St Thomas Preservation Hall, Downtown Wilmington and Coastal North Carolina Wedding | Shanna+Carter

 

This isn't sometimes
Yeah, it's for always
If I'm gonna love you with all of my heart
And if there is no more time,
This always remains.
Even as the world spins itself apart...

Cause I remember them days I waited so patiently
For God to bring someone who's gonna be good to me
And then he blessed my soul

I Found You-Alabama Shakes

Shanna+Carter's first dance song has stuck with me.. I even put it on as I started typing this post.  This song fit them absolutely perfectly.  They together have a sense of style that's classic, refined, timeless.. and it was at every turn during their day.  When they arrived for their rehearsal dressed to the nines with their ray bans on in the most gorgeous golden sunset light I said "You guys look like movie stars!"  That's exactly what it feels to be around them.  They are so loved by everyone they come in contact with and they give that all back.. Hang out with them for a few minutes and you'll know exactly what I mean.

Every time we met up to discuss wedding plans or shoot their save the dates, I walked away feeling so incredibly lucky to have them in my photo family.  They both made photography so important and gave me so much incredible time for photographs!  Huge shout out to Taylor, Shanna's MOH who scoped out AMAZING locations for portraits..she has an incredible eye and I couldn't have picked better spots! and to the AWESOME Wrightsville Beach resident who came out and asked if we wanted to use her waterfront backyard and boat dock to shoot on.. "Ummmm, YES!!!!" 

You'll see below the day was emotional, beautiful, full of style, sentimental and SO MUCH FUN! These guys had such a blast with the Photo Booth and just being together to celebrate with such an amazing couple! 

Congratulations Shanna+Carter!  Honored to have spent the day with you two! <3

I am so happy you were gifted with snowflakes on your mini moon in Blowing Rock! and super excited to see photos from your Honeymoon in the Spring in Ireland!  It's at the top of my bucket list!  

Again, such amazing vendors came together for this event! I hope to work with everyone very soon!! 

Wedding Coordination & Event Planning: Brittany Koontz, Orchid Island Events // Venue: Saint Thomas Preservation Hall, Wilmington, NC// Second Photographer: Travis Hinton, Travis Hinton Creative // Videography : Thomas Blake, Thomas Blake Films // Hair Artist : Jamie Warzel, Jamie Warzel Hair & Make up // Make up Artist: Linzy Ewing // Venue Florals: Bella Florals // Bridal Party Florals: Beautiful Flowers by June // Catering: Milner's Cafe And Catering // DJ: Active DJ Entertainment // Officiant: Kennon  Pickett

 

 

The Martinez Family : Fall Session, Wilmington, North Carolina Lifestyle Family Photographer

I can't believe I had not blogged this session before now! I've become too lazy and satisfied with posting albums on facebook.. this will change.  :)

Here's this beautiful family the first time we met!  Back in November of 2012 we met on a wonderfully overcast chilly morning at Chandler's Wharf in Wilmington, North Carolina.

You can really see how much they've grown in just SIX MONTHS!  Crazy, right!

Enjoy this beautiful lifestyle session and check out their latest session here! :)

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The Martinez Family : Wilmington, North Carolina Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Adore this family!  This was our second session together and you can check out our session from last November here. They had relocated to Jacksonville from California and were in need of a portrait photographer to capture their little ones and these moments!  We had such a great time the first time and I was thrilled when Olivia reached out to me over the Summer to schedule another session!  This time Saxon's parents were in town and what a perfect time to get family photos taken!

It's funny, with the chill in the air today to look back at these photos.  We met at I think 7 or so and it was H.O.T.  like STUPID hot.. So hot we had to duck into the froyo shop and wait it out a little but that turned out to be a blessing because we were able to feed the squirrel.  YES!!  You heard me right.. there's a squirrel that lives in the tree in front of the froyo shop in downtown Wilmington and he will eat peanuts out of your hand.  THE COOLEST THING EVER!!

After our bellies were full of frozen yogurt and we all weren't dripping with sweat we took advantage of the sights and gorgeous light that just happened to be there when we were ready to walk again!

These two little ones are such a delight to photograph and I'm looking forward to seeing them soon! :)

 

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Sarah+Matt : Married! 128 South-Wilmington, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Loved everything about this wedding.. Looking back on the day we met, I was totally nervous!  I always am when meeting a couple or a bride for the first time.  I wonder if that ever goes away?   Sarah and Matt lived in Wilmington for a while so our conversation quickly turned to one of the cities I will always call home.  Their wedding was taking place at one of my all time favorite haunts in Wilmington.  It used to be this amazing Thai restaurant that had been sold and turned into this awesome wedding venue overlooking the riverfront downtown.  128 South has so many different elements to it.. and makes it a perfect location for a wedding in Wilmington! Sarah, Matt and I met up for their engagement session back in December of last year.. I could tell we were going to have a great session when we decided to meet up for a beer before hand! HA!  We met up at the Raleigh Times and then walked around downtown Raleigh for a bit and just got to know each other better.  Here's a link to the post of their engagements!

Finally May rolled around and their wedding kicked off a string of three weddings back to back.. Matt and Sarah surrounded themselves with their best friends and family for a beautiful afternoon ceremony.  The light was just perfect and being able to walk to the riverfront for bride and groom portraits was such a reward! They danced, dressed up for the photobooth and had amazing cupcakes!  Below is just a few of my favorites from the day.. don't you just love the pops of orange??!!  Sarah and her mom worked so hard on everything and it was pulled together perfectly!

Thank you Matt and Sarah for allowing me to be a part of your day! Miss you guys!

Big Thank You to Kate of Kathryn Falconer Photography for assisting and running the photo booth! 

 

 

 

 

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