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For our final Best of 2012 posts, we’re sharing our ten favorite wedding photographs from the year. There are many reasons we love great wedding photography around these parts, and after looking at these selections, I think at least one will become very apparent: they have the ability to pull up emotion like nothing else. Enjoy!

Cypress swamp portrait by Mark Williams Studio from Marielle + Michael’s wedding.

Toes in a row on the wedding morning by Rylee Hitchner from Holly + Chase’s wedding.

An emotional first dance by Morgan Trinker from Erin + Brian’s wedding.

A romantic portrait by KT Merry from Cee Cee + Chad’s wedding.

The sweetest handhold by Brett Heidebrecht from Claire + Nathan’s wedding.

A charming portrait by Scott Piner from Kristin + JJ’s wedding.

A moment heavy with anticipation by Stephen DeVries from Madelynne + Corey’s wedding.

The most joyful father-daughter dance by Robyn Van Dyke from Ali + Austin’s wedding.

A true wedding moment by Pasha Belman from Hillary + Kyle’s wedding.

Late night exuberance by The Nichols from Stacy + Adam’s wedding.

KT Merry and Robyn VanDyke are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Morgan Trinker reply

    Thank you ladies so much for this HUGE honor! I adore Erin and Brian’s love for each other!

  2. avatar Dee Shore reply

    I’m in love with the first photograph, bride on the dock. Just so beautiful. The last one as well. Explosive and full of life!

  3. avatar Robyn Van Dyke reply

    Thank you so much, ladies!! We’re completely honored to have one of our images from Ali & Austin’s sweet wedding featured on this gorgeous post! Many hugs to you all, and happy new year!!! xoxo!

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    […] farm wedding was featured on Southern Weddings. (And at the end of 2012, these lovely ladies chose one of my images of Erin and Brian’s first dance as one of their top ten photographs of the whole year! What an […]

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Yep, we still love the regal navy blue dresses from Monique Lhuillier. A lot! Katie + Matt toasted their “I dos” with an outdoor reception at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. Yes, they did have a party on the porch! (Tres Southern, says Emily.) For more from K + M’s North Carolina wedding, check out Scott Piner’s post on the big day here!

Describe your wedding flowers: I carried a hand-tied bouquet of white gazer lilies, folded tye leaf, white mini calla lilies, green berries, green cymbidium orchids and white roses. Stems tied off with lace from Mother’s wedding gown.
Describe your wedding cake: Instead of a wedding cake, we served Matt’s grandmother’s banana pudding recipe (Matt’s favorite dessert) in china teacups placed on a tiered stand shaped like a wedding cake. It was a surprise for Matt.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Time and budget. After getting engaged on April 22nd, Matt and I wanted to try to get married at the beach, before it got cold, so our out of town guests would be able to enjoy the sun and sand when they arrived. We didn’t realize that finding a venue might be an issue. The Bellamy was perfect and available!
Our wedding planner, Lindsey Cheek, was amazing at helping us overcome both of these hurdles! Even though there are costs associated with a wedding planner, she saved us so much more in the long run. Lindsey has great relationships with vendors in Wilmington, knows how to negotiate, and was never afraid to go to bat for us to help us save money!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? So many things, but especially how much fun we had dancing! When planning our wedding, it was especially important to us that our guests have a great time at the reception. Since it was a destination wedding, everyone traveled to celebrate with us and we wanted them to have fun. So Matt and I both wanted to have a beach music band and big dance floor. We hung Italian wedding lights over the tiled dance floor, which made a huge impact and really defined the space. The dance floor stayed packed from the time supper was over until the band played the song “Last Dance”. The band played an amazing rendition of “Shout!” which probably lasted 20 minutes! Matt’s parents clogged to the University of Tennessee fight song “Rocky Top” and guests pulled out an array of old school moves, including the fishhook, sprinkler, dead bug, Dirty Susan, worm, jump rope, and stanky leg. It was such a fun party!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, but my mom insisted on having a hymn, “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past”. There was a flock of birds sitting in the trees right above the ceremony and they began squawking as soon as the hymn started and stopped as soon as it ended. That was funny.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Melissa W reply

    Love the details of this wedding! We are looking forward to having Scott shoot our wedding in September. This makes me a giddy bride-to-be!!!

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    […] wedding here and here Katie + Matt’s laid back outdoor wedding in North Carolina here and here And what’s a round-up without sharing some great opportunities? 2011 is Barry C […]

  3. avatar Susan reply

    I’m dying to know how to dance the Dirty Susan!

    • avatar Katie Breeding reply

      Susan: I just saw your comment about the Dirty Susan! Too funny! Matt’s grandmother (Nana) does a dance she calls the Dirty Susan! She shakes her pointed index finger in the air and dances in a circle kind of (like the hokkie pokkie a little) – not sure if it’s an official move though!

  4. avatar Wedding Napkins on a Valentine day reply

    is it just me or am i looking at ALice in Wonderland’s wedding photos? haha, i love the concept! i personally liked the “SIP” bottle. and the night scene at what seems to be a backyard? that was priceless, you can never go wrong celebrating such occasions at home. good job! beautiful theme, beautiful night, beautiful bride, what more can you ask for? :)) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. avatar Monthly Round-Up :: February 2011 « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] this month, as Sierra and I chose Katie + Matt’s Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses (here + here) and Katharine chose Alison and Manny’s, available from Dillard’s! (More here + here.) […]

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    […] next two photos Lauren Larsen, Merge Weddings, Scott Piner (see more of this Southern beauty here + here), Rebekah Westover. And last, but certainly not least, is the long bob. This modified version of […]

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