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When we started our journey to create a winter inspiration photoshoot, we could never have fathomed the deeply rooted history we would tap into—spanning from the pre-colonial era to the present—that allowed us to produce one of the most beautiful occasions we have ever seen!  The shoot was a celebration of heritage, history, and love. Heritage has always been an important aspect of many a southern wedding, but it perhaps has never been taken to such extreme and gorgeous results!  

The groundwork for our photoshoot was laid by the discovery of a pristine brocade print gown Will’s aunt handmade in 1964.  From there, the inspiration flowed!  Caitlin wore the dress along with a vintage fur-trimmed bolero of the same era, which was accentuated by a flower hairpiece inspired by Grecian cameos and designed by Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers.  Perquimans County translates to “Land of Beautiful Woman” in the Yeopim Indian (Algonquin) language, and Caitlin certainly exemplified the saying!  Our handsome Will perfectly complimented Caitlin’s look, wearing a casual tweed jacket, vest, and red scarf. 

 Since Will and Caitlin are both botanists, we celebrated their passion for nature by bringing their stunning photo shoot to the woods!  The warm tones of the North Carolina wood-scape certainly did not disappoint– the way the Spanish moss draped from the bald cypress trees and the mirror-like stillness of the Yeopim River leant the impression of a time past.  Indeed, we learned after our shoot that the location we used looks out to Batt’s Island, where Nathaniel Batts, employed by John Smith, secured the first Deed in North Carolina!

 Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers did an astounding job weaving classic English and vintage elements flawlessly into the rustic and woodsy feel that is true to Will and Caitlin’s spirits.  Hues of crimson and splashes of silver placed as a banquet along the tables popped from the neutral-warm landscape effortlessly!  

Speaking of the tables, every detail of this shoot was full of significance, even down to the heart pine farm tables! We were so lucky to be able to include these handmade tables, made especially for the occasion by Sybil’s brother Ben (of Hobbs Furniture), a Master Period American Furniture Maker.  Ben also provided handmade chairs, made from designs of real 18th century northeastern North Carolina chairs.  

Other delightful elements we incorporated included a delicious gingerbread cake made by Patricia’s Grille, a vintage ruby ring from the Silver Fox of Hertford, NC, and a handsome invitation and menu suite created by local and legendary calligrapher, Elizabeth Jones.

 By this point, our photo shoot was firmly entrenched in the tradition and heritage of northeastern North Carolina, where generation upon generation of Will’s family have called home.  The results were more amazing and sentimental than we could have ever imagined.

We know that planning brides love all things elegant, classic, and steeped in meaning. Although vintage is an amazing wedding trend, when ‘heritage’ is used to inspire ‘vintage’, as in our photo shoot, the memories and celebrations become priceless!  We truly feel that this shoot will inspire brides to find charming pieces of heritage to lovingly incorporate in order to make their own wedding day priceless!

Jerry & I, and all the fabulous vendors we collaborated with on this shoot wish you the Merriest Christmas!! We are looking forward to more styled beautifulness to share in 2016!!

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Floral Design – Yeopim Flowers

Hair/Makeup – Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Cake – Patricia’s Grille

www.patricias-grille.com

Jewelry – The Silver Fox of Hertford

Calligraphy – Elizabeth Porcher Jones

Furniture – Hobbs Furniture

Videography – Layden Films

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Our 2015 wedding season wrapped up on one of the most joyful notes we’ve ever experienced!  Jordan + Ralph had their wedding at The Dunes Club in Atlantic Beach NC surrounded by their family and friends.. and a very large bridal party!  This wedding made the Missy and Jerry Guinness Records for having the BIGGEST Bridal party we’ve photographed! With 12 bridesmaids, 3 Junior Bridesmaids, 8 Groomsmen and 1 ring bearer, it definitely topped the charts for us!

