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Lauren and Daniel’s wedding was the last stop of my wedding season. The wedding started off in Oak Island and was to commence in Southport, NC at the Southport Community Center.
We met Lauren and Daniel at a beach home they had rented out for family and themselves to get ready into. It was a gorgeous setting to the start of a gorgeous day. Lauren and Daniel are incredibly sweet people and we were really lucky to get to close out the season with them.
Lauren was already getting her hair and makeup set for the day, and Daniel was getting a fresh haircut on his end. Lauren’s dress was accompanied by the cutest KEDs. They were a sparkly pink color that definitely fit the femininity of the dress and also of Lauren. She’s that cute, giggly, really sweet down to earth kinda girl. When I very first met her at our engagement shoot, she embraced me with a huge hug. And I am a hugger! So, Lauren totally won me over 🙂 So, seeing her getting dress for the day, was awesome because she’s a really special girl.
(One special detail was the ring case that they had. If it wasn’t for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Lauren and Daniel’s love story might have not happened, I loved the meaning behind their ring case and how it all kinda pulled everything together).
Everyone that was involved in the wedding was from out of town. So it was really awesome to see how much these two people mattered for their friends and families to travel from all over the country to spend the day with them. Lauren’s bridesmaids were awesome! They were sweet and so cute in their blue navy robes that Lauren had gifted them.
I got a few shots of Lauren alone on the deck and it was kinda like the last moments leading to her being a married women.
What I loved about this was on the other side of the house, Daniel had arrived and he started getting ready with his groomsmen. He wore a navy suit, with a blush shirt, and a striped navy pink tie. He looked really sharp, and stylish in suit. I don’t know a lot of men that could pull of that color, but he did it justice. Perhaps its because he’s from the Virgin Islands, and they can pull off those pretty coastal colors? Nonetheless, Robbie and I really loved our time getting to know these two. Daniel even on the day of was still tending to wedding things, such as seat changes, and truly had everything in order for his bride.
His groomsmen were also super awesome! They helped each other get ready and did an honorary toast for their buddy getting married. Daniel had gifted them really cool shot glasses that had their last name initial on it. I really enjoyed their brotherhood and how they are just not friends, but how they are all like brothers.
As the boys toasted, Lauren’s mom helped her into her gown. And she was incredibly gorgeous! She looked like a princess. The lace on the train was so pretty and definitely fit Lauren like a glove.
She finished off her final pieces by slipping into her sparkly shoes and the girls helped with her veil. They had one more group pic and shared some happy tears with one another. Lauren was just about ready to have her first look with Daniel.
(And of course we had to take a photo with Lauren’s best friend Morgan’s baby, she was the cutest flower girl). Lauren and Daniel exchanged their vows during their first look. What I loved the most about this moment was the fact that we did it in a space where they were alone, and were able to just really live in the moment. They told each other how much they loved one another, and when they held hands they both exhaled at the same time. I LOVED this, because it was a genuine moment between two people who are truly are two peas in a pod.
(Lauren patiently waiting for Daniel to arrive by Robbie having him close his eyes going down the stairs.. We decided to have Lauren face the other way so Daniel had less of a chance of falling down the stairs, this was definitely a fun moment to create). (even when their back to back, Daniel still made Lauren laugh).
They made each other laugh and giggle for one more time as a single pair, and Daniel left Lauren and headed back to get his final details finished by his mom. Along with the celebration of the actual day finally being here, there was another reason to celebrate. It was the fact that Daniel’s mom who lives in the Virgin Islands was able to get to North Carolina for the big day. Unfortunately with all the storms that passed through the Island, her traveling to NC was a really long journey. But after being awake for more than 24 hours and going through several cities airports, she made it to be with him on the big day. It was definitely a miracle and such a wonderful moment between a mom and her son:)
We all were finally ready to head off to start the festivities of the day. Lauren was going to be walked by her dad, and we knew it was going to be an emotional day for him. So, we opted for them to see each other before the actual walk, and it was a good idea. Her dad was incredibly sweet as he saw her. It was a really sweet moment between a dad and his little girl.
The day was finally ready to begin!
The ceremony started off with two very furry guest to sit up at the front row. Zola and Luke are pretty much Lauren and Daniels kids! It was a really cute moment watching them walk down the aisle with their friends, and wait for their mommy to walk down the aisle too. Daniel’s face when he saw Lauren was nothing but impressive. I love the way two people have a way of just finding one another in a crowded room and the spotlight just in on them. Their love for one another is definitely contagious and I think all their guest could see how beautiful their relationship is. The two opted to have Daniel’s best man Robbie be their officiant and he was fantastic. He made everyone laugh and also did a really awesome job telling the story of Daniel and Lauren and marrying them off.
( Lauren is from Massachusetts and Daniel from the Virgin islands and the sand they both emptied to unite into the glass was from both their home areas, how cool, right?!)
