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People ask me all the time how we get so many cool destination weddings? The answer may not be what you expect, but it’s because our clients don’t like big traditional weddings.
Sometimes the idea of having a large traditional wedding is scary. But you go for it anyways because that’s what you’re “suppose” to do right? You start planning, you make a guest list that seems a mile long, and then you get sucked down deeper and deeper into the details of center pieces, linens, bridesmaid dresses, and more. It’s completely overwhelming! When you think about planning your wedding day, it shouldn’t send you into a panic attack, if it does it may be time to re-evaluate how you’re doing things. I am giving you permission to do things differently, think outside the box, have a wedding day that brings you joy not fear!
Most of our destination weddings are because our clients don’t want the traditional, so they take their budget and choose a magical location! We’re just so honored that our clients love us enough to bring us along!
This scenario is exactly what happened with Alicia & Bill. They were all in on planning their NC based wedding when they realized it wasn’t the right thing for them. In stead they decided to dream about what they really wanted, New York City was #1 on their list. Both Alicia & Bill are lighting designers for theatre shows so Broadway is in their blood! They’ve also both lived in NYC for periods of time and have a special love for the Big Apple. So they pulled the trigger and decided to “elope” to NYC with just their closest family and US! Wowzah, I’m still pinching myself!
Not only did Alicia & Bill choose to have their wedding in NYC, but they chose to do it in the most amazing & unique way ever! In stead of renting a venue or going to the court house they chose to hit the city in style! They rented a limo for the day, made a list of their absolute favorite places, and took us all along on their personal tour of their beloved city! Daniel had yet to visit NYC and this was such a cool way for him to experience it for the first time!
I personally love adventure weddings like this one because we really get to know our clients and their loved ones. We watched mom cry as Alicia put on her dress, Bill’s sons crack jokes and make silly faces, and Alicia’s sister squeal with glee when they were officially wed. These relationships & memories are so important and they fill my heart up to overflowing! It was such a joy and honor to explore NYC from the perspective of Alicia & Bill! Thank you both SO MUCH for bringing us along on your incredibly amazing adventure!
I am all for a big wedding with everyone you love surrounding you. It can be such a great celebration of love. But…I may be particularly biased when it comes to the super tiny weddings. When I get asked to shoot a wedding that is 50 people or less I just swoon. Daniel and I only had 30 people at our wedding and it was just so special. Every wedding that I’ve captured that has been 50 people or less has a completely different “vibe” to the day. The intimacy is something incredibly hard to achieve with more than 50 people. I’ve had a few come close, but nothing replaces that familiarity that a small wedding naturally has.
Nicki & Brad decided that they’d like that intimacy and celebrated their wedding with only immediate family. They were wed on top of a mountain at The Swag in Waynesville, NC. I’ve stated many a time before, mountains are my happy place! Those beautiful blue ridge peaks were as far as the eye could see and you couldn’t find a more glorious backdrop! As usual the North Carolina summer threatened a giant rain storm, but it never quite found us. Although I was happy to use those dark ominous clouds to enhance this gorgeous couple! That white dress on dark blue mountains and stormy gray clouds…Please don’t mind my drooling!
Nicki and Brad are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. They’re so real and loving, it was hard for me not to jump up and down for joy when they asked us to photograph their sweet elopement! After we left the mountain view (I tried not to cry too hard), we ventured back to The Swag and join in their festivities which included a band, story telling, and a pig roast dinner fit for kings! You’d think that Nicki & Brad had a fancy wedding coordinator with how lovely all the details were, but nope! The Swag is just that awesome!
Daniel and I both got to know Nicki, Brad, and their families that night. It was so special and we were so honored to be let into that world, even for a moment. Thank you Nicki & Brad for your trust in us, we’re so thankful to know you!
Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer. School is back and that means any day now the air will turn cooler, I’ll bust out my boot collection (YAY!), and the leaves will turn vibrant shades of gold, orange, and maroon! But before I get too excited about my favorite season, I have to pay homage to summer! It’s been a much more hectic one than expected, BUT it has been incredible! Here are a few sneaks from my last week of summer. Enjoy!
Emily & Matt’s Kernersville Love Story
Kristin & Morgen’s Love Story – Part Two – Green Lakes
Katie & Mike’s Downtown You + Me session
Danielle’s Simply Beautiful Couture Session