Outer Banks Editorial Wedding Photography: Katherine and Joseph | Jockey’s Ridge NC Elopement Photographer

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Boho Picnic Elopement on the Sand Dunes at the Famous NC State Park

This Jockey’s Ridge Elopement Shoot was a very special project for me.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

Scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest, I saw lots of inspiration for adventure elopements, but I wasn’t seeing women that looked like me reflected in the images. Jockey’s Ridge had been a dream location of mine, so I decided to collaborate with some of my favorite vendors and friends to create a fun, boho-inspired elopement in this amazing location. I had two goals in mind: to show that adventure elopements are for everybody and that a boho/desert inspired look for your wedding is possible to achieve here in North Carolina!

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

Once again, Artemisa Calligraphy blew me away with these this hand lettered invitation suite and leather pieces.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

Details were very important to me for this shoot. I wanted the primary colors to be blue and yellow with some complementary oranges and greens. I wanted a desert aesthetic without going across the country to the desert. Jockey’s Ridge gives a desert elopement location with the largest sand dunes on the east coast!

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

I didn’t want a traditional cake, either. Instead we opted for some delicious vanilla and caramel donuts from out favorite, Duck Donuts.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

I had to make sure we chose the perfect models for this shoot. Katie and Joseph are the most fun couple. They have modeled for us before and always make us laugh. We knew we needed a couple that was up for anything and loved having adventures.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

The beautiful floral arrangements for this shoot was created by the amazing floral artists at Ever Be Floral in Greensboro. They truly know how to capture a vision and come up with the most beautiful arrangements. The arrangement for the arbor, the bouquet, the boutonniere, and the floral bridal hat were all created by the team at Ever Be!

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

For the Bridal look, we wanted to use a hat instead of the traditional veil. We found this one on Amazon! We added this fringe jacket for a fun touch. Her dress is from Southern Bride in Kernersville, NC. Southern Bride was our go-to boutique to find the perfect flowy dress. They carry a wide range of sizes from 0-28 in store!

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

There is a reason this location had been on my bucket list! I was so excited to finally get to photograph here. If you are looking to elope to a beautiful location in the Carolinas – this is your sign! As always – check for the proper permits to hold elopements and photography sessions at these beautiful state and national parks. There are also certain legal requirements to eloping to make the marriage official, so make sure you check with your state to see what you need to do first.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

We are absolutely in love with this look! Katie was radiant in the golden-hour sun. She said this was the most comfortable gown she had ever warn and it gave her a huge range of motion for twirling on the sand dunes!

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

Joseph has a very classic look. Keeping things simple for the groom is always a good idea.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

It was very easy to convert the picnic sweetheart table to the ceremony space. We moved the stick arbor (that Josh made, by the way!) up the dune for the epic view of the sunset.

Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer
Jockey's Ridge Elopement Photographer

This project could not have been possible without the most amazing team of vendors and friends! It took a few of us to carry in all decor and camera equipment and make sure we had it all packed back up on our way out (leave no trace!)

Photography and Planning: @himherphoto
Location: Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Brides Dress: @southernbride ⁠ (fringe jacket and hat from Amazon)⁠
Florals: @Everbefloral
Donuts: @duckdonuts
Stationary: @artemisacalligraphy

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We're Josh & Alisha

Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.

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Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.

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Hi! I'm Josh!

I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.

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