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!!
Lauren and Daniel met in Massachusetts at a Maritime Academy. Daniel a native to the Virgin Islands, and Lauren an all-American gal from Cape Cod, MA. These two happened to cross paths at a party that a mutual friend was having. And up until now the rest is history because Daniel put a ring on it, and now we are planning a wedding!
Lucky for me, Lauren found me on the net, and we have been chatting for almost what feels like a year. But really about 7months or so. Because we began talking so long ago, our timing to meet was definitely over due!
Lauren introduced herself to me with a warm smile and hug as she got out of their Jeep. I could tell automatically that we were going to get along when she embraced me like a friend who I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. And what makes this gal even cooler is her love for the sea and that she has a whale necklace. (Which if you know I am secretly obsessed with whales) And she’s a Massachusetts girl! I mean, who doesn’t love a good ole’ New England girl! As the time passed by, I noticed that both her and Daniel become more comfortable with me having a lens in their face 🙂
Lauren is a carefree easy going, giggly, smart, and kind soul. Daniel is protective, sweet, funny, and his love for Lauren is truly apparent on how he holds her hand and worried about her bare feet as she walked through seashells. He was very cute about us posing them and I loved watching them go back and forth as they told me how they met.
Lauren and Daniel actually found our first location in Oak Island. They frequent the beach a lot and had shared that they had been exploring the area to find their perfect spot for the engagement shoot. It was a dock that was on a vacant lot for what looked like would be a very big home.
Fortunately for us though, the home wasn’t built and we were allowed to go onto the dock without anyones objections. We started our session here and the golden light literally was pouring through the clouds. It was the most prettiest light for a beautiful couple. During our session I also got to meet their kids, and what cute kids they do have!! The bestest kind too, the fury kinda kids 🙂 We had the pups do some poses with us, and through the whole process Robbie and I were worried they were going to jump in the water. But, they didn’t, they held out. You could definitely tell they wanted to rush into the water though.
From the dock we headed off to the ocean side of Oak Island. And let me tell ya the weather was so windy on this side of the Island. The waves were crashing onto the shore, and you would have thought we were preparing for a hurricane. Mother nature definitely sent me a hail mary by giving me some really fun elements to produce a bunch of nice moments.
We had movement, and the most softest light, and of course you can’t forget, the icing on the cake, when the sky revealed a cotton candy palette! We even had the moon make an appearance at the end of our shoot.
I can’t say that I have a favorite because I am partial to almost all the images, but I am grateful for such thoughtful and kind clients. And I can’t forget to mention, seriously, how photogenic these two are! Their extremely comfortable around one another and their smiles, and hugs, were truly contagious. They definitely kept me and Robbie giggling and having fun as we spent time together. Their love for one another is incredibly apparent and I can’t imagine how beautiful their union will be when they tie the knot.
Cheers to filling your love story with the memories below and only growing those memories to fill many more pages and chapters of what will be your fairytale love story.
[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 🙂