Tuesday evening we spent the most memorable time celebrating local talent and meeting new faces at the North Eastern NC Wedding Pro’s Summer Soiree hosted by Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers.  We enjoyed tappas created by Jon and Erica of Patricia’s Grille, all of which were made from locally sourced foods, and Sangria which too was made from local wine and fruit!

From the moment we began planning our soiree, we knew that the underlying theme to our event was to showcase the multitude of talents and resources that this small area has to offer.  As we began brainstorming, designing and gathering beautiful elements and securing talented people to help bring this event to life, we decided that with all we had planned we should probably utilize every bit of it twice and create a wedding styled shoot with it all too!

Husband and Wife Wedding Videographer duo (and some of our very bestest friends!) Stacey and Bobby Layden of Layden Films were able to model their cute selves for us as a bride and groom at the site of our soiree the night before the event.  We brought out all the decor and set up the lovely maypole just for them!

Sybil adorned Stacey with a floral sash and garter (that garter though!!), flowers in her hair and a knock out bouquet, all picked fresh from her flower farm.

The maypole was definitely the center of attention for our shoot and created the most spectacular backdrop! Can you imagine a wedding ceremony taking place within those gorgeous ribbons!?

The evening was lovely and our Soiree the following night was such a fantastic celebration of collaboration and community between all of the wedding professionals in our area! Thank you to everyone who was a part of our summer beautifulness whether donating your talents or visiting as friends! We are so grateful for all of you!

Florals and Venue // Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers

Models // Bobby and Stacey of Layden Films

Hair // Alex James of True Images Salon

Makeup // Sarah Forehand of Merle Norman Elizabeth City

Calligraphy // Elizabeth Porcher Jones

Tappas // Patricia’s Grille

Local Fresh Vegetables // Somerset Farm

Dress // Rent the Runway

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Last night was fun, whimsical, heartwarming and downright magical.  

Sandra Sutton of The Bridal Lounge in Elizabeth City has been creating opportunities for local wedding professionals in the North Eastern NC area to meet, learn, and network with each other.  It’s been fantastic to learn of so many other professionals that are right here in our own neck of the woods!

Sandra asked Sybil a few months ago if she’d be interested in hosting one our “Mix and Mingles” at her flower farm in Hertford, NC.  Needless to say, She and I jumped right into planning it!  Sybil dreamed up the idea of a maypole with hints of a summer in Spain! We had tappas created by Jon of Patricia’s Grille which were made from all locally sourced food!  The Sangria was made with local wine and fruit and of course, everything was laden with Sybil’s own farm grown flowers.

The underlying theme to our event has been to showcase the multitude of talents and resources that this small area has to offer.  We have so many gifted professionals and creatives here in NENC that brides can tap into to help curate their dream wedding and we feel it’s high time all these folks get to know each other to create a community excited to share about one another!

I think our efforts were kicked into high gear last night as so many faces met new faces and folks who had only passed each other on social media got to give real hugs for the first time!

When you entered Sybil’s farm, you were first to adorn yourself with flowers from the flower cart.  Ladies (and gents too!) created sweet flower crowns and guys created boutonnieres.  Your next stop was at the Sangria table where you received a wine glass with fresh flowers hugging the stem or a drinking glass with a swizzle stick topped with a fresh Zinnia! You then passed by the giant maypole over to the farm tables nestled under the arbor full of floral creations and yummy tappas.

Bobby and Stacey of Layden Films were floating around taking footage for a video they are creating which will showcase community, friendship, and the benefits these carry into our local industry. I can’t wait to see their final product!

The evening ended with a fun dance around the maypole and so many hugs and thanks to Sybil for hosting such a perfect summer evening :)

What many of you may not know is that as Sybil and I drew closer to last night’s event, having planned for so much gorgeousness, we decided we should probably go ahead and make a styled shoot out of this shin dig because, we felt, it was going to be that beautiful!  Lucky for us, Bobby and Stacey were able to model for us as a bride and groom the night before our Mix and Mingle and they were, of course, adorned with fresh floral gorgeousness straight from the farm.  Those images are magical!

Today I wanted to share a little from last night’s fun event and tomorrow, stay tuned to see a glimpse into our styled shoot with the Laydens!

Jerry and I captured a ton of fun last night with all of you that were present, more than what you see in this blog, and we’d love for you to have access to the photos we took!  Here is the link to the gallery where you can view more, download, and definitely share all the fun that we had:

https://missylovesjerry.shootproof.com/gallery/NENCMixAndMingle

Where possible, please credit the fabulous folks that made this event happen!

