Why I specialize in photographing Outdoor and Private Estate Weddings

From my standpoint, photographing your wedding outdoors or in a lovely private home provides an opportunity for me to deliver your images in the clean, consistent, natural aesthetic that suits my natural photography style best. When you choose to host your wedding day at a private or outdoor venue, few restrictions are imposed as to where we can go to capture your photographs. This allows me the freedom to be as creative as possible throughout your day which is a win-win for everyone. Plus, quite frankly, it's a whole lot more fun for me to take pictures of couples on the happiest day of their lives in a beautiful location with stunning backdrops and gorgeous lighting. 

Listed below are some of the best things about holding your wedding day outside or at a private estate...


N.C. Outdoor and Private Estate Wedding Photography Portfolio


Your tastes, your style, your way!

Holding your wedding outdoors or at a private estate means that you’ll have the opportunity to work with your favorite local vendors. You’ll be able to break away from those “traditional“ florist, bakeries, caterers, or on-site venue provided photographers and think outside the box to make your wedding day unique to your style and taste. Think food truck, mobile sushi bar, or on-site catering from your favorite Italian restaurant. Maybe those ‘to die for cupcakes are made at one bakery but you’ve got your heart set on a different person to make your wedding cake. That ok! When you hold your wedding outdoors you have the power to choose what services are the best for your day and aren’t held down to contracting these details to vendors you don’t know or care about.


Casual or luxury formal? 

Are you thinking about hosting a black tie event or something more laid-back? Outdoor and private estate wedding receptions can be casual, formal or that perfect mix of the two styles. You can dress it up with fine china and an 8-course meal or put out some picnic benches and have a traditional North Carolina barbecue. You could also have an extravagant ceremony and then tell your guests to take off those high heels and present them with a pair flip-flops that match your wedding colors and watch them kick back relax and dance the night away. The possibilities are endless when it comes to finding what style suits you best as a couple.


The sky is the limit!

Sometimes when holding a wedding at a traditional venue means that your entertainment possibilities become somewhat limited. Being outside on private property can bring so much more to your wedding reception. Your dance floor would no longer be confined to the four walls of the building but can’t become impotent. Imagine how sweet it would be to take your first dance with fireflies meandering about twinkling around the crowd.

An outdoor or private estate wedding also allows you to include some fun activities for the kids and adults in attendance during your reception. Pony rides, wedding llamas (lol, yes this is a thing!) even bounce houses and laser tag services are available in many parts of the country that will bring the fun element into your wedding day in a memorable way.  

Luxury tents, horseshoes and a fire pit complete with chocolate bars and marshmallows can add a touch of laid-back awesomeness to the atmosphere of your outdoor wedding reception.  ‘Glamping in style is a surefire way to bring your guests together for socializing while enjoying themselves in a gorgeous outdoor location.


When it’s all said and done, it’s all about what’s most important to you…

Bottom line, If you’ve spent some time dreaming up ideas to make your wedding day uniquely you, your outdoor wedding can make those dreams a reality. Is an opportunity for you to be as creative as possible by incorporating personal elements that add to the romance of your wedding.  

At the end of the day, whatever your dream wedding vision is, watching the sun go down in the stars come out or watching fireworks in the sky while sitting with your friends and family around campfire, your choice of holding your wedding outdoors is the first step in creating a magical day that will be uniquely yours to treasure for years to come. 


Whether you are wed on a mountaintop in the Blue Ridge or on a veranda of a Colonial Farm Estate in Raleigh, your wedding is an occasion to celebrate, a personal story which deserves to be photographed with a mark of distinction to be joyfully passed down and retold for generations to come.

Listed below are a few reasons as given by my past clients that show you why I may be the just the wedding photographer to help you with this...