You know what else topped the charts?  The vibrate smile that illuminated from Jordan all day and the adoration for that smile that was clear as day in Ralph.  Oh how these two love each other :-)  We loved watching them open notes from each other before the ceremony, holding hands around a corner without seeing each other, and hearing their vows to each other!  And then our favorite part was hearing the toasts to their marriage from their closest people in life.  It is apparent that everyone sees that these two definitely have what it takes to make love last .. and we saw it too in just the short time that we met them.

And can we just talk for a minute about the party of the CENTURY, better known as their Reception!?  They had the crazy talented live band, Spare Change out of LaGrange NC provide the entertainment for the night and they had the dance floor PACKED.  And how about Matt Bell on the electric violin!? Umm…. Devil Went Down to Georgia like a BOSS… is all I gotta say (and I found a video of him fiddling it on Youtube to prove it!)

As the night went on and Jerry and I were counting down the hours to the close of our second year of shooting together, we were so thankful that this wedding was the way we were closing it all out.  Surrounded by so many happy folks, happy for this couple having the night of their life!

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 Venue: The Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach NC

Live Band: Spare Change, LaGrange NC

DJ/MC: KC Cambell of Vox DJ’s out of California

Videographers: M2 Productions, Wilmington NC

Hair: Lauren Denault of Style Master’s Salon, Moorehead City NC

Makeup: Christa Lupton, Freelance Makeup Artist

Florist: Tildy Design Studio, Moorehead City NC

Wedding and Venue Coordinator: Laurie Benson

Ceremony Coodinator: Susie Collins

Day of Helper: Elizabeth McCormick

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Leta + Brad told me when they booked that this one would be like non other that we’ve photographed… She was SO right!  Everything about this small, intimate wedding at Pembroke Hall in Edenton, NC was completely unique and out of the box.  They chose an Alice in Wonderland theme, and most unique of all, chose to include the talents of Brad’s brothers to play big roles in the day.  One got his license to officiate the wedding day for them and his other brother, a traveling magician, was the entertainment for the evening!  Photographing a magic show at a reception was absolutely a first for us and seriously one of the coolest. things. EVER.  

To carry out the sweet Alice in Wonderland Theme, Leta had torn out pages of an Alice in Wonderland Book and used them as the runners down her tables.  On top of the pages, she had a mixture of tea-cups, tea-pots, playing cards, lanterns and other elements that were a representation of the story.  The inside rooms of Pembroke hall made the perfect setting for her look!  And with the guest list at only 25-30 people, the inside rooms housed the whole event perfectly.

Patti Cakes made the most amazing cake top I’ve ever seen.  The mossy greens, beautiful little edible flowers and mushrooms, and little Alice’s feet up in the air!  It was so beautiful! Everyone there was up in arms when it was time for Leta to cut it.. no one wanted to see it demolished!  Another of my favorite elements of the day?  Leta’s BIG paper flower that served as her bride’s bouquet!

I could just go on and on about all that this couple did to make their wedding day a unique reflection of them which was like non other we’ve ever seen!  And I must admit, we feel pretty darn special that we were a part of it all.  I’ll just let you take a look!

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Venue: Pembroke Hall, Edenton NC

Cake: Patti Cakes, Moyock NC

Caterer: Captain Bobs, Hertford NC

Dress Shop: Blush Bridal, Newport News, VA

Tux Shop: Men’s Wearhouse

Magician!: Doc Larry Volz

Coordinator: Nina, Friend of the bride

Makeup: Joseph, Friend of the bride

 

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We had a whole string of rainy day weddings this year starting with  Karen + Chip back in April, Hollie + Seth in September and finally this wedding of Katelyn + Zach earlier this month.  Rain is never in the plans on a wedding day but let me tell you – ALL these couples this year faced the rain with the best confidence and enjoyed their day just as much as if the sun had been shinning!  If I had to photograph weddings in the rain, no doubt there’s no one else I’d rather shoot them with than these easy-going, fun, J O Y F U L couples.

