If you live in northeastern North Carolina like I do, you know how much we love our family and friends. We are proud of our small towns. We support each other’s businesses and keep things local. We know there’s nothing wrong with being from a small town and are happy to share all the things we love about our corner of God’s great world. Last fall I was honored to be the photographer for a wedding that was all about friends and family and celebrating what we’ve got that is so good right here at home!
Douglas and Taylor White planned an intimate wedding ceremony at the family home of their dearest friends and then followed the ceremony up with a big ol’ reception at the family farm. Anytime a couple can keep the people, places, and things they love as part of their wedding, it makes the day even sweeter. Your wedding day doesn’t need to match a stranger’s pinterest board or come from the pages of a magazine. Your wedding day should reflect you as a couple. Your wedding day should honor where you come from and be a celebration of how you came together and where you will now journey as husband and wife. Douglas and Taylor’s wedding absolutely reflected who they are!
They said their vows by the water with a small group of family and friends in attendance. The ring bearer was their dog, Roy! He was a perfect furry gentleman, letting us know the bride was on the way and carrying the rings around his neck. He stood next to Douglas and had everyone smiling! In fact, everyone in attendance smiled the entire time. It was so lovely to photograph and feel the love and joy in that moment.
In between the ceremony and the reception we had time for family photos. I always schedule this ahead of time with my couples so I know who needs to be in your photos and we can get through them all pretty quickly. After those formal family shots, it was time for Taylor and Douglas to get some beautiful portraits as husband and wife. We found a weeping willow tree that looked so dreamy right next door. However, I did need some helping hands to get some of those shots, as you will see in the behind the scenes photo included in this post! (I have no problem grabbing people and having them help for a minute so I can get THE shot).
The Whites know how to throw a party! The reception took place down the road at the family farm, Meadstown Produce. Douglas actually proposed to Taylor on the farm making the venue extra special. Meadstown is my favorite local market and it was so cool to see it set up as a wedding reception venue. Everyone cheered when the new bride and groom arrived at the farm and the party just rolled on from there. Lots of food and drinks, dancing and music, and friends and family made for a great down home wedding!
Northeastern North Carolina is a sweet place to call home. Capturing authentic moments is my goal as an Elizabeth City Wedding photographer. I love being able to document special days like weddings right down the street from my house. Thank you to Douglas and Taylor for allowing me to capture you wedding.
Second Shooter: Robbie Myrick
Florals: Mildreds Florist and Gifts
Dress: Ava Clara Couture Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Alexis Beals
Cake: Kathy’s Kreations