Edenton, NC Wedding at the Links at Mulberry Hill | Sara & Marcel

I have to admit, with this post I will more than likely have to hold back my tears. I know with the career that I have chosen I come in contact with wonderful couples all around the world. But, with Sara & Marcel, they were the couple that just kind of took my heart. I’ll admit, I am not much of a crier, but when I sent Sara & Marcel their wedding gallery, I ended up cry-texting Sara.

Let me explain more… Sara & Marcel had been together for years, and I am not talking about like 4 years or something like that. This couple has been together for almost 10 years. They met while in grade school and I remember hearing a story of how Marcel biked down the street with a rose in hopes of knocking on Sara’s door to give it to her. To my knowledge, this is when they started dating. I’d date Marcel, too, if he came up to my door with a sweet little gesture like that! Seriously, super adorable act of love!

If you couldn’t tell already by the main header image of the two, Marcel is in the Marines. We knew the past few months that Marcel was going to deploy by the end of the year, but at the time, no one knew the exact date. What this meant for the couple was that they had a very limited time to plan their wedding. If my mind serves me right, I believe the couple planned for a wedding within 3 months. Ironically, the date fell on Veteran’s Day Weekend, which was not on purpose, but a very sweet detail in the end. On the wedding day I found out that Marcel was set to deploy just a few days after their wedding. This probably had a hand in why I cried like a baby when I chatted with Sara over her wedding photos.

The wedding was just gorgeous…which I am sure you will see momentarily when you scroll through. The ceremony took place on Marcel’s grandmothers pier in Edenton, NC. It was beautiful. I can’t tell you how beautiful it was, but I can show you—it’s just, a beauty. The ceremony spot held a beautiful American flag right over the couple at the altar, and on each side of the couple stood their closest friends. It was just a site to see, especially since it was right over the water, at a place that Sara & Marcel spent a good bit of time together.

The reception took place at the Links at Mulberry Hill, formerly known as the Chowan Country Club. Yall, it’s one of the prettiest venues in Eastern, NC. The owners of this venue also run the Inner Banks Inn—this is where Sara and her bridesmaids get ready at in the beginning portion of the day. The venue is settled right on the Edenton water, and the sun had set during the first dances. It was just a serene view to see these beautiful pops of pink, purple, and blue come through the windows of this little beauty. I know I feel a little nostalgic every time I visit Eastern, NC (hello, I am from this beautiful area!), but this was something else. It was the little touches that made this reception extra special, and the view was definitely one of those touches.

All in all, it was just a sweet celebration. I can’t tell you how much love these two have for one another. I can only hope to show you in their photographs. The way Marcel looked at Sara was just endearing, and Sara the same. Out of all of the people that I’ve met, Sara & Marcel had to have been the sweetest couple. Their kindness was something so big, and their love for others around them shown through so much on their wedding day, which I am sure people have seen outside of the wedding, too. Both of their families shown so much spirit, it was just amazing to see all of their friends and family together in one place celebrating the two of them. What a wonderful life we live to see love at its best.

Congratulations, Sara & Marcel! Wishing you so many years of happiness together…

Downtown Durham Courthouse Wedding | Kirsten & Seppe

Nothing but 5 star reviews so far on any of the pages I've seen for good reason! Working with Nikki is wonderful. She photographed our elopement with a week's notice, and in that short time she was professional, communicative, organized, energetic, not just on time but early, etc. etc. etc. We are so lucky she was available and she made our special day easy and fun! I can't wait to call her for our next special occasion! “ — Kirsten

I don’t think I could ever express how thankful I am for my clients. Kirsten contacted me after our mutual friend, Lauren, referred me. It’s kind of funny because Lauren had actually told Kirsten that she should do a boudoir session with me, and Kirsten looked at my website and realized that I did both wedding and boudoir. Hilarious, I am glad she chose me for her wedding photos.

