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…
Denny’s daughter, Grayson, arrived to big hugs!
Grayson built Sarah a bride bear at Build-A-Bear complete with a custom message recorded in her voice…so adorable!
Sarah’s mom got Grayson a special book for the day…
…which was quite meaningful to Sarah!
All of this emotion meant it was time for a quick bit of relaxation!
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!
Then it was time for Sarah’s rockin’ Eva Longoria ‘do…stunning!
And then it was off to St. Andrews Episcopal Church for the rest of the getting ready…
I love it when couples write each other sweet notes on their wedding day!
Ummm, how gorgeous is Sarah!?!?
This is one of my favorite shots of the day…stunning!
Sarah’s brother-in-law couldn’t make it to the wedding, but his sweet phone call nearly undid Sarah’s fabulous make-up!
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!
However, there was only one among them who knew how to tie a bow tie! This is male-bonding at its height!
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!!
And then it was dress time!! Woo hoo!!
I love the exchange between Sarah and her mom while her sister, Mollie, works on the tiny buttons!
Mom took over while the bridesmaids looked on!
I love this shot of Grayson!
It was Grayson’s turn to give Libba something special! So sweet!
I absolutely LOVE Sarah’s expressions here…it is so amazing to witness that moment that it all really hits home!
A shared moment with her dad, Scott, and then it’s off to get married!!!
The ceremony is coming up next!!