The Aft Wedding | Whitford Plantation New Bern, North Carolina Wedding

Gold dinosaurs, a guest list under 50, a historic waterfront venue, a naked cake and glow sticks. The Aft wedding was one I will never be able to forget. So what makes a wedding truly beautiful? Is it the way details sparkle and capture our eyes, how my heart skips a beat for the creative in me? Or perhaps it's in the shades of colors I am blessed to see; from the local Florida weddings to my first international wedding in France this past summer and the euphoric mountains of the North, from natures elements that backdrop a wedding so perfectly and so effortlessly or the inside of a scared church or hall that hold the event- are these things what make weddings beautiful? Perhaps it's the manicured, peachy glow from the perfectly applied makeup or the perfectly pinned and curled hair that make my brides look like royalty? Or rather it could be the pastel fluffy flowers, the huge, decorative cakes or the bridesmaids matching robes? Surely these are beautiful things to the eye and while these carefully planned things are visually stunning facets to a wedding day (and certainly make my job so fun and thrilling) it is not what makes a wedding beautiful in my humble opinion. After 8 years of shooting weddings professionally here is what I think. What makes a wedding day beautiful is the love that encouraged it- the focus on building a marriage versus the elaborate Pinterest boards, the ditch of expectation and the grace of appreciation, the hope of a future for two special people that in all the whole wide world seemed to stumble on one another, yes beauty is found in the gratefulness in the eyes and words of my clients who treat myself and my second photographer like family. It is in the kindness in their words towards their families who helped make their relationship thrive firstly and their wedding day possible secondly. Beauty is found in their appreciation for love and unity itself. Shannon and Ryan exemplified what makes a wedding beautiful, where it went beyond the stunning gold accents and rise and fall of the North Carolina autumn trees in their backdrop, beyond the adorable children who ran about and the deliciousness of their gourmet catered meal. Shannon exuded classiness in her demeanor because of a grateful heart to everyone around her. She was simply happy to marry the one she chose and loves the most and it showed. Ryan was a gentlemen and one who quietly grounded the day with hope in his eyes. Surrounded by an intimate guest list, and a day that celebrated the special tokens of their love story, simply put it was an honor to be apart of a celebration whose roots were founded with the right intentions. So without futher ado go ahead and enjoy all the treats of the Aft's big day at The Whitford Plantation. Surely, you will see what I am talking about. 

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1. Wedding venue: The Whitford Plantation 

2. Wedding dress shoppe: Ellis-- The Wedding Dress Shoppe of Wilmington

3. Florist: Fabulous Florals by Donna 

4. Hair: Magnolia Jane Salon 

5. Makeup: Magnolia Jane Salon 

6. Shoes: Kate Spade

7. Centerpieces: garland by Fabulous Florals by Donna

8. DJ: All Events DJs 

9. Cake: Ali Smith Cake Designs 

10. Caterers: The Chelsea Restaurant 

11. Rentals tables: Island Essentials 

12. Linens- Graceful Tables