I have known Carlee since we were both freshman at NC State.  When she reached out to me to photograph her and her fiance Ryans’ wrightsville beach wedding down in Wilmington NC, I can’t describe how excited I was she chose me to photograph it.

On June 28th, the morning began in the way most brides never hope for; rain.  As the day continued, the weather seemed to clear up just long enough to give everyone hope, before returning to it’s previous state of grey and wet.  But mother nature could not have picked a worse couple to toy with on that day, because Carlee and Ryan were more excited than ever.  While family, friends and vendors scurried about, stressing over the various changes necessary due to the weather, Ryan and Carlee calmly began getting ready, with the biggest smiles they have probably ever had.

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Once Carlee got into her gorgeous dress, it was time to pick something old…
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and something new.
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And while I missed the borrowed, Carlee’s blue shoes were gorgeous!

2014-07-13_0007As Carlee was getting ready upstairs, Ryan and the men were getting their finishing touches on downstairs.
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As everyone was getting ready, we were all serenaded by cello and violin.
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As the ceremony approached, the sun started to shine through the clouds and into Carlee’s bridal suite.  So of course, she looked even more stunning and so absolutely elegant.

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Carlee’s brother Ross tried to offer his assistance in getting Carlee’s earrings in. 2014-07-13_0013

While Carlee was safely tucked away upstairs, I took a second to grab some portraits of Ryan,  his suit was incredibly sharp and had a perfect summer style.

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As the ceremony began, Carlee’s step father escorted Carlee down the stairs to the arbor outside.

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Carlee’s choice of Lilies for the bouquets was wonderful

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As the ceremony began the weather became completely clear and family and friends gathered around the arbor for the ceremony.  Ryan just had to sneak one a quick kiss before the officiant got started.  The second one after the ceremony was a little less sneaky, as it should be.

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After the ceremony, Carlee’s step father made for a heartfelt and moving toast.

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Following a few speeches, I stole Carlee and Ryan away for a bit for some more 1 on 1 time.2014-07-13_0026 2014-07-13_0022
And Ryan could not keep his hands or lips off Carlee for more than a few seconds.
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These two just fit so perfectly with each other, it was hard to keep them more than a few inches from each other.

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As we went back outside to have join family and friends at a patio reception, I was able to get a few quick photos at the end of the walkway overlooking the intracoastal.

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As we returned to the reception site, it was hard not to notice the wonderful work from the wedding designer.
The details were nothing short of stunning, the diversity of the floral arrangements was amazing.
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Dinner was filled with laughs, smiles, and a blissful sense of intimacy that only a small wedding can bring.
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Food was prepared by the wonderful people at Landfall Catering Services and Events, and they did a wonderful job with dinner as well as dessert.
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Following dinner, Carlee and Ryan cut the cake and the mini-cakes were served to the guests.

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Following the cake cutting, everyone gathered in the foyer while a special guest got to sing a number for the newly weds.
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Congratulations again to Carlee & Ryan, the two of you were such a wonderful couple to be around, I wish you both the best!
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I also wanted to thank the Marino family for being such gracious hosts for the entire day, they opened up the doors to their wonderful home and were wonderful to everyone attending.

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Ceremony/Reception: The Marino Residence
Catering: Landfall Catering
Design/Floral: Jeff of Design Perfection

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