If nobody I know ever sees my new passport photo, I’ll be forever grateful. It is hands down the most unflattering picture of me I’ve ever seen. It even beats out the picture in my high school yearbook from Wacky Tacky Day when I wore a toupee and fake bubba teeth. If it wouldn’t cost me $60, I’d consider ordering a new one.
In preparing for my upcoming vacation, I realized I never obtained a passport with my married name. So, I made myself look cute, went to the local CVS, had my picture taken and expedited it off to the government along with a check that could have purchased me a new designer handbag. Three days later I got an email stating my application for a new passport couldn’t be completed because I was wearing “headgear” in the picture. By headgear they meant a cute tribal headband that matched my outfit perfectly. My options were to submit written documentation explaining how the headgear was for religious purposes or send in a new photo.
So, I made myself look cute, went to the local CVS, had my picture taken and expedited it off to the government. Because of time constraints, I felt rushed and didn’t even examine the new picture once the technician handed to me. I really should have. I don’t remember the lens being two inches away from my nose but according to the outcome, if she would have zoomed any closer, the picture would have been of my second layer of skin. I can’t really explain what’s so wrong with it except that everything about it is awful.
My old passport with the adorable picture of an eager and anxious twenty-year-old about to live abroad for six months sits next to a new passport with a picture that serves as a rude reminder that I’m inching closer to thirty. Regardless of how hideous the picture is, that little blue booklet is my ticket to a long overdue vacation filled with adventure and intrigue.
I don’t think Britt and Perry could take a bad picture. They look absolutely stunning in the photos from their wedding day taken by the oh-so-talented Ginny Corbett. Britt and Perry were married at the River Dunes Club in Oriental, North Carolina. Despite the rain throughout the entire day, the sun came out just in time for the couple to wed at the chapel and celebrate under the market lights and stars in the bride’s aunt’s backyard. It was the first wedding I’ve ever worked that I can say I saw dolphins as I was setting up for the reception.
An amazing team of vendors including the Harbor Club at River Dunes, Hot Locks, Ali Smith Cake Designs, Michael’s Florist, Celebration Photobooth, Ginny Corbett and Southern Entertainment worked quick under pressure to accommodate location changes and remained rock stars throughout the entire day. Aside from being beautiful and super creative, the bride is also talented and recorded herself singing “Lullaby” by Billy Joel to have played during her Father/Daughter dance. It was such a touching moment.
Let’s talk details. Sailor rope bridesmaids dresses. A coral reef necklace. Nautical place cards. Custom koozies. Personalized Jones Soda bottles for the Root Beer Float station. A dessert buffet featuring sweets made by the bride. Britt and Perry’s wedding was a nautical masterpiece filled with cute details from start to finish. I felt honored to be a part of their wedding, to be a voice of calm admist confusion and to have had Britt’s trust to coordinate their day. Their wedding was picture perfect.
Wedding Coordination: Orangerie Events
Photographer: Ginny Corbett Photography
Ceremony Location: River Dunes White Chapel
Reception Location: Private Home in River Dunes
DJ: Ben Suggs with Southern Entertainment
Photobooth: Celebration Photobooth
Florist: Micheal’s Florist
Cake: Ali Smith Cake Designs
Hair + Make Up: Hot Locks