Lauren+Jared: Married! Watermark Marina, Wilmington, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

I don't even know how to start this.. there's so much to say.  I fell in love with these two the moment I met them!  We spent almost an entire year documenting their love for each other and it is still one of the best relationships I've had with a couple.  Lauren's striking beauty paired with Jared's rugged good looks make them an easy couple to photograph but it's so much more.. the way they care about each other, their friends and family.  I can't wait to see them!  We've become friends and to me, that's my success. Lauren's brother James contacted me in the beginning wanting to hire me for their wedding as a gift to Lauren and Jared.  I was so worried that I wouldn't be "a good fit" without emailing/meeting or any of the initial contact I have with my couples.  I mean what if she'd had her heart set on someone else and boom, "Surprise!! I booked you a photographer!!" I would feel horrible.. but with that first email from Lauren, I knew it was a perfect match.  I can't thank Lauren enough, she's introduced me to amazing brides who I am now photographing their weddings.  The best compliment I can ever receive is when a couple refers me to their friends.  THE BEST! <3

Lauren and Jared were married at Watermark Marina which sits along The Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The setting was just gorgeous!

This post is long.. I had a really hard time pairing down the shots to feature.. So stay with me, there's a lot of good stuff below.. lots of laughter and happy tears.

Thank you Lauren and Jared for being so wonderful and I look forward to seeing you and your pups soon! <3

Huge thanks to Jess for shooting alongside me and just being her awesome self..

Lauren had asked that only her mother be present when getting dressed, so they could share some intimate time together.  I would totally suggest this to all of my brides.  It made for a very special moment between a mother and daughter and the bridesmaids reactions when she finally emerged were true emotion! Real tears and "Awwwww"s that's can't be fabricated..

Burying the bourbon in the soil at your ceremony site is an old southern wive's tale to make sure there's no rain on your wedding day! It totally worked and all the wedding party had to partake! 

Lauren was surprised with an impromptu serenade from Jared and his guys of "You've Lost that Loving Feeling"!! SO GOOD!!!