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  Dana + Ryan’s wedding was held at a private residence along with Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Dana + Ryan’s wedding probably ranks #1 for the most injuries in a single day (multiple bee stings + a cork pop in the eye – ouch!) But it was also one of our favorites of 2013!
An adorable, heartfelt ceremony underneath a giant willow tree…followed with delicious food and a packed dance floor. Theirs was everything a wedding should be! No fuss, low key, and a ton of fun – just like Dana and Ryan!


Here’s a quick peek at their lovely day.

groom getting ready for weddingpre-wedding toasts for brideRyan thoughtfully included a card for Dana’s bridesmaids – thanking them for their friendship, and promising to take care of her. 

groom and groomsmen getting ready

How did you and Ryan meet? 
“We met on the set of One Tree Hill.  I saw him from afar and I was immediately attracted to him. He didn’t give me the time of day though! I was persistent and finally got him to ask me on a date and we have been happy ever since. :)”


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How did he propose to you?  
“He took me to the Baltimore Planetarium and had a whole setup that the employees were in on. At the end of the show, we stuck around so he could ask the guide questions, and then all of the sudden, the lights went out, our song came on and the words “Dana, Will You Marry Me” popped up on the planetarium dome.  I cried like a little baby I was so happy.”

motherA corsage was sweetly placed on a wooden swing in remembrance of Dana’s mother. 
bride walking down aisle toward groom

What is your favorite memory from the day? 
“My favorite memory from the day is walking down the aisle and just seeing Ryan’s smile and knowing…”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Don’t let others persuade you!  I knew what I wanted for the wedding and while a lot of friends and family wanted to give input/criticism, I simply told them, “No, thank you on giving advice. I want to plan the wedding of MY dreams.”


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 Their ceremony and reception site was seriously THE most gorgeous location ever!reception menu on glass window frameblue and green wedding reception decor

What is your favorite way to spend time together?  
“We love to cook!  We are big foodies so we love trying new restaurants and new recipes.”

Food Truck Wedding Catering via America
(Who doesn’t love food trucks?! Dana and Ryan were thrilled to have former Top Chef contestant, Keith Rhodes cater their wedding.)

bride and groom at receptionhydrangea and lily wedding centerpieces with silver hurricanescustom made menu and napkins at reception

What were your favorite wedding details?
“I really loved how our [handmade] napkins and menus turned out!!!”



First Dance song: ‘Better Than Love”, Griffin House

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Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter”, Loudon Wainwright III
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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to St. Lucia. It was gorgeous!!”


bride and groom kissing on pier

NC Wedding Vendor Love:
Venue: Private residence along intracoastal waterway near Wrightsville Beach / Wilmington, NC
Wedding Coordinator: Ruth Ann Struble of AMBR Creations
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal.
Hair + Makeup: Sage Spa and Salon for hair, makeup done by Dana.
Florist: Ruth Ann Struble, AMBR Creations
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
DJ + Entertainment: Active Entertainment. (We had Will, he was great!)
Catering: Catch, the food truck
Cake: La Rita Lees of Carolina Cakes and Confections

Intracoastal Waterway Wedding | Wrightsville Beach Photographer




An intimate beach wedding | Ft. Fisher Beach NC Wedding Photographer

Jen + Jimmy were wed during an intimate beach ceremony at Ft. Fisher / Kure Beach in North Carolina. Their wedding ceremony was followed with a fun backyard reception…complete with cornhole and board games. Love!

romantic b&w photo of bride and groom kissing on beach


I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adored this wedding! These two are seriously the SWEETEST couple! They’re always smiling and laughing…and are just really fun to be around (which makes us a little sad they live all the way in New York.)
And Jen’s family? They couldn’t have been more welcoming to David + I from the moment we walked into their home! That’s always such a relief when photographing a wedding – we love when the couple’s parents are on board and excited to work with us as well. 🙂

A few (okay, a lot!) of our favorites from the day…

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pink and white rose bridal bouquetbride and father laughing in limochic wooden beach wedding sign

What is your favorite memory from the day?
“Walking down the aisle and seeing the tears well up in [Jimmy’s] eyes.”

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bridal portrait and bouquet at golden hourpink roses and bridal party portraits

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groom nervously fiddling ringwedding portrait on beachportrait of groom in black suit and pink boutonnierebride & groom kissing in roadcouple kissing beneath curvy treesJen and I were both obsessed with these crazy curvy trees at Ft. Fisher. So pretty!

wedding party posing along beach

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What were your favorite wedding details?
“Our custom wedding cake topper, which was inspired by the Gazebo in the first Twilight movie. That was the first movie we watched together, and the sequels all came out around our anniversaries.”

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First Dance Song: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers

twilight inspired wedding cake topperwedding rings used to spell i do in scrabble

Do you have any advice to those currently planning their weddings?
“Don’t expect things to go as planned, there will be things that go wrong!  In the end everything will be perfect (and a blur), just try not to let things that go wrong bother you and enjoy your day – your guests probably won’t notice that anything is even amiss. “

Is there anything you would do differently?
“Planning a wedding from out of state was the most difficult aspect of the wedding – hiring a coordinator to work with the many vendors might have made it easier!  And not forgetting to do the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances!”

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Jen’s brother had a ridiculous amount of leftover fireworks, which he brought along. Pretty awesome, right?!
wedding fireworks portraitswedding portraits and fireworksWhere did you go on your honeymoon?
“The Smokey Mountains (Gatlinburg, TN)”

Have you seen Jen & Jimmy’s Downtown Wilmington NC Engagement Photos yet?

& a special thanks to the following
NC wedding vendors:

Ceremony: Ft. Fisher / Kure Beach
Officiant: Jude Bradley of Eventz & Co.
Hair + Makeup: Adrianne Lugo
Dress: Demitrios – Ilissa via Town Shop Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: Dessy Collection
Florist: Jennifer Wilson of Lily Belles Floral & Event Design
Invitations: Jen!
Ceremony Arbor:  Sweetwater Bamboo Arbor Designs and Rentals
Rings: Hannoush Jewelers & Jimmy’s ring is a custom design by Jesse Danger
Reception Venue: Jen’s parents’ Wilmington home.
Reception Tent & Rentals: Etc Party Rentals
Transportation: Azalea Limousine Service
Catering: Thyme Savor Catering
Cake & Desserts: Jen’s super sweet mom, Heidi.


Wedding DetailsVicky + Edwin are married!
These two tied the knot at Wrightsville Beach last month and then headed to the Hilton Riverside Hotel in Wilmington to celebrate with family and friends.
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NC Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony: Wrightsville Beach, NC
Reception: Hilton Riverside Hotel, Wilmington, NC
Hair & Makeup: T Nails and Hair
Florals & Bouquets: A Beautiful Event
Officiant: Rev. Penelope Morningstar
Violinist: Maura Kropke
Ceremony Arbor & Decor: Sweet Water Bamboo 
DJ: Just Right DJ Service
Cake: Imaginary Cake
Videographer: Aria Moon
Catering: Hilton Riverside