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Smithfield, NC Wedding | Mandy & Zach

“Fancy This went above and beyond to capture the magic of our wedding day. So much that she even tried to make it to our original date during Hurricane Florence. I've never felt more beautiful when being photographed. Their professionalism along with their charismatic personalities made it easy to feel comfortable front of a camera, even those that do not like getting their picture taken. Thank you Nikki and Samantha for making my day magical.” — Mandy, the bride

I am so excited to share with you our very first wedding of the season! This one is a bit funny, well—kind of. Mandy and Zach were set to tie the knot last September, however, Hurricane Florence had a different plan. With delayed travel plans for their guests, and the threat of being rained out drastically on their wedding day—they decided to postpone their wedding until March. These two tied the knot on their first wedding day in front of a small crowd of family and friends, and held their big ceremony and reception in March.

The girls started out their day at the beautiful little cottage nestled right in front of the sweetest pond at the Pond at Lazy O Farm. They were pampered with hair and makeup by the girls at My Girlfriends Place which made every single lady look extra fabulous. This set the vibe for the entire day. It was a relaxed and sweet celebration from start to finish.

The ceremony took place up on the hill overlooking the pond in the background. Guests sat on the cutest little white benches that even held green blankets just in case they were cold or needed it for the slight chance of rain. Mandy and Zach said their vows in front of a wooden cross which made the ceremony extra special in my opinion.

The reception held the cutest little details, like cups with birds on them—Mandy and Zach are hunters by trade. Oh, and the best part was the pie bar. Lawd, that thing was a beauty! The venue held a beautiful reception hall with black and white checkered floors that hosted a wonderful night to dance the night on; special thanks to JT3 DJ Service for the jams. All in all, it was a fabulous way to celebrate these two.

Congratulations, Mandy and Zach! Much love to you both!

Edenton, NC Bridal Session | Southern Bridal Portraits

I have to be honest with you, and to be in the field that I am in this will hit home a bit. The one thing that I regretted not doing in preparation for my wedding was having bridal portraits done. It’s the one time before your wedding that you really get to play dress up, but not only that, you get to see how everything will look all together. It’s time you can spend getting to know your photographer a bit more, but its also time for you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of planning and just take everything in. I realize that bridal sessions arent really a thing up “north.” Yall, you would be surprised how many people I talk to who have never heard of this type of session. But, it’s a southern tradition, and I am all for it.

When Deana asked to have her bridal portraits done in Edenton, NC—I about swooned over the phone. Edenton has the sweetest southern charm with its cobblestone streets, old timey doll house homes, and its nestled right on the water. We knew this backdrop would be perfect for Deana, and it paired so well with her traditional lace gown.

It was a cold winter day, but we made up for it by having plenty of blankets around for Deana. A family friend made the most gorgeous bouquet, and even added in a personal touch—a butterfly, something that reminded Deana of her late mother. I have to admit, I cried a few times during Deana’s bridal session. Having known Deana since high school, this hit me a little harder on the other side of the camera. She brought a photo of her mother in her wedding gown, and we made sure to take images of her holding that sweet framed portrait. To me, this is the stuff that matters more than anything else. And Deana looks just like her mother did—beautiful.

She was a site to see all around downtown Edenton. I am happy to showcase some of my favorites from her bridal session. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Downtown Durham New Years Eve Wedding

It is with great pleasure to share with you this wedding. I have had the privilege of getting to know not only both Stacy and Alex, but their families, as well. Being able to collaborate and dream with them has been one of the best perks about this wedding, and it was just an all around good time. Stacy and Alex tied the knot on New Years Eve and threw a massive party for all of their guests to enjoy. Guests flew and drove from all over the country for this, and that just tells me that these two were extremely loved from the beginning.

Stacy and Alex met while working in DC. From what I heard via the reception speeches, this came out of the blue and there were sparks of instant attraction. Stacy and Alex moved back to this area shortly before their wedding— Alex is originally from the triangle, and Stacy is from Florida. I quite enjoyed getting to know them a bit more and where they were from. Surprisingly, Alex grew up literally right down the street from my husband in Carrboro. I found out Stacy had an adorning love for all things agriculture, which you all know is my sweet spot. She stole my heart, too.

Stacy and her bridesmaids got dressed and ready at the quirky hotel 21c in downtown Durham. They started the day out here drinking mimosas and having hair and makeup done by Bella Trio. Right across the square, Alex and his groomsmen were getting ready at the Marriott Hotel. This was perfect because later for their first look all they had to do was walk outside and meet in the middle of the square.

We ended up doing their first look photos right in front of Pour which was great because of the fun twinkle lights that surrounded the small trees in front. Take a look at some of those images because they may be some of my all time favorites. I love the ones that Samantha took of the full group (bridesmaids and groomsmen). Seriously, they make me smile some kinda big when I look at them.

The ceremony took place at the beautiful Asbury United Methodist Church and they were married by Pastor Wes Neal. I enjoyed the ceremony and the ambiance of the church, but the best part was being able to see Alex’s face when Stacy and her dad walked down the aisle to him. It’s the little things that get me, and this is just the best part of the whole day. This one part. Yall, the little moments matter. It was a site to see, especially with all of the couples bridal party standing right next to them in this packed full of guests church. All of their friends and family in one place to witness.

The reception took place at one of my favorite Durham venues (not even kidding!)— The Rickhouse! This night could not get any better, but it did. The spirit of all of the guests made this night one to remember. The food, the dancing, the laughter—it was just the place to be for New Years. I loved the small details meant for guests, like flip flops for dancing on the dance floor, or even beaded necklaces and fun glasses to indulge in for the big NYE ball drop. I don’t know what was the best thing about the reception—all of these little things or the fact that they had late night snacks come out when the party needed it.

Obviously, this was our last wedding of the year—and we went out with a bang! I so enjoyed getting to know these two and being a part of their celebration. I do meet some incredible couples, but mine have to be some of the best people around. Stacy and Alex, congratulations on your marriage! I wish you so many years of love and happiness—you two deserve it!

Special thanks to all of these vendors!
Hotel and Accommodations 21c Museum Hotel & Marriott
Hair and Makeup Bella Trio Salon
Bridal Gown Coastal Knot
Florals Fallon’s Flowers
Ceremony Asbury United Methodist Church
Transportation Carolina Livery Transportation
Rentals American Party Rentals
Catering Southern Harvest
Reception Venue The Rickhouse
Photography Fancy This Photography