Jessica + Hilton : Wilmington, NC
Jessica and Hilton’s wedding was like a fairytale come true! Their day was filled with tons of romance, sweet moments, awesome family, the funnest friends, beautiful locations, and a love story like no other. Meeting at UNCW and working together as surf instructors on Wrightsville Beach throughout college, Jessica and Hilton became best friends and later fell in love. After college, Hilton joined the Coast Guard and the couple endured long distances for a time… but as the best man said in his toast, it only strengthened their relationship. Steadfast in their love for one another, the celebration of their union was sure to be an unforgettable event.
The morning began at their beach house on Carolina Beach. The first thing we noticed about this couple was how thoughtful they both were! We love the way they incorporated all of their family members in their wedding day. Everyone played a special role and added so much personality to every moment. Jessica even wrote a letter for her mom, stepmom, dad, and each one of the bridesmaids! Hilton surprised the groomsmen with personalized wooden boxes containing a note, cigar, and an individual Jack + Coke. They also wrote letters to each other. When Hilton read his from Jessica, you could tell how much her words spoke to him, and Jessica was overcome with emotion as she read Hilton’s letter to her.
The bridal party had a great time getting ready for the big day ahead. This was a close group of friends who just really love to spend time together, and it was great to film all of their excitement! Jessica even brought along her adorable dog, who sweetly watched the girls as they ate snacks and got their hair done. After hair and makeup, Jessica’s mom and bridesmaids surprised her with some beautiful jewelry gifts that represented something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue - stunning additions to Jessica’s absolutely gorgeous wedding gown. She looked just like a princess, and Hilton was definitely her prince in his handsome Coast Guard uniform!
Next, Jessica and Hilton’s large group of friends and family gathered together at Marker 137 for the ceremony. Overlooking Masonboro Island and set amongst huge oak trees, this lovