Allison + Zachary | Atlantic Beach Engagement Photos | Atlantic Beach Wedding Photographer

It’s no secret I’ve fallen in love with North Carolina since we moved here almost 5 years ago. The beauty of this state never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Sadly, Hurricane Florence has caused immense destruction across eastern North Carolina, leaving the landscape bruised and battered. Even worse off than the land are the Carolinians who lost their homes and worldly possessions. It is truly heartbreaking and every day since Florence made landfall I’ve prayed for those suffering and the ones who lost their lives. We will never forget what this hurricane has done but I am so proud of how the communities impacted have rallied and supported each other. #CarolinaStrong is more than a hashtag— it’s become a battle cry backed up by action and compassion.

I wanted to share this beach engagement session from earlier this year because a) it’s gorgeous, b) Alli and Zack got married last weekend, and c) I wanted to pay tribute to this Carolina coast I have grown to love so much. I guess you can consider this blog post a love letter written with images…

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Jenn + BJ | The Matthews House Wedding | Cary NC Wedding Photographer | Jacksonville NC Wedding Photographer

The more I shoot weddings in North Carolina, the more I fall in love with my job. I've met some of the most wonderful people here and I've been exposed to beautiful venues in adorable towns.

I was really excited when BJ contacted me about photographing his and Jenn's wedding because it was at a location new to me-- The Matthews House, a 1915 historic home in Cary, NC. OK, first, I have to to say I actually thought BJ's voicemail was a scam because grooms never contact me! LOL. But when we chatted, I learned they were planning their wedding in only a couple of months so it would coordinate with Jenn's brother's military schedule. Obviously that tugged at my heart strings, but it was a testament to the importance of family and I knew I'd be a good fit for them.

Just like with every wedding I shoot, my favorite images captured are those that portray genuine joy, images that make you feel something. I don't think there are a shortage of emotive photos from Jenn and BJ's wedding. They were embraced in love and smiles were everywhere. I had a camera in my hands and a big, full heart!

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Ward for letting me be a part of your big day! It was gorgeous!

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Jenn and BJ prepared for the wedding and celebrated their reception at The Matthews House. Their ceremony was at Green Level Baptist Church, also in Cary, NC.