There ceremony ended, and we did a few images of the wedding party and couple. Here are a few of my faves from that, and also the from the reception. Their was harvest styled pies! Emotional parent dances, fun toast, lots of dancing, and of course you cake forget cake!
Thank you both for having me share on your big day! And thank you to your families and friends. Robbie and I could have not asked for a better group to photograph and be around with for the day. Your friends are truly one of a kind and amazing, and made us feel friend envy 🙂 Truly a special group of people and your parents were nothing but the same. You two are truly blessed and so glad we can go from clients to friends. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness like the one you experience on your wedding day! 🙂
The day started off by going through a few windy roads and finally ending up in what felt like a secret location. The weather was nothing but impressive. Temperatures were forecasted in the 90s and some predictions were calling for 100 degree weather. But, when true love is at stake, who cares about sweating right? ( hmmm.. well that’s what we told ourselves, at least).
Jen and her ladies got ready at the barn’s main home. The girls got into their dresses while Jen touched up her makeup downstairs and started to get into her dress. Jen was gorgeous and radiant in her beautiful wedding dress. Her mom and best friend helped her put on the final touches.
The girls finally joined her and we were able to spend some time with Jennifer’s two main girls, Abby and Lola.
Jen and her dad share a really special kind of relationship, and she opted to do a first look not only with Josh, but with her dad. We joked all day about the showers that we were going to witness, and his reaction was priceless.
I loved this first look because of the execution. Jen initially wanted to go towards the main door that would be used for the ceremony, but because guest were already there we opted to go a different route. Usually on a wedding day, what you have planned usually doesn’t necessarily happen that way. And you know it’s okay. We roll with it, and make our own visions, and make our own moments shine. There is seriously nothing better than a candid moment. And, to me, even though these two didn’t look at one another, the emotions and feels were definitely candid. Josh’s love for Jen is so contagious and so adoring. Jen held onto Josh’s hand and comforted him as they were back to back.
As I was watching it all play out, all I wanted to do was give both of them a hug, and it was so hard not to get in the moment along with my couple. Their love is gentle, kind, innocent, and everlasting.
After the first look, Jen retreated back to the main home, and Josh to the barn side. It was literally 15minutes till the ceremony would start.
I left the girls and headed to see our groom. He was patiently waiting for his own time with his girls, as well as his original ladies in his life.
Josh’s mom helped him put on his boutineer, and his sister Jade also assisted in showing off his handkerchief that was part of his grandpa’s jersey.
Josh and his groomsmen got their final touches on, and celebrated with an honorary shot that included fireballs, and a non alcholic shot for his youngest groomsmen.
The ceremony site was held outside near a pond and they had their aisle decorated with petals. The entrance was a barn door that was made out of reclaimed wood and they had old luggage cases with wild flowers that complimented the vintage theme.
Jen arrived by a vintage truck and her entrance again was very emotional and out of a movie. She was graceful as she clinched onto her dad’s hand. The cutest thing was how close Josh is already to Jen’s parents. When Jen and her dad reached Josh, he grabbed his hand and held it tightly. It was a really sweet moment to see, not only was he giving away his daughter, but already had gained a son who he was supporting as well.
The ceremony had a nice little change on who was going to do their vows first. Jen and Josh decided to do rock, paper, scissors to see who was going to read their vows first. It was really cute! You can tell how playful their relationship is and their is nothing better than being able to be goofy with your best friend.
Once the I do’s were done, all that was left was the kiss! And this was epic, epicly executed with confetti that filled the air.
It was a fairytale moment that even included Abby their Labrador enjoying the fun!
After the ceremony, we headed over and did a few portraits and than it was off to the reception. We definitely got some really pretty images. Jen and Josh are perfection!
The bride and groom were greeted by all their guest at the barn. This was definitely a fun group, and they kicked it off right away! Jen and Josh entered right into a dance, that was followed by Jen’s dad thanking everyone for their participation on such a momentous occasion. The barn was decorated in blush and white linens. The tables were lined with eucalyptus and roses. It was a very delicate, and feminine touch to what is usually a rustic location.
There was cake, and their was toasting, their was dancing, and some more dancing, and a little bit of more dancing.. I think this group could have partied till sunrise. They definitely entertained!
Congrats to the beautiful couple! Here are a little more images of the wedding night to finish off the story. Thank you for having me and letting me in on your special kind of relationship. It was a true pleasure getting to know you guys and I am so grateful for getting to document your big day!!
[Pinehurst, NC Wedding]
Our second location on the road map to weddings was Pinehurst, NC.
I’m based in Wilmington and that has pretty much meant I am a destination wedding photographer. We are located in a very small town, and there is a lot of photographers in the area. So, I actually don’t really have work in Wilmington. I’ve been lucky enough to travel out of the area, which is my absolutely favorite thing about my work!
We left Wilmington Friday morning. It was our first time being in this area, and we weren’t disappointed at all! We were very excited about this Pinehurst,NC wedding!
