Ashley & Josh's Riverwalk Wedding

I first met Ashley with her sister while they were planning the big day.  Josh, her fiancee, lived in South Carolina and her sister Whitney was the best planner/sister I've ever met.  If I had a sister, she's exactly what I would want. I warned them that I would be 35 weeks pregnant by then, but I knew that would never slow me down.  I even wore heels for the first 5 hours.

I arrived at Riverwalk Landing while the girls were getting ready.  I started with the detail shots and then headed in to grab shots of hair and make-up. 

1riverwalkweddingdress.jpg
2riverwalkweddingcake.jpg
3gettingready.jpg

The guys suited up in the parking lot so I ran outside to get some groomsmen shots.  There was a great location next store in Chandlers Wharf that provided us with a nice shady area to shoot some portraits. 

4groomsgift.jpg
5groomsmenchandlerswharf.jpg

Back inside the ladies were wrapping up and the ceremony was ready to begin.  Ashley and Josh's dog was so well behaved and a great accent to the ceremony.

6momdaddog.jpg
7girlsgettingready.jpg
9bridesmaids.jpg
10riverwalklandingceremony.jpg
12riverwalklandingceremony.jpg

After the ceremony is my favorite part of any wedding.  We grab the family shots first and then it's my time.  I get to take the bridal party around and get the creative shots I always scout out for first.  The historic areas downtown are amazing backgrounds.  From staircases to the Riverwalk, iron gates and even random vehicles, I worked fast to grab whatever we could and get them back into cocktail hour in a timely manner.

13bridalpartythepilothouse.jpg
14wilmingtonriverwalkbridalparty.jpg
15fungroomsman.jpg
16lavenderbridesmaids.jpg
17bridedetails.jpg
18historicwilmingtonbridalparty.jpg
19brideandgroom.jpg
20bridalpartyfrontporch.jpg

The reception is more about documentary photography than anything else.  Just capturing the moments as they happen.  

21brideandgroomentrance.jpg
22ringdetails.jpg
23firstdance.jpg
23receptiondancing.jpg
24receptiontraditions.jpg

I always try to pull my bride and groom aside from the reception for one more portrait opportunity, especially if the light has changed... or there are lots of sparklers lying around.  With a tripod and some quick moving, I was able to get this fabulous shot. 

25sparklerportrait.jpg

Then it was time for the sparkler sendoff. 

26sparklersendoff.jpg

Congratulations Ashley and Josh!