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Elizabeth | Bridal Portraits | Wilmington, North Carolina

I was so excited when Elizabeth contacted me about photographing her wedding. She took two of my photography courses a few years ago and I was so great to see her again. Her husband Clay (they got married two weeks ago!) is also one of my former students. Elizabeth and Clay now live in Wilmington, so we decided to do her bridal portraits in Wilmington. We went to Greenfield Park and then onto to downtown Wilmington. The weather was incredible and we had a great session. Elizabeth is quite the model. She made this decision tough, so here are more than a few of my favorites…

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She reminds me of Charlize Theron is this one..

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Jodie & John :: New Bern, NC Wedding

Meet Jodie & John. I met Jodie a few years ago at her brother’s wedding, which I was fortunate to photograph. I was so excited when they contacted me again for Jodie’s wedding because I just new it would be just a wonderful experience….and I was right. Jodie and John got married this past Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina. Their ceremony was held in the Latham Garden, which is just an absolutely beautiful garden. The reception followed at the North Carolina History Center, right next to Tryon. What a beautiful day!

 

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Bill and Bill Masterpiece DJ’s are so awesome!!!!Tryon_Palace_Weddings_064Tryon_Palace_Weddings_065Tryon_Palace_Weddings_066Tryon_Palace_Weddings_067Tryon_Palace_Weddings_068Tryon_Palace_Weddings_069Tryon_Palace_Weddings_070

The vendors that helped them have such a wonderful event:

Mike & Kathy Guzzo, Southern Hospitality Concierge Service

Tryon Palace

Scarborough Fair Catering

Table Scapes by: Graceful Tables

Jodie :: Bridal Portraits

This is Jodie, who is just one of the sweetest brides ever! I just photographed her wedding on Saturday and after observing her for the day, I realized just how special she is. I watched her throughout her wedding day handing out gifts to pretty much everyone who came in the door and just thought how nice it was that she was thinking of everyone else on her big day. We did her portrait session just a few days before the wedding and despite the rain and the crazy heat, we had a great session. I was in love with her dress, especially the design of the back of the dress….so elegant! You can tell I loved the back of the dress because I posed her quite a bit to accentuate that specific feature. Jodie was also a dancer for a long time, so I felt like the poses from the back really emphasized that fact. I know you Eastern North Carolina photographers will recognize this location, but for any others we photographed at Tryon Palace, which is also where their wedding was held.

Here are my favs!

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Jay Koopman

Jay Koopman is a Life Pastor at Pee Dee Community Fellowship in Florence, South Carolina, which just so happens to be my church. Jay also ministers all around the world. Be sure to follow him on Facebook!

Jay needed pictures for promotional materials so we headed downtown Florence and had a great time!

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Neil & Candace :: Engagement Session

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I know, I know. It is evidently clear that it was fall when we took these pictures. So, yes. I am super behind. Better late than never I suppose. Last year I posted pictures of Neil’s marriage proposal to Candace, which was so much fun! Neil was one of my photo students when I taught at Lenoir Community College, so it is of course, a pleasure to be able to photograph for these two. In the fall we traveled to the mountains of North Carolina so we could photograph Neil and Candace in one of their shared loves, which is nature. Neil is an avid nature and wildlife photographer as well as a portrait and wedding photographer. So, be sure to check out his website: http://jerniganoutdoorphoto.com/tag/neil-jernigan-photography/

We had such a good time and the weather was perfect! And as you will see in the images below, Neil could not contain himself and had to photograph too! So, here they are….Can’t wait for the big day in October!

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Shannon (my husband…the guy in the blue jacket) tolerated me that weekend. Thanks for dragging the equipment around!!!

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Is that a lens, or a weapon. That lens put my little 70-200mm to shame.

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