Blythe & Eric | Quaker Wedding Dance Party in Carolina Beach

Wedding: 5 October 2019 | Posted: 21 January 2020

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I've made it no secret that I cry at every wedding we photograph. (I kinda can't help it...I love all you guys!) But Blythe & Eric's wedding ceremony took it to a whole different level. They are practicing Quakers, and Quaker marriage ceremonies are marked by being self-uniting, by times of silent reflection, and by the sharing of messages by whoever is so moved. And y'all...the sounds of the Cape Fear River punctuated the moments of silence, the sun danced in and out of the clouds, and Blythe & Eric's family and friends spoke so much love to them that it was tangible in the air. Even reflecting back on the day now, I am overwhelmed at how loved Blythe & Eric must have felt.

Underpinning all that love was a deep, soul joy, which Blythe & Eric, their families and friends released in full force throughout the day! Eric's reaction to seeing Blythe during their First Look, their guests' exuberance as they kissed to seal their union, and oh, all the dancing! I don't know that we've ever seen quite so much dancing at a daytime wedding. Blythe & Eric's finely crafted playlist kept everyone excited, engaged, and boogieing!

One of my favorite things we planned, though, was a few extra minutes of beach portraits for Blythe & Eric after they made their exit from the reception—through one of the most delightful, colorful ribbon wand tunnels ever, making for some of our all-time favorite exit photos, incidentally. The extra few minutes not only allowed us to highlight Blythe's fantastic and colorful second dress, it allowed this incredible couple some time to soak each other in and revel in their new marital bliss with the glow of all the love and joy they'd amassed through the day surrounding them.

We are so grateful to have captured Blythe & Eric's joyous and magically fun wedding celebration, and could not be happier for them as they journey through life together. Send them your best wishes in the comments below, and enjoy a selection of our favorites from their day!

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Gardner Woods North
Reception & Catering: SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar
Coordination: Mary Mercier (friend of the couple)
Rentals: L&L Tent & Party Rentals
Stationery: Katie Turner (friend of the couple)
Flowers: Harris Teeter, Katie Michalak (friend of the couple)
Cake: Hayes Barton Café
Music: DIY
Hair & Makeup: Lacy Ford, Shine Salon
Dresses: One Day Bridal, stillwhite.com; Mara Hoffman
Menswear: Suit Supply
Accommodations: VRBO, Carolina Beach Realty, Pleasure Island at the Golden Sands, Hampton Inn
Welcome Party: High Tide Lounge, Nollie's Taco Joint

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Love the laid-back, fearlessly fun, heart-full feeling of Blythe & Eric's wedding photos? Want a similar feel for your own celebration? Something completely different in mind? We'd love to hear what you're planning! Use the Contact Us link above or send Kate an email directly to start the conversation—we can't wait to hear from you!

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