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Tiffany has been going to Hickory United Methodist Church in Chesapeake since she was a little girl she was baptized there by pastor Mercer, so it’s only fitting that one of the most important days of her life, her wedding day, was celebrated there!  She grew up in Hickory, went to Hickory High School and lived in the country out in Hickory. So her choices for her wedding day was exactly perfect for her and Andy.  Hickory United Methodist Church for their wedding and the reception at her parents house out in Hickory.  What a beautiful day!  It threatened rain all day but we managed to hold the rain at bay until just as the night was ending!

Tiffany and Andy Here is your day!


Hickory United Methodist Church, Chesapeake VA

When your baker comes to the house to put your cake together and decorate it, to say it was fresh is beyond correct.  This cake was not only beautiful it was delicious!

Tiffany, your hair and makeup was beautiful! Your team was phenomenal.

When I walked around the corner and saw this curio cabinet FULL vintage camera’s I knew the rings belonged in there for at least one shot.

Meanwhile the boys were elsewhere getting dressed!

Look at how your daddy looked at you! I am sure his heart was bursting with joy!

The sun was high in the sky, but it did not stop us we used it to our advantage and grabbed us some pretty sun flair!

Look at those smiles! Happy is written all over their faces.

Tiffany owns her own business called Wood and Wine Designs, you should check her out.  She made a lot of her details  for her tables! You should really check her out on FaceBook.

The New Mr. and Mrs. Goins!

I love first dances, it’s a time for the bride and groom to let the emotions of the day flow, hug on each other, smile and sway in each others arms to a song that sums up their love.

When you have two men you call dad, two men who have influenced your life it’s perfect to have two father daughter dances!

I loved the FUN yard games…that Tiffany had made by one of her friends!  Especially the one with their initials and date on them! And of course no yard games are complete without corn hole!

Tap It Local were the bartenders for the day!

I think your bridesmaid knew this was getting ready to happen 🙂

It was cloudy most of the rest of the day after the ceremony, but just when we needed it we had a small patch of sunset that showed up just in time for their sunset photos.

This bride LOVED to dance….she was on the dance floor most of the night!

Some of the dancing went on in the field! LOL.

We had just a few seconds before the rain started to move in for a couple of night shots and the sparker exit!

Best Virginia Photographer Melody Gillikin Photography

The sky was dark with thunder and lightening but the party continued under the tent.

The new thing now is no tosses at the end of the night but a last dance with all of your family and friends circled around you! I LOVE it!

The rain was coming down enough to put a damper on the sparkler exit but it was a cool smoke exit though!

Tiffany and Andy your day was perfect! The rain held off till the last minute and you were surrounded by all of your friends and family!  You could not ask for more!  I wish you both the most perfect life as you start this journey together!


The Group of Frienders who made your day fabulous!


Brides Dress- David’s Bridal

Brides Maides Dresses – David’s Bridal

Grooms and Groomsmen’s suits – Mens Warehouse

Catering & Bartenders – Tap It Local

DJ- Eric Donnelly

Hair – Eva Mae Hair Company

Makeup – Sia Kosmakis

Cake – Jennifer Ruzicka

Flowers- Sharon McDaniel
















You know I love the beach, specifically the Outer Banks,  everything about it, the sand, the warm salty air, the smell of the ocean and sunscreen! I will live there one day!  Being an Outer Banks Wedding Photographer makes my salty soul happy! So when I knew that my first wedding of this season was in one of the many beach locations I love, Carolla Beach and at the Whalehead I was ecstatic, to say the least!  This location has a small town feel with a lot of gorgeousness surround by the sea and rich history.  The history alone of the location is a beautiful love story in itself.  The mansion was built by Edward Collins Knight Jr. for his bride Marie because she love to duck hunt and none of the hunt clubs would allow women as members in 1925 so her groom purchased 4 miles of the area and built her an exclusive hunting lodge.  So for a wedding to take place on these romantic grounds is beyond amazing!  Just look at this view of the beautiful Whalehead Club It’s breathtaking! Although they do not permit photos to be taken inside, you will see the outside of this beautiful location offers many gorgeous choices!  Becca and Ruben your wedding was simply amazing from the location to the sunset skies and the food truck! <3  Your day was perfect…well the 50mph winds were a little tough for the bubble exit but we pulled it off!  Relive your day! XOXO

Historic Whalehead Corolla Beach

The family rented two homes for the week prior to the wedding day so they could spend time relaxing and beaching it up! The adults stayed in one house and the bridal party in the other!

