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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They grew up less than a mile away from each other but never met! Not until 3 years into college and only because she saw him wearing a tee-shirt from Char-Grill.. a restaurant only local to their home city of Raleigh, NC.  Because he wore that T-shirt that day, the conversation between them began, and has continued for 5 years. All the way through to planning their Edenton NC wedding :-)

Lucky for us, Laura (living in Winston Salem) happened to be watching TV one day as they were began planning their wedding and was reminded of our quaint little town of Edenton on a show highlighting the area. She called the Inner Banks Inn for information and decided that day that this was to be the destination for their wedding!

I had the best time getting to know Sam and Laura during their engagement shoot in Edenton last fall, and their wedding this fall will be elegantly simple and centered around the love between them and their families.

You’ll be seeing more of this happy couple in October!

 

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