Marissa & Steve | Manteo Dream Wedding | Outer Banks Wedding Photographers

Hello, hello!  And, happy awesome Tuesday to everyone!  I just returned from a trip to East Tennessee, seeing all of the green beginning their turns to gorgeous colors only means one thing… Fall is just around the corner.  Whoohoo!!  I’m kinda ready for that seasonal change, living life a little cooler.  But, while we enjoyed temperatures in the 40s-60s in Tennessee, we sent kids to school in tank tops and flip-flops here in the gorgeous Outer Banks today!  Maybe Fall will catch us soon!  But, in the meantime, let’s celebrate Summer with on of our amazing Summer 2015 Real Weddings: Congratulations, Marissa & Steve!

Marissa and Steve’s Outer Banks Wedding is the perfect example of what happens when vendors are chosen that know and have a history of working with each other!  The team of folks for this day was outstanding, and the perfection that came with those choices shine and shines!!  I said perfection… And, I really meant it!  The day was perfect (really!), blue skies not too hot, light breeze.  We began our day in Pirate’s Cove, Manteo, NC.   Marissa, Steve, and their friends and family we busily preparing for their incredible day.  These two were awesome… And, I mean awesome.

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After busy preparations, we were off to the Waterfront Gazebo, Downtown Manteo to officially tie the knot.  We all hope for sunshine on wedding days, but sometimes you just catch a shower (they say that’s good luck, you know?!). Marissa and Steve were just trying to settle their excited hearts before the ceremony when rumour of rain rumbled in.  The pop-up shower came out of nowhere…

Thankfully, our team always keeps an eye out for weather and was able to spot this storm in just enough time to warn the congregated friends and family of the impending drizzle. We say drizzle, but after our team, some heroic musicians, and several wonderful wedding-goers (all of whom spent the rest of the fantastic evening a little soggy…lol) helped get the congregation and anything else that didn’t like rain inside, an epic storm broke.

For about fifteen minutes rain pelted the beautiful Outer-Banks. After a little debate and concern over another pop-up storm, we decided to take the celebration back outside.   And, before you could even say ‘downpour’ everyone was back outside enjoying the beautiful ceremony. And the silver lining, quite literally, to this sudden storm was the dramatic skies left behind and a stunning rainbow making the happy couples’ wedding photos extra special (I mean check them out, how cool is that sky?!).

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We met Marissa and Steve at the 2015 Outer Banks Wedding association’s expo, two globe-trekkers brought together by their love of travelling, amongst other things. They wanted a reception to reflect this and, as you can see in the photos, with the Blue Poppy Weddings team at their side, they put together something special. A globe to sign instead of a guest book and a gift of an atlas greeted each guest to arrive, the first part of a reception that just got better. A fabulous feast was prepared by Manteo’s Avenue Grill and a jaw dropping triple tiered cake by Icing on the Cake took centre stage for dessert. Everyone was filled up to the corners in the best fashion by the time the dancing began.

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It was a uniquely wonderful occasion that all swirled around a truly lovely couple who kept their cool even in the heart of the storm. Thank you for letting us be part of your day, Mr and Mrs Cloutier.

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Until next time,

Sarah, Blue Poppy Weddings

Marissa and Steve’s Outer Banks Wedding Vendors

  • Manteo Soundfront Gazebo, Ceremony
  • Manteo’s Avenue Grill, Reception
  • Florist: Flower Girls
  • Cake: Icing on the Cake
  • Hair and Make-up: Dimensions Salon
  • Photographers: Blue Poppy Weddings
  • Event Coordinators: Blue Poppy Weddings
  • Graphic Design/Invitations: Blue Poppy Weddings
  • Print: Coastal Impressions
  • DJ: Coastal DJ and Video
  • Ceremony Music: Club Violin
  • Rentals: Atlantic Rental
  • Officiant: Rev Tanya Young

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I have an affinity to all things light and airy.  I love color, sunshine, romance, and laughter.  I love inspirational quotes, meeting new people, flowers, and the idea of finishing a great book.  My go-to drink is coffee.  My outlet is dance. I have always been an artist, and with over 250 weddings under my photography belt, I am super excited to bring my experiences and absolute love for beautiful imagery to serving brides on the Outer Banks.

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