Mike + Michelle | The Sanderling

Mike and Michelle had such a perfect beautiful sunshiney day for their wedding. Everything was so elegant and beautiful.I just love weddings at The Sanderling especially with the new pavilion! When Candace and I first arrived, we headed straight to the girls room where we began to take detail shots while we waited for Michelle to finish getting all dolled up! These ladies were so so much fun!

When Michelle arrived, she was so stinking beautiful! You could tell she was nervous and excited and ready to start her day! So fun. So we immediately put her in her gorgeous dress and had her hang out with all her beautiful Bridesmaids!

Next Michelle and Mike had a "first look" planned. I just adore first looks, I believe it allows more time for the Bride and Groom to be alone together and allows them to enjoy those private moments on such an important day. Their emotions were just so powerful, I think I teared up just a little bit!

This picture made me laugh and cry all at once! Michelle looked at Mike let out a deep breathe and said to him... "Now I feel so much better!" How sweet is that? All her nervousness just went away when she was with him! And he just took her in his arms and hugged her!

After their first look and before the ceremony, we took all the bridal party and family across the street for some fun portraits. There is an old seafood building that is so beachy and run down that I enjoy using for pictures!

While we were there, we took their rings on a little adventure... I think Candace's macro use is fantastic! And I want barnacles everywhere I go, LOL!

And here are some wonderful moments between Mike and Michelle. The lovely flowers were made by Sugar Snap Florals. . They smelled so sweet!

The ceremony was on the large porch between the Sanderling and the Dunes, you can hear the ocean in the background, pelicans were flying overhead and the clouds were just perfect!

At the cocktail party, one of the Groomsmen had composed a few songs to serenade the happy couple. Mike and Michelle enjoyed an impromptu first dance. And apparently, one of their vacation homes was one of the ones that burned down in Pine Island last weekend... so he made a song based on Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire"... all about coming to the Outer Banks and being homeless! It was a hoot! He had the whole group cracking up!

At the reception, Mike and Michelle enjoyed their first dance and a sentimental and emotional speech from her father, before sitting down and enjoying all the yummy food! All of their entrances were hilarious!

And here are a few more of my faves from the reception. Their guests had so so much fun dancing and partying! I was overwhelmed by how much fun they were all having!

Thanks so much to Mike and Michelle for having us there and to Candace for rocking out as my second shooter! Such a fun and wonderful day!

Congratulations lovebugs!