For a bride wishing for a beach wedding, The Celebration Cottage in Atlantic Beach, NC is a wonderful venue made just for weddings!  Nicole shared “Growing up I always wanted a beach wedding. We always vacation at Emerald Isle and when we found the cottage it was absolutely perfect. It was more than I ever dreamed of!”  Deeply passionate about their family and friends, Nicole and Aaron enjoyed every minute of their wonderful wedding day.  Their wedding day suited their individual style so well with just the right amount of elegance, beachy vibes, and good old fashioned southern hospitality.  One of everyone’s favorite moments of the night was Nicole’s dad’s speech, which left everyone with misty eyes (including me of course)!  So, when it came time to make their wedding video, Nicole and I agreed that adding in a bit of her Dad’s speech would be extra special!  A big thank you to Knot a Second Thought for being an amazing planner!  Shauna Rocks!  Without further delay, here is Nicole and Aaron’s wedding highlight video:

Nicole & Aaron’s Wedding Video from Anchored in Love Photo | Video on Vimeo.

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In May, I had the best time getting to know Kristen and Andre for their engagement and wedding. These sweethearts from DC are the embodiment of joy!  The combination of Andre’s quick wit and Kristen’s infectious laugh, made me fall in love with this couple!  When I arrived to Kristen’s hotel room on their wedding day I was greeted by Kristen and her two bridesmaids and the fun began.  Kristen was busy working on the finishing touches to her vows and her positive vibes set the tone for an amazing day!    After having the best time capturing the girls getting ready at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, I headed downtown to the Atrium to get ready for the ceremony.  Guests were greeted to a beautiful bohemian set up complete with furnishings from Martha My Dear Rentals, Flowers from Fiore Fine Flowers, and a stunning cake by Imaginary Cakes.
The ceremony was just about as picturesque as you could imagine an Atrium wedding to be. Kristen and Andre both shed tears as Kristen walked down the aisle.  I loved that she took her time and really savored it, pausing before she began her walk to take it all in.  Their vows were full of happy tears and laughter and everyone was touched as Andre would reach over to help dry Kristen’s tears along the way.  The reception was every bit as beautiful as it was emotional! From the perfect weather, the gorgeous location, and even the southern style dinner, it was a true North Carolina experience for all of the out of state guests who joined in the celebration of Kristen and Andre’s marriage!  Despite how beautiful and amazing the wedding was, the love these two share completely outweighs every ounce of beauty that the wedding day held and I know that their marriage will be just as beautiful as they are!
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Once upon a time there was an adorable girl named Alexis who decided to try Crossfit.  One day while working out a “super cute guy” named Garrett said hi to her.  Fast forward to March of 2017 and that “super cute guy” and the adorable girl tied the knot!  I love hearing how people met.  Sometimes it seems so simple when you hear how just one little spark, someone having the courage to say hello, makes all the difference!  Alexis and Garrett were counting down as they prepared for their wedding and looking forward to many memorable moments.  They wrote letters to each other and both closed their letters saying “no more sleeps”.  No more sleeps to countdown anymore until they would be married and finally live together under one roof.  It’s hard for me to put my finger on what the secret sauce was that made this wedding so special because there is a huge list, but I am going to try.  First of all, Wrightsville Manor will always get big heart eyes from me.  What a perfect venue!  I worship the Spanish moss lined ceremony site and the gorgeous natural light inside.  Alexis’s classic style was executed to perfection with lovely blush and moss tones punctuated by a pair of blush glitter Kate Spade Keds!  They walked down the aisle to songs sung from the heart by a friend and were surrounded by friends and family covering them in prayer.  During the bride and groom solo time, it was beautiful to watch the two of them soak in the reality they were finally married.  To see the love in their eyes and in their embrace was a joy to capture.  There were many tender and heartfelt moments during the reception, but I was overcome with tears when Alexis and Garrett shared their first dance while Alexis’ Dad sang.  Wow!  In summery, I can’t express how happy I am for this amazing couple and I am especially proud to have a hand in helping them remember every moment of their perfect wedding day!  Congratulations Alexis and Garrett!

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