Springtime in Wilmington means gorgeous weather, and that is exactly what Julia and Derrick got for their wedding day. Expecting a beautiful baby boy in just a few months, Julia rocked her dress, looking radiant all day. The ceremony was held under a huge grove of Live Oak trees that is unmistakably Fort Fisher. They are a tangled lot that have seen their fair share of weather coming off the beach over the years. If you were to look straight up, it seems their trunks all weave into one, creating the canopy of leaves that we used to get soft light in this bright, midday wedding. I LOVED the colors they chose, and thought the orange accents of gold fish was a super cool detail for this un-beach beach wedding. I knew I had to incorporate them into an interesting ring shot somehow. I also loved that even though it was so close we could have thrown a rock into the ocean, Derrick and Julia were cool to go a different direction with their portraits after the wedding ceremony. They were so fun to work with that I could have easily shot another hour’s worth of portraits with them. But alas, the limo and bridal party were waiting. Off to the backyard reception we went to start the party!