Frankly, this couple ~ K a t e l y n + Z a c h ~ were just happy the rain on their wedding day wasn’t accompanied with hurricane force winds!  North Eastern NC was under threat of Hurricane Joaquin in the days leading up to their wedding.  All their plans had to be turned upside down from having a tented wedding to completely indoors and not even knowing how many guests would be able to make it if the hurricane makes landfall.

Thankfully in the 24 -36 hours-ish before the wedding, Mrs. Joaquin took a turn back out to sea and decided not to pay us a visit.  This still left us with some rain and some upside down logistics to figure out for the indoor ceremony, but at least it wasn’t a hurricane!

Again, I just want to reiterate how stinkin’ amazing Katelyn and Zach were for taking the weather of their day as joyfully as if they had planned it!  Katelyn had fun rain boots for all her gals to wear that day and enough umbrellas for the whole bridal party!

After our portrait time we happened to notice the dirty rainy mess that had formed on the bottom 4 or 5 inches of her gorgeous dress.  We told her she’d definitely need to have it cleaned after the wedding, and her response?  “Nope! I’m going to hang it up just like it is!” she said she will only wear it once and the muddy rim of her dress will be a unique reminder of her wedding day.  I. Love. Her.

On top of the unique element of rain that happened on her wedding day, she personalized their day with some other sweet elements that reminded her of her grandmother who has passed away.  Blue hydrangeas were her grandmothers favorite flower, so blue hydrangeas graced her decor! Also in memory of her grandmother – milk cans!  She had old tin milk cans placed around the room with seasonal cotton, wheat stalks, vines and other natural textures that filled them.

Their wedding could not have been more perfect, or more fun, rain or not!  We are so thankful that we got to experience this day with them …. and we’re also glad we did not get to experience it with Hurricane Joaquin :-)

Congrats Mr. + Mrs. Mize!

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Venue: Valley Pine Country Club, Lasker NC

Caterer: Mary Etta Flowers, Murfreesboro NC

DJ: Jesse Williams of DJ Jesse

Hair: Kayleigh Odam of Christopher John Salon, Ahoskie NC

Makeup: Debbie Roberts of Mary Kay

Dress: Oleg Cassini of David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie, Inc

Tux Shop: Jim’s Formal Wear

Rental Company: Classic Party and Equipment Rentals, Ahoskie NC

Cake: Expressions by Tim & Lorrie, Murfreesboro

Decor: Powell Antiques and Summer Farms

Mistress of Ceremonies and Floral Designer: Friends of the bride

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I gasped out loud when we got home and began uploading the photos we took at Lisa and Tommy’s wedding.  We had photographed just over 5,000 images that day!  We normally photograph somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 images between the two of us and although I was sticker shocked when I saw that huge number of photos – I wasn’t surprised.

There were sweet little elements, tons of laughs, and so much action hiding around every corner of this wedding held at the “Take it to the Limit” Event home in South Nags Head.  Lisa selected beautiful blushes and gold tones for her day and together they chose to have a hint of a theme reflecting their passion for vegan food!

The cutest little gold animal figurines held the escort cards and embellished many of their tables.  They also gave beautiful recipe books compiled of their favorite vegan meals! Dawn’s Kitchen Catering served a fabulous vegan meal for the evening and lastly, on each reception table they had fun fact cards about the learning capabilities of the animals we eat (I had no idea cows can remember the faces of 100 other cows!?)

I loved how Lisa and Tommy chose something that they were passionate about together to highlight in their wedding.  Among those unique elements of their day were also traditional Jewish celebrations that they incorporated to honor Tommy’s Jewish heritage! Their grandfathers signed a Katuba with them, they said their vows under a lace covered chuppah, they broke glass together before the first kiss, the male guests wore kippahs, and the coolest?!  They did the Hora – a dance where guests lift them both up in chairs and dance around them in a circle!!  It was SO cool!