Smart thinking Wayne and Carla! 🙂

Becca and Ruben here is your wedding day from the rehearsal to bubble exit and what a wonderful day it was!

Here is a couple of images that Wayne was not teary eyed in…every time he cried I did to I think 🙂

Family is everything!

When I arrived at the girls beach house all the girls were laughing, giggling, painting toes and just having a good time anticipating the day.

Last few sprays because the beach wind was gonna play havoc on the hair!  This hair style is now coined the “Becca Bun”

This little crabby dude made the trip from FL just for this ring shot!

These are Becca’s Grandma’s rings and her something old.

These moments right here.

She’s your best friend, she’s by your side on one of the most important days of your life. She’s your maid of honor.

Becca had a few moments here and there when her emotions of the day spilled out and this was one, when her mom helped her with her bracelet.

That’s a lot of beautiful right here.


Your flower choices for your bouquets were beautiful, I’ve seen sunflower bouquets but none as pretty as this.

The sweetest flower girl and the prettiest little flower crown I’ve ever seen!

Meanwhile, at the boys house, my amazing second photographer Heather was hanging out with the boys and capturing their shenanigans.

Last few minutes before

Father daughter first looks always get me…but this one really GOT me..Like Whoa.

Ceremony time!  The wind was whipping and the sun was shining and it was beautiful! The driftwood arch was amazing!

The walk was soooo long we had Ruben turn his back until she got to the chairs to turn around…

So the back story behind the Flamingo.

He was their mascot all week, went everywhere with the group, to the beach out to dinner, everywhere, so it was right that he was part of the wedding too. So he walked part of the way with Abbie.

He was the perfect escort.

The flower girl was so adorable she stopped half way down the long walk and our wonderful coordinator Brittany helped her run to her momma. We all started hollering run to momma Layna run to momma, and when she got site of her mom it was the most precious moment!

I know you are saying it.. awwww! Because we all did.

There was no way on earth these candles were staying lit but we lit them anyway!

See this look…that’s the look of hours of anticipation and anxiousness gone!

©MelodyGillikinPhotography Outer Banks Wedding Photographer | Whalehead

Golden hour just seems more golden on the shore!

The trees are amazing at Whalehead.

This photo right here! <3

The sky was starting to turn a pretty shade of pink, and purple cotton candy.

So happy to be the new Mrs. Guerrero!

And then she sees her parents, both crying and she loses it again and so did I. Such a sweet moment full of love and gratitude for all they have done to make their day perfect.

He loved her first.

Momma’s boy’s are the best!

This food truck served the most delicious food, their crab cake empanadas To.Die.For! And if you wanted they served you a completely Vegan meal.

Can you tell which one is Vegan? Nope. and both delicious! BOTH!

The sun was setting so we took full advantage of the beautiful skies

Mr. and Mrs. Guerrero.

Party time!

Cake and Toasts and lots of laughs!

Becca’s cake and cupcakes were Vegan! And tasted amazing.

The cake smash happened so fast no one saw it coming even Ruben. LOL.

When Wayne asked Carla to marry him he asked the DJ play a certain song and he played the wrong song so we reenacted it for them.  It was the best!

I love night images it is true!

But the Grand Finale of the night goes to THIS photo… it is all of it! The tree of LIFE and love and Happily ever after!

©MelodyGillikinPhotography Outer Banks Wedding Photographer

The wind was blowing about 50mph so we had to be quick with the bubble exit on the side of the mansion to block some of the wind!

Becca and Ruben and the whole Leland / Guerrero family!  It was such an honor and a blast to spend the day with you capturing the most perfect day!

I pray many blessings and love and adventures are ahead for your new marriage.




Here are the fabulous vendors who made the day a HUGE success! 


The GORGEOUS Venue: Whalehead Club

The ever fabulous coordinators and event rentals: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals and Events

Catering: Sofrito’s

Hair and Makeup by the fab duo: Paula Stone and Jessica Barbini

Tent and table rentals: Metro Rentals

DJ: A Team DJ Services

Linens: Classy Covers

Delicious Cake / Cupcakes: My Vegan Sweet Tooth

Transportation: Island Limo

Gorgeous Flowers by : Bells and Whistles

As always, thank you for coming to my blog and being a part of the joy I get to share!













