John hearts Ashley | Kitty Hawk Pier

I was so happy to finally shoot Ashley and John's wedding! Even though they're from West Virginia, we've met a few times and got to know their laid back and super funny personalities! I did their engagement session back in February on the Manteo waterfront. The Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk is where the wedding was set. It's ocean front and has a gorgeous view of the Atlantic. The weather was pretty similar to their e-session. When I arrived, it was raining buckets, freezing cold and WINDY! Ashley really wanted to get married on the beach, but there was a back-up option to have the ceremony in the pier house where the reception took place.

Ashley and her girls used the ballroom for getting ready. The ladies from Bombshells did a fantastic job on everyone's hair and make-up. I'm a huge fan of the bird cage veil!


Five minutes before the ceremony, everyone decided to go ahead and use the beach. Just as John came out, so did the sun!! The weather held out, but the tide had other ideas! I love the shot of the ring-bearer! The temperature didn't matter, he let go of his parents hand to make his way down the aisle- and made a bee line for the ocean!


Super special thanks to Kirsten Lewis for coming along with me for the day. She got to play with the crazy boys at their cottage before they made it to the Hilton. Cigars, karaoke, and lots of boy hugs- these fellas were super tight!

The couple had a special tie to a full moon. Even though it was FREEZING, and windy, the couple wanted to go out on the pier and take a few fun photos. If they're up for it, so am I!


John Harper had everyone up and shakin during the reception! Our groom, Dr. John is a dancing machine! I've never seen someone dance song after song with so much enthusiasm! He was hilarious! John and his best man had even choreographed a dance together for 'Sweet Caroline'!

Many, many thanks for letting us come and document all that love on your special day! We wish you the best!