Leanne Marshall at London and Lace
[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”2″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_slideshow” gallery_width=”600″ gallery_height=”400″ cycle_effect=”fade” cycle_interval=”10″ show_thumbnail_link=”1″ thumbnail_link_text=”[Show thumbnails]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]The day of the wedding was superb. I awoke to some of the bluest skies that I have ever seen. The hustle and bustle of the island had begun, and I was anxious to get started. Ocracoke Island was alive and waiting to take it’s place in the history of this young couple. From what we understand, there were three weddings and a fishing tournament going on that day, so you can imagine the energy that was in the air. The quaint little island where Blackbeard the Pirate surrendered was about to become the backdrop for a different type of story.

I spent my morning with Blake and his groomsmen. I love hanging with the guys and taking pictures of them the morning before a wedding. There is a bond that you are able to see come alive between them. The cynical undertones of grown men being thrown in front of a “bail gun,” can be somewhat intimidating. But, mostly, it is entertaining. By the way, a “bail gun” is a funny name for a camera. 😉 I have always been inspired by the cinematic entrances that action movies give us. When it was time to photography Blake and his groomsmen, I wanted to capture them like that. I saw a fantastic bond between this man and his friends, and I wanted that to be captured. These five gentlemen that were dressed in these stylish blue suits, casually walked down the middle of the road stopping traffic. It was as if the slow motion walk in the film “Reservoir Dogs,” had come to life. Blake was about to gain the whole world, and you could tell it in his walk.

The wedding was going to take place on the front property of The Berkley Manor. This venue was about 50 feet from the ocean. The boats being held at dock and the pelicans meandering around on the remains of old piers that once reached out over the ocean, gave a backdrop like no other. I hate to be corny, but it was truly symbolic for a couple about to make a commitment to one another. Two individuals coming together to unite against the great unknown that life has to offer, is very similar to a boat looking out to the ocean and it’s possibilities.

Ann was dressed in her bridal gown and veil. The dress was hand made for her in New York City by Leanne Marshall. This dress was spectacular on her. The heavily beaded bodice gave just the right amount of sparkle as she walked towards her future, while still holding onto the arm of her father. The soft flowing skirt of the dress, caught the gentle breeze that was rolling in off of the vast sea that was all around us. Her moment was here, and she was more than beautiful.

Blake and Ann, chose one of the closest friends to be the officiant of their wedding. His wit, presentation and the obvious amount of love that he had for them showed through immensely. Neither one of these two facing each other had any fear in them, as he went through his prepared speech. As they stood before the family and friends that had made the same long journey to Ocracoke as I had, all in attendance could see how anxious they were to be pronounced man and wife. You could see the complete and utter joy that Ann had to be holding the hand of Blake. The uncontrollable laughs and tears were held by everyone at the ceremony. This is the type of wedding ceremony that makes my job so amazingly beautiful. 😀