Dana + Ryan’s Intracoastal Waterway Wedding Photographer | Wrightsville Beach, NC

  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. :)”


bride pre-ceremonywedding bouquet and rings detailsbride posing with bridesmaid in matching robesbride applying makeup to flowergirlgroom and groomsmen getting dressedbride hugging sister-in-lawbridebride getting into wedding dresspre-wedding shots with bride and bridesmaidsgroom arriving to ceremony site

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…”

groom smiling at brideIntracoastal Waterway Wedding, Wrightsville Beach Photographeroutdoor wedding in north carolinawedding ceremony at wrightsville beach venuewedding ceremony in wilmingtonThey were SO excited to be married! Adorable!!

bride exiting with groomgroom and groomsmen posing in gray suitsbride holding white hydrangea bouquetbride laughing with bridesmaids and holding hydrangeas bride and groom posing with wedding partyIntracoastal Waterway Wedding, Wrightsville Beach Photographergroomwedding party portraitsgroomsmen in gray suit and ties with black oxfordsgray bridesmaid dresses and blue-ish purple hydrangea bouquetsbride and groom portraits

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.)

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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groom doing shots with groomsmenguests mingling during cocktail hourwedding photo outtakewedding reception under white tent along intracoastal waterwaywhite lace wedding cake, blue hydrangea bouquetswedding reception photo bride and groom cutting wedding cakegroom dancing with motherwedding reception underneath tent

Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter”, Loudon Wainwright III
guests dancing at receptionbride dancing at receptiongroomsmen dancing at receptionfireworks outside wedding reception tentwedding toastsguests partying during wedding reception


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



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  • Liesl Diesel - your images are so clean and pretty! great work! and gorgeous coupleReplyCancel

  • Anne Herbert - How lovely!ReplyCancel

  • kate - OMG. These pictures are gorgeous perfect amazing wonderful. Wow. And the shot and note about Dana’s mom made me cry. So touching. Wonderful wonderful work. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • kara - wow – these are fabulous!! love how beautifully you tell their story thru your images – they will treasure these for their entire lives!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - What a lovely wedding and you did a fantastic job telling their story with your images. amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - Beautiful! I love the corsage on the swing, what a sweet way to remember her mom.ReplyCancel

  • Effie L. - All of these are so beautiful, but what really grabs me is the story.

    The way you took these, the details…you are telling a beautiful story of a beautiful couple.

    Love these pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Larianne - I love their story!! Such a cute couple and beautiful wedding. Excellent job 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rebeca anne - Beautiful wedding! Absolutely flawless! Love the ring shot. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lorna Tyson - These are amazing wedding photos! I love that you included the details of the proposal etc, that is so unique and makes it so personal! A fabulous touch and a great post 😉ReplyCancel

  • Nick Rose - You’ve really told their story well here! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Anelle - These are so, so beautiful. I love how you told their story!ReplyCancel

  • Jaqueline Faria - such a beautiful wedding… LOVE the location and the bride and groom portraits are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Mutchler - What a beautiful wedding! I really love the way they remembered her mom. What a great tribute.ReplyCancel

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