Jerry and I have never seen a more active and involved group of guests taking every chance they could find to bring joy and laughs to this couple whom they love so much.  Lisa’s father officiated the service and surprised them both with a hilarious rendition of a song he had written. Without anyone knowing his plan, he had the bride, groom and bridal party sing along to it during the ceremony! Oh how I would love to have a recording of that song.  Everyone sang lovely, of course, but Tommy – he has a voice for the record books, lol! (#youhadtobethere!)

The bridesmaids also wrote a song to sing to the Lisa and Tommy during the ladies toast of the night and … the icing on the cake … the groomsmen and Tommy choreographed a dance reminiscent of something you’d see from the Backstreet Boys to present to Lisa during the reception. Everyone in the room was rolling over their dance.  I overheard the guys standing next to me say “I hope this NEVER ends!” … I was hoping the same thing!

Lisa and Tommy’s wedding was the second of a double-header weekend for us – our first double-head ever and we are so thrilled that our first double header ended on such a fun and beautiful note!

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Venue: Take it to the Limit, South Nags Head

DJ: George Wainwright, Coastal DJ

Catering: Dawn’s Kitchen

Videographer: Clayton Kagi

Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals

 

 

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Did you see our feature on Green Wedding Shoes!?!?  Yall.  If you don’t follow the wedding industry and fully understand how incredibly HUGE that is, let me start by remembering the tears that fell from my eyes when I received the ‘congratulations’ email from GWS accepting our shoot for feature.  It meant that much. See, like most creatives I have a ‘bucket list’ of publications that I drool over and would love to be featured on at least once in my career, and although there are still more on that list that I’d love to be a part of, Green Wedding Shoes was at the TOP. The number one. Numero Uno.

In all honesty?  I totally didn’t think that I would ever have something amazing enough to be featured there! But the planets aligned and with the out of this world amazing help of some other incredible vendors, we were able to create something we were passionate about that resonated through to the editors at GWS.  We are honored beyond words that this creation we put months of thought and preparation and our souls into making come to life was valued as highly to these talented editors as we valued it!

How it came to life?

I had asked our besties Heather and Jared (of the outstanding Heather & Jared Photography!!) to model for our styled shoot because I knew their love for each other – I knew how absolutely smitten they are on each other and I knew that they would hold nothing back in front of the lens…. Plus? duh.. they are gorgeous.  And they were a perfect fit for our plans!  …And then we found out that our scheduled shoot fell on the weekend of their 7th wedding anniversary, and our plans got even sweeter!

They were so excited about being able to celebrate their anniversary with a wedding styled shoot.. not only because it would be lovely – but because they never had wedding photos.  They never had a wedding at all!  As young sweethearts in love, they said their vows to each other in a courthouse in Sacramento, CA while Jared was stationed there with the Coast Guard.

So having the opportunity for them to finally be able to have some wedding photos together was incredibly meaningful to them and and when I found out the depth of how special this was to them, it just sent me over the moon to be able to give them something so perfect for their anniversary!

Our passion!

Our passion for this shoot was to use everything that is in seasonal bloom right here in our area of North Eastern NC.  I enlisted the help of Floral Designer, Yeopim Flowers with this shoot because on her farm she grows the most beautiful flower patch each year to fulfill many of her weddings and events; straight from her field to the vase!  Her work is lovely and I admire her ability to use everything that grows naturally (in her flower patch or in her woods!) with her designs.  

You may have seen Sybil’s Market Bouquet’s being advertised on her facebook and mine (and a couple of my blog posts here and here!) and every. single. flower. from this shoot was one of her home-grown market stems!  Our main objective with this shoot was to showcase just one of the trillions of ways her market flowers could be used in the context of a wedding!  We want to encourage brides who perhaps have a smaller budget for floral design to look into the more economical option of purchasing Sybil’s stems and going frolickin’ through the woods for filler.. Then DIY’ing yourself some super sweet unique arrangements for your wedding.  Go this route before writing off having fresh florals at all, or going with the usual hydrangea + baby’s breath.. make your wedding as unique as you are!!! 

