautiful grounds that make for the perfect backdrop to your wedding, and is run by a wonderful staff and owner, The Oaks and Salem is for you!  Check out some photos of the space below and click the link to their website to contact April for more information or to book a tour!


Lauryn Alisa Photography is a North Carolina and Connecticut wedding photographer.  I'd love to chat with you more about capturing your wedding day.  Contact me here and lets meet for coffee and talk about your day!!