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Bill & Monica tied the knot at the Gardens at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach, NC.  Perfectly sunny, breezy, gorgeous, and joyful – just as any beach wedding in North Carolina should be!

Bill & Monica’s Story

I had the opportunity to take their engagement pictures on campus at East Carolina University while they were still setting their wedding plans.  Check out that session and learn about their story here!

This is one of the most loving, sweet couples I have ever met.  I knew Bill & Monica individually before they ever started dating – Monica is bubbly, caring, and incredibly creative;  Bill is smart, attentive, and has the biggest heart.  They balance each other out perfectly, and it’s clear they are head over heels for each other.

Monica made all her own plans for their August wedding at the beach – she worked full time but also did a lot of the details herself.  DIY brides rock (and talk about time-management)!  I loved her creative wedding programs, personal touches to her bouquet and Bill’s boutonniere, and just how thoughtful she was with their entire wedding.

Here are some highlights from their Sunset Beach, NC wedding!

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Sunset Beach, NC Wedding Vendors

Venue: Gardens at Sea Trail
Caterer: ART Catering
Cake: Cakes by the Sea
Photographer: Amanda Brendle Photography
DJ: Scott Shaw Productions
Florist: The Briar Patch Floral and Gifts
Hair Stylist: Coral Tree Salon
Invitations: Monica Jackson
Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

Looking for an NC Beach Wedding Photographer?

I’d love to talk with you about photographing your coastal wedding in North Carolina!  I love our beaches and have lived in this great state my whole life.  It’s an incredible place to explore.  Shoot me a note so we can chat about your plans and how I can help capture your sweet memories!

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Y’all… I wrote this blog post nearly 2 years ago and realized I never published it.  What a fun little time capsule to re-visit!  Since this was a quick vacation, there’s a mix of iPhone and camera pictures here, but it’s fun to share, nonetheless!

Dated: April 13, 2015

To say that I love Colorado is a complete understatement. It’s one of my most favorite places in the world, and I always look forward to visiting. My brother lives with his sweet wife at the base of the Rockies in a suburb of Denver, and is the epitome of “Colorado Living”. He is super active in the outdoors arena with biking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, etc. He knows all the best places to eat (and is a pretty amazing chef, to boot!), holds the best company with the friends he keeps, and is just a blast to hang out with. My husband and I had the opportunity to travel there again this spring and had a great time! You know I love taking pictures, so here’s a quick recap of our long weekend in the Rockies.

From Colfax to the Rockies

After landing just before lunchtime, we left Denver International and headed towards Downtown Denver to meet one of my oldest and dearest friends (and her sweet baby boy!) for lunch at the Denver Biscuit Company. I had the biscuit pot pie – the rest of the table had these amazing biscuit sandwich stacks. Amazing! I’ve also heard they have really great pizza.

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Colfax Avenue is the longest main street in the nation. Pretty neat! Pretty crazy. After lunch, we headed to down to VooDoo Doughnuts. < drool > Got the VooDoo Dozen and headed onward.

 

On Day Two, we went to OPENING DAY at the Rockies! We love Rockies Baseball, and Dinger with his belly shirt. Baseball! America! Mountain View! We had a really great time there as always, we took a petty cab (fit 4 people in there!), and I also called for my first Uber ride.

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The High Life in Denver

Day 3, we had a “fun-venture” and went to Heritage Square and rode the Alpine Slide. That thing was ridiculous! We took a lift to the top of the mountain, grabbed our crazy bobsled things, and headed to the slide. I have never been so nervous! Totally thought I’d fly right out of the slide, and was seriously questioning why I wasn’t given a helmet, knee/elbow pads, required to suit up in a sumo suit, and also be encased in a giant bubble for protection. (Okay, maybe that’s a little overboard!). Even though I went slow as a granny, it was super fun and had some amazing views of Golden, CO.

We also hit up the Go Karts, where I also questioned the lack of super safety gear with how fast I felt like I was going. I finished 3rd (of the 4 in our group). Haha! Again, we’re talking about me, Little-Miss Slow-Poke… but I got a (little) fearless!

