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sarah anne + justin . bald head island, nc

12.11.09 ~ Weddings ~ posted by Millie

Every once in a while you meet people who you feel like you've known your entire life. Even if you've only chatted for an hour, you connected in a way that instantly binds you as friends... that's the Stainback's! When I first met this friendly family I was on assignment for Bald Head Island photographing their entire family for a story in Haven. That weekend I went to the beach with them, had dinner, told scary stories in the dark and laughed until my belly hurt. It was then that I knew we would have a lasting friendship.

On my occasional journey's over to Bald Head I would run into the Stainback's who happened to be there the same weekend as me on several occasions. I learned that Sarah Anne & Justin (both whom I met on our first photo shoot) were engaged. I was soooooo excited when I heard they were planning on me shooting the wedding. I looked forward to this day for months and it proved to be a beautiful classic Bald Head Island wedding that did not disappoint!

I started out the day at the spa where Sarah Anne was getting her hair done...

then I headed to meet Brent at the ferry (he was shooting with me while Amanda was helping Rachel out at Atlantic Beach). When we arrived at the Bald Head Island Club we were lucky enough to find the Dessert Diva's putting the finishing touches on the cake. Look at how much fun they are having!

Then I dropped Brent off to hang out with the guys and I headed back over to meet the girls...

Sarah Anne's Dad, Mike, was so emotional... this is his reaction to seeing her for the first time and trying to hold back the tears. He was crying so much he had me crying!

The gorgeous Mrs. Stainback...


I love the shot Brent grabbed of their walk down the aisle as well as Justin's reaction while I headed up to the balcony for fun shots!

The light pouring into this shot adds so much magic to the moment...

We also lucked out on amazing light outside paired with a perfectly times schedule which allowed us to catch sunset on the beach!

The sunset was AHHHHH-mazing!

Fun little story. Apparently someone forgot the rings and left them at one of the homes. So Justin used his Dad's wedding band which was a hair to big... However, by the time we got to the reception someone had retrieved the "official ring" so Sarah Anne slipped it on and the reception began!

Brent worked on a surprise slideshow while I covered the reception! The tent at Bald Head Island Club serves as an amazing venue...

You don't even want to know how many tries it took for Brent and me to get this shot.

The night didn't end with their exit. Sarah Anne & Justin were headed back over to the mainland to catch an early morning flight for their honeymoon so we opted to use this time for a few more shots... Brent and I held the light for each other until we got booted from the top deck for using it.

After getting booted from the top deck, we opted for another creative shot using the bottom level of the ferry! It was really funny because they could not hear me while I was directing them for this shot. Brent is lying underneath them for this shot, providing us with light, and helping me direct them via the iphone because my screaming wasn't working!

Sarah Anne & Justin - what a wonderful day which I was blessed to be a part of. I hope I get to see the two of you again soon. Until then, have an amazing married life and a Merry Christmas!

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