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Ashley & Clint | Wild Horse Outer Banks Wedding | Corolla, NC

Ashley & Clint's lovely Wild Horse Outer Banks Wedding in Corolla, NC took place earlier this year in the spring and we were in love with all the details and hard work  by this couple along with their amazing wedding planners (To Have & To Hold OBX).

I would say that Ryan and I are some of the luckiest people because we get to travel all over the world and photograph.  This "job" (if you can even call it that) is so rewarding.  1. We get to wake up every morning and go to "work" in our PJ's.. as I am sitting hear writing this blog, we are cozied up with a cup of coffee in our pajamas (It's so awesome).  2. We get to do this job together.  Some couples would not be able to work together but not only do we love working together, we wouldn't have it any other way.  3. We work with some incredible people.  We get introduced into their love story and it couldn't make us happier to be able to document that.

Ashley & Clint chose The Wild Horse for their wedding venue and if you haven't seen or heard of the famous Wild Horse estate in Corova, you need to drop what you are doing and go online now! It is truly a miraculous home that can sleep more than 50 people.  You literally are staying in your own private Inn for the entire week and the house even comes equipped with not only one kitchen, but another entirely separate kitchen that is used for the caterers that come in for the event.  The yard is not a yard at all- just rolling sandy dunes overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  You even (on occasion) can see the famous Outer Banks Wild Horses in your back yard.

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Ashley & Clint are such a wonderful and loving couple.  Their wedding was absolutely perfect (maybe a little windy and chilly) but the wedding party & all of their family & friends were troopers.  The couple enlisted the help from Brenda Ziegler with To Have & To Hold OBX.  She is such an amazing wedding planner and we are always so lucky to work with her.  Beautiful details were put together by Brenda & The Flower Girls provided some beautiful blooms to adorn the decor. Clint built the lovely altar where the couple said their "I do's" and he is so crazy talented! It was definitely breath-taking.  Red Sky Cafe catered the wedding and the food was definitely to die for. Wes (the owner of Red Sky) always provides some of the best food on the Outer Banks!  Atlantic cake company baked the scrumptious cake and I would have to say that it was one of my favorites of the year.. I loved the flowers on the cake and definitely one of my most favorite color palettes!  Coastal DJ & Video did a great job of spinning the tunes along with providing videography services for this wedding.  It is always such a pleasure to work with George from Coastal DJ along with all of his staff.  Bombshells Studio did a wonderful job with all of the hair & makeup services for this amazing wedding party.  The bride along with her bridesmaids looked gorgeous and it is all thanks to Amber & her team with Bombshells Studio.

I want to end by saying Thank You to Ashley & Clint for letting us be a part of your special day! We had a blast and we wish you both nothing but the very best for the future!

Vendors:

Event Planner- To Have & To Hold OBX

Florals- Flower Girls OBX

Catering- Red Sky Cafe

Cake- Atlantic Cake Company

DJ & Video- Coastal DJ & Video

Hair & Makeup- Bombshells Studio

Rentals & Accommodations- Twiddy

Ceremony & Reception Venue- The Wild Horse

 

Emily & Dylan | Outer Banks Engagement Photographer | Nags Head, NC

One of the best qualities of being an Outer Banks Engagement Photographer is being able to photograph a couple in the natural elements of the beach/dunes and Emily & Dylan's Outer Banks Engagement session was perfectly captured in Nags Head, NC. We just love these two and could not wait to share these amazing images that showcase their love for one another. We started taking photos in the wooded area by Bodie Island Lighthouse and capturing some beautiful moments by the lighthouse as well. One of our most favorite spot for beach photos is the Coquina Beach access in Nags Head, NC. Ryan and I love this spot because of the natural dune line & lack of rental homes/hotels. We love the fact that you get an untouched feel to the photos..kind of like being on your own private beach with not a person in sight. We hope that you enjoy these images just as much as we do and we cannot wait to photograph Emily & Dylan's wedding in Maryland next year!

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Erin & Kyle | Tuckahoe Plantation Wedding | Richmond, VA

As I sit here in the midst of wedding season, I am reminiscing about Erin & Kyle's beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation wedding in Richmond, VA.  You see, this year they are forecasting it to be the year of tropical storms and hurricanes. Okay, 2016.. you are killing us with the rain!!! STOP!  Already, we have seen two tropical storms here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and I can honestly say that I don't think we are out of the dark yet.  But I am not writing this blog about tropical storms or hurricanes, I am writing this blog about this beautiful wedding that took place during a week where Hurricane Joaquin made landfall on the coast of Virginia and brought torrential downpours and windy conditions to Richmond, VA.

I remember our site visit with Erin & Kyle vividly.  It was a hot/humid day and I remember telling them not to worry because the weather in October is absolutely gorgeous in Virginia with mild temperatures and little rain. These two even buried a bottle of Jefferson Reserve Bourbon upside down at the ceremony site because old southern tradition says that if you do so, it will be a beautiful day for your wedding.. Okay, superstitions aside, ...  It was a really awesome added element to their wedding day when they unearthed the bourbon.

So... back to the wedding.  We knew that it was going to rain/sprinkle/downpour that day. We had been watching the weather all week and we were ready! We packed extra protection for our cameras and even bought weather appropriate clothing. I knew that I was not going to spend the day ill prepared! When we arrived, it was sprinkling a little but not enough to keep our couple from having the wedding of their dreams.  You see, Erin was not having it at all.. she was determined to get married outside, have all of her photos outside, and a little hurricane was not going to stand in her way.  We captured some amazing moments in the english garden of Erin slipping into her dress, an incredible first look with the couple (between periods of rain), and some amazing family and bridal party photos as well.  The ceremony took place outside as guests took a stroll through a hedge maze and relaxed in between some beautiful trees that framed everything so perfectly! With umbrellas in tow, everyone witnessed a beautiful and touching ceremony that included some very touching moments while their parents took turns reading some beautiful words to the lovely couple.

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When the ceremony was over, the rain began and guests scurried to the white tent on the lawn where they wined and dined with some amazing food provided by Whitehouse Catering.  Ryan and I were able to get special access for photos in the Tuckahoe Plantation House (which I might add was Thomas Jefferson's childhood home).  After a few photos in the home, we made our way to the tent where guests were seated at farm tables adorned with green garland, roses, and lots of candlelight brought to you by the bride and Vogue Flowers.  The Buttercream Bee provided an assortment of small cakes in varying flavors and they were scrumptious! As the party went on throughout the night, I don't think I saw a single person sit down. Everyone was on the dance floor thanks to DJ Asian Will who did a fantastic job!  Bonnie Bedell was Erin & Kyle's day of coordinator for the wedding and she did a fantastic job of organizing and making sure everything went off without a hitch!

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This wedding was definitely one for the books and we loved every minute of it with this fabulous couple! Congratulations Erin & Kyle! You both are so in love and we were thrilled to be a part of your special day!

 

Vendors:

Venue- Tuckahoe Plantation

Wedding Planner- Bonnie Bedell

Caterer- Whitehouse Catering

Bar- Old City Bar

Florist- Vogue Flowers

Cake Baker- The Buttercream Bee

DJ- DJ Asian Will

Rentals- Classic Party Rentals, VA

Photographer- Ryan & Rach Photography