They lived in the same apartment complex but had only seen each other in passing. Lauren was ready to strike up conversation with her handsome neighbor so she set out to clean her car in the parking lot, in hopes he might come home from work while she was outside.. He did! He began to clean out his car as well, like any guy would when there is a cute neighbor in the parking lot cleaning hers :)  Eventually they both started walking back to the building at the same time and conversation started, numbers were exchanged and the rest is history!

Lauren and Jim said their vows on the beautiful Historic Courthouse Green in Downtown Edenton.  It was the perfect backdrop for their day!  The weather was fantastic, the view of the Edenton Bay was spectacular and we had just the right amount of breeze keeping us cool. Lauren chose the most beautiful shades of blushes and ivory and champagnes for their reception and the yummiest dinner curated by the fabulous Montero’s of Elizabeth City.  Their wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect :)

Mr. & Mrs. Mills visited beautiful Charleston SC for their honeymoon and are getting settled into married life now.  Congrats Lauren + Jim!!

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Venue | | Historic Edenton Courthouse Green 

Caterer | | Montero’s of Elizabeth City

Coordinator | | Karen Fleetwood

Florals | | Norfolk Wholesale

Cake Artist | | Alica Salinas

DJ | | East Coast Entertainment

Makeup Artist | | Erin Bonney Hassell of The Boulevard Hair Company

Hair Artist | | Brooke Harris of Jus Teezn

Brides Dress Shop | | Nitsa’s

Brides Dress Designer | | Kenneth Pool

Bridesmaids Dress Shop | | Bella Bridesmaids 

Men’s Attire | | JC Penney

Rental Company | | Chair and Equipment Rentals

Chair Covers & Linens | | www.linenhero.com

Outlaw Transportation | | Gary Outlaw

Town of Edenton Trolley | | Tammy Woodley

 

 

 

 

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In 6th grade english class, Taylor was determined to get her shy classmate to talk to her. After almost the whole class, Jonathan started talking… and they were best friends ever since!

Finally in their second year of college, just as Taylor began praying about waiting on God to bring her the right one in her life, Jonathan started pursuing her as more than friends. It was obvious God had always intended for them to be together one day :-)

And joyfully, that day has come! Taylor + Jonathan got married on April 30th at Providence Baptist Church in their home county of  Currituck, NC, followed by a reception at The Pines Golf Course in Elizabeth City.  I adored their beautiful color pallet of bright pinks and oranges and blues!  My favorite element of their day was how they honored their home turf by naming each of their tables after towns within their county.  Each guest picked their corresponding town from the map to find their seat!

Taylor and Jonoathan’s wedding day went without a hitch and they headed out to Italy for their honeymoon!  Their images are finishing up in my gallery right now and I’m so excited to share a little peak into their wedding day.

As their wedding hashtag says, let’s give a #toasttoposton!

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Venue and Catering – The Pines, Elizabeth City

Wedding Coordinator – Family Friend, Denise Fallon

Floral Design – Jeffrey’s Greenworld

Cake Artist – Family friend, Debra Meyer

DJ – DJ Fresh

Makeup & Hair Artist – Family Friend, Kendall Hamm

Dress Shop – Here & Now Bridal

Dress Designer – Maggie Sotterro

Bridesmaids Dress Shop – David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse

 

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  • May 11, 2016 - 6:34 pm

    alean holden - this was a magical wedding, these pictures are beautiful brought tears to my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2016 - 6:55 am

    Wanda Caralivanos - Congratulations to this lovely couple. They are blessed by God, may His arms continue to stay wrapped around them for the rest of their lives. These beautiful pictures reminds us of what love is all about.ReplyCancel

Accidentally getting pepper sprayed together on the night you met is definitely reason to believe you’ve found your soul mate.. well, at least thats how it played out for Tamara + Matt!

After meeting while out for drinks with friends one night in Greenville, these two opened the doors to leave just as someone was being pepper sprayed outside!  Getting pepper spray in their own eyes sent them back into the bar for water and after the eventful episode, decided to hang out for one more drink, which lead to more nights following of hanging out together… which led to their wedding last weekend :-)

Tamara + Matt celebrated their wedding day at The Black Stallion in Corolla NC. This stunning property boasts as being the largest single family home built on the Outer Banks and it’s grandeur surely lives up to it’s size!  You couldn’t find a bad angle to photograph from in this estate, with so many classy and beautiful nooks and cranny’s of light.  It was the perfect backdrop to their traditional and romantic day!

The day went without a hitch, and the rain even decided to hold off for us too!  I couldn’t be happier that we were able to a part of their celebration and I’m proud to present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Riddick!

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Venue: The Black Stallion, Corolla

Videographer: Swell Productions

Wedding Coordinator: Friend, April Roberts

Floral Designer: Bells and Whistles, OBX

Cake Artist: Mother of the bride

DJ: George Wainwright, Coastal DJ

Hair and Makeup: Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Bridal Dress Shop: Bridal Elegance

Bridesmaids Dress Shop: Weddington Way

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Rental Company: Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals

Caterer: Basnight’s Lone Cedar

 

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Tamara + Matt were married on Saturday.. Woop-Woop!!  Their wedding at the Black Stallion in Corolla was one of the most lively and fun events we’ve been a part of and we’re still thanking Jesus that he held the rain off for us the entire day :-)

While I begin working through their wedding day images, I wanted to share Tamara’s beautiful bridal photos we took last fall at the Leslie Alford Mim’s House in Raleigh, NC – THE sweetest wedding venue, pretty much ever.  If you are a planning bride and love rustic-modern meets chic-southern, you must book with the Mim’s house! (… and then call us, cause we can’t wait to photograph there again sometime! hehe!)