What we used:

For this shoot we chose to use brass candlestick holders (gathered from thrift stores) filled with Sybil’s Market flowers down the table, with a simple hanging flower chandelier above the home-made pallet table.  The table scape was adorned with grapevines, local peaches and figs, wheat and pheasant feathers.

To honor Heather and Jared’s anniversary, they wore copper wedding bands from Mountain Ursus Designs to signify the traditional spousal gift on the 7th anniversary. Copper couplings from the plumbing section at Lowes were used as the rings holding the denim fabric napkins on the place settings and the silverware was such a special addition – they belonged to Jared’s grandmother!  ..And the white dishes?  They were simply from Walmart :-)

The beautiful gold accented cake was created by the talented chefs at the local Inner Banks Inn and adorned with fresh basil, flowers and figs straight from their own backyard.

The icing on the cake for our shoot was the dreamy Grace Loves Lace wedding gown and Black Eyed Susan flower crown that Heather wore (you may recall seeing that wedding dress on ME for my wedding earlier in April!)  We even got to play with a stunning floral boa that Sybil created for us too!

Every inch of the day was a dream come true – from the organic decor, to the genuine love between Heather and Jared, to the most spectacular late evening light that filtered through the trees, all the way to it’s feature on Green Wedding Shoes!

We couldn’t be happier that this styled-shoot-turned-anniversary-shoot gave us a way to share our passion for all things organic and beautiful and meaningful and to inspire brides to look no further than your own local backyard to create beautiful and unique elements for your day!

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Thank you SO much to everyone that helped make this come to life!

Floral Design: Yeopim Flowers

Models: Heather & Jared Photography

Cake: Inner Banks Inn

Copper Rings: Mountain Ursus Designs

Hair and Makeup: Mollie with Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Dress: Grace Loves Lace, Josee Dress

 

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2015 has been the year of the wedding day rain for some reason.  I have had 3 weddings this year that have gotten good-luck rain all day long and tomorrow’s wedding has a 50% chance of rain as well!   I must say though, I am one lucky lady to have had such amazing couples on these rainy days that have loved on each other and celebrated their wedding day just like they would have if the sun were shinning!  I wouldn’t wish to play in the rain with anyone else but these special folks this year :-)

Hollie & Seth were one of those amazing couples that certainly did not let a little rain ruin their parade!  They were prepped with umbrellas, love, and the best attitude ever.  I’m so thankful they were willing to risk some raindrops to get some crazy cool rainy day wedding photos with me!

Hollie planned her wedding with a Cinderella theme to represent this fairy tale she gets to call hers!  I loved the white pumpkins, stripes and glass slippers that adorned her decor!

Jerry and I have felt so at home and loved by this family – they and their parents even asked us sit at their table with them to eat on wedding day! We have been blown away over and over by their kindness and we feel so completely honored to have been such a close part in celebrating this special time with all of them. We have made such a beautiful friendship with these people that we will cherish for a life-time!

Please, take a glimpse into their wedding day and send them some love!

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Venue & Catering: Lane Tre Golf Course, Goldsboro NC

Hair & Makeup: Jennifer’s Chair of Goldsboro

Flowers: Circle Florist of Newton Grove

Cake: Edna Whaley

Rings: Alan Sutton Jewelry of Goldsboro

Dress: Coastal Knot of Wilmington

 

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Jerry and I have been so excited to tackle a little project lately highlighting some of the couples that I first photographed in the beginning of my career (some of them 6 and 7 years ago now.. Wow! time flies!).  We’ve reached a few of those couples over the last few months and have plans to be highlighting each of them here and there throughout the next year, but we are excited to kick this project off with Amy and John Herlihy who celebrated their 6th year of marriage yesterday!

