Where do I even begin with the beautiful Marissa and her hubby Brian?? We will start at the beginning! I got an email from this particular beauty wanting to know if I was available to meet with her AND her bestie, Alyssa (the stunner in the pink sequins!), to get info on booking me for their big days! Off to Starbucks I went and ended up meeting with two of the sweetest and most hilarious brides I have ever worked with!
Marissa is the planner, the type A bride with the vision, while her bestie Alyssa is the bubbly free spirit who just goes with the flow! I shot Alyssa’s engagement photos (blog post to come soon!) and then some stunning bridal boudoir photos for Marissa. Through out the process I have just fallen in love with the two of these women and I couldn’t be happier to shoot Alyssa’s wedding in the 2018. But I digress…. back to Marissa and BRIAN lol!
I met Marissa and her sassy bridal party at the super quaint bridal suite, The Cottage On Orange St. in Wilmington, NC one super warm October afternoon! The whole suite was a buzz with hair and makeup, laughter and (of course) sequins! It may have been warm in this cozy little space, but watching Marissa’s mother and bestie get her ready to walk down the isle was still so sweet to photograph!
Just down the street was the venue, 128 South where all of Brian and Marissa’s family and friends were waiting on a huge covered porch to watch them say I do. I can tell you, seeing the bridal party (including their sweet puppy) come down the isle was touching, but no where near as breath takingly beautiful as seeing Marissa come down the isle to her soon to be hubby! A sweet moment was shared between her father and Brian before the ceremony began that kept me teary eyed!
After saying their sweet i’do’s the couple shared their first dance and special moments with their parents, and enjoyed a candle lit dinner with their guests before cutting their beautiful cake and heading up to the porch for their reception. Everyone drank and laughed and watched the couple toss the garter/bouquet and play the hilarious “shoe game”. After that the party continued on with all the guests dancing the night away! It was truly a night to remember!!
Venue: 128 South , Florals: Whole Foods , Catering: 128 South , DJ: Maria & Taco Brinton , Cake: Whole Foods & Duck Doughnuts , Dress: David’s Bridal Collection , Rentals: High Performance Lighting , Wedding Planner : Alyssa + Nikki with Knot a Second Thought