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Day 4, We took a hike in Golden, CO – Michale’s first hike in Colorado, and my first successful incline-hike to the top! Only about 30 minutes to the top and the view was incredible. We could see Downtown Denver to the East, Coors Brewery, the town of Golden, and Colorado School of the Mines to the West and South West. We were sucking air (minus my brother, of course… he lives here!) but the hard work was all worth it.

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We headed out to another Rockies baseball game that afternoon, got the last of the bobble heads given away, and even found an arcade bar with 4-player PacMan, Giant Jenga, and Skee-ball.

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Truly a Garden of the Gods

Our last day, we drove south to Colorado Springs and showed Michale the Garden of the Gods. I visited and climbed around about 3 years ago with my brother on one of our crazy summer road trips to/from Texas, but he showed us some spots I hadn’t seen before. Plus, we only had a quick amount of time to buzz through before heading to the airport. There is always a ‘view’ in Colorado!

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Denver Wins Again

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty amazing trip. I mean, how could it not be? The company was the best, the weather was perfect, and everyone loves a good vacation to unwind and unplug. Denver is always such a fun place to travel to!

Can’t Wait to Visit Colorado Again

I would totally love an excuse to come back to Colorado again (aside from the bonus of visiting with my family again!). If you are looking for a wedding photographer, updated family portraits, etc, drop me a line! My bags are packed and ready to go, and I can only dream of the incredible backdrops and blue-sky weather for your outdoor wedding or family get-together in Colorado. I love to travel, and Colorado is my favorite place to visit. I can’t wait to start planning our next trip out west!

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Where do I begin with these lovebirds?  I took Cody and Darcie’s engagement photos at JC Raulston Arboretum last year, and began learning of their love story together.  Watching them interact and engage with each other was really special.  Seeing the details unfold and Darcie’s vision come to life for this wedding has been unreal.  She and Cody know all the “right people” and had so many friends and family members contributing to make this day super special for them.  From her great-aunt’s sugar cookie recipe to florals made by her mother, handmade touches throughout and even using Cody’s DJ expertise to get guests to boogie with the music they love.

It rained something fierce that day, a tradition it seems is being passed through all of Darcie’s friends, but the skies opened up for a beautiful ceremony with beautiful arrangements of Disney songs playing as they walked down the aisle.  The day (and the newlyweds) are like characters from a fairytale, and they are living their “Happily Ever After”.

 

Dear Cody & Darcie,

Thank you for inviting me to capture your wedding day.  I couldn’t be more lucky to be witness to your love story.  Your dedication to each other is obvious, and I’ve never met a more tender or compassionate couple.  I am looking forward to seeing your family storybook fill up with your life story together.  And, as the story goes – “Adventure Awaits”!  I feel so lucky to have been a part of your magical wedding day and be witness to your dedication to each other.

xo,
Amanda

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Venue: The Matthews House
Caterer: Basil and Thyme
Cake: Patisserie
DJ: Shane White
Photographer: Amanda Brendle Photography
Florist: Darcie Vyner
Hair Stylists: Victoria Satterwhite & Salon Blu at North Hills
Make-up: Julie Robbins Makeup
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Favors: Lisa Vyner
Honeymoon: Disney Cruise Line
Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo
Jewelry: Downton Abbey jewelry
Shoes: Etsy
Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
Groom/Groomsmen: Jos. A Bank, The Tie Bar

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Senior sessions are some of my FAVORITE things to photograph. I love people in love, but I just LOVE the phase of life graduating seniors are in. They are surrounded by their best friends, ending a huge chapter of their lives, and ready to take on the world!

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Announcing Class of 2015 ECU Senior Mini Sessions

For the last several years, demand has been high, and I’ve been able to run a promotion in the spring for senior sessions for the nearly-graduates wanting pictures to commemorate the end of their college career. It’s such an exciting time in their lives! Graduating, moving on to careers or even-higher education, moving across the state/country/world, and sometimes, it’s the last time they’ll see some of their best friends (at least for a long while).

These senior portrait sessions are a fun way to regroup the last few years at your alma mater, get your friends together for a last-time BFF photo shoot, and of course, get those cap and gown pictures your mother is dying to see. A lot of students want these pictures for Facebook/Instagram fun, to update their LinkedIn with a professional headshot as they begin their job-hunt in the real world, and mom/Dad/Aunt Jane love to have great senior pictures to display at the party they’re throwing for their graduate in May. 😉

Book Your Senior Portrait Session Now!

