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[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
There are so many choices and options when choosing your floral arrangements for your wedding day. You can definitely get overwhelmed and feel stressed over something that can truly be magical. Flowers are an important part of your wedding day. I know that a wedding can get expensive but there are different types and ways you can approach choosing your floral types for your special day.
Depending upon your theme or your location, this will all play into what your preferences are for your bouquet, boutonniere, or even your reception or ceremony decor.
You could totally spend a ton of money on floral arrangements. And if you have it, I would strongly suggest dreaming for the stars. One of the newest trends I have been seeing are floral walls. Which are gorgeous! And I think you could actually make them if you are really crafty and have an abundant amount of time.
With that said a florist most definitely would be able to make this or create something similar. One of my favorite floral walls that I have seen is this one below.
(Photo Credit; on the image)
This was a rose, peony, moss, and what looks like a succulent base. I love that it is an ombre color pattern. It would compliment a garden wedding, and even a rustic wedding. This would be a beautiful centerpiece for your family photos, bridal photos, or what you stand in front of for your ceremony.
I have even seen this with escort cards for your guest, and or even gold frames filled with images of the bride and groom as a reception center piece. I’m sure the possibilities are truly endless with this beautiful backdrop.
Another option to a flower wall could be as easy as choosing a venue that already has something like this. Your venue ultimately is the root of your wedding day. So it can add or distract certain elements of your wedding day. If your venue or ceremony site has natural vegetation, this is an awesome win! This wedding below was captured by a UK Photographer and its a gorgeous way to showcase natural beauty at a church there. This in itself is a beautiful backdrop for any type of photography.
(Photo credit on the image; M&J Photography)
Let’s talk reception flowers.. This arrangement was done at the Four Seasons In Florence, Italy. Four Seasons Firenze did a wonderful job on my brides floral arrangements. Not only did they create a romantic spectacular elegant arrangement for the bride but they were able to correlate this into all the pieces of the day. Each flower complimented the plate settings, the venue, and also the brides dress choices for the day.
They tiered the flowers with beautiful table top candles and created a beautifully layered structure of candles, a runner, floral arrangements, and also the actual table settings. The flowers I think add that small touch of elegance and delicacy that the bride definitely wanted.
Another awe moment that I wanted to highlight was the use of flowers and light. The flowers were draped on the chandeliers over the guest table. What a way to tie it all together and really add to the romanticized feel of the day. I haven’t really seen this in other weddings, but this was a great fairy tale way of showcasing your flowers at the reception. I never really thought of hanging flowers for a reception but what a gorgeous way of showcasing such a unique idea.
This bouquet was the inspiration for the flowers used a this brides reception. The color palette was geared more for a fall wedding but I think this would be nice for a summer wedding too. The theme was rustic and the same flowers were tied into the reception site on the sides of the stair cases at the 128 south venue in Wilmington, NC.
They were able to tie the color palette and flower choices to the brides cake. I love this look versus the traditional statues that often were placed on cakes. These can be cute but, I love the use of flowers to pretty up the cake a bit.
Grooms need flowers too…
Other than the brides flowers we never really put a lot of thought into our groom. Simple, and chic is a great approach to dressing your groom, or ushers. I love this simple approach of a baby rose, a wild flower, and some greenery to tie in the brides bouquet. I even think a wrapped ribbon with one single flower is a nice way to incorporate a cohesive look for the bride and groom. Her bouquet definitely tied in well with his bout.
Ceremony flowers are a must! If you were thinking more traditional and not so much flower wall, check out this gazebo made of flowers to accompany your magical adventure! Once again the Four Seasons did a wonderful job incorporating indoor items with a garden wedding. The usage of a chandelier outside tied with the ones used inside with flowers worked perfectly. I loved the usage of the floral gazebo to tie in with the garden of the Four Seasons Firenze too!
Simple is okay
Sometimes its the simplest bouquets that are the prettiest. This is a blush bouquet and screams feminety all over it. It is one color pattern and they used different tones to reflect transition and layers. Its gorgeous! It would compliment any bride on any day!
So when you are finalizing your flower ideas for your wedding please consider these small tips.
- Your venue choice and reception choice can either have natural vegetation that will cost nothing, and or think of how you can jazz up your scene by adding to it with floral arrangements.
- Establish a color palette that fits your theme and style for your day.
- Traditional or modern? Thinking in these terms will help you figure out if you want simple or more elaborate.
- Do it yourself, or hire someone? Sometimes doing it yourself may save money, but may cause you more stress. After all you have more than just flowers to plan for your special day. If you can do it you may want to hire someone to take care of this for you, and create your vision.
- Don’t forget the small details. Flowers can add to your day by providing color and mood. You don’t have to go over the top to get your vision out there. But definitely don’t forget the small details such as your groom, reception, ceremony, decoration for your plates, cake, and or if you want those petals in a photo.
- Stay within your budget. There is a lot of different kinds of flowers so don’t hesitate to search! Whether you choose silk or real flowers the possibilities are truly endless. You may find something you didn’t think you would like by searching around for different price points. Forget about whats popular and get a little adventurous. Who knows your arrangements might be the next “it” thing. Don’t be afraid to choose flowers that no one has ever heard of. If it fits your theme, choose them!
For more options on flowers check out this article from Brides.com