You might be surprised if I told you that some of the most space time in the photography process is just for the bride & groom. Sounds crazy right… but wedding schedules are busy and trying to get all the pre wedding phots in, groups shots, bridal party shots and any other requested shots is right about he time of being late to your reception. Would yo be surprised if I told you that 95% of all the weddings I photograph get behind on schedule prior to the wedding. There are lots of variable to this problem but having a photographer with experience is also what you should consider when hiring one. For me, all photos are important to your story but I think these are the most important. I do not just shoot off a shot list I shoot off my experience and gut feeling on wedding days.
Think about it… unless you have a first look the only time the bride and groom will be together for posed and creative photos is right after the wedding. This is where the bridal party all together pictures and the family pictures take place. Then it is of to the races to get to the reception. If your bride and groom photos are are important you have to carve out the time. I am here to help and give you my experience of photographing well over 200 weddings so you can rest easy on your wedding day knowing that you hired more than a creative photographer but also the experience to make it happened while still having a great time. It is YOUR wedding day I will give you my insight and experience but will do as you like. Once I am hired as your wedding photographer I will always share a more extended thought process and insight in the shooting schedule with my couples so there is always a priority to the must haves which are also making sure we do not overlook the most important couple of the day.
Part of these bride and groom pictures are also having the flexibility to come out for a few moments during the party part of you reception to get those awesome night time wedding photos. For me, aside from sunset and twilight the night time wedding pictures can be some of the most amazing and romantic of your wedding day. Sunset & twilight is another key wedding photo time frame where there is about a 15-20 minute window for awesomeness. That is why I share the style of light so you can see what attracts you and then make sure it is a priority to make it happen. Be sure to check out the "Art of Night" & "The Art of Day" to see how light impacts styles and then let me know what is important to you so we can make it happen
Are you looking for your wedding venue in Wilmington or Eastern NC? I often get asked from brides planning their destination weddings about wedding venues in our area. So I started putting together a list of some popular wedding venues and great places for wedding and engagement photography. This is also a great way to see some of my photography of real weddings in some of Wilmington’s popular wedding venues. These are just a few and this list will grow over time so feel free to check back often or even share the page as wedding ideas on your facebook or Pinterest page.
Airlie Gardens Weddings for an amazing garden setting. See our Airlie Gardens Wedding Photography
Bald Head Island Weddings is a special place and experience for any wedding. See our Bald Head Island Wedding Photographer images
River Landing Weddings is one of the most amazing clubhouse facilities I have been in. Visit our River Landing Wedding Photographer images to see this incredible wedding venue.
St. Thomas Preservation Hall may be the perfect place for your wedding and reception in the Downtown Wilmington area. Check out our St. Thomas Preservation Hall Photographers images to see the wedding venue.
Fort Fisher is about as unique a backdrop there is for coastal North Carolina. Perfect for both wedding and engagement photography. See our Fort Fisher Wedding & Engagement photographers images to get an idea of this beautiful area of Eastern North Carolina.
The Southport Community Center puts you in the heart of Southport if you are looking for a venue in the area. With scenic backdrops of the Inter coastal waterway the Southport Community Building has rich history and host to some popular movies.
Brooklyn Arts Center is a premier Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Photographers images and see why this is one of the more popular wedding venues.
Bellamy Mansion is a “Southern Classic” wedding and reception venue. Located in the Downtown Wilmington area this Mansion can do it all. View our Bellamy Mansion Wedding Photographers images and see why this Mansion might be the perfect place for your wedding.
128 South is another popular wedding and reception venue Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our 128 South Wedding Photographers images to see this staple Wilmington venue.
The City Club is another Downtown Wilmington Wedding and Reception venue that can offer several accommodations from a bridal party getting ready lounge to smaller weddings and receptions. View our City Club Wedding Photographers images to see this one of a kind venue.
Poplar Grove Plantation is becoming a classic outdoor wedding and reception venue. View our Poplar Grove Plantation Wedding Photographers images and see why this wedding venue is no longer a secret.
