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Danielle Defayette

I am a Virginia wedding photographer serving couples in East Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and beyond. I believe in providing an incredible wedding photography experience for each of my couples, in addition to capturing classic, luminous, editorial images that make you fall in love all over again. I travel worldwide photographing captivating love stories in a way that's both beautiful and meaningful.

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Beyond providing you images captured with authenticity and grace, I want your photography experience to be one of the highlights of your wedding day. I am there with you throughout the entire process to offer guidance and assistance, to make sure your wedding day and your images are everything you’ve always wanted!

Having a close connection with my couples is what allows me to create images that capture the emotions and most special, unexpected moments from your wedding day. 

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I’m obsessed with couples who are madly in love and one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer is getting to connect with my couples to truly understand their story and who they are as individuals and as a pair.

Dreamer, Encourager, & Storyteller behind the lens

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with my amazing husband, Albert

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I believe that your family is unique and worth preserving through timeless images. I capture the laughter, movement, and, most of all, show you what your love looks like.

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Wedding photography is so much more than pretty photos. It's hiring a professional who's going to provide you with the resources you need to have a stress-free, visually stunning day!

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We were passionate about finding a photographer who would capture timeless, elegant, classic photos on our wedding day. We found all of that, and more, in Danielle. She has a rare talent and ability to see the beauty in seemingly simple poses or backdrops. She will make you feel natural and at ease, especially if this is your first time taking professional photos like us! Her calm demeanor, attention to detail, and expertise is much appreciated during the hustle and bustle of a wedding day. We hired Danielle for our wedding, but ended up with a friend who we will trust to capture our biggest moments in life for years to come!


— Alex & Nicole

Downtown Raleigh & Cary, North Carolina

"We ended up with a friend who we will trust to capture our biggest moments in life!"

"Danielle was such a pleasure to work with. She was professional, timely, organized and FUN! I will forever cherish the pictures from our engagement session and our wedding day. I loved that she took the time to capture guest couples at our wedding as well. She was very honest and upfront about the price and deliverables we would receive. I look forward to hiring her again for family photos in the future!" 

— Cody & Courtney

Colonnade at Revolution Mill, Greensboro, NC

"I WILL FOREVER CHERISH THE PICTURES FROM OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION AND OUR WEDDING DAY."

"Danielle did such a great job capturing our engagement session and our wedding! She always responds quickly and is very flexible! My husband and I felt very comfortable with her during each of our photos shoots, which I believe to be very important. She knew exactly how to pose us for photos, which made our special day stress free!"

— James & Michelle

214 Martin Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

"SHE KNEW EXACTLY HOW TO POSE US FOR PHOTOS, WHICH MADE OUR SPECIAL DAY STRESS FREE!"

I cannot say enough good things about Danielle. As a fellow wedding photographer it took me a long time to pick someone and I say at least once a week to my now husband how glad I am that we went with her. As a bride there is so much stress and so many decisions going on and you really need an advocate and someone to guide you through the day and make the whole day sail smoothly. For me that was Danielle. She was so kind, patient and positive throughout our entire time. She truly made me so calm and collected which was so important for me. Her photos are so breathtaking and she guides you through each pose with ease.

— Candace & Zach

Cades Cove, Tennessee Elopement

"She truly made me so calm and collected which was so important for me"

"Danielle was so much fun to work with! She is so personable and easy to get a long with, which made posing in front of the camera much less intimidating! She helped coach us through the poses and has a wonderful eye for locating the perfect back drops. She took the time to get to know my husband and I as a couple and made sure to know what we wanted to have highlighted for our big day! I have so many compliments on our wedding photos and would recommend Danielle time and time again!!" 

— Cody & Rachel

Silver Hearth Lodge, Roanoke, Virginia

"I AM SO THANKFUL FOR ALL THE MEMORIES SHE HAS HELPED CAPTURE FOR US TO LOOK BACK ON FOR YEARS TO COME!"

"I can’t say enough about Danielle and her services. She was accommodating, professional and her work speaks for itself! Her bride’s checklist and questionnaire are so thorough and puts every stressful bride at ease. Our first session made me feel as though I’ve known her for years - she’s so warm and thoughtful." 


— Kevin & Kristen

War Memorial Chapel, Blacksburg, Virginia

"OUR FIRST SESSION MADE ME FEEL AS THOUGH I’VE KNOWN HER FOR YEARS."

"Danielle did such an amazing job capturing my husband Evan and I's wedding day! She is so amazing to work with. Her patient, calm demeanor helped keep me calm throughout the entire day! She was so personable, and made Evan and I feel so comfortable. We loved both our engagement and wedding photos! Evan and I both agree that Danielle Defayette Photography was our favorite vendor to work with. Such a great experience!" 

— Evan & Stephanie

The Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City, Tennessee

"EVAN AND I BOTH AGREE THAT DANIELLE WAS OUR FAVORITE VENDOR TO WORK WITH!"

What more can I say about Danielle and her team?! She is the most FANTASTIC wedding photographer. After seeing her work from a friend's previous wedding, I knew from the start that I wanted to book her! From the beginning, she was professional and always there to answer questions or provide suggestions. I appreciated her sweet spirit and this attention to detail. On the big day, I had absolutely nothing to worry about! Danielle is a dream! Thank you for capturing all the moments from our big day that we will cherish for years to come!!


— Ashley & Brandon

Whitestone Country Inn, Knoxville, Tennessee

"AFTER SEEING HER WORK FROM A FRIEND'S WEDDING, I KNEW FROM THE START THAT I HAD TO BOOK HER!"

After our first Zoom meeting, my fiancé and I just knew she was going to be a great fit! She was extremely professional, touched base quickly answering any questions, and I just always felt she sincerely wanted our business! She was excellent in planning our timeline, getting things organized ahead of the date, and on the actual day she captured so many great moments of our wedding--both posed and candid. She also did a great job of guiding us into what to do in photos and they just turned out great! I can't stop scrolling through our gallery! I would highly recommend her!!! 

— Antoine & Kimberly

Hotel Roanoke Wedding, Roanoke, Virginia

"...on the actual day she captured so many great moments of our wedding--both posed & candid!"

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Thank you for checking out my work and getting in touch! I truly appreciate the opportunity to capture the special moments in your life.

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