Kirsten and Seppe tied the knot on December 12th. They loved the idea to have their wedding date be a double number—read “12/12.” To be honest, I love that detail, too! Since they decided to elope in Durham, NC, they knew they only had a limited time to actually tie the knot at the courthouse. If you are not familiar with Durham County protocol, they only perform marriage ceremonies 1 hour per day. They break it up to do a 30 minute window in the morning, and then a 30 minute window of opportunity in the afternoon. Kirsten and Seppe chose the afternoon slot, and we met in downtown Durham prior so that we could take advantage of the beautiful snow that graced the city a few days before.

We trotted around near the American Tobacco Campus and even made a pitstop at the beautiful Trosa Tree Lot. Afterwards, we headed back to the courthouse where the couple met two of their dear friends so that they could have witnesses for the ceremony. Later, they enjoyed a nice drink at Ponysaurus, which, is always a fun place to go regardless of the occasion. Oh, and before they left to go to Pony, they sent out a blast email with a photo of them together at the courthouse stating what just happened. By the way, this is an awesome way to elope, just saying!

Congratulations Kirsten & Seppe! I wish you many years of happiness together. Thank you for your trust in me for this wonderful wedding of yours!

Mayton Inn Wedding in Cary, NC | Marina & Dustin

Let me start this off by stating that the couple you are about to meet—they are my people. I met Marina & Dustin late last year when they were in town (from Vegas) visiting Marina’s side of the family. You might remember these cuties from their adorable engagement session that took place all around downtown Durham— *read: Fullsteam Brewery Engagement Session. Hello, if these two were willing to hang out with me in a bar…and they even brought their own Blink 182 t-shirts, then yes, they are definitely my people!

I enjoyed getting to know these two over the past year. I have loved their energy together, their spunk, and their just all around happiness. I learned from them of their awesome engagement story which dealt with their puppy, a random beach access that wouldnt let dogs on the premises, and the sweetest of proposals. I also learned of their love for fitness (hey @hbrosfitness) and education. The best thing about these two was that they were completely smitten with one another. There is nothing better than being with a couple who is just meant to be together.

Marina & Dustin had a sort of destination wedding. It was destination in the sense that Dustin’s side of the family either flew or drove in. They rented out the utterly gorgeous Mayton Inn in Cary, NC, and decided to have their reception there. At the start of the day Marina and her girls got ready in the sweetest of suites at the Mayton. Yall, there was a pink circle bed in this room and I about died because I wanted this thing in my house so bad! It was so much fun to see Marina with her mom and all of her girlfriends there with her to bask in the day. I remember one of Marina’s cousins almost holding back tears once she saw Marina in her dress. This is the stuff that really matters and I was just so happy that I could be present for it.

Out front of the Mayton Inn there is an awning which was perfect for their first look. At the start of the day…there was rain. But, with this awning we could still have their first look outside. It was heartwarming when I saw them together, especially Dustin’s face when he saw her for the first time. It was a great start to the day and an even better celebration when the two finally saw each other.

Marina & Dustin tied the knot at the beautiful St. Mary Magdalene Church and shuttled back to the Mayton for their reception. Cocktail hour was held outside under a tent while the final touches were set inside. Yall, when I saw the inside of the Mayton all dolled up for the reception I almost squealed. It was so modern and classy, and the results that we captured on film were some of my all time favorites. I hope you guys can agree! The rest of the night was filled was so much laughter, great music, great dessert, and some amazing dancing! See below for some pretty great dance moves. Dustin, I am looking at you.

Congratulations, Marina & Dustin. It has been the best pleasure getting to know you both, your families, and to present for such a wonderful time in your lives.

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

Planning & Coordination A Swanky Affair
Ceremony Venue St. Mary Magdalene Church
Reception Venue The Mayton Inn
Second Shooter Samantha Morningstar
Transportation Lifestyle Limousine
DJ All Events DJs
Cake Ambrosia Cake Creations
Videography Sugar Shack Films
Gown Maggi Bridal

Nikki Whitt