  • Bruce & Suzanne Accashian - June 15, 2017 - 3:04 PM

    Becca, I have not seen you since you were about five years old and cute as could be. Thank you for letting us share your special day with you as we look through these magnificent photos. Life is full of new experiences, let God direct your steps and everything will turn out for the best. Congratulations to you and Reuben.

    With lots of love,
    Suzanne for:
    Bruce and Suzanne AccashianReplyCancel

Anna and Tyler

 Despite Virginia’s weather mood swings, your beach wedding at the Sheraton Oceanfront was beautiful!

I am so honored to have been part of your day and capture every moment for you and Tyler to cherish forever.

Thank goodness it warmed up some and so glad you both braved the cold chilly air to create some beautiful images on the beach!

Here is your day…your BEST DAY EVER (so far)

I laughed…cried…and smiled a lot with you all day! Just seeing you guys so happy and in love makes my job so easy!

Don’t let the blue sky and puffy white clouds fool you…it quickly became overcast and it was so cold the fountain was full of icicles!

But inside it was sunny and 75! With a beautiful bride and all her details!

I LOVED this ring box! So personal and perfect!

Boys being boys! LOL.

The moments with your momma as you get into your wedding dress for real….it’s a beautiful thing.

Anna, you were simply stunning!

The look on their faces says it all!  I LOVE all kinds of first looks!

And this one….your daddy was so sweet.

And watching your momma…watch the two of you was sweet too. Her heart must have been bursting! I know mine was!

It was sooooo cold but that did not stop either of you from making your first look warm and full of love.

Tyler, your reaction was PRICELESS! I always get teary!

I love this romantic image of you guys!

Sheraton Oceanfont Wedding Melody Gillikin Photography

It was so cold our goose bumps had goose bumps…everyone was eager to get inside for a few portraits before the ceremony and to get

feeling back in our faces LOL.

Ceremony time.

The image on the right below caught my attention and caused me to pause and think…I wonder what was going through your daddy’s mind as he looked at you in this moment.

Was it remembering the day you were born? Was it the first time you took your first step?

Was it remembering the first time you said “I love you, daddy”

Was it your first day of school? Your first date?

I wish I had asked him but whatever it was, I am sure it was with a heart full of love.

And when your daddy took over the ceremony after giving your hand to Tyler….I melted.  The room was so full of emotions.

I have to admit…when I was taking this photo I was also seeing the sky turn pink outside and could not wait to get your “just married” photos on the beach.

 The Heavens agreed and the skies rejoiced with an array of beautiful colors!  Even if it was only for the last 5 min of sunset, it was BEAUTIFUL! Beach Wedding Photography www.melodygillikinphotography beach weddings

First Dances…I love them.

These two ladies right here! They did a FANTASTIC job coordinating the day and keeping everyone on track…not to mention they toss a pretty mean veil. 😉

I love following the bride and groom around to the tables seeing them with their family and friends.

Not gonna lie…the song that was played during the mother and son dance had me a blubbering mess behind my camera.

Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman.

I had never heard it before but man….is it a powerful momma song.

I truly don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.

Julian had the dance floor full all night long!

I loved the ombre blue cake and the cute topper, but the fun detail on the back was totally them!

Back to dancing the rest of the night away.

Anna’s veil belonged to her momma, she wore it on her wedding day and so did Anna’s sister. So we had a little fun with it to commemorate its meaning.

We then snuck away for just a little bit for some night portraits by the pool…ahhh. I LOVE them.

The night wrapped up with some photo booth fun and the traditional tosses.

The little ring bearer cracked me up…I thought he was gonna be the only single dude on the floor! LOL!

And then off into the night as the new

Mr. and Mrs. Disharoon

Established 12-17-16


Anna and Tyler

Thank you again for trusting me with your most precious moments and memories!

I wish you and Tyler the best life has to offer for years and years to come!


Today was also made possible by the following wonderful friendors!

