We had a great time working with Vanessa and Ray and their beautiful family on their wedding day. The day started with photographing some of the brides details. Then grabbing the groom and the best man, and the ring bearer for some getting ready photos. After that, I went and spent time with this lovely bride and her attendants. We had such a fun time! The ceremony was held in the house but we were able to make it to the beach for some beautiful photos. We were able to capture the love that this beautiful couple shares. Their story is quite amazing and it was my honor to capture their moments. We ended the evening with such a fun reception and some great food.
I asked the bride to share a little bit about her day with us.
Wedding Photographers: Outer Banks Productions
Cake: Great Cakes
Beauty and Spa: Salt Hair of the Outer Banks
DJ: DJ Cowboy Chris
Realty Company: Carolina Designs Realty
House Name: Beach Palace
From the bride:
Ray and I are from Fayetteville N.C. We have always been adventurous and outdoorsy throughout our almost five years together, including the children in our trips camping, fishing, and swimming in the lake. We just knew that we would have to get married somewhere special and beautiful and make it another adventure to cherish.
We met while Ray was doing some major repairs to my grandmother’s house. The first time we laid eyes on one another there was a spark and as we worked tirelessly in a hot house with no air in the dead of summer, we fell in love. We snuck off like teenagers at night to cool off by the lake and do some fishing.
In our years together we’ve seen some major ups and downs, but through it all we have become stronger and more determined to be together and to always make the best of what life has in store for us. We are now a happy family of five who will fight for each other indefinitely.
All of us put in a lot of work for this special occasion. The kids were as excited as we were to see Ray and I take the plunge. We weren’t getting any younger and we all knew that we would be together always. So with Kota as the most dapper ring bearer, and Akira and Maria standing next to their mother in support and love, we said I Do as a family. The amount of heart and soul we poured into this union was immense on so many levels. One piece of advice……. you can never be too prepared!! Ha ha. With the right people, no matter what goes wrong, you will persevere and laugh through it. The best part of our wedding day hands down has to be the overwhelming support and teamwork of our closest family and our friends. We are so blessed to have these amazing selfless loved ones who are willing to do whatever it takes to see things through. Every time we come together we do so as one big family and it’s always a good time. Hands down the best, although most stressed, day of our lives! Our only regret is that Raymond’s mother and father could not have been on this earth to see their son take his bride’s hand in marriage. We certainly felt their presence with our whole family on our special day and carry them in our hearts always. Also his baby brother Allen.
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