Robbie hearts Meghan | Sanctuary Vineyards

Currituck vineyard wedding and winery reception


Robbie and Meghan were married this weekend at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg, NC.  We’ve met the couple a few times over the past year and were really excited to see all the hard work and ideas they’ve had come to life!

Meghan’s mom is the sweetest lady, and made me feel so comfortable right from the beginning!  The bridal parties used the upstairs getting ready rooms at the winery, just a short distance away from the vineyard they were to marry in.

Meghan and her father drove right up to the shut doors, building that first look anticipation until the moment she walked down the aisle.




After the ceremony, we always take time to do the family and wedding party portraits. After we finish we send everyone on their way to cocktail hour while we have private time with the bride and groom. During portraits with Robbie and Meghan we realized we were without a ride back to reception. Although not a far drive, it’s a little bit of a trek when in wedding attire. We made a phone call and the best of our short walk with portraits along the way until we were picked up.


Meghan’s sister Marissa had prepared a sweet toast, complete with props for Robbie to keep his new wife happy!


Elton, who has been referred to as ‘The most interesting man in the 252′, pours Meghan a glass of one of Sanctuary Vineyards most popular wines, Sweet Serenity.  The tasting room provides a more quiet area during the wedding.  It’s gorgeous too, with its copper topped bar and oak barrels.



We snuck the bride and groom away while the guests were finishing their Currituck BBQ dinner for a quick kiss behind oak barrels.  The winery is a working winery when not being used for receptions.  The oak barrels and chilling tanks make for a neat back ground.


Meghan and Robbie wanted to catch the sunset on the creek at the back of the farm.  They were so fun and up for trying out all of my ideas, from creaky wooden docks to a flooded boat.




Many thanks to my assistant Robin for holding lights where ever I needed them.  I love this picture of the bride and groom at the winery bay doors.


Everyone loves a sparkler exit, but it may not always be possible depending on wind and how dry it is.  Luckily for us, we had a perfect spring day!


Robbie and Meghan were completely surprised when they saw the car they had to drive back to Virginia in!


Congratulations and thank you so much for having me!



Spring Mini Sessions | Sanctuary Vineyards

Godfrey Family


These three came over to Sanctuary Vineyards for our Portrait Party that benefits the Outer Banks Surfrider Foundation , Not the Answer NC to oppose offshore drilling.

This sweet little Mason is only 3 years old but is soooo mature, he kept running to all the equipment on the farm and telling his daddy what it did and asking to drive it, he was in heaven in the dirt!  I love this one of him and his mama, they have the best smiles!


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Soon, Mason is going to be taller than his daddy!!

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Loving playing in the tractor wheel – all boy!

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Love the overalls complete with his John Deere boots!!

Spring Mini Sessions


Zooey Deschanel | Hello Giggles

Jill hearts Becky

Jill Layton is an incredible writer and a contributing author of Hello Giggles.  She wrote a funny, real and raw post about her feelings on her wedding day to her sugarbutt, Becky.

Gasp!  Zoe Deschanel shared it!!

Go NC for finally allowing same sex weddings and THANK YOU Becks and Jill for having Candace photograph your gorgeous and oh so fun day, loved your choreographed daddy daughter dance!!



  • Becky - WE LOVE YOU GIRLS!

Paperless Post | What Makes a Good Photo for a Card?

Can you count the amount of photos or illustrations you see per day, whether it’s TV, billboards, Facebook or Instagram?  We can’t either!

We are surrounded with visual imagery so when you send an invitation to someone you want to make sure it’s something that they will remember and want to keep.  Many invitations without words on the front may even end up on your friend or families wall or in a frame.

You want it to be emotionally engaging, funny, beautiful or something your viewer can relate to.  Many magazine’s front cover will have the subject looking at the camera so it’s more eye catching.  Of course, based on your event, your imagery may be tamer than the photos below, however, here are a few examples…

This was used on their invitation to their anniversary shindig…


This one was used on their house warming invitation, 4 legged friends were also invited.



Sanctuary Vineyards Wedding | Kyle hearts Stephanie

Outer Banks Vineyard

Kyle and Stephanie had the most perfectly imperfect wedding day at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg, NC.  We had been seeing all week that there was a chance of rain so Sanctuary Vineyard’s staff set up a ceremony site inside the winery and outside in the vineyard so Stephanie could make the call as early or late in the day as she would like.  She chose to have it indoors with all the wine barrels as her backdrop and it couldn’t have been prettier!  Also because it was inside and quiet all their guests could hear their vows and giggles.

Stephanie wore the most beautiful dress that laced up the back, she was brave and put it over her head and didn’t even move hair or smudge her makeup!  She knew what she was doing!


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She had her friends and family getting ready with her in the bride’s room above the winery along these two peanuts who are absolutely delectable!! The hair, expressions, smiles… Smoosh!!

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Their cake by Shockleys with Shockley’s Treats was soooo pretty and the cake topper was adorable!
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Kyle is quite the hunter and there were no shortage of shells in the groomsmen’s cars so, voila.

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Steph’s grandpa was the sweetest. He looked at her with the biggest smile all day.  Pride, love, watching the next generation embark on their new family, you could see through to his soul.

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We headed back to the creek right before it got dark and the bottom fell out of the sky!  They had a great time spending a few minutes alone together and “mudding” on the wet dirt road on the way back!

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When we got back, Nixon’s BBQ made everyone’s bellies super happy and George Wainwright with Coastal DJ and Video kept their fanny’s shaking the whole night!

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