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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 🙂
Jessica and Matt’s wedding was my first wedding of the season.
This wedding was on a Friday, and as a photographer this is music to my ears! Friday weddings are the best! It is a fun way to kick off the weekend, and for brides and grooms this gives them an opportunity to jump start their honeymoon plans. Sometimes even spending more time with the guest that have come in for their wedding.
Matt and Jessica are high school sweethearts. Their love is nothing but young, and pure, and extremely contagious. I met both of them at a historic home in downtown Wilmington. The home used to be a bed and breakfast called Four Porches. This home was a beautiful accent to their whimsical day.
The days colors consisted of beautiful pastels, brick, navy, and I can’t forget to mention all the gorgeous white hues you can imagine with beautiful crystal embellishments.
The boys were on the bottom half of the home and Jessica and her girls were on the top floor. As Jessica got ready I went ahead, and captured a few candids of Matt with his groomsmen, and family. Everyone was very accommodating and helpful with making sure these two didn’t sneak a peek at one another as they got ready. Matt was handsome in his navy blue suit that had a nice touch of color complimented by his caramel brown shoes.
I loved the dynamic between these brothers.. They definitely entertained me during the day!
We did however deliver a special note written to Jessica. Matt had written a message to Jessica on the bottom of her shoes. It was incredibly sweet and such a smart idea of sending a something blue message to his future bride.
They opted for a first look without looking at one another and it was one of my most fun first looks I’ve ever done. They shared some words and opted for a final kiss before seeing one another. Kissing without opening your eyes is probably harder than you can imagine 🙂 but these two did great!
Before heading to the ceremony site, our parties continued to get dress. Jess toasted one final time as a single lady, and had her final touches of hair and makeup were done. When all was complete, all that was left was getting into one special dress.
She was exquisitely gorgeous in her dress. Jessica beamed as her mom and her girls helped her into her dress. She was nothing but perfect. Jessica is one of my favorite people to photograph and something that I love about her is how genuinely sweet she is. She is radiant outside but she truly is a beautiful person inside. She is easy going, and her calm demeanor shows effortless in print.
Jessica was on the top floor and as you can imagine another story was unfolding down stairs. We played a little with this idea and again made sure to get the bride and groom in a single frame but without seeing one another. Down below from the porch, Matt was almost done getting ready and his mom was sweet enough to finalize his outfit with his boutonniere.
Finally ready to start a wedding! We all walked to the Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. If you haven’t been there before, it’s a rustic reformed old church that sits in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.
The bridal party and guest filled the hall, and the cutest little entrance was made for the bride.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Matt watched in awe as his bride was approaching him. She was gorgeous in her crystal embedded dress.
Jess and Matt exchanged personal vows, and performed a unity sand tradition to signify their two lives merging into one. They ended their ceremony with the coveted kiss making them officially husband and wife. And like their entrance sign said, their true adventure was all that awaited.
Because I can’t forget one of my favorites parts of the day. Here are few bridal party and couple portraits that I really loved. This was such a sweet group of family and friends, cheers to many more memories that you guys create and can’t wait to see how your love unfolds and grows!
-Best wishes and hugs!
Prep site: 4 Porches Bed and Breakfast
Hair and Makeup: Monica Kelly