Scenes from Celebrations: Emilee & Rich

Don’t underestimate the boy who picked on you in school, he could just turn out to be your husband.    That’s what happened with Emilee and Rich and I have had the honor of documenting their chance reencounter turned happily ever after.  

In grade school, Emilee tended to her  homework but secretly had a girlie admiration for Rich.  “He used to pull my hair in class!”, she recounted after their engagement in 2011.  In typical boy fashion Rich didn’t let his feelings show and instead retreated to instinct: teasing.  It wasn’t until years later when each was all grown-up that a chance encounter brought them back into the forefront of each other’s lives.  Spending their time divided between the eastern shores of North Carolina and Charlotte, Rich proposed to Emilee years after their first encounter as kids, presenting her with an incredible stack of gold bands, one adorned with a center diamond.

For their wedding on the coast of Topsail Beach, North Carolina the couple invited approximately ninety guests and secured an immaculate three-story beachfront home to host the intimate event.  Friends and family traveled from all over to spend several days ahead of time enjoying each other’s company and basking in the sun.  “I mean, when can you put a group of thirty people together in a house and have everyone have a great time?...They’re perfect, and they’ve got a great group of says a lot” says Rich’s brother David.

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 Emilee and Rich walked down the beach front dock and as they exchanged vows high-tide cascaded across their bare feet, the perfect romantic addition to their casual yet luxe wedding.  Laid-back bohemiam with an eye for everything glamorous, Emilee created a gorgeous, subtle pallete combining nuetrals with mixed metals and touches of blush and purple.  Lace details adored everything from Emilee’s stunning open back dress to their sweetheart table and  bouquets.  Anemone’s, roses, and Queen Anne’s lace created an open, flowy vibe in the florals as an eclectic mix of table lanterns lit the night .  A necklace with two small gold pendants, an “A” and a “K” were wrapped around Emilee’s bouquet in representation of the couple’s twin sons Avett and Kai.

“I prayed for a pink sky!!” Emilee exclaimed as the sun went down below the lulling ocean, creating warm and brilliant views for guests mingling along the home’s decks, the perfect backdrop for Emilee & Rich’s dream celebration.  Candles lit up the dance floor, a releasing of sky lanterns gleamed against the stars, and a cascade of sparkles danced in the evening as the celebration carried on into the night.


Rich & Emilee.  You both leave me speechless.  Seriously.  It has been an absolute honor to be apart of your life’s milestones these past few years, and I take great pride in not calling you past clients but friends.  Seeing how you look at each other makes my heart melt, your evident love and appreciation of each other inspires me!  Not to mention those boys!  You’re both incredible parents with awesome spirit (who still know how to throw a great party!) who are doing a fabulous job of raising those little men.  You almost make me wish I had two boys of my own....almost!  ;)   Your friends and family are so welcoming, they know southern hospitality and a good time and I am grateful for their generosity.  Congratulations!!!!


A shout out the The Three Diva's, Emilee's coordinators.  They helped put together some fantastic details and are great with rolling with the punches of the day (Thunderstorms!).  A little bit of rain didn't stop this party!


Emilee.  Seriously.  Seriously?  Your style is impeccable.

My what stylish bridesmaids you have!

Lookin' sharp Rich!!

Stop it you two!  ;)

Big ups to my sister Sarah who spent some quality time with me while I was in town and helped out on this wedding.  She got this shot of the boys which I had to include.  The shaka!!!  BRINGIN' HAWAII TO THE OUTER BANKS!


She got her pink sky!