I'm a published wedding and portrait photographer located in a small town outside of Charlottesville. In addition to capturing beautiful images, I love spending time with my family, am freakishly good at word games (Hey Wheelmobile!), love an ice cold can of Coke or Dr. Pepper, know every line to Hocus Pocus and can never pass up a Chick-fil-A waffle fry or a trip to HomeGoods. 


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September 2, 2017

Colorful Beach Wedding Inspiration | Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC

I love all things beach, especially the Outer Banks. My husband and I usually visit a few times a year–once in the on-season for a week with family and then again for a few days in the off-season, either spring or fall. It was during one of our fall trips that I was able to attend Amanda Hedgepeth’s Salt Air Workshop. Amanda is an amazing wedding photographer located in the Outer Banks who hosts a workshop each fall. During this particular workshop, she hosted a wonderful styled shoot full of colorful beach wedding inspiration with bright colors, beachy vibes and plenty of Outer Banks gorgeousness.

The shoot was located at Jennette’s Pier which is an eco-friendly pier located in Nags Head. It’s a rebuild of a former 754-foot long pier by the same name that was destroyed in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel. The new version, which opened in 2011, is 1,000 feet and all concrete. It features a variety of educational exhibits and the walkway is lined with fish plaques dedicated to various friends, family members and beach lovers.

The pier house is a multi-story building with the top floor dedicated to an event space, which is where most of the shoot was held. It has a wraparound deck and is a great location for weddings and parties with a beautiful view of the beach and the pier below.

The shoot made excellent use of the deck space with a biscuit bar, sparkly tablescape, cake table and more. The bride wore a gorgeous dress complimented by beachy waves with a bright, colorful bouquet featuring a mix of real and paper flowers. The cake was adorned with the same flowers and hand painted vases and seashells completed the tablescape.

I loved everything about the setup and love the bright colors. They offer a great inspiration for brides wanting a bold, bright, fun beach wedding and the Outer Banks is the perfect spot to do that.


Hosted by: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography

Planner: Sterling Dawn Events

Floral Designer: One Sweet Day in May

Bakery: Cakes by Chelsi Davis

Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals and Waterford Event Rentals, LLC

Dress: Maya Couture from Pure English Couture Bridal

Invitation: Paperdolls Design

Paper Flowers: Sweet Pear Paper

Caterer: The Handsome Biscuit

Rings: Adele Diamond

Jewelry: All Washed Up

Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Sharra

Venue: Jennette’s Pier

  1. Alex says:

    I love the theme of this wedding! Are you near Charlottesville? I have a friend looking for a Wedding Photographer, I’ll send her your way!

  2. amanda says:

    I just love this bridal photography session and all of the wedding details you have captured in Charlottesville, NC area. Beautiful!

  3. Bethany says:

    When you said colorful, you weren’t kidding! This is a beautiful selection of photos — how could we ever choose a favorite?
    Charlottesville doesn’t know how lucky they are to have you available as a wedding photographer!

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