This was a very special wedding for me. About a month ago, we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of an old friend of mine. Todd, the groom, is a member of a group of guys who I fondly call “The Boys” that I hung out with in high school and college. I love those boys like they are my brothers and they are the type of friends that you can go for months without seeing, and you know that things will always be the same as soon as you get together again. Todd has not lived in North Carolina for a number of years so it was so nice to see him again. He is currently a Navy Seal stationed out in San Diego, so I was thrilled that he and his new wife, Deanna, decided to get married in Ocean Isle, NC. Dave and I always laugh that the groom and groomsmen have more fun before the wedding and this day was no exception as the guys joined in a game of bocce ball in the sand while the girls finished their preparations at Deanna’s maid of honor’s home.
I love the moment when the bride walks down the aisle and one of my favorite things is getting the reaction of the groom when he sees his future wife. Love it!
After the ceremony ended, Todd and Deanna disappeared. I always like to encourage couple’s to start their family portraits as soon as possible after the end of the ceremony since time is so limited for portraits, so I was off to hunt them down. I finally found them back behind the church that was built right on the sound. This is the sight that I saw as I walked around the side of the building. What a beautiful moment!!
Thank you so much Todd and Deanna for allowing Dave and I to be a part of your big day! Todd, as an old friend, it is such an honor to see how far you have come in the years I have known you and to see you so incredibly happy now!