I will be sharing some wedding images of Tamara and Matt soon but in the meantime – check out a few of her beautiful bridal photos :-)

Congrats Tamara + Matt!

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Jenna + David are pretty much the cutest couple ever. Let’s just go ahead and throw that out there!  I love how Jenna lights up his smile like a Christmas tree!  It was so evident to Jerry and I how much that boy loves his girl :)

Jenna and David also have a pretty good knack for going with the flow – of which they had to practice on their early April wedding day when the spring weather decided to be completely unpredictable!  30 to 40 MPH winds coming off the Edenton Bay right onto the Courthouse Lawn where their ceremony and reception was to take place definitely put a little kink in the plans! But it was certainly nothing that they couldn’t deal with and roll with the windy punches.  After the sides were put up on the tents and the ceremony was moved into the courthouse building at the last minute, all was well.  And the wind even decided to calm down a bit for us during portrait time!

We were so excited to kick off our 2016 Wedding Year with Jenna and David’s Edenton NC Wedding and we’re tickled that we got to be a part of witnessing this special day!

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Venue: Chowan County Courthouse

Wedding Coordinator: Barbara Nixon

Floral Designer: Kim’s Secret Garden

DJ: Adam Evans of DJ Cowboy

Hair: Brooke Harris

Dress Shop: David’s Bridal

Tux Shop: Men’s Wearhouse

Rentals: Party and Equipment Rentals

Cake: Anita Davenport

Catering: Todd and Wendy Korbusieski

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A couple weeks ago I happened upon a post on Green Wedding Shoes of a Greenhouse Wedding that just sent me over the moon.  In my excitement I posted on Facebook that surely there is a couple out there who wants to get married in a Greenhouse! ..and if so, am your girl!  I should have known before I even posted that the couple who would bite on the idea would be one of our May 2017 couples – Will + Caitlin.

Want to know why?  They are both botanists.

While we knew their wedding won’t be held in a greenhouse, we had yet to plan their engagement session :-))) Lucky for me, Caitlin is just about to finish her Master’s at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and has access to the campus.  To further our luck – W&M has a research greenhouse that is chock full of the most gorgeous and interesting specimens you’ve ever seen!  This lab was built in the 60’s and has so much retro character and many plant forms that have been surviving there for 40+ years!  Some of these larger specimens have even broken out of their terracotta planters and grown into the architecture of the building, taking over the space and making you feel like you are walking into a tropical forest.

Sadly, that gorgeous building full of so much character and history, is slated to be torn down just weeks from now.  A new lab has been built on campus and the plants will start to be moved any day now.  Many of the large trees that have been there for 30 or 40 years and have planted their way into pieces of the building itself and stretched their roots 10, 15 feet down the lengths of the tables, likely won’t survive the move.

The new building, I’m sure will be grand and will be full of smaller, contained botanical beauties but it just won’t share the same tropical oasis feel as it will 50 years from now when these little plants will have taken over into their new environment :-) Perhaps in 50 years I can photograph Will + Caitlin’s Grandchildren’s engagement session there! Lol!

Timing is everything and I know in this case, God knew that this opportunity to celebrate Will + Caitlin’s engagement to one another would be the most meaningful in a place that celebrates their mutual passion for nature and where Caitlin has spent many hours working toward her career.  I’m thankful that Green Wedding Shoes posted their Greenhouse feature when they did, to spark a fire under myself and Caitlin to utilize the gorgeous environment of the W&M greenhouse before it was too late!

I have been oogoogling (that is totally a word) over these colors and these smiles since last weekend and I am SO thrilled to share them!

(P.S. You may even recognize this couple from their modeling talents in our Winter Styled Shoot!)

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As spring gets closer, I can’t help but get this feeling that I should be planning a wedding or something…  Probably because this time last year, we were in the thick of it. We were down to the wire with our wedding only about 3 weeks away!  Every waking minute was filled with doing something wedding prep oriented.  Cleaning out our garage for our backyard reception, gathering goodies from the thrift stores to spray paint, making sure we had enough silverware, dishes, glasses, seating, food, etc., etc. etc…  

…And then my friends Katie Myrick and Christina Forbes stole me away for an afternoon of bridal portraits that made every bit of wedding related stress at that time melt away.  In that moment, all the elevated blood pressure I had been feeling from planning our wedding was so worth it.  Don’t get me wrong, it was going to be worth it just by getting to marry my Jerry, no question there! But getting to step away from the stresses of those last few weeks and feel like a bride and not just a wedding coordinator, even if just for a few hours was so rewarding. 

I looked beautiful, and more importantly, I felt beautiful.  

I assure you I don’t feel that way often.  And it’s even less often (pretty much non-existent) that I can admit out loud to myself that I look beautiful.  But I can happily admit that I did this time last year! ..And I should – every bride should – be able to admit that about herself.  She deserves it.

Even as a wedding photographer myself I never really knew the internal value of having bridal portraits taken.  It’s more than just having some photos you can present at your reception.  It’s more than just a trial run for hair/makeup.  It’s a reward for yourself.  It’s a chance for you to relax and simply relish in feeling beautiful without the wedding-day-of jitters snuffing out the focus you should have on yourself as a bride.

…And focusing on yourself and your beauty is SO allowed when you are a bride.

I’m forever grateful to my friends Katie Myrick who took the photos, and Christina Forbes assisting, for helping celebrate this special time in my life as a bride!

Here are some of my favs from my beautiful bridal portraits last year:

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Photography: Katie Myrick Photography

Assisting Friend and Photographer: Christina Forbes Photography

Florals: Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers

Hair/Makeup: Mollie White of Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

 

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