Photographing weddings can present the most wonderful surprises. Last year Nicole contacted me to see if I was available for her sister’s Carolina Beach wedding on May 18th, 2013. She immediately followed up to book me. No consultation. Minimal email correspondence. I hadn’t even talked with the bride, Keri. In many respects, I thought that was pretty cool. I mean, I’m pretty good at this, right? Well, as the months drew near it was time for details, and that meant reaching out to Keri & the family. I always assemble my team based on discussion with bride & wedding planner. In this case it was Keri, her mom & sister. Based on their feedback I went with Donnell, my faithful photographic assistant, and Sean, our 2nd shooter. You never want too many or too few, and each ceremony is different. We arrived and this is where the wonderful surprises begin. Keri’s mom greeted me and made me feel comfortable right away. You have no idea how important that is. Everyone was busy getting ready and after quick introductions with the bridal party, I finally met the bride! It’s important to me to quickly establish rapport. I want my brides to trust me and that came quickly & easily, even having to do so on Keri’s big day. We went right to work documenting the day, and it was a blast! Just look at how beautiful Matt + Keri’s Carolina Beach wedding ceremony was!
Carolina Beach Wedding
How did you two meet?
We met at work, good ole’ Smithfield Packing. Funny story actually, Matt saw me while he was in a meeting and told a coworker I was interested. The following day, I went out on the production floor and ran into him. We were at slicing line 4 and he ripped a label off the Multivac and wrote his number on it.
Tell us about your proposal?
With the spur of the moment communication to Matt that I did not have to work the weekend, he packed the truck up (EVERYTHING) and told me we were headed to the beach for the weekend. Little did I know what was to come….After a long drive, we arrived to a secluded camping ground on Frisco beach. Matt set up the most luxurious “red neck” camp site imaginable- we had any and everything we could possibly need! All food was cooked on the “high quality” camp fire stove top. Bacon, eggs, and hash browns for breakfast, filet mignon, potatoes, and red wine for dinner. The second night I was surprised with a gorgeous ring. While relaxing at the campsite watching the sun set, Matt pushed his chair back and got down on one knee. He expressed to me that he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I then froze with a huge smile on my face and Matt said “Sooooo…..” I immediately responded with YES!!!
Tell us about your bridesmaids?
My best friends!!! Autumn- childhood friend 🙂 Brianna- college roomie 🙂 Hannah & Nicky- Big sis!
Tell us about your hair & make up?
I wanted something a little different and exciting. I felt like I looked liked Marilyn Monroe.
Tell us about your ceremony venue?
We absolutely LOVE the beach, and I have always wanted to get married in my mom’s back yard.
Was there any particular theme or style for your wedding?
My favorite flower is a sunflower so I wanted a sunflower theme. Additionally, I wanted it to be a rustic theme.
Do you like what you’ve seen here? Are you looking for a wedding photographer in Wilmington or Carolina Beach? Would like to talk with In His Image Photography about your wedding celebration? If you said yes to any of those questions, contact our studio by clicking here, or use the contact button in the menu. We’d love to hear from you. Also, be sure to provide Mattl + Keri well wishes, and let them know how much you enjoyed their Carolina Beach wedding preview gallery by leaving a comment below!
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