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This wedding is sooo special for me to post because it’s my cousin Kellie’s wedding! This wedding was beautiful, fun, and probably the most I’ve ever danced at a wedding. And it was the first wedding I photographed AS A BRIDESMAID! #goals… but this wedding isn’t about me, so I’m gonna just dive right in!
Kellie and Evan had a magical day. It may have been windy and cold but dang these two dominated the day, their wedding party and their families. The morning started out at the resort while the guys and the gals got ready. The guys were at a beach front house and the girls in a suite overlooking the beautiful OBX beach. These two shared a beautiful first look close to where they would be saying I Do and as a result, we got to see the day really come t together. I loved Evans response to seeing my cousin Kellie!
This wedding for me is beyond special to share with you. Katie and I have been friends for over 10 years! She was in my wedding 7 years ago and is a treasure and a gem. She’s one of those friends that no matter what happens in life, how many months (or years for that matter) go by, that when you get on the phone, you laugh just as hard as you did when you saw each other day to day.
When Katie not just told me she was engaged, invited us to her wedding, asked us to shoot it AND that it was going to be in Mexico, Patrick and I didn’t hesitate. Yes, Mexico is amazing, but guys, this was our first legit destination wedding outside the US so it was a pretty big deal for us. It was a bucket list item to be totally honest and we are so happy that we got to be alongside them. I jokingly told Katie that if she had a wedding party, I would have been in it. So I made us shirts to wear prior to the wedding and enjoyed every minute being able to be there, support her, help work out logistics, etc.
We talked a lot about where they’re from. University of South Carolina is a big deal for these guys. Upon showing up to the Airbnb where they were getting ready flags hung outside and trees and on the building. At reception the flag was brought out and half their guest count were in a photo. These guys lacked no fun at their wedding and Alyssa danced the whole time! I have no doubt that their wedding was the best night of their life. They did not do a first look which I thought was going to be super stressful for the amount of people they had… we were definitely put to the test. 22 total. 11 on each side. What a feat. I had 10 on each side when I got married so I loved this group of attendants! Their wedding party was so much fun!
This is a guide listing out the items that we'd love our couples to have ready for us when we arrive. It totally helps us create beautiful flat lays and get all of those timeless, gorgeous detail photos!