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Outer Banks Engagement | Nora & Jeff

8/11/2016

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I was so excited to spend some time with Nora & Jeff down at the Outer Banks for their engagement session. I grew up going down there every summer so this was a super special engagement session for me. Nora & Jeff had mentioned they wanted water at their engagement session so we knew that this would be the perfect spot (you can’t go wrong when Nicholas Sparks even writes a book about the area – Nights in Rodanthe). The Outer Banks seems to have it’s own culture, and a spark that you can’t find anywhere else. When we got to the beach I was pumped for our session and then we were met by rain.  We waited as long as we could and we decided a sunset session would be better. The next morning we got up and I heard something – MORE RAIN and thunder. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to deal with rain this season. So what did we do? We jumped in my husband’s Suburban at 5a.m. in the morning and drove as south as we could; whether it’s the speed of a car or a dozen’s clear umbrella’s I’m not letting the rain bring down my brides. I thought, “We got this”. We drove as south as we could and finally the sun was coming up without rain! Being so excited about the sunshine  I failed to watch where I was stepping and walked right onto a cactus. I nearly fell to the ground when my “prince charming of a husband” ran to my rescue and swept me off my feet and put me on the ground. He broke out into “surgery mode” pulling them all out. If you are in the Outer Banks watch out for the spurs – THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.  Other than that the morning was gorgeous and Nora & Jeff brought the romance needed to create the perfect engagement session.

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“Jeff and I met in 2012 through work, while implementing a new software system for the State of North Carolina. We hung out occasionally outside of work, but spent countless weekday and weekend hours together because of work. Eventually I started paying a little more attention to him and thought, ‘Hmm, he’s cute and smart – What’s his story?’. Soon enough we started going out for coffee, getting lunch together, and taking afternoon strolls around our building. Boy, was he good at wooing — random gifts showed up on my desk – I thought could he keep this up! The rest is history! ” – Nora

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