If you haven’t been, Pinehurst is a golf town. I think it’s one of America’s holy grail of golf. It’s a cute quiet, clean area. The town itself holds lots of golf history and its mimicked to look like an old English Village. There is cobble stone on the roads and the streets are lined with Tudor styled homes. It’s gorgeous! Andrew is a golfing guy, and a golfing manager in Virginia beach and I think that was the perfect location for his interest and providing a beautiful landscape for Ashley.
Ashley had opted for me to shoot her details the day before. And let me tell you how awesome is this! Not only do I get to get a sneak peek of her goodies, and I get to open up some time on the day of, so it’s always a plus.
Ashley’s dress was lined with crystals, and really delicate straps. She wore her something blue around her finger and had those most cute sandals that were tucked under neath her dress.
I also got to shoot Andrews details. Beautiful caramel shoes paired with a blue paisley tie. And you can’t forget the cutest accessory and detail, their handwritten vows. So sweet!
The day started off with Ashley getting ready for the big day with her bestest girlfriends. Her makeup, hair and getting into her dress was top secret! I love how she did multiple first looks. The first one was her girls, the second with her dad, and finally with Andrew. The girls gathered in the living area of the room while they waited for Ashley to come out. They took pics and Ashley’s dad finished getting dressed here too. He was leaving to go to our first look location for him and Ashley. The bride was just about ready to see her bridesmaids.
Ashley’s second look was with the first man in her life, her dad. Their relationship is so sweet to see. I love seeing these moments play out. You never know who will be the first to cry. And, I must say Dad held out as long as he could. Ashley twirled for her dad and you could tell her dad only still saw the little girl he had fallen in love with. There is just something undeniably contagious and beautiful about this kinda of love.
After her first look was done, we drove to the Arboretum of Pinehurst. Andrew was patiently waiting for his girl to do their first look. It was about 100degrees out and very humid, and this guy still looked as sharp as could be. Andrew looked nothing but handsome in his pale blue grey suit.
Andrew and Ashley are truly polar opposites. She’s vivacious, spunky, giggly, and her personality if you could turn into candy would be like gummi bears, and cotton candy. Andrew on the other hand, has the most peaceful and calming demeanor. He’s like that gentle breeze you receive on your cheek on summer nights. He’s smart, attentive, and even though he is quiet he’s very protective with Ashley. They are the perfect match to one another’s personalities.
As we were taking the couple portraits we also notice the rolling clouds coming in. The day called for thunderstorms, and we were definitely pushing the envelope.
Ashley and Andrew’s ceremony was soon approaching and all was left was to get it going! Ashley walked down the aisle with her dad. The Arborteum was the perfect backdrop to their ceremony. Gorgeous flowers were accenting the center alter and aisle.
As they went through the ceremony and exchanged their I do’s, mother nature couldn’t help but make an appearance as well. And she did it epicly…
And just like that, umbrellas were the main attraction as the storm rolled through the area. It was like a hurricane was coming through. Something I will never forget, and a story that will always be told for these two. Its kinda neat that they have this story to tell their kids, and possibly the story will continue throughout generations.
After the guest were gone, we sneaked our couple a way, and finished off our time at the Arboretum with some more photos of our couple. I took some more photos of Ashley alone, how could you not, right? She was was gorgeous!!! Her bouquet, and the dress on her, and her beautiful smile. Absolute perfection!
The reception was at the Fair Barn. I have never been to a barn venue that was decorated so beautiful. Drapes lined the walls, flowers were everywhere and we even had a chandailler that was above our dance floor. The guest were treated to a southern dinner paired with sweet tea of course!
One really cool detail, that I loved was the coffee bar. They had Duck Donuts accented their wedding cake. There was a variety of flavors ranging from maple bacon to sprinkles. We definitely drooled over this selection while we were photographing it. Don’t they look tasty!!
The couple entered into their first dance, had some wonderful speeches from Ashley’s dad, her sister, and Andrews best friend.. We had a cake fight, some dancing and finally the night was finished with a bubble send off from their closest family and friends.
Location: Pinehurst, NC
Wedding Planner – Jenn DiTuro, Vision Events
Ceremony Venue – The Village Arboretum
Reception Venue – The Fair Barn
Catering – Elliott’s
Officiant – Scott Betts
DJ – McSound Productions
Photographer – Paula Andrea Photography
Videographer – Happy Tears Video -Armin
Florist – Hollyfield Designs
Cake – Helen Andraos
Donuts – Duck Donuts
Rentals – Ward Productions + CE Rental
Hair – Meredith
Make-up – Emma Little + Helen Andraos
It was a gorgeous venue for a gorgeous end to a beautifully spectacular day. We even ended the night with bubbles as our send off!
Cheers to a gorgeous couple in and out, beautiful families that made us feel very welcomed, and a tremendous group of creatives who rocked this wedding. I worked with such genuinely nice people who I truly hope our paths cross again. All these elements made for a wonderful wedding 🙂