Venue- Sheraton Oceanfront – Nancy Rosen – Event Manager

Brides Dress –Here and Now Bridal

Guys Suits – Men’s Warehouse

Hair and Makeup – Nina Quintana of Abracadabra Salon

Flowers – DIY Bride and family

Cake – Patti Cakes Inc.

DJ – Julian Rivera

Catering – The Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel

Cute ring box – End Grain Wood Shoppe (Etsy)

Day of Coordinators – Angela Carley, Kelsie Carley, and Allison Disharoon

Videographer – Riverdale 24 Productions

(you need to click on THIS link to see their video!)


The temperature in Norfolk | Newport News for this vow renewal was exactly 20 below zero (ok I might be exaggerating a tad) on December 10th 2016…

but it didn’t matter because it was

 Chrystelle and James’s wedding day!!!

But I am sure the wind chill was pretty close to zero and that’s not typical of Virginia weather in December. It’s normally in the 50’s at the least.

Anyone who knows me knows….I love love love Christmas and the Christmas season,

and this wedding vow renewal was such a wonderful way to kick off the Holiday season.

Chrystelle and James have been married for a few years but when they got married they just did a quick little wedding ceremony because they

both serve our country in the Military and often have to go in different directions so when the time was right they

planned the perfect day….the day they always wanted.

The one they dreamed of  when they first got married and were determined to make it happen with family and friends.

Chrystelle and James, Thank you so much for allowing me to tell your love story!

Here is your day! And a beautiful day it was!


I like to be at the rehearsals if I can make it so I can see how the ceremony is going to flow so there are no surprises on the wedding day and boy was there!

So many special moments that were significant and meaningful to them.

But I was most excited for their walk back down the aisle because they are HUGE Alabama fans…well James is now by default and vows LOL and so when

they walked back down to Sweet Home Alabama…I was so excited because I knew I liked them…but now I LOVED them! <3

The day started as usual with everyone getting ready, hair, makeup, and hairspray and lots and lots of laughter and smiles.

Chrystelle’s details were so pretty they all had that old Holywood Noir look to them so I photographed them that way.

Ok let me pause right here and say that is Chrystelle’s MOM helping her with her dress…not her sister…her MOM! I want what ever skin care she uses!

I don’t think I have had a groom that smiled and laughed as much as James.  We had to make him do the “serious face”  🙂

There is just something about those father daughter first moments, when he sees her in her wedding dress. He was speechless. <3

Talk about brave…the sun was going down quickly and they ALL went out for a group shot.  I am not kidding it was frrrreeeezing.

This moment right here is probably one of my very favorite non-first look moments. They were back to back in chairs and their families and bridal party all

gathered around them to pray, worship and sing.  I was covered in goosebumps the entire time.

There were tears of joy and sheer emotion that spilled out all over that room.

It was overpowering and spirit filled.

NewLife Ghent is so pretty inside the lines, curves and stained glass are beautiful!

Every bride should take a few moments to herself before the ceremony and service, to take it all in, to savor the moment.

The worship service was moving!

James didn’t know that this moment was gonna take place, and what a beautiful symbolic moment it was.

I love the first kiss…but I love the moments and the hugs right after, so sweet.

Then cue the music. Sweet Home Alabama! and then dancing back down the aisle.


The first few moments after the ceremony are so full of pure excitement, love and joy.

Many couples opt for their exit to be from the ceremony site vs at the end of the night and I loved the lit colorful sabers! FUN!

It was dark and too cold to do any bridal party photos outside so we opted for inside. What a good-looking group!

However, they braved the cold together but LOVE was keeping them warm.

My second photographer, Michelle,  was running around with a can of aerosol fog spraying like crazy for these two images…and ummmmm you sprayed a smoke HEART! <3 How Awesome!!! Then it dissipated.  But still cool.

Off to dinner and dancing!

First Dances <3

See, constant smile on Jame’s face.  Happy man for sure!

I did mention she was a chef right?  Chrystelle came up with her own amazing menu and let me tell you it was AMAZING!

Let the par-tay begin!

Speeches and laughter…there’s that grin again…I tell you, you could NOT wipe it off his face all day!

I gave them a little surprise..a few photos from their day in an album before the day was over.

Cupcakes are always the BEST!

Last Dance before being whisked off into the night for a few night portraits to finish out the night.