We knew we wanted to go beyond just giving these couples a shout-out and a simple ‘congrats’ on their anniversaries to highlight them because we know just how deep the meaning of an anniversary is. Marriage is tough. It takes work. And effort and involvement from both spouses.  And as deceiving as it can look, marriage is certainly not just about a pretty wedding day that we get to photograph and then they get to live ‘happily ever after’.  The wedding day is only a drop in the bucket compared to the life-long commitment and challenges that each couple we photograph will face together.

Jerry and I have both been divorced before so we have a great passion for encouraging healthy marriages.  Marriages that keep God at the center and their focus on each other.  Marriages that pay close attention to each other’s needs, and encouraging spouses to spend quality time together and to pick each other above all else.  Just like your car needs a consistent tank of gasoline to drive – your marriage needs constant fuel to thrive.  (Please read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman WITH your spouse if you haven’t!) And rest assured that if your marriage does not get this fuel on a regular basis it will not thrive.

So part of what we wanted to do in highlighting these couples that have survived the test of time thus far into their marriage was to ask for a bit of a testimony into their marriage, the joys and struggles that comes with it, and the fuel they use to keep it driving forward!

I met up with the Herlihy’s recently for a quick little mini-shoot of their family (on the same pier that we photographed some of their portraits on their wedding day!) And asked them to give some insight into their marriage:

1. What are some of your favorite ways of spending quality time together and how do you make sure to schedule in that quality time when your lives get busy?

“We enjoy quiet time together after the kids have gone to bed watching movies and snuggling on the couch. We try to have date night whenever possible to get a sitter and go out to dinner. Our lives stay super busy so sometimes we actually have to write down on our calendar “family day” to make sure that important quality time isn’t overlooked. Even when one of us has to work late and we get home tired and/or hungry…we sit down at the end of each day to catch up with one another and unwind.”

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2. What are some of the little ways you show you love each other on a daily basis?

His response: Because I am often at work early in the morning, she will text me in the mornings or call on the way to work to say “I love you.” I really enjoy when she rubs my shoulders or gives me a neck massage after a long day at work.

Her response: He does the dishes or loads of laundry, a woman’s favorite (right?!) He comes up behind me while I’m cooking in the kitchen and kisses me on the neck or wraps his arms around me. Sometimes out of the blue he will dip me in the kitchen for a kiss or begin to dance with me when there isn’t any music. He makes a point to kiss me each morning before he leaves for work because it’s still dark outside and I’m usually sleeping when he leaves. When he goes grocery shopping he sometimes brings home my favorite doughnuts!!”

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3. Is marriage today the same as you thought it would be the day you got married?

His response: No. Much harder than I expected. At the beginning its fun and easy going but then after a while you start to get on each other’s nerves. Sometimes you have to work hard at not killing each other!  There were MAJOR adjustments on my part. The sacrifices required of being a parent and husband were something that I wasn’t fully aware of until I was in that role myself. BUT, even when you find out each other’s flaws and you still realize how much you love that person, it makes it that much better.

Her response: I was so caught up in how much in love we were and how perfect he is FOR ME that I honestly wasn’t concerned with how things would be later down the road. I was so wrapped up in the feeling of how right it was that we were together that nothing else about marriage mattered because I had found the man God made for me. When I said those marriage vows I meant every word and took to heart that those vows meant “forever.” I guess I just jumped in with both feet with the faith of knowing it was all right and everything was going to be ok. And it has been a wonderful “happily ever after!” I was already a single mom when we met so there were definitely adjustments, but on my part they were mostly a breath of fresh air!! This man of mine is better than any dream I could have ever come up with.”

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4. What steps do you take to get through an argument or disagreement peacefully when it arises.. because we all know it happens sometimes!

“Honestly…We don’t! Ha ha, we really don’t argue often (it’s true) but when we do it’s major and we go at it hard!! We try not to argue in front of our children and if they are in the house at the time, we do our best to do it quietly. It is important to us that our kids see us as parents that love each other. We are both very passionate and stubborn so when we disagree, we strongly disagree. With that said, it makes the making up part that much sweeter ;)”

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5. How have you made your bond as husband and wife unbreakable?

