Bridgette + Tommy | Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

When I got an email from Bridgette asking if I was free to capture her wedding in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina… I was jumping up and down like a little child. I was so excited. You see Bridgette found me all the way from Texas after a past Bride (Iryna) of Tashena Shaw Photography had told her all about me. So reading all of that in one email had put me over the top. Another destination wedding, another Bride, another amazing referral, and another moment to capture what I love to do so much.

Bridgette and Tommy are the kind of loves that you can’t wait to capture. Watching how they would just look at each other was something to admire and was so sweet to watch. Every part of their wedding day was a dream! It may have been a very HOT afternoon in North Carolina… But these tow love birds didn’t even let it bug them. They had so much fun and were full of such beautiful smiles. Watching how Tommy would look at his Bride while she walked to him, watching how his Bride wiped away his tears as they shared their vows with each other, seeing how they pulled and tied together forever their families, hearing the stories that each other shared with their loved ones, all of which made you feel like apart of a love story you only hear about.

You see while I was there capturing their story… Not once did I feel as though I was there to only do a job. Bridgette and Tommy made me feel as though I was apart of the family. There were so many silly moments, laughs, and hugs that as a photographer I can only dream about.

And also being able to work side by side with Brian Cortez their videographerΒ was such a blessing. If you are a Bride reading this and are in need of a fun and reliable videographer… I would suggest non other then Brian. He was PERFECT for the job. πŸ™‚

I don’t think Bridgette and Tommy will ever fully understand how grateful I am for them! To allow me to work with them all the way from Texas (yes you read that right!) as they put together their wedding in North Carolina. For entrusting me to capture memories they dreamed of. And for their outpouring love and support as I shared their images is something I will FOREVER be grateful for !!!

This wedding was one for the books. Everything was perfect. Everything was a dream come true.

Kitty Hawk Pier was always a dream of mine to one day capture a wedding at. And they allowed that dream to come true for me.

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Laura + Scott | Wedding | The Brenton Arboretum | Iowa

Whimsical. Natural. Majestic. Just three of the words that describe this one of a kind Iowa wedding.

The day I meet Scott I watched how he lit up with such joy when he would speak of his love Laura. It was unlike anything I have seen. There was a spark in his eyes. As he looked at her and told us their story it was like he was living it all over again. But what was even more special was watching Laura look back and smile at him with that same spark. You could see that when they were looking at one another… It was as if they were the only two in the room. This was a true joy to see. Such a blessing to be apart of.

These two souls couldn’t have picked a more stunning place to say their vows together. The Brenton Arboretum in Iowa is a place unlike any I have seen before. If Iowa wasn’t full of farm land I could only imagine what Iowa could hold. So many weeping willows, wild flowers, ponds, birds, butterflies, and just natural and loving home to all those who love the out doors and mother nature. If you ever have the chance to visit Iowa I hope you make time to venture to the gorgeous place. I swear you will walk away with a whole new respect and love for nature.

Laura and Scott now have a place they can always return to. A place that they can walk around and remember that their love was tied in a place so peaceful.

I know as a photographer this was a once and a lifetime opportunity to capture. Watching how two souls made sure to keep those they loved close to their hearts. How I was able to travel all the way from Virginia Beach to Iowa to then be able to see a whole other side that our country has to offer.

There were moments during this wedding that pulled at my heart. Moments between Laura and Scott after they tied the knot and no one was around to see. Moments of watch their Daughter smile and giggle. Even moments of tears falling from a young girls little face as she was overjoyed to see her Mommy say yes to Scott, a man she would call her Father now. Seeing how family pulled together to make this wedding one of a kind for souls that matched each other perfectly.

Not many times do photographers get to capture a love like this. Get to tell a story of a small town wedding and the two souls who came together for better or worse. I’m thankful and blessed to be that photographer they picked. I am lucky to have been able to tell just a small part of their story.

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Ceremony Location – The Brenton ArboretumΒ 

Reception – The Vista at The Brenton Arboretum

Dress – David’s Bridal ‘Galina’

Shoes – David’s Bridal ‘Betsey Johnson’

Wedding Dress Sash – Pronovias

Grooms Suit – Ralph Lauren

Grooms Shoes – Johnson & Murphy

Brides Rings – Zales

Grooms Rings – Greenberg’s JewelersΒ 

Bridal Bouquet – Made by the Brides Mom

Rentals – Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Cake – HyVee in West Des Moines Iowa

Cake Decorator – Ashlee McDonald

Caterer – The Radish Dining and Catering in Grimes IowaΒ 

Officiant – Jessica WietzkeΒ 

Violinist – Marjorie’s violin studio

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