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…You jump for joy!  And that’s what I did.

I submitted photos for the upcoming Bridge and Groom Magazine  that will distributed over 28k times during the year, They chose my beautiful bride Sam for a full page spread, plus another of her and Steven’s awesome wedding party for another feature page in the magazine.  If you would like to see their wedding day blog of their awesome Crystal Coast Beach wedding in Atlantic Beach NC you can see that here.

The photo they chose also placed in the finals of an international photo competition out of 20k entries!

It is so amazing to see your brides get the recognition they deserve for being so beautiful!

If you want to see Sam’s full Crystal Coast Bridal Session session that the photo was pulled from you can see them here.

 Thanks Sam for being sooooo amazing!

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Plus I received free placement in the directory…What an awesome gift!

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It was early into January 2015 as I sat at my computer as I do most nights wellllll after 10pm editing …And I was chatting with my photog friend Leigh and having a pity party, about how hard I was struggling…seeing all of my photog friends getting published in this blog…that blog and this publication etc….and how I was failing at this aspect of my business (mostly out of fear of rejection).  When it was way past 1am I said what the heck…I am gonna toss my hat into the ring…it was HIGHLY unlikely that I would get an answer from the publication I was submitting to because they were not even calling for any submissions at the time, but I plowed through that doubt and hit send on two of my weddings….and went to bed.

I got up the next morning and I almost spit my coffee out all over the place when I had an email from the publisher in my in box that she wanted BOTH weddings and could I please have my brides fill out the questions enclosed and return it by the end of the month with 20 or so images from each wedding.  Again I sat there in almost utter disbelief got up…got more coffee…because I was sure this was not possible…my first fly by the seat of my pants submission got accepted not for one but TWO weddings.  After I sat back down I busted out crying and laughing all at the same time…trying to pull my self together I reached out to both brides….and the rest as they say is history. Sadly one bride did not make the cut off date with her info so her wedding did not get published in this edition but that’s ok it was a BEAUTIFUL amazing wedding.  I look at that beautiful bride in the snow with her prince charming kissing her in the 12 inches of snow we got two days before her wedding.  I have it on a large canvas print on my wall…and I know she is happy too because she is published too on my office wall at and on the walls of the beautiful Church Point Manor where she got married !

Thank you Virginia Bride Magazine for welcoming me to your beautiful publication.  It is an honor to be there with some amazing photographers.  And the cover of this edition….is to die for!  So pretty.

Here are the 4 pretty pages with Lisa and Joseph’s story.  Go grab a copy…I hope to have the link soon for the online version.

Moral of this story….GET OFF YOUR DUFF and DO it…what ever THAT is that you want.  Don’t wait for it to find you….go hunt it down!

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 The Awesome Frienders in this publication are

Pallette of Petals for the BEAUTIFUL floral arrangements and bouquet

Sweet Water Cuisine for the Amaaaazing table decor and food

Jack and Jill Baking for the beautiful cake

The lovely family and friends that were there to celebrate this beautiful small intimate wedding at Cape Henry in Va Beach.