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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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Serving North Carolina & the Beaches of the Outer Banks consisting the 4×4 Area Beaches, Carova Beach, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Colington, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Wanchese, Hatteras Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. Some travel charges may apply. Sometimes we offer free mileage. Just ask. We cover the entire Outer Banks of North Carolina!

As Outer Banks wedding photographers, we get so excited when someone says they want to trash the dress. Not many brides do it. When they do, we enjoy every minute of it! We will come to your location. If you don’t have a location, there are plenty to choose from.

Please check out our last blog post on this super awesome and super fun couple. They had their wedding and their trash the dress session all in one week. Don’t be afraid to talk to your photographer about bringing some key elements of who you are with you to your session. That could be a family portrait, wedding, engagement or trash the dress session. It can make for a lot of fun during and after your session.

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Katie and Hunter
Clemson, SC
May Wedding
Corolla, NC

House: Wish Upon A Star: 893 Lighthouse Drive, Corolla NC
Realtor: Twiddy Realty
Musicians: Kim Kalman
Photographer: Outer Banks Productions
Coordinator/Planner: Heather Clark http://www.apremiereevent.net
Florist: The Embellishers
Caterer and Cake: Basnights Lone Cedar
Beauty and Spa: Aqua Day Spa
Equipment rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Limos/Transportation: Outer Banks Limo
Officiant: John Tyson from Duck Methodist

We loved working with this couple. They had such a wonderful day! They also had a great planner to help keep everything on track.
Katie and Hunter chose to use us for most of the day with two photographers. This allowed us enough time to capture details, getting ready, ceremony, portraits and their special events without rushing through the day.
We started the day out with the pre-ceremony shots. I was able to work with the bride, her attendants and family. We were not only able to capture getting ready photos but we were also able to get some of the family portraits done before the ceremony as well as bridal party portraits. I was able to capture Katie with her family and bridesmaids while Doug worked with the groom, his family and groomsmen. This allowed the bride and groom to get to their reception faster after the ceremony, combined family portraits and romantic portraits were finished.

Katie and Hunter got to say their I do’s in front of their closest friends and family on the beaches of the Outer Banks in Corolla, NC. The ceremony was beautiful! They decided to keep their ceremony simple and reserve a few minutes afterward for themselves to spend time together in their first moments as husband and wife. A table with congratulatory drinks was set aside for them in the gazebo with champagne to celebrate. Shortly after their time together we were able to gather everyone for a group photo and then finish up with the rest of the family and bridal party portraits, so that we could focus on the couples intimate session.

Katie & Hunter were so fun to photograph. You can see the love they have for each other in every photo. They were so expressive. I was so happy to know that we would be spending another day together shooting a trash-the-dress session. I will have those photos in another post.

While I was working hard on the beach, Doug was working hard to capture the details of the reception and the cocktail hour. He was able to keep himself out of site and capture the guests making memories and the details. This allows the guests to enjoy themselves without feeling like they have to perform for the camera.
The bride and groom joined everyone for cocktail hour for a little bit before the reception started.

The bride and groom focused on their time with family during the reception. They were able to keep their reception moving at a good pace with the help of the day of planner Heather from Premiere Events.
The reception was started off with dinner. While everyone was finishing up dinner the toasts began. I always love this approach as everyone is still in their seats and you don’t have to disrupt the party to get the events started. Shortly after the toasts the desert bar and cake cutting took place. It is so fun when the couple is playful! The final events of the evening ended with the dances and then to an open dance floor. Each dance was so emotional and thoughtful. It was truly a memory filled day.

Don’t forget to check out our trash-the-dress session with this lovely couple in our next blog post. Coming soon!

 

 

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Anh & Brian
Wake Forest, NC

Ceremony & Reception: Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café
Caterer & Cake: Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café
Photographer:Outer Banks Productions Michelle Haber
Flowers: DIY
Decor: DIY
Officiant: Father of the groom

Anh and Brian decided to have an intimate ceremony on the Outer Banks for their closest family and friends. They were already officially married in Anh’s home country and now it was time to tie the knot with Brian’s family. The ceremony was held on the sound side at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Restaurant in a beautiful, tucked away little spot. After the ceremony friends and family enjoyed h’ordeurves  and cocktails while we went to the beach and  Jennette’s pier for some romantic portraits of this adorable couple.

We headed back for the formal part of the reception and dinner. During dinner I was able to grab Brian and Anh for a few more pictures in the gorgeous sunset. The evening was wonderful.

 

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Serving North Carolina & the Beaches of the Outer Banks consisting the 4×4 Area Beaches, Carova Beach, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Colington, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Wanchese, Hatteras Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. Some travel charges may apply. Sometimes we offer free mileage. Just ask. We cover the entire Outer Banks of North Carolina!