I've been lucky enough to shoot a lot of my friends' weddings, this one being no exception. Brad and I have been friends since elementary school. Living a short bike ride away from each other, his mom and dad probably got tired of seeing me running around their house. We skated homemade obstacles in the driveway (and the neighbors'), swam in the pool, and rode bikes around the neighborhood til the streetlights came on. So when he hit me up to shoot his wedding, of course I said yes right away. While I don't know his wife Rebecca as well as I know him, I can see the light in his eyes with her. She brings out the best in him and they're a great team. She's sweet and has a great sense of humor and even from the brief time we spent together shooting photos, I know she's a a goodnatured person just like Brad.
For Brad and Bec's wedding, I was asked to do bridal portraits, rehearsal dinner photos, and a full-day wedding with a second shooter. As usual for my Wilmington-area weddings I chose Nic True to be my second shooter and his photos will be noted below. Let's take a look of their journey to the big day in photos...
We lucked out and got some warm weather in late January to shoot some bridal portraits at the home of a family friend, right on Hewlett's Creek. When I saw it was low tide, I figured it might be best to get some shots in front of a nearby shed and then "fake" some water by using the reflectivity of the mud as the sun started going down. I used a mixture of natural light and a strobe on an umbrella, but the natural light photos turned out to be everyone's favorites.
A few days before the rehearsal dinner, I remembered they asked me to shoot the rehearsal dinner. I had just gotten a new job as a bartender and I was lucky enough to be able to trade shifts with someone. Crisis averted. The main goal of the dinner was to shoot some candid photos of guests as well as get a few group photos of family. The sun was going down over Wrightsville Beach immediately after taking family photos and I had to jump on the opportunity to get the couple on the beach for a few photos. So we did. Then we popped back inside to eat, cut some cake, and listen to a few speeches. A few tears and a lot of laughs later, everyone hugged goodbye and headed off in excitement for the following day.
March 4th, the big day. Nic and I headed over to Pine Valley Baptist Church in the early afternoon to find the sun shining and the air with a slight nip. It was perfect. We split in different directions for photos with the separate sides of the wedding party and the day was on! After a lovely ceremony in a beautiful church, we split for the Coastline Convention Center for an epic reception.