Samantha | Bridal Portraits | Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer

Once upon a time, I had no idea what a ‘bridal portrait session’ was. It’s true! They aren’t really a ‘thing’ in California! But when I moved to North Carolina, I quickly learned that no southern wedding is complete without a gorgeous portrait of the bride displayed regally at the reception. I love the tradition of these photos and the legacy they provide!

We shot Samantha’s bridal portraits at Greenfield Lake and in downtown Wilmington. I’m obsessed with the ethereal aesthetic by the water and the contrast of the images shot downtown in a picturesque, colonial alley. It all feels just so North Carolina! I think the last set of images are my favorite not just because they’re so dreamy, but because those falling petals were made possible by Samantha’s dad who shook a crepe myrtle tree ever so perfectly! Thanks, Mr. Futrell! And thank you, Mrs. Futrell, for the lovely bouquets and flower crown!

Samantha, you are stunning and like we agreed, a kindred spirit with a heart of gold, who I simply adore! I can’t wait to blog the wedding images so very soon!

And a special shout out to Beautiful Brides of Wilmington for the perfect gown and veil!

xo

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Madalyn + Justin | NAS Oceana and The Attic at Waterman's Wedding | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

My first wedding of the 2019 season took me to Virginia Beach where Madalyn and Justin celebrated their marriage with their closest friends and family and let me tell ya, it was a GREAT way to start off the year!

Their ceremony took place at the chapel aboard NAS Oceana and afterward, we headed to The Attic at Waterman’s on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The wind was in full force that day in March but the sun was shining down onto blue waters from a clear sky— something we had all been keeping our fingers crossed for!

I could not have asked for a more fun and gracious couple to usher in the new year with. Maddie and Justin made me feel like a best friend from day one when we met at the Starbucks on Camp Lejeune. And the wedding day was no different. We joked and laughed and just shared in the joyousness of the day and that’s what we captured in their images. Pure happiness and love! It doesn’t get better than that— unless you keep scrolling down this post and see what a blast the reception was! The party was insane and I left feeling so energized and uplifted that I actually drove 5 hours home in the middle of the night instead of checking into my hotel because I wasn’t tired AT ALL. Crazy, I know, haha.

Thank you, Maddie and Justin for picking me to document your best day ever! xoxo

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