“We started it that way. We didn’t go into our relationship with the idea of “this could work out.” We clicked so well from the beginning and have always been amazingly compatible. We support each other and love one another so much and on such an equal level. We know that, without a doubt, we have each other’s back. If people are getting married that should mean that it will always be unbreakable. Marriage is a serious commitment that you should never make unless you know in your heart and soul that person is the only one for you. We are so crazy in love with each other and those feelings came pretty quickly when we first started dating. We have always been faithful and truthful with one another about everything.”

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6. Lastly! What is your BIGGEST piece of marriage advice to brides and grooms getting ready to say their vows to each other?

His response: Never ever put your own wants over those of your spouse or kids. Don’t be selfish.

Her response: Love passionately and fearlessly. If you are ready to make that commitment then be absolutely sure that you can jump in with both feet without any doubt. And always kiss each other goodnight.”

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And here is a photo from their wedding SIX years ago yesterday on this same pier!  Biggest congrats and even bigger blessings to Amy and John as they embark on the next six :-)

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If I photographed your wedding 3+ years ago and you live in the North Eastern NC/Hampton Roads area (or will be visiting this area sometime!) and would like to encourage engaged and newlywed couples to keep the fuel to their marriage alive with a testimony from your marriage please let me know!! I’d love to gift you a mini-shoot of you and your spouse/family in exchange for your encouragement and advice for these incredibly special couples embarking on a great new adventure!

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Slusher said their vows this past weekend!!!  It was SUCH a beautiful day and I’ve been holding on to her Princeton NC Bridal Portraits for seemingly forever and I’m so excited I can finally share them!!

We met at the most beautiful home in Princeton NC situated on a Lake and mother nature gave us absolutely perfect light that evening.  And I was absolutely tickled when she pulled out her sweet fascinators to play with!  … Did you catch that I just said a really smart word – “fascinator”?

Who knew what I thought was called a ‘bird cage veil’ was actually called a “fascinator”! I learned a new word that day and got some really killer shots of them in action.

Hollie was a dream to photograph and I can’t wait to share their wedding photos with you soon!!!  Check out the lovely Mrs. Slusher and send her some love!

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I don’t know how many other guests saw him whisper the words to her but Jerry and I both did as our cameras were trained on Eric while his bride, Carrie, reached him at the alter.  “You are beautiful” he told her through tears.  After the ceremony when Jerry and I could share a word, we both admitted to the tears that welled up in our own eyes when we saw his reaction to his beautiful bride! And yes, Carrie was beautiful.  She was more than beautiful… she was stunning..  and for the remainder of our intimate time with Eric and Carrie after their ceremony during our portrait time, we caught him again whispering to her “you have no idea how beautiful you look.”

That is what I will remember most from this wedding day.  Just how much Eric admired his bride.  And recognized the act of her sharing her life with him as a gift.  It was all over his face just how much he loves her and the feeling was oh-so mutual in Carrie to her Eric.  We loved how sweet and playful these two were on each other and how loving and supportive all their friends and family were of their union!  It was such a gift to us to take a part in something so beautiful!!

We were thankful the rain storm passed through the Outer Banks, NC just in time for their sweet Kitty Hawk Pier Wedding on September 12, and the impending rain didn’t even drip a drop on our portrait time!

Be sure to click back to see their Outer Banks NC Engagement Session and Carrie’s Bodie Island Lighthouse Bridal Portraits too!

And now, get a glimpse into their perfect, perfect day :-)

 

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Wedding Coordinator: Melinda Hofelich

Foral Designer: The Embellishers

DJ: Sound on Wheels (Steve and Debra Baker)

Hair & Makeup: Mollie White with Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Dress shop : David’s Bridal

Tux shop: Men’s Warehouse

Rental Company:   Outer Banks Rentals

Cake: Just Desserts OBX

Caterer: Hilton Garden Inn

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