Archive | March, 2015

Erica & Travis | September 19, 2014

22 Mar

Erica & Travis#1(Blog) Erica & Travis #2(Blog)Gone are the days when eloping meant a quick ceremony at the courthouse or an impromptu trip to “The Little White Chapel” in Vegas. For the bride and groom looking for a simple but intimate way to say “I do” an elopement-honeymoon on the North Carolina shore may be the perfect option. Regardless of your guest list size, every couple deserves a magical wedding experience. So whether your surrounded by 4 or 400 of your closest friends and family make it special. Buy a beautiful dress, walk down the aisle to a special song and hire a great photographer. Capture the moment, trust me, you won’t regret it.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach

Danielle & Tony | September 9, 2014

15 Mar

Danielle & Tony #1(Blog) The lighting of the unity candle is a popular wedding ceremony tradition, which usually begins with the mothers of the bride and groom lighting two tapered Danielle & Tony #3(Blog)candles. Later in the ceremony the bride and groom pick up the candles and together light one large pillar candle symbolizing the joining of two families into one.

Maintaining an open flame on the beach is challenging (not to mention prohibited by most town ordinances), fortunately there are other ways to represent this union that do not involve candles. One of the most popular options is the sand ceremony. In the sand ceremony, the couple blends two Danielle & Tony #2(Blog) individual vessels of sand into one. Typically the sand is placed on the table prior to beginning  the ceremony, but for this wedding we thought I would be fun to include the mothers.  We placed vases by their chairs and invited each to come forward and hand them to the bride and groom when the sand ceremony began. The sweet exchange made for a tender moment and a really touching photo.

My other favorite thing about Danielle & Tony #4(Blog)this wedding was the clever way Danielle found to honor loved ones who had passed. Instead of traditional aisle decorations she opted for photos and sayings which she called a walk down memory lane.  What a cool and creative way to honor the sprit of those who meant so much.

Location: Surf City, NC

Taylor & J Jay | September 6, 2014

8 Mar

Taylor & J.Jay#2(Blog) Taylor & J.Jay #1(Blog) Wedding friendly homes on Wrightsville Beach are few and far between, but when you’re lucky enough to have family on the island finding the perfect location isn’t a problem. Taylor’s grandparents purchased their vacation getaway more than 30 years ago but loved it so much that they ended up retiring here a few years back. After weathering several hurricanes the house was put on stilts to keep it safe from rising water which inadvertently created the perfect open air oasis for a beach wedding reception.

After a romantic seaside ceremony the couple and their guests adjourned to Taylor’s grandparents home just steps from the beach. The party continued well past sunset beneath the canopy of whiteTaylor & J.Jay #4(Blog) lights highlighting a sprinkling of large round tables dressed in neatly pressed white linens. Starfish and burlap accentuated each table and were soon filled with the happy sounds of friends & family.

Favorite moment was watching Taylor and J.Jay pause just long enough to share a heartfelt moment with their parents before beginning the recessional. How sweet is that!

Location: Oxford Street, Wrightsville Beach

Mandy & Chris | August 2, 2014

1 Mar

Mandy & Chris #1(Blog) Mandy & Chris #2(Blog)I love hearing about how couples met, fell in love and decided to get married. It is particularly fun to listen to them recount their story together. I so enjoy the playful banter that ensues as each interjects sweet memories from the past, teasing one another about awkward introductions and blushing as their partner recounts the moment they knew they found the one. No two love stories are ever the same and I never tire of hearing them.

Lying on the table in the examination room at his doctor’s office is probably not where Chris thought he would meet his future wife, but fate had other plans.  Yes, I’m sure it takes a bit of courage to ask a woman out in any situation but to do so successfully while under her medical care would certainly require more than most men could muster.Mandy & Chris #3(Blog) As Chris recounted their story I could tell by the smile on Mandy’s face and the subtle way she tugged as his arm, his awkward  invitation for a first date won here over and to this day still makes her heart melt.

Location: Fort Fisher State Recreation Area