Host // Sybil and her crew of Yeopim Flowers
Facebook: https//www.facebook.com/Yeopimflowers
Instagram: @yeopimflowers

Tappas // Jon and Erica of Patricia’s Grille
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patriciasgrillehertford

Fresh, Local Vegetables // Somerset Farm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Somerset-Farm-353889771322507

Calligraphy // Elizabeth Porcher Jones 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabethporcherjones
Instagram: @elizabethporcherjones

Videography // Bobby and Stacey of Layden Films
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaydenFilms
Instagram: @b_laydenfilms and @the_layden_adventure

Photography // Us :-) of Missy Loves Jerry Wedding Photography
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missylovesjerry
Instagram: @missylovesjerry

Thank you all so much, from the bottom of our hearts for joining us last night!  We feel we definitely need to make this mix and mingling business a thing.  Let’s get together more often!

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2012: James is living in California and Suzanne is living in NC.  Suzanne visits her friends in Georgia who all plan a tubing adventure down the Chatahoochee.  James visits his friends in Georgia and they, too, plan to tube the Chatahoochee that weekend.

This is where the worlds of Suzanne and James collide.  On the 6 hour excursion these two begin chatting it up.. Suzanne even claims that James saved her life when she was stuck in the ‘rapids’ and got separated from the group!

It was definitely love at first sight :)  They were both taken aback with how unique each of them were.. James was intrigued with Suzanne’s 20’s style bathing suite and Suzanne was intrigued with James’ bald head (true story!).  They kept up communication after they met and by the following year, James had landed a job in Raleigh and moved east to finally be with his Suzanne!

In March of 2015, James surprised Suzanne with the most beautiful proposal in the Asheville mountains and thus began planning their lives together :-)  Their wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC was nothing short of perfect.  Arguably the most perfect was that after a week of planning for 80% chance of rain that day, we were all lifting our thanks to Jesus for answered prayers when not a single drop of rain ended up falling!

Suzanne planned a sweet garden theme for their day and had the most beautiful shades of sages and pinks, and pretty little birds dotting her decor .  They had the delicious SweetWater Italian Ice cart there and the prettiest cupcakes for desert!

Aside from all the beautiful elements, the best part of the day was the focus that was kept on celebrating James + Suzanne’s love.  They had a no-see first look as they kept their eyes closed but held hands and prayed together before the ceremony! It was so perfect!  And all around them that day was the love and support and encouragement by their friends and family to see them begin their lives together.

This joyful couple was the biggest pleasure to work with!!  I will miss photographing Suzanne’s excitement and the way James looks at her with so much adoration in his eyes.  He just adores his Suzanne :-)  And while the wedding day might be over, there are so many beautiful beginnings God has in store for this couple and I look forward to watching their future blossom!

Thank you so much, Suzanne + James, for including us in your beautiful celebration!!

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Venue & Wedding Coordination // Veni Ridout, The Oaks at Salem, Apex, NC

Videographer & DJ // Damien Maass Film

Floral Designer // Marsha Snyder, Mews Florist

Cake Artist // Gigi’s Cupcakes

Hair & Makeup // Twisted Scizzors

Bridal Shop // Savvi Formal

Dress Designer // Casablanca

Bridesmaids Dresses // David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse

Rental company // Party Reflections 

Caterer // Catering By Design

Violinist // Raleigh Violinist

Italian Ice Cart // Sweet Water Ices

Photobooth // Shutterbooth

Classic Get-Away Car // Dave’s Classic Car

 

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Up on the blog today is a woman that I have adored from the day I first met her! Yes, this is Jerry writing this blog!

Everyone that meets my Missy Bear knows that she has one of those contagious and glowing personalities! I love second shooting and just getting to be a part of her shinning at what she does!

In life we all have those moments or opportunities that stick out to us as something special, almost like one in a million chances. I couldn’t sleep the other night and I started thinking about the complexity of life and death. I know that is fairly deep for a blog post, but stick with me for a minute! As I got further into my crazy inward debate, I started thinking about the complexity of love. Missy has shown me so much about who she is and what she stands for.

We all know that feeling when we look at someone you’ve known for a while and immediately in your head you can come up with more than just a few words to describe who they are. You get past that love at first sight, or the feeling they can’t do any wrong that originally sets on the surface. The more I get to know this woman, the more I realize just how blessed I am to have the privilege to be her friend, let alone her husband! Yes, the woman everyone else sees is this happy, bubbly, perfect woman and all of those things are truly who she is, but there is so much more! She is that one in a lifetime, without a doubt, miracle that God sent into my life! She has been my constant in the hardest times of my life, and in the happiest times of my life.