There could not have been a better way to end the night and it included the best backdrop in all of Hampton Roads for their night portrait, The Hampton Coliseum!

Chrystelle and James it was a sheer delight to document and tell your Love Story!

Your day was filled with so much detail and meaningful moments.

I pray that you will forever in love and will look back on your day with big smiles and realized just how blessed you are!

Special thanks to all of the frienders who made their day possible.

Please put your hands together for:

Wedding Planner / Event Coordinator- The lovely Kristin Visher

Brides Dress – Blush Bridal Boutique

Gentleman’s attire from Ace Tuxedo Newport News

Hair and Makeup – The Fabulous Tanza Hines

DJ / Photo Booth – The awesome 196 Events

YUMMY Cupcakes by – Scratch Bakery 

The beautiful flowers were designed by – Kate Fiore Floral Design

The cute flower girl dresses were created by- Star DeJesus at Starstyles

The gorgeous tables and event decor decorations and set up were by – Tammy

The FABULOUS Menu and Catering by – Chef Kyle at Embassy Suites and Hotels – AMAZING menu and fabulous flavor!

Venues:  New Life Church Ghent / Embassy Suites Event Convention Center Hampton

  • Drew Miller - February 28, 2017 - 11:33 AM

    An event to remember! Very proud of you two. May God bless your eternal journey!ReplyCancel

Meet Erin and Lee and Ethan…they are now a sweet little family!  Their Folly Beach SC destination wedding at the BEAUTIFUL Regatta Inn Bed and Breakfast was simply one of the sweetest intimate waterside weddings I have photographed.  Erin is my niece and I now have a wonderful new nephew Lee and great nephew Ethan. Their love story is so sweet and I am excited to share it with the world!  Although Lee and Erin tell it better with their love and compassion for each other I was so blessed to be apart of their day.  Erin and Lee here is your day, your love story through the eyes of my camera.  Love you all very much!


Erin and Lee have known each other for years sorta and one brief encounter 15+ years ago…would one day change their lives forever…they took different paths down different roads but God knew what He was doing, waiting for the right moment, the right time, when they needed each other the most to cross their paths again one night…and the rest is history.  Their history….Guys your story is going to be a great story to share with your children and grandchildren one day about how time only made your new beginnings better and sweeter!

Their wedding was held at the Regatta Bed and Breakfast in Folly Beach SC.

Since they are both from Gastonia NC, I asked why Folly Beach?  Erin’s reply

“We were on a fun get away weekend in Charleston and decided to roam and explore and found Folly Beach and we LOVED it, its a cool little beach town with a ton of charm, so when we started trying to find a place to get married and most of the venues were booked for our date we both said Folly Beach!, and it was perfect!

They booked their distention wedding at a place they loved! It was PERFECT! charming and has down right beautiful views! I think you will agree!


Erin and her best friend and maid of honor Carrie were just having a great time! Enjoying the morning with all things, mimosa, makeup, hair and music! What could be any better on your wedding day!

Lee being the most thoughtful romantic man ever…sent her flowers that morning and had written notes for Erin to open at different times of the day…all timed out to when she should open them.  When she woke up, noon, 2 pm, and just before she walked down the isle …. I mean really, my makeup on the last one would have been a complete mess!  Erin you did great with these…and your makeup was flawless even with tears…thanks to my beautiful daughter and your cousin Paula. 😉

Being the only photographer that day, I had to jump between Lee and Erin taking photos so while the girls were sipping on mimosas I ran across the hall long enough to grab a few shots of the boys…

This little guy right here! So cute! And the bestest little best man EVER!

He adores is daddy…

The 2pm one got her!

This was the BEST…yep I cried behind the camera.  Just seeing my sisters face as she helped Erin into her dress was enough to take me over the top.

You were simply stunning!

And this…always….always….gets me.  There is just something about it.  The moment your daddy walks in the room.

They wanted a moment before the wedding ceremony but didn’t want to actually see each other so we opted for this!

Their moment was just an hour away and I had time to slip away and go photograph the ceremony site and a few details just before guests started arriving.

The guests arrived, the music started to play and just like that, the once Miss Taylor, will soon become Mrs. Isley.

That last daddy’s kiss for his little girl….and that first step toward being Mrs. Isley.