Sally is amazing! She went out of her way to meet me for coffee several months before our wedding. We instantly bonded and I knew she was going to be perfect for our big day! Sally is a true artist and she does a phenomenal job capturing fun, funky, artsy, beautiful photos. She does such a good job with the lighting, as well. She let me text her the whole time up until the wedding with new ideas, pictures, etc. You won’t regret using Silvercord! Great prices and easy to work with, too!! Thanks Sally! :)



We finally got married 4/28/18 and she was a blessing! From finding her and her affordable services, to open communication through email and phone, being super helpful days before when our officiant fell ill and putting out an SOS, and finally on the day feeling reassured and her being pretty much a bodyguard to get our photos done without extra people in the way. She is a God send!



Wow, There just aren't words :)  We got back late last night and have so far only taken a quick peek through the photos and selected one to use to print thank you cards but we are IN LOVE with the results.  As a whole, the photos are so great, genuine, and true to the wonderful day we had, even the ones where we are making funny faces :).  There are in particular several photos that are just those priceless shots that capture the moment for us that we so dearly wanted.  I love that on our portrait shots you have the multiple color tones as we are finding consistently that there are some particular tones that we like more than others and having that option to click through in viewing is so very helpful!

  We will continue to look through them over the next few days and begin sharing as well.  You were genuinely awesome to work with! So helpful and yet easy to work with, present for every shot and yet never in the way. You helped us take a hot, hectic, and tiring day to the goal of still getting those memories in photo form that we will have forever (and having us rarely look as sweltering as we actually were in the photos).  It was a huge plus for both John and I that we really enjoyed your personality and felt we just all "clicked" together.

  Thank you beyond words!  I will put together more of an email once we have really looked through the photos but I wanted to go ahead and say AMAZING, THANKS, and AWESOME :)





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I used Silvercord Event Photography for my wedding on 9/9/17.

Sally and her husband Greg are amazing! Sally did the photography while Greg did the videography.

My photos turned out awesome! She was able to capture all the candid moments that I missed in the

whirlwind that was my wedding! She gave both color and black and white images, as well as other tones.

My husband and I will cherish these photos and videos for the rest of our lives!

I would definitely use Silvercord again!!!



Hands down, we are so happy we chose Sally as our photographer! She did our engagement photo

shoot and it was AMAZING! My fiance and I had a fantastic time with our timeless vintage theme.

We explored Fayetteville's Train Station and a local Rose Garden and got some great shots.

I will have these photos to last a lifetime and her prices are hard to beat with also having the option

to have them printed wherever you like. Turn around time for us to get the photos back was unbelievable!

I Am so happy that we found you! Thanks Sally!

Love S &N




My husband and I are very happy we went with Sally. When we decided to upgrade from a courtroom wedding to a very small garden wedding with only immediate family, we decided we wanted to hire a photographer but didn’t want to spend our savings on it. Seriously, as soon as you say wedding, most photographers start charging $1K-3K. Then we found Sally, who we could just have for a few hours and not break the bank. She was extremely responsive by both text and email. Within a couple of weeks of our wedding, we had so many beautiful shots of our special day.




Engagement Photography + Raleigh, NC + JC Raulston Arboretum+ couples portraitEngagement Photography + Raleigh, NC + JC Raulston Arboretum+ couples portraitNorth Carolina engagement portrait photography as shot by Sally Siko of Silvercord Event Photography LLC. Locations included as follows, a gray plank wall at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC

 We could not be MORE pleased with our wedding pictures! Sally was extremely professional and friendly. Punctual in both her arrival time and photography delivery post-wedding, Sally surpassed our expectations! I have already referred Sally's photography services to multiple friends and will continue to do so. Final words - book her, you won't regret it!



"nc wedding photography + dancing in the rain""nc wedding photography + dancing in the rain"An example of wedding photography as a newly married couple shares a dance in the rain at the Chateau De Vue in Black Mountain near Asheville, NC. Photography by Sally Siko of Raleigh, NC.

