As I am sure you have gathered from the sneak peeks, Sarah and Denny’s wedding was quite an event! I always love to see which traditions couples choose to keep, which they choose to toss, and which they put their own twist to…it’s always exactly suited to the couple and I love to guess what each couple will choose. Sarah and Denny were no exception, though I had a few hints that it would be a chic, traditional affair! From her accent to her alma maters, Sarah is a traditional southern belle on every level…so much so that Denny recited a poem he’d written to her at the rehearsal dinner entitled “The Debutante and the Promised Lander” (a title which bears particular significance to Morehead City natives, but you get the drift!). It was no surprise to see exquisite handmade lace on her veil, a sixpence in her strappy shoes, or a vintage linen handkerchief carefully monogrammed with her soon-to-be initials. I always get so excited when a wedding feels like the couple, when it truly fits them in every way, and this one definitely fit the bill!

I should warn you ahead of time that I morphed into the queen of indecision while working on Sarah and Denny’s photos and simply could NOT seem to narrow them down for this post, so not only have I split the getting ready photos up from the ceremony, but there are a TON of them here! Enjoy! And I would also like to take this chance to send a huge shout out to my second photographer for the day, Michelle! You were awesome!!

The girls all had their hair done by the fabulous crew at The Hair Gallery in Morehead City…

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Denny’s daughter, Grayson, arrived to big hugs!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Grayson built Sarah a bride bear at Build-A-Bear complete with a custom message recorded in her voice…so adorable!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Sarah’s mom got Grayson a special book for the day…
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

…which was quite meaningful to Sarah!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

All of this emotion meant it was time for a quick bit of relaxation!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

All of Sarah’s bridesmaids had her monogram on their big toes (I should mention now that there is no one on earth who loves a monogram more than Sarah!), so Grayson got one too!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Then it was time for Sarah’s rockin’ Eva Longoria ‘do…stunning!

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

And then it was off to St. Andrews Episcopal Church for the rest of the getting ready…
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

I love it when couples write each other sweet notes on their wedding day!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Ummm, how gorgeous is Sarah!?!?
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

This is one of my favorite shots of the day…stunning!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Sarah’s brother-in-law couldn’t make it to the wedding, but his sweet phone call nearly undid Sarah’s fabulous make-up!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Meanwhile, back at the farm (or just down the hall with the guys!)…Denny has an obsession with Vineyard Vines clothing (no, seriously! His groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner was their whale!), so it was only appropriate that the guys all wear Vineyard Vines ties!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

However, there was only one among them who knew how to tie a bow tie! This is male-bonding at its height!:)
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Sarah’s handwritten note and gift of a (you guessed it!) monogrammed vintage handkerchief and Common Book of Prayer got right to Denny, whose sensitivity throughout the day was so sweet to see!!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

And then it was dress time!! Woo hoo!!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

I love the exchange between Sarah and her mom while her sister, Mollie, works on the tiny buttons!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Mom took over while the bridesmaids looked on!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

I love this shot of Grayson!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

It was Grayson’s turn to give Libba something special! So sweet!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

I absolutely LOVE Sarah’s expressions here…it is so amazing to witness that moment that it all really hits home!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

A shared moment with her dad, Scott, and then it’s off to get married!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City, North Carolina, St. Andrews Church, The Hair Gallery

The ceremony is coming up next!!

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  • SarahAugust 23, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    Thanks ladies for your kind kind words!! It was such an emotional and wonderful day!!! I wish we could do it all over again!!!

    Cindy- I have no words……I wish you were not so far away; I would just come to your house and hug you. What I want to say to describe these pictures..I just can’t form the words…and I have said “thank you” so much that I feel that it doesn’t do justice anymore. These were SO worth the wait…..I cannot WAIT to see the ceremony, reception and day after pictures!!! YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK!!! – Sarah (and Denny) :) ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline LawrenceAugust 23, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    What a beautiful bride you were…..may you and Denny have many many years together….a perfect couple if I have never seen one. May God bless you both and GraysonReplyCancel

  • Meredith PerdueAugust 23, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    Yay! I’ve been so excited to see this couple’s wedding- I fell in love with their engagement shoot! Sarah was such a beautiful bride! Cannot wait for more!ReplyCancel

I am in the thick of getting Sarah and Denny‘s fabulous Morehead City, NC wedding to you, but I just COULD NOT resist giving you a little taste of their “Day After” session! I have so much that I want to say, but I will save it for the upcoming posts…can I just mention that tandem bicycles + wedding attire = HEAVEN!?!?

Maine wedding photographer, Morehead City wedding, North Carolina, day after session

Part I of their wedding is coming your way fast…

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  • LetiaAugust 23, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    absolutely perfectReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 19, 2010 - 6:47 pm

    OH MY GOSH……I LOVE IT!!!!! Cindy that evening was soo much fun!!! Everything…all of it…was a blast!! Thank you Thank you!! We can’t WAIT to see the rest :) ReplyCancel

  • ejackAugust 19, 2010 - 11:39 am

    Love it! The amount of light was perfect. The combination of the red bicycle, the outdoor landscape, the up-do and the hair piece with the soft white wedding attire gives off a sense of the calm that comes after the whirlwind of a wedding day.ReplyCancel

Have I mentioned lately that I have the coolest clients ever? I have? Well, let me say it yet again…I have the coolest clients EVER!!! I recently received Louie and Mary Elisa’s wedding invitation in the mail and was blown away by the fact that Mary Elisa letter pressed each invitation by hand. As in every single one. By hand. She’s like an urban-edgy-indie-hipster-meets-Martha-Stewart DIY rock star. And I’m the lucky girl that gets to photograph all that hand-made goodness!! Woo hoo!!

In keeping with their rock-n-roll theme, their invitations are set up like concert tickets/flyers…I told you they are rock stars!! I meant it!

Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Mary Elisa even designed their wedding logo…
Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

…and had it printed on guitar picks!! ROCK STARS!!
Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Gorgeous work, you guys!!! I just cannot WAIT to see what you come up with for the wedding!!!

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  • [...] dang cute!! You may recall Louie and Mary Elisa’s super cool hand-letterpressed invitations. Well Mary Elisa, in all of her artistic glory, designed matching EVERYTHING to keep that theme [...]ReplyCancel

  • KatherineAugust 17, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Those guitar picks are after my own heart! LOVE this!ReplyCancel

  • ejackAugust 17, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Loved the invitations! Unique, creative, exclusive…very edgy yet classy use of black and white! The perspectives in the photographs showed off the invitations well, very rock star!ReplyCancel

  • RoxyAugust 16, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Those are really freaking awesome! Rock on!ReplyCancel