The Bible verse we use as our business foundation is, “Always be joyful.” Missy not only lives that verse out, but she also helps everyone around her live it out! Going back to the top, her being contagious and glowing: I get to see her turn cloudy, raining days around for people every week in what she does. She is my bright and shining ray of sunshine and I’m so glad she uses her talents to share it with everyone else she encounters! Life will have its up’s and down’s, but its what we make of it that can change the world! Missy, thank you for changing my world! I love, adore and cherish every moment with you! Your life is beautiful!

A few weeks ago Sybil of Yeopim Flowers made a flower crown for us to use at one of our sessions which sadly got rained out.  Instead of letting a beautiful flower crown go to waste, I decided I needed to take some photos of Missy, being a little silly, wearing the crown in her rockin new overall’s!  This is my Missy Bear!

~Jerry

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This beautiful gal got married this past weekend! It was, of course, a fabulous day at The Pond House Inn in Elizabeth City with so many happy friends and family of Jenna + John!

It seems like ages ago that we braved the chilly March winds out at Land’s End Plantation in Hertford NC for her bridal photos, and here I am getting ready to cull through their June wedding photos.  It’s amazing how time flies!

… and while we’re on the subject of amazing can we just take a minute to drool over Jenna?!  We may have been freezing our buns off during this shoot, fighting 40mph winds, but you would never know from her joy – and I’ll tell you what – I’ll take 40mph winds any day if it will make a dress fly around like this!

I adore how free spirited her portraits feel, and more importantly, how happy her soul is to be married to her high school sweetheart, John.

Congrats to Jenna + John! I think we can all agree that John is a lucky fellow to have this lady by his side for eternity :)  I will be sharing wedding photos with you SOON!

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  • June 27, 2016 - 3:01 pm

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Yesterday you saw Amanda + DJ’s fun, relaxed day-before wedding portrait session (and hopefully you are considering doing one too! ;-) so today you get to see the whole shebang!

Lauren and Ashley of Celebrations in Elizabeth City decked out Amanda + DJ’s wedding at Albemarle Plantation in Hertford NC to the nines.  Sweet billy balls paired with succulents and pops of yellow and green all over.. it was so joyful and happy and beautiful!  Going into the day, we were incredibly thankful that we had opted to take some portraits together the day before the wedding because the weather forecast was slated to be bad.  A ton of rain, all day. We had already mentally prepared ourselves for that and it was going to work, either way.

..And then literally (Can I stress literally!) 5 minutes before we had scheduled for our First Look portraits and bridal party photos, the sky opened up!  The clouds rolled away along with the rain and the blue sky looked as if it hadn’t rained a drop that day! It was incredible!  We had bright blue skies for our portrait time and Amanda + DJ were able to have their wedding ceremony outside :-)

We have loved every minute of working with Amanda + DJ over the course of their engagement.  We felt immediately like we had been friends for  years and we’re ecstatic that now, we DO get to be friends for years!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Vela!!

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VENDORS

Venue & Catering // Albemarle Plantation

Wedding Coordination and Design // Celebrations EC

Cake Artist// Natalia’s Elegant Creations

Photobooth // Sami Roy Photography

Cupcakes // Kiriel Johnson

DJ // DJ Taylor Haycox

Makeup and Hair Artist // Mollie White, Glimmer Hair and Makeup

Bridal Dress Shop // Fabulous Frocks

Dress Designer // Christos Bridal

Men’s Attire // Jos. A. Banks

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I consider myself one lucky lady to have had an entire 2 hours of time with Amanda & DJ before their wedding day at Albemarle Plantation in Hertford NC to have a sweet First Look moment and a relaxed full portrait session.  That never happens!  On a wedding day we usually have about 20 minutes to rush through a variety of poses but to have a whole session planned to take our time getting a fun variety of photos in a super relaxed setting?  Oh it was heaven.

Amanda’s package included a bridal session but she asked to exchange that session for a Friday-before-the-wedding shoot of she and DJ.  I couldn’t have said yes any louder!  It is any photographers dream to have an opportunity to photograph a bride and groom outside of the wedding day rush and this afternoon proved to be perfect.  

The weather on that Friday was amazing.. which was lucky for us because the wedding day weather forecast was a WHOLE other ballgame.  The weather was looking to be rain all day long so we were thankful to have chosen this opportunity to photograph together in case the rain got in the way on wedding day. (You’ll have to wait and see the wedding day blog post tomorrow to see how the weather played out for us!)