I was so lucky to find Sally Siko of Silvercord Event Photography when searching for a wedding photographer. Her ad stated that she was looking to add a mountainous section to complete her portfolio, and I knew that my wedding venue could deliver this for her. I felt like this had to be a win/win situation for both of us. Sally was willing to travel a few hours for both my bridal portraits and for the wedding. Sally was very relaxed and made the photo taking process very smooth and natural. During the wedding it was like she wasn't even there, until she approached me when it started raining halfway into the reception and asked, "how afraid of the rain are you?' I told her that I wasn't afraid of it at all, she then told us that she thought that she could get some amazing shots out on our now soaked dance floor. My husband and I went out on the dance floor and started dancing. Away from everyone just the two of us, we forgot that we were even out there to take photos, it became a moment for both of us to just take it all in that we were married ahh!!! So not only did Sally create a wonderful photo opportunity, she provided us with a special memory that we will treasure the rest of our lives! With great appreciation, Amber and Preston




I used Sally for my daughter's wedding 8/12/17. She is creative, positive, friendly, professional, organized, and detailed! She was a pleasure to work with and she got the photos back to us sooo quickly! She captured a vast array of wonderful shots. Each shot is in color and black & white and the ones of my daughter and now, son's couple portraits came in 2 different versions of color as well as sepia, news toned and black & white. We are delighted to have so many options!


I am really happy we hired Sally to photograph our wedding. She did a great job taking both candid and posed photographs. After the wedding, we received our photos within a week and a half, it was great to be able to look at them so quickly. All of our photos were given to us in with different photo color options such as black and white, sepia tone and a color pop tone; I liked that we were able to pick which color tone we liked the best for each photo. She was very responsive on emails, professional, and very nice to work with. I would definitely recommend her.



Sally is awesome! She is friendly and efficient. She did our engagement shoot as well as our wedding. During the wedding, she was like a Everywhere but not obvious. Her pricing is very reasonable...I would recommend her to anyone.



I'm so glad I found Sally and that she was my photographer. I to was a bride on a budget and photography prices were outrageous! I was looking decorations on the web and found her by accident. I know God led me to her!! We used Sally for our engagement, bridal, and wedding and I wouldn't have had any different. I mentioned some photos I'd like to capture and she was on top of it. The wedding was a blast she had a great time and we did too. She feels like family to me and we bonded so well. We are expecting our first child and sadly Sally won't be able to go on this adventure with us :( But I will definitely send her photos. Sally is a special person, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with her through our experience. She will keep you laughing, you'll NEVER feel awkward or uncomfortable around her. She is wonderful. Our photos have all came back with excellent, fine, great quality and we can't wait to share them with our child(ren) over the years. 



After previously meeting with two other photographers, we looked online to try to find a vendor who can work with our budget and take pictures really well. It's true when they say the third time is a charm. Sally was AWESOME! She was very professional and friendly. We immediately bonded as she saw that I was hard of hearing. She knew some signs so she could better communicate with me. I immediately felt at ease. She was very observant and knew exactly what we wanted. She took our engagement and wedding pictures at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. We can't say enough about her skills and friendly personality. She absolutely exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend Sally, owner of Silvercord Event Photography, as a photographer for any event. You will not regret it.

-Jamie B.


I am SO, SO, thrilled with our decision to hire Sally Siko as our wedding photographer. I instantly bonded with her because of her sweet and vibrant personality, and knew after talking to her for the first time that she was the perfect fit for us! She is very professional and responsive, and most of all flexible. She graciously let me send her a list of "must have" photographs that was probably the longest she has ever received (Sally, that you for being so patient with me). Having Sally with me on our wedding day was like having a friend right by my side, not like having a stranger follow my every move. I love her creativity and sweet spirit and don't think I could recommend a better person and photographer!



Amazing Photographer! Couldn't have asked for more, her attitude was fun, helpful and relaxing all day and her work is really beautiful! Couldn't have asked for better pictures they have a lot of character and dimension. Would definitely recommend her, can't stop looking at my pictures!



Sally is great. She's very personable and wants to make sure that you will get pictures you want. She arrives at specified times, works with her customers and we couldn't have been happier. Sally goes above and beyond to get the job done and make sure you're happy.




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