There are so many things that I loved about Laura Helen and Scott’s wedding in December! First, it was our first wedding that we have shot in New Bern, NC and I am absolutely in love with that little town! It has so much character! When we were able to get in Tryon Palace for bridal party pictures, they were preparing for that evenings Christmas event and they had all sorts of carolers dressed up on the front steps of the palace. Second, Laura Helen and Scott had SUCH a fun group of family and friends! The dance floor was packed and lively all night where Dave and I had to fight to get into the crowd to get pictures on the dance floor!
Laura Helen’s brother was serving over seas last year and was supposed to be home a few days before the wedding, but unfortunately his travel schedule was changed at the last minute and was not able to make it home in time. I knew that Laura Helen was heartbroken that her brother couldn’t be there so I was absolutely tickled when I saw that someone had made a life-size cutout of him in his tuxedo t-shirt with beer in hand so that he could be there taking part in the celebration. If you look closely through the pictures, you will see him hanging out in the background. It’s like a game of Where’s Waldo! I was cracking up as people kept grabbing her brother and taking him on a spin around the dance floor!
Next up, I loved all of the wedding details that were created around the fact that Laura Helen and Scott had just become Mr. and Mrs. Murray. Some of the details included personalized cups that said “Eat, Drink, and be Murray’d” and the sign on the back of their getaway car that said “Just Murray’d”. LOVED IT!
Finally, my absolute favorite thing about the wedding was what occurred in lieu of a father daughter dance. Because Laura Helen’s dad was not able to dance with her on her wedding day, he gave her the most incredible gift. Laura Helen’s dad had written and sung a song to her mother on their own wedding day. I don’t believe there was a dry eye in the house when her dad then read the lyrics of that same song to Laura Helen and Scott on their own wedding day! It was so touching that I had a hard time holding back tears while I photographed it. One of my most favorite things about that moment, was the look on Laura Helen’s mom’s face as she stood by her husband while he was reading. The look of adoration on her face as she gazed at her daughter was absolutely breathtaking.
Thank you so much Laura Helen and Scott for allowing us to document your big day! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together!
Ceremony: St. Paul’s Catholic Church New Bern, NC
Reception: NC History Center at Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC
Photography: Tara Parker Photography
Videography: Life Stage Films
Wedding Coordination: Bridal by the Sea
Band: Soul Expressions
Catering: The Chelsea
Flowers: Anne Griggs
Cake: Ali Smith Designs