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A Spooky and Sparkly Barcade Christmas Elopement

A Spooky and Sparkly Barcade Christmas Elopement

When Sarah and Jake met for their first date, Sarah made sure to arrive early and to bring the one item she always brought on a first date – a book, The Poisoner’s Handbook. She nonchalantly placed it on the table without making mention of it, as she always did, to see how her date would react. It was her test, her way of knowing whether this person would take her as she is – in her full quirky, offbeat glory or whether it’d make them uncomfortable. 

Josiah and Lauren’s Intimate New Hill Wedding

Josiah and Lauren’s Intimate New Hill Wedding

Young, in love, and overjoyed are all great ways to describe Josiah and Lauren. They met young and in many ways grew up together (and are still growing up together). Josiah is in the military, and recently he and Lauren decided to have a small elopement a Monroe Camp and Retreat in New Hill! It was such a great place for them to have their intimate wedding with their close family and friends!

How Much Do Wedding Photographers Cost?

How Much Do Wedding Photographers Cost?

If you’re looking for the average amount couples spend on their photographers, you’ll find that average is just that: average. Couples often underestimate the average cost of wedding photography, and “reasonable” prices don’t account for the details that matter to you. If you book based solely on what you feel is reasonable, you’re likely to end up a solo photographer with little experience, low-quality camera and equipment, and an end product that leaves you wanting. 

Stories in the Stems

Stories in the Stems

There was a time when individuals grew and exchanged flowers to send decoded messages to one another. The symbolism of flowers and their meaning can be found throughout history in many cultures worldwide. Flowers are part of every important milestone in our lives, birthdays, graduation, recitals and plays, wedding, and funerals. There has been a long-standing connection between our feelings and flowers – we share them for joy, sympathy, love, and friendship. I propose we bring back those hidden messages and resurrect those ancient rituals for special moments, so that on those important days, we can intimately tell our stories with flowers.

Intimate Christmas Wedding at Castle McCulloch

Intimate Christmas Wedding at Castle McCulloch

Pedro & Katie planned an incredibly romantic winter wedding for a week before Christmas, with an intimate guest list of 30. Although the couple didn’t select their date based on the holidays, it definitely educated their design choices. One thing we really enjoyed about their design aesthetic was that it gave the warm and welcoming Christmas/holiday atmosphere using crisp black linens with white overlays and a pop of metallic red with the charger plates, as well as incorporating evergreen and white berries into the floral design. This gave a festive feel without being over-the-top elves and candy canes.

Pampas Grass & Sea Glass @ Caswell Beach

Pampas Grass & Sea Glass @ Caswell Beach

When folks think about eloping on the beach, they picture gorgeous sunsets, a light breeze, and comfortable weather. Some days you get lucky and everything falls into place – but more often than not, you may be faced with high sun and burning sand, crazy winds that knock over decor and tangle hair, or the dreaded afternoon rainstorm. Beach elopements simplify so many details involved in big weddings, but there’s no controlling the weather, especially on the Carolina Coast.

Choosing Your Elopement Photographer: What You Need to Know

Choosing Your Elopement Photographer: What You Need to Know

Choosing your elopement or intimate wedding photographer is a high stakes game. Not only do we commonly represent one of the bigger budget categories, the results—the photographs themselves—transcend your celebration day, lasting long into the future and helping shape your memories of the moments your marriage began. The search itself can be overwhelming: there are so many of us—photographers, photographers everywhere! How can you navigate the wealth of North Carolina elopement photographers to find the one who’s right for you? Fear not, friends: read on for some tips and guidance to help you decide!