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Traveling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina is like traveling to another world. You drive for hours through North Carolina with barely any bars on your cell phone and nothing to see out the window but trees or maybe some cotton fields. You may get lucky and take a side street where you see a house with goats and one of the goats happens to be standing on the roof of the car (would have made a great pic – should have stopped!). But just when you think you will never get there, you cross over the most pristine waterways and natural landscapes and you know your destination is close. You start driving through the coastal towns, rich with history and charm, and it’s like you’ve been transcended into another time.

This is particularly true in the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island, famous for being the site of the “Lost Colony” that we all learned about in school. When Samantha & David got engaged, they knew they wanted to have their destination wedding in the Outer Banks. because it was such a special place to them. They held their wedding at the Elizabethan Gardens, which is one of the most spectacular sites in the Outer Banks. Witnessed by their closest family and friends, Sam & Dave shared their vows in the Sunken Garden, vibrant with green and pink hues that glistened from the September sun. It was a fairytale kind of wedding and Sam looked like a princess in a vintage style dress of beads and lace. Her prince waited by the fountain anxiously when finally she appeared from the path beyond the garden wall. They had waited eight years for this day and were so excited that their journey had brought them to this place for this occasion!

We didn’t have a chance to meet Sam & Dave before their wedding day, but we certainly hope to see them again the next time we get up to the DC area! They are such a sweet couple and so much in love that it’s inspiring!

Sam & Dave, thank you so much for letting us be part of this day with you! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Outer Banks and hope you enjoy sharing your photos with everyone at your reception back home!! Best wishes! : )


I love this shot that Matt captured of Sam just before she made her grand entrance!

6 Responses to “Samantha & David | Destination Wedding Outer Banks | Destination Wedding Photographers”

  1. Gwen~ seriously seriously beautiful! Her dress, the wrought iron backdrop {heart-shaped part of fence… wow!}, the fountain shot, the sun gleaning… ohmygoodness. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Christy says:

    These are beautiful!

  3. Administrator says:

    Thanks ladies! We’ve been sooooo excited about this wedding for the past year and so happy that everything turned out so beautifully for them! Ooh… now I can’t wait to do the slideshow! It always brings the story together! : )

  4. Sam Hays says:

    Thank you so much Gwen! We love all of the pictures. You made us look so good! Can’t wait to see the rest!!

  5. Administrator says:

    Haha! Sam, you two made our jobs easy. Not only are you two gorgeous, but you also have a love that is real and shines through. We enjoyed spending time with you both on your wedding day. I hope the reception was just as beautiful!

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