I have opened up this event for March 29, 2015 on campus at East Carolina University. Spots are limited and early subscribers have already been able to snatch up some time slots! Get in touch today to book your spot – the rest are going to go quick! The session fee is due at the time of our session together, along with a signed contract that I will send to you in advance. You’ll get your proofing gallery back in plenty of time to have your images in hand for April graduation announcements and May grad parties!

Prints and additional image files will also available for purchase, so be sure to inquire if you’re interested in either of those. I know Grandma sure would love a picture of her Pirate Grad framed on her wall as a gift from you!

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Greenville, NC Senior Photographer

Are you or someone you know graduating in 2015? Contact me, Amanda Brendle Photography, for current availability and senior portrait information! I would love to capture those timeless images of your graduating High School or College senior on campus or at the location of their choice. I love to travel, so it’s time to get creative with where these pictures will mean the most for you!

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As many of you know, my sister Lisa passed away in 2012 just a few short months after learning she had stage 4 cancer. This was devastating for me, as she has always been my best friend and confidant. This was also difficult to grasp for our family and all who knew her. It was hard to make sense of the fact that she just starting feeling “bad” over the holidays in 2011, received the “C” word diagnosis in February, and lost her battle less than 4 months later.

Lisa Moments

I miss my sister and think about her all the time, but sometimes these crazy, magical things happen (it varies – sometimes it’s once a week or less, other times it’s constant/daily). I call them “Lisa Moments”. They are these tiny puzzle pieces and reminders that she is still all around me. Though she’s no longer here in the physical form, I am amazed at these occurrences – like she’s popping up to say “Hi”.

One of Lisa’s “things” was owls. She was funky and eclectic, and seemed to find these crazy owl items that were just awesome. I see them everywhere and I’m reminded by her. (This also fueled my mini-obsession with funky owl decor that I find and must have in my life).

2 summers ago, it was ladybugs. Everywhere I went, I saw a ladybug. There was one constantly on my windshield that would ride along wherever I was driving to. I saw them in my office. At photoshoots. Online. Everywhere, ladybugs!

When I started my new job last year, there was a bird outside my office window every day for at least a week. It would just sit in that tree and seemed to greet me every time I looked up from my computer. Just weeks later, I had a deep conversation with my mom and the sweet woman who has come into our lives by way of my brother in law (Lisa’s widowed husband) about birds and their significance in death. Mind blown.

“Hootie Hoooooo!”

A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing some current events, obscure holidays, you know – browsing the internet and losing track of where I am through a rabbit hole – and I came across this gem:

There is apparently a couple in Pennsylvania who have developed a holiday on February 20th of each year called “Hoodie-Hoo Day”. While this may sound a little ridiculous to most of you, this stopped me in my tracks.

Leading up to Christmas, when you’re wrapping gifts, you know how at the end of the roll of wrapping paper, you’re left with a long, empty tube? I think it’s safe to assume that many of you throw it in the recycling (or garbage), or perhaps give it to your kiddos for a sword-fight of sorts. That tube is something a bit more purposeful for my family – It was always dubbed the “Hootie-Hoo” stick. Its purpose was to bother your family members as you march around the house, sneak behind corners, etc while shouting “HOOTIE-HOOOOOO” through the end of the tube and into the ears of your annoyed kin. Ridiculous, I know. But it was our thing! I don’t know how or where this originated, but it makes me laugh every Christmas when someone remembers the “HOOTIE”.

So when I learned that this “Hoodie-Hoo Day” was thought up by this creative couple to go outside at noon, wave your arms and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” to chase winter away, I just knew it. This was another Lisa Moment. Want to know the real kicker? Lisa’s diagnosis came on February 20th (or within a day or two), which is the date of this holiday. I can’t believe the string of events that led me to stumble across this random website to find this crazy holiday.

I have goosebumps just thinking about it.

So go out and celebrate this wacky holiday tomorrow… and please let me know how many people give you crazy looks for waving your arms and hollering like a crazy person!  🙂

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