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Ft Macon-Atlantic Beach North Carolina Wedding Photographer – Sam’s Bridal Session –

Although I live near Va Beach and Coastal VA and I photograph a lot of weddings locally…I LOVE to travel to distant locations for engagement and weddings…and on occasion I also get to do bridals in destination locations!  AND include a little Civil War History!

This bridal session was held on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina in Atlantic Beach, at Ft Macon.

This  fort was built in 1826 and protected the Crystal Coast during the Civil War.

When we arrived…at 5pm.  We thought we had until 8 to shoot…

..but within 5 min of starting the shoot the guard told us he was closing up the inside of the fort in 15 min…

We all stared at each other in disbelief…for a second then got to work!

We had less than 15 min to shoot most of the following images….before being kicked out!

But we were determined and had a plan….

Sam’s sisters boy friend was gonna keep the guard busy with questions! 🙂 while we ran from place to place setting up our images…

The very first shot could totally be seen as a silhouette of a bride during the Civil War era.


The texture and architecture in this fort is nothing short of amazing….then to be surrounded by a beautiful beach….just icing on the cake!

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We quickly moved inside to the barracks and hallways of the fort….the arch way doors went on and on…totally amazing…

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We quickly set Sam up on the stair case that was as majestic as they come for a fort!

There had to be a female somewhere along the way that helped with the design 😉

I do believe I heard the angels singing when this photo was taken….or at least they were doing a loud hallelujah high five!

This was my favorite and Sam’s favorite of the day!


The guard…said times up…gotta go but look what we found outside….the wooden doors were just as amazing…


And a cellar bunker….


Then it was off to the beach…for some sunset photos…just look at that golden sun!

We plan on going back for Sam and Steven’s first anniversary to do a shoot on these walls!


The beach….the dunes….the light…the sunset….it was simply an amazing night…with a very excited beautiful bride with her momma…and sister.


Cotton Candy Sky in one direction..and orange from another direction….Crystal Coast…you do not disappoint when it comes to fabulous sunsets!

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Sam loves orange so the heavens obliged her with orange sunset.

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She sent Steven a little love note that we used in a sneak peek….


And that’s a wrap….Despite the running around like crazy people because the fort closed earlier than what we anticipated…

and despite we were a sweating like crazy…

we were able to accomplish some pretty cool bridals for Sam to share with her family….kids…and grandkids one day.


You were a beautiful bride….with a sweet heart…and wonderful family.
I can’t wait to blog your wedding too!



  • Tia - October 8, 2014 - 4:32 PM

    Beautiful! I love the silhouette and the staircase one the most but they were all amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Cathe Deibert Baird - October 8, 2014 - 11:19 PM

    These are absolutely beautiful, I feel as though I’m right there in your moment!!! Love cuz, Love!ReplyCancel

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