The wedding day of Cherilyn and Rick just made our hearts happy! These two are so sweet, so fun, and so perfect for one another. From the first time Cherilyn reached out to us to share the details of their story, we knew we would be working with a couple who cherishes every moment they get to spend together as a precious gift.
We truly enjoyed learning about their love and seeing it unfold on their special day. They met in Wilmington and Cherilyn has been by Rick’s side as he served our country in the Marine Corps. They endured long distances and tough times to make it to their wedding day, building their relationship on patience, communication, and friendship. With such a strong foundation in place, their day was sure to be one filled with excitement, emotion and beauty.
The wedding was held at the spectacular Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington. Besides being one of our favorite places to film at, this gorgeous historic venue was the perfect setting for Cherilyn and Rick’s grand event. The day began with getting ready and reading the letters they wrote for each other, followed by their first look in the courtyard garden. Both Cherilyn and Rick could not contain the overwhelming joy they felt when they saw each other, and there was plenty of laughter and tears as they realized the day they had been waiting for so long was finally here!
Loved ones then gathered inside the sanctuary for the ceremony, overjoyed to see Cherilyn and Rick come together as one. Cherilyn was absolutely stunning walking down the aisle in her lovely dress, and Rick looked very sharp in his Marine uniform, which the best man later declared in his toast as the most “badass uniform in the armed forces”! The pastor’s sermon included engaging stories and meaningful messages about married life, and the love between Cherilyn and Rick filled the room as they read their handwritten vows to one another. And when they kissed, you could just tell how much they were both taking in the moment as the beginning of the wonderful legacy they will be building together.
The bridal party was whisked away on a trolley ride to Greenfield Lake for pictures, and the cocktail hour was held in the courtyard as the sanctuary was prepared for the reception. It began to rain a bit, but everyone was so excited for the party that they hardly even noticed. And what a party it was! Cherilyn and Rick shared a dreamy and romantic first dance, and the parent dances that followed were some of the sweetest we have ever seen! Cherilyn and her dad wowed guests with their fun dance moves and Rick and his mom sang along happily to their song. During the toasts, we could sense the undeniable bond between these two families. They embraced not only the newlyweds, but each other as well, and were all so excited to be together to share in Cherilyn and Rick’s big day. After the dances and toasts, The Band Punch, out of Raleigh, rocked the house with a stylish performance that got everyone on the floor (and stage!) to dance and celebrate with Cherilyn and Rick until the end of the night!
Many thanks to Rich and his team at Brooklyn Arts Center for introducing us to this lovely couple, and also to the talents of Dockside Strings, Treasured Moments Photography, Orchid Island Events, and Beautiful Flowers by June for making this day extra special.
Cherilyn and Rick, it was such a pleasure getting to know you both! Thank you so much for the opportunity to capture the story of your incredible wedding day. We know your relationship will be forever strong, fun, passionate and beautiful, and we wish you a life full of love and many more adventures together!