The Country Club of Landfall is another great clubhouse wedding and reception venue. Located in the gated community of Landfall, this wedding venue can host both your wedding and reception. View our Country Club of Landfall Wedding Photographers images to see this exquisite country club.
Wrightsville Beach offers a wide range of wedding options from the beach to hotel accommodations. Wrightsville Beach is also located close to Wilmington for easy travel to any other reception venue including Downtown Wilmington.
Topsail Island has a personality all its own. From hotel accommodations to private beach house weddings, Topsail Island is a laid back beach island sure to entertain any beach wedding.
For something really unique, check out the Battleship NC might be that special place to have either for both your wedding and reception. With incredible views of the Cape Fear River and Historic Downtown Wilmington as part of your wedding day back drop.
The Shell Island Resort is a popular destination wedding location in Wrightsville Beach. Capable of accommodating both wedding and receptions and makes for a great all inclusive beach wedding venue.
The Arboretum is a very popular place for bridal photography and is a perfect setting if you are looking to have a quaint outdoor garden setting.
The Hotel Ballast is perfectly located in Downtown Wilmington on the River Front. A very popular place for both weddings and receptions. It has all the the facilities to be an all inclusive wedding venue and host to any of your out of town wedding guests.
Porters Neck Country Club is another great wedding venue if you are looking for a Country Club setting. A great facility for both wedding and reception options.
The Lebanon Chapel is nestled in the heart of Airlie Gardens. If you are looking for classic and rustic wedding chapel be sure to give the Lebanon Chapel a look.
Brunswick Town - Fort Anderson in Winnabow NC, is a great outdoor wedding and reception option. The historic burned down church on the grounds makes for a unique open air wedding ceremony. The landscape with the oak trees and view of the Cape Fear River make this possibly a perfect option for you wedding.
The Shoals Club on Bald Head Island is a classic east coast beach club. With elevated view of the Atlantic Ocean and a fort class club this makes for a incredible destination wedding venue.
The River Room in Downtown Wilmington North Carolina sits along the Cape Fear River. Capable of providing an outside wedding on the river deck and hosting your reception inside the River Room make this wedding venue a downtown gem.
Wrightsville Manor in Wilmington North Carolina is just minutes from Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Manor is capable of providing an outside wedding with Southern charm and hosting your reception inside the Wrightsville Manor. The grounds provide a lush and private feel and the inside is both beautiful for both a wedding and or reception.
Bluewater grill in Wrightsville Beach North Carolina is located on the intercostal waterway. Bluewater Grill is capable of providing space for both weddings and wedding receptions. One of the highlights of Bluewater Grill is the amazing views of the marina and intercostal waterway. It provides one of the best sunset opportunities over the intercostal waterway.
Marker 137 is located on the intercostal waterway behind Masonbqoro Island. This wedding outdoor wedding venue has amazing views and scenery to include majestic Southern Oak trees. Marker 137 is capable of providing space for both weddings and wedding receptions that makes for a great all in one wedding venue.
Bakery 105 is located in Downtown Wilmington NC. Just one block from the Cape Fear River Deck overlooking the Cape Fear River, Bakery 105 allows a short walk for some great views of North Carolina Sunsets that make for incredible wedding photography. If you are looking for a wedding venue in Downtown Wilmington be sure to check out one of the most popular venues in Bakery 105.
Ironclad Brewery is located in Downtown Wilmington NC. Just a few blocks from the Cape Fear River Deck. Ironclad Brewery has a unique personality and charm. The unique setting along with the beautiful wood and brick makes for some amazing wedding photography. If you are looking for a wedding or wedding reception venue in Downtown Wilmington be sure to check out the increasingly popular Ironclad Brewery
Embassy Suites by Hilton is located in Downtown Wilmington NC . What makes this wedding and reception venue unique is that is it right on the Cape Fear River. Embassy Suites is a all in one Wilmington NC wedding venue. The unique setting along with impeccable amenities makes Embassy Suites one of the newest shining stars in the Wilmington area. Another great perk is having room and lodging on site for your wedding guests which also make it a great destination wedding venue.
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