I loved this photo!  Lee’s expression as well as the pastor and his best friend watching his expression with smiles too!

Then wiping a tear…He was so sweet.

Ok…funny not so funny capture….during the opening prayer….the seat my son in law was sitting in crashed to the ground with a LOUD bang…and of course everyone tried NOT to laugh…but laugh they did…proof by the hand over Amelia’s mouth. LOL.

I love a good first kiss….but the way Erin took Lee’s face in her hands and smiled at him!  Better than any kiss!  <3

Erin became an instant momma and could not be happier about it…her love for Ethan is so precious…as you will see.

See the beautiful Carrie on the left?  Yea…the real Carrie is on the right!  She is sooooo FUN! And beautiful…a great combo!

These Two…have been best friends since the first Erin and Lee encounter years ago. 🙂

Not sure what he whispered….but it made for a great photo.

Off to be announced as Mr. and Mrs. Lee and Erin Isley!

When culling the photos down to the 1400+ images (YIKES) I almost tossed this one out…until I saw my sisters face…over to the left with her hands clasped in front of her smile….beaming from ear to ear for Erin as she watched her dance with the love of her life…what a sweet moment.

SC law requires brides and grooms to sign the marriage license so it’s part of their photos of course!

They asked John to say the blessing…and where Poppie is…Amelia is not far.

The sunsets here are simply amazing…and today was going to be no different.  But first…a good ole down south low country boil for dinner! YUM! Complete with Sweat Tea, and Lemonade of course!

These two ladies right here!  Jessie and Alexa did a FANTASTIC decorating, setting up and coordinating the entire event!  Things went so smoothly!

As the sun began to set we took a few more moments to capture it with Erin and Lee.

and a few others 🙂

Dancing is part of the FUN for the evening…some photographers don’t like this part as much as other parts of the day….but me I LOVE it…peoples personalities come out on the dance floor, and I love capturing their expression…fun and just the over all party fun!

And then there’s Paula singing Shoop…always a show stopper. 🙂

Ummmm her cupcakes were to DIE for…the salted caramel ones…best I have EVER had! EVER!

Night portraits are always one of my favorite times….who am I kidding I love every single moment of the day LOL…but I do love the night portraits.

And night selfie portraits… 🙂

And portraits in front of your venue! <3

Then it’s back to dancing the night away!  Ummm… boy Ethan can dance…!!

DJ Michael Peifer from Wedding Music Charleston…kept the dance floor full!

Lee’s dad can dance swinging all the ladies around the dance floor at least once.

Did I mention that Ethan can dance?  The boy can Whip and Nay Nay better than most adults…and at age 6 actually won a dance contest proving it!

And just like that…all the cupcakes had been eaten…all the dancing was done and it was time to send the happy couple off with love and sparklers….on to the next portion of the night…the FOLLY BEACH crawl!

They wanted one last dance alone…and it was a beautiful moment. Erin cried as we walked out…and I remember her saying…”it’s over? I don’t want it to be over, it went by so fast”  yes it does…but hopefully I did my job and captured every single moment so you can look back anytime you want to and relive your day over and over and over again.

I think they will agree… BEST. DAY. EVER…thus far!  I know there will be many many many more happy moments in your future!

My sister blinks a lot…but in these photos…I can tell its an intentional closing of the eyes out of savoring the moment as she says goodbye to Erin Taylor and hello to Erin Isley. <3

The Folly Trolly…took them all into the town to continue their fun…

Erin and Lee

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to capture your day! I love you both very much!

Here is a shout out to all the fabulous friends and vendors who made your day so beautiful and perfect!

The BEAUTIFUL Venue:  Regatta Inn Bed and Breakfast

The GORGEOUS Brides Dress: Poffie Girls Gastonia NC

FABULOUS Hair and Makeup: Paula Stone

BEAUTIFUL Flowers: Carey Roberts Design Company

DELICIOUS Cake / Cupcakes: Cupcakes Down South

AMAZING Catering: Christopher Castner / Just Eat This

PERFECT Event Coordination: Jessie Peterson and Alexa Hodge

AWESOME DJ: Michael Peifer from Wedding Music Charleston

WONDERFUL Bar Tender: Mark Hayes from Snyder Event Services

BEAUTIFUL Wedding Music / Strings: Coastal Chambers Musicians