Emily & Ryan's Wedding in Downtown Wilmington at The Atrium by Ligon Flynn

Emily and Ryan's wedding day could not have brought prettier weather. Their wedding was held on the last day of March, and the weather reminded us of why we love North Carolina so much. It was a warm day with the best of breezes, no sign of drizzle, and the freshest of air coming off of the salty waters of Wilmington. This is Emily & Ryan's home, atleast until May; I don't think they could have found a better place to marry.

Emily and Ryan started off their day with their best of family and friends. Emily had a great group of gals that she spent the weekend with right there by her side before the wedding. The girls got ready right down the street from the wedding Venue, The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, which I thought was perfect as it was only a block away. Emily chose a long sleeved chiffon BHLDN gown that seemed to fit her just right, and the look her father had when he saw her for the first time was just one of the sweetest moments I think I may have ever seen. It's moments like these that mean the most, not about the smallest of details, but about family and love. Emily and Ryan knew that, and that's why their wedding had the best of touches.

When guests started to arrive they were greeted by these beautiful long and flowing white drapes that gated the entrance to The Atrium. Once inside they were adorned with the best of details that meshed perfectly with the couple, like a map of the United States that Emily and Ryan were planning on traveling through in May (they have a big move to Portland coming up soon), the most romantic florals hand picked for each vase, and a huge floral centerpiece doctrined in the middle. It was a site to see. During Emily and Ryan's planning period, I had the privilege of getting to know these two so well. One of their main loves are flowers, and Blossom Bay Design knocked it our of the park with this one. Emily and Ryan are flower lovers by heart, so this seemed extra special around their wedding venue.

Once the ceremony started I found myself holding back my tears. The bride and groom kept things so simple and romantic. It was just the two at the altar, no bridal party; just their closest friends and family there to witness them and their vows. My favorite part had to have been after their first kiss when they turned around and met eyes with their tribe who traveled far and wide to be their with them on their day. That was a special moment to witness. I know it meant the world to them, everyone could feel it.

The night continued with fabulous first dances, toasts, and even ice cream sandwiches! I love that this couple did not go with the traditional cake idea, they topped that by providing ice cream! It was the best! The dance floor was unstoppable this night, and the best part was the view. The fun part about the Atrium is that there is no ceiling above the dance floor, instead you see the beautiful sky right above. It was just an adorable venue all around and all of these small details meant the world to the couple.

The night capped off with the cutest of exits--a ribbon stick exit! All of the colors made for the best of images, the energy was fantastic. A sweet kiss goodbye, and the bride and groom started their life together.

Having known the bride Emily prior to her wedding made for an emotional day. I don't think Emily could have paired with anyone better. Ryan and Emily fit so well together, and I am just over the moon that I was there to witness it. It's the little things.

Special thanks to all of the vendors who made this day extra special!

Venue The Atrium in Wilmington
Florals Blossom Bay Design
Custom Rings Melissa Tyson Designs
Specialty Rentals Martha My Dear Rentals
Ice Cream Nye's Cream
DJ Active DJ
Hair & Makeup NSalo Salon
Gown Designer BHLDN
Groom's Suit Men's Warehouse
Invitation Suite Minted
Coozies Chick Design Boutique
Catering Pine Valley Market
Signs Salt and Sea Creative

Erika & Peter | Museum of Life and Science Engagement

I met Erika and Peter at the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase earlier this year in January. Ironically, they got engaged earlier that day. What I loved the most about them is that they were completely in love with one another, happy to laugh uncontrollably and were present in the moment.

Anytime I do an engagement session I make sure to put them in an environment that really resonates with the two. They both, along with their sweet girl Dara, enjoyed the Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham. With many summers spent here and more than a handful of family outings here, we knew this would be the perfect place to frame them.

Some of my favorite images of them have to be in the misting station. This is a great place to come in the summer when North Carolina gets unbelievably hot. It also makes for some great misty engagement photos as you can see. Yay for Durham having the best attractions!

The two plan to tie the knot next year at the beautiful venue, Iron Horse, and I am beyond thrilled that I get to witness their vows. It's going to be a great day!

Nikki Whitt
Stephanie & Dan | Engaged in Downtown Cary

Okay, so this is the time for me to be real honest with you. I met Stephanie and Dan and just completely fell in love with them, their dog, and even their best friend Alex who came along to help with pup Paxton. I loved their energy, sweetness, and just all around contagious type of love. It was beautiful.

I remember Stephanie had said prior to their engagement session date that she had grew up in Cary, and just always imagined herself taking either wedding or engagement photos right beside the Cary water fountain. Well, that is exactly what we did and oh my goodness these images are so romantic! I can not even contain myself from showing you! It was an entire job in itself to pair down the best--they are all my favorite!

We started the day in downtown Cary taking in the beautiful sites on Academy Street. The trees had just started to bloom which gave us some great pops of color and fragrance. We stopped at some local landmarks, like Academy Street Bistro, Ashworth Drugs, and even this sweet little spirits shop called Pharmacy Bottle and Beverage. We capped off the day at the Cary water fountain and I felt myself drop the mic because good Lord those images are gorgeous. It was a great day to capture these two and their pup.

Swoon along with me because these two are gorgeous together!

Nikki Whitt