If I had it my way, every couple would have a day before – or day after shoot and an opportunity to relax together and relish in this once in a lifetime moment!  I truly think Amanda and DJ enjoyed this time together as much as I did :-)

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You are seeing these photos because Ashley + Randy got married this past weekend!!  Woo HOO!! Their beautiful wedding day photos are uploading and backing up as we speak so in the meantime I wanted to share a peak into her bridal portraits!

We dodged the rain one lovely afternoon in May (coincidentally barely dodging it again on her wedding day!) and met at the Newbold White House in Hertford for a fun afternoon documenting beautiful Ashley in her wedding gown.  I love her simple and relaxed gown with that beautiful lace and killer back.. girl can rock an open back dress, lemmie tell you! And the sweet wildflower reminiscent bouquet created by Sybil of Yeopim Flowers was the perfect accent.

Ashley  + Randy’s wedding day yesterday was completely wonderful and I can’t wait to share some photos from their day!!

In the meantime, let’s celebrate the new Mrs. MacDonald!

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I knew from the minute Brittany told me she was having floral print Show me your Mumu bridesmaids dresses and a Vera Wang blush wedding dress that there was no doubt we were meant to be together..

Me/Jerry + Brian/Brittany, that is!

Brittany’s whimsical-floral-with-a-little-taste-of-boho style couldn’t have matched my own personal taste ANY more perfectly and photographing all the beautiful and unique elements of their wedding day was pretty much like spending a day at Disney world – so much to feast  your eyes on and experience!  My camera was having a hay day utilizing all her beautiful details :-)

We first met Brian + Brittany last year at Karen + Chips wedding.. we both remember noticing that cute couple on the dance floor who were so sweet on each other!  After Karen + Chip’s wedding, Brittany messaged to inquire about us photographing their own wedding in 2016! We then got to hug their necks when they were guests again at our very next wedding last year for Mandy + Trey!!

Fast forwarding a whole year to Brian + Brittany’s own wedding at Mulberry Hill in Edenton NC.   Brittany didn’t miss a thing.  Handmade benches for the ceremony seating, sweet fabric flowers for the guests to adorn themselves at the entrance, market flower stems home grown from Yeopim Flowers Farm adorning the ceremony and reception, floral bowtie with leather suspenders for Brian and of course those Show me your Mumu Bridesmaids dresses coupled with her Blush Wedding Dress was the highlight of the day (ok, highlight of the year!) 

They even ended the night with a fireworks display!

My favorite moment of the day? Brian’s reaction to seeing his bride walk the aisle to him.  I was wiping my own tears behind my camera watching Brian wipe his!  Most emotional Groom I’ve ever photographed seeing his bride for the first time.. it was the best thing since sliced bread :)

We love this couple to the moon and back and there’s no place in the world we would have rather been on May 14th, than experiencing this perfect day with them!!

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Vendors

Venue \\ Mulberry Hill, Edenton NC

Floral Designer \\ Yeopim Flowers

Cake Artist & Caterer \\ Wendy Korbusieski

DJ \\ Adam Evans, DJ Cowboy

Hair Artist \\ Alex James, True Images Salon

Dress \\ Vera Wang

Bridesmaids Dresses \\ Show me your Mumu

Men’s Attire \\ Old Navy

Rental Company \\ Party and Equipment Rentals

Etsy Shops

Floral Bow Ties \\ Tie Breaker Bow Ties

Groomsmen Bow Ties \\ SweetnSwag

Lady’s ‘Getting Ready Shirts’ \\ Crescent Moon Monogram

Cake Topper \\ Love Birds Goods

Custom Hangers \\ Black Label Decor

Flower Girl Dress \\ Country Couture Co

Guest Clip on Fabric Flowers \\ Inspire Away

Custom Guest Book \\ Swift Beautiful Feet 

Garter \\ Anna Bridal Boutique 

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On May 14th, one of the sweetest brides I’ve met got married while we were photographing another amazing wedding day (Brian + Brittany’s blog post is to come!). We weren’t available for Andi’s wedding but I was thrilled that she asked us to take part in her celebration by photographing her bridals!

She traveled to Edenton NC for her shoot and we had a ball playing in the wind charging off the Edenton bay that day.

What I will remember most about Andi (besides her killer dress!) was her joy.  She beamed happiness and I could tell in the hour that I met her that she has such a beautiful heart!

I’m so happy for she and Jason and their future together and I can’t WAIT to see photos from her beautiful day!

Congratulations, Mrs. Workman!!

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