Friday, January 22, 2016

Kimberly + Mark - A Winter Wedding in Wilson, NC

Kimberly & Mark's beautiful wedding was the first of the year for us. We traveled to Wilson, NC  just east of Raleigh for their celebration.  And what a gorgeous day it was - 60┬║ and sunny with big puffy clouds in the sky. To think the next morning, we woke to a light dusting of snow. 

The ceremony & reception were both held in fellowship hall at their church.  We arrived in time to capture photos of Kimberly getting ready. What a gorgeous bride she was & so down-to-earth. Her dress from Carolina Bridal World was absolutely stunning on her!  She and Mark chose not to see one another beforehand.  It was really special when Mark saw her for the first time coming up the aisle with her three brothers, Scott, Tom, and Chris.

Although they didn't have a wedding party consisting of bridesmaids & groomsmen, they had an adorable ring bearer and three friends who were readers.  One of the readers was a former bride of mine, whom I've kept in touch with since her wedding almost two years ago {thanks for the referral, Andrea!}. And what made it really special is that Kimberly's brother Scott sang and played guitar alongside a violinist and pianist, throughout the ceremony.  While Kimberly & Mark tied the chord of three strands on their unity cross, her niece Britney sang a solo. Beautiful!

After the ceremony, the newlyweds along with their families and friends joined us outside for photos before making their entry into the reception.  Everyone enjoyed the fellowship, delicious hors d'oueuvres, & wedding cake, which was not only beautiful, it also tasted amazing. I believe Kimberly's stepmother made it.  Everything about their wedding was so family-oriented, which to me makes it that much more meaningful. After cutting & feeding one another cake, Kimberly & Mark made their rounds to each table to visit with all of their guests before departing on their honeymoon.  What a sweet day it was!

Thanks to Haley for assisting me throughout the day!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2016

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