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Britta + Mark’s Wrightsville Beach and 128 South Wilmington Wedding

wrightsville-beach-wedding-photographerBritta and Mark are the sweetest! We loved every single minute of our time with these two and their awesome family + friends recently.
This laid back beach fête started off at a beautiful church (St. Therese) overlooking the ocean. After their nuptials and a super fun portrait session on Wrightsville Beach, Britta and Mark kicked off their reception at 128 South in downtown Wilmington. Set atop a roof overlooking the Cape Fear River, family and friends danced the night away with this sweet couple. Seriously – I don’t think the dance floor was empty for a single minute! It was such a fun night!

We wish these two all the best. It truly was The Best Day Ever!


How did you and Mark meet?
“Mark and Britta met in the spring of 2012 in Charlotte, NC. They sat next to each other on a bus up to Lake Norman when they were first introduced. Initially, both Britta and Mark kept to themselves. In fact, they didn’t end up meeting again until randomly two weeks later at Alive After Five, a weekly concert in uptown Charlotte. Britta’s step-brother, Mike, pointed to Mark in the crowd and told Britta he was worth getting to know, so Britta approached Mark and asked him to dance. After that moment, they were inseparable.
Two months into their relationship, Mark was given a job offer in Austin, TX. He declined the job offer. He declined it without doubt that it was worth staying in Charlotte to be with Britta. After making the decision, he decided it would be a great idea to tell Britta he loved her. Mark decided to take her to a nice Italian restaurant uptown where he wrote down a speech and read it to her over dinner. In that speech he told her that he was given a job offer but turned it down and the only reason was because he was in love with her.”


 What are your favorite memories from your wedding day?
“Getting ready with the family at the rental house, the ceremony, and dancing at the reception.”


Where did you go on your first date?
“On a two story boat that floated around Lake Norman”


How did Mark propose?
“Mark and I planned a trip to the beach to celebrate our one year anniversary last June in Wilmington, North Carolina. When I woke up early Saturday morning, Mark had the day planned. We started the day with the hotel breakfast and Starbucks coffees, a quick jog around the Wrightsville Beach loop, and a leisurely walk across the bridge to spend the entire day at the beach by ourselves. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and the temperature was perfect. Once we settled into our beach chairs, Mark grabbed my hand and kissed it. He started to talk about all his favorite memories from the past year and how much fun we had had together. Originally our plan was to exchange our anniversary gifts at dinner, but Mark said he couldn’t wait. I closed my eyes and Mark’s shadow covered the sun in front of me. I watched his shadow slowly fall to one knee…when I opened my eyes, Mark was kneeling in the sand asking me to marry him! And of course, I said Yes!”

What’s your favorite thing about your relationship?
“How much fun we have together and how everything is just easy.”North-Carolina-Beach-Wedding-PhotoWrightsville-Beach-Wedding-PhotographersWrightsville-Beach-Wedding-Photo


How would you describe each other? 
“Fun, energetic, happy, driven, and family-oriented.”


What were some of your favorite details? 
“The flowers at the church and the pew decor, the beach at the church, the bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits, the tables at the venue with signs & the porch outside, the table with the wedding cake, the tent & edison lights, “Markabrita.”





Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?
“Enjoy it! Don’t let the pressure of making it the perfect day make you forget what’s most important – marrying the man of your dreams! & make sure you dance!”


Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“Kauai, Hawaii”

Don’t miss Britta’s Greenfield Lake Bridal Portrait Session in Wilmington, NC.





North Carolina Wedding Vendor Love:
Ceremony Venue: St. Therese Parish
Reception Venue: 128 South
Officiant:  Monsignor Ntuwa
Wedding Planner: Jill White
Hair & Makeup Artists: Something Blue by Harbour Club
Florist: Beautiful Flowers By June
DJ / Entertainment Services: Jason via Absolute Best DJ Service 
Wedding Cake: Alison’s Cakery
Catering: 128 South
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Grooms Attire: Express Men











  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. 
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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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bride and groom portraits

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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.)

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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!!”


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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



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