I haven’t blogged in several months. I do need to go back and show some of the wonderful sessions I’ve photographed during the winter and spring months, but first I have to show Katie and Brennan’s wedding. I stopped shooting weddings about 7 years ago. I was lucky to have some very talented photographers who were willing to work with me so that I could continue to offer weddings to my fabulous clients, but my job was behind the scenes – not at the actual wedding. When Katie decided to get married, I came out of wedding retirement to photograph her wedding. I’ve watched her grow up, and have photographed all of her life’s major events over the last more than dozen years; I couldn’t say no to her wedding. And for Katie, I was more than just a photographer. I helped Katie and her mom, Karen, plan many aspects of her wedding. She was the most laid back bride I have ever encountered. Honestly, there was very little that she felt really strongly about. And when all of the planning started to fall apart an hour before the wedding, she was calm, cool, and collected. Her amazing attitude made everyone’s job so much easier than it could have been.
Katie and Brennan chose the White Oak River Bistro for their wedding. The plan was to get married on the river and have the reception inside. In mid-July we expected it to be hot, but Saturday was steaming. As I was driving to Swansboro, the heat index was over 105. But the wedding wasn’t until 7:15 so we knew that it would cool off at least a little before the guests started to arrive. We just wanted the thunderstorms that were in the forecast to stay away. However, at about 6:00, the rain started. At first it was just a drizzle, but then it became a steadier rain. Denise, the planner at WORB told us not to worry, it would blow over. As it got closer and closer to the wedding time, I was really starting to worry. There was a backup plan – the wedding could be moved inside. But the beautiful setting on the White Oak River was so perfect, we really wanted to be able to have the wedding outside. Katie never got upset about the possible change in plans – she wanted to marry Brennan and that’s all that really mattered to her. Just as I was starting to panic, someone said, “Quick – look outside!” There was the most beautiful rainbow over the river. The rest of the day was as magnificent as that rainbow. We rushed to get the guests seated just minutes before the bride was due to walk down the aisle. Because we were worried that it would start to rain again, the wedding moved quickly. I have photographed a LOT of weddings through the years and I can guarantee that I have never seen a faster processional, service, and recessional. Instead of the rain starting again, the skies began clearing as we were taking the pictures after the ceremony.
I can’t imagine a more perfect wedding for Katie and Brennan. The flowers and details were exquisite, the food delicious, and they had their closest family friends with them to celebrate their marriage. Katie and Brennan wanted a small, intimate wedding. It was a very meaningful experience and I am so glad I was able to share it with them.
Venue ~ White Oak River Bistro
Officiant ~ Candy Brown Thompson
Director ~ Chris Phelps
Florist ~ Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts
Music ~ Crystal Strings Quartet
Bridal gown ~ Sherry Hill – Foxy Lady, Myrtle Beach
Bridesmaid’s dresses ~ David’s Bridal
Cupcakes ~ Mary Kay Rogers
A huge thank you to Lisa Baker Photography. Lisa was my 2nd photographer for several years when I was photographing weddings on a regular basis. She came out of wedding photography retirement to help me on Saturday. It was wonderful working with her again.
It’s fitting that Katie’s wedding will be my last since she and her sister were some of my first portrait clients – way back when. I will continue to photograph portraits of all types, but my wedding days are well and truly over now. Katie, thanks for making my last wedding so memorable.