The morning of Erin and Thomas’s October wedding was a gorgeous one. Not a cloud in the sky, but rather windy. Just the day before Hurricane Matthew trounced all over North Carolina leaving quite a mess. I had no power and a tree had fallen on my home, yikes! So needless to say I was a little curious what the outside world, specifically Rose Hill Plantation looked like. I decided to give myself extra time to get there and thank goodness I did. After navigating around several downed trees, blocked roads, and the flooded Tar River, I finally arrived at Rose Hill. It was as beautiful as I remember it, not one tree on the ground and the swan was still circling the pond. Phew!

I proceeded inside and met with Erin and her mom. The ceremony had been scheduled to take place on the front lawn, and even though the grounds looked picturesque, the decision was made to move indoors due to the rather blustery conditions. Although a tough decision to make being that it was a beautiful day, it was the right one.

Erin looked stunning as she prepared for the day. And Thomas was enjoying a few pre-game beverages with his friends in the billiards room. The fact that a major hurricane had torn thru this area just one day earlier did not dampen anyone’s day. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful inside the reception hall. The flower arrangements were amazing! As Erin began her walk down the aisle with her dad, Thomas’s face lit up. Holding back tears, Erin kissed her dad and turned to face Thomas who was all smiles. The two laughed and cried throughout the ceremony. And once they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Bridgers for the first time, the guests roared.

Although the ceremony had to moved indoors, I was not about to let the wind keep us from taking the couple’s portraits outside. It was just too beautiful out to not take advantage of the immaculate grounds at Rose Hill. Erin and her hair, braved the windy conditions and we captured some beautiful moments!

Then it was time to party!

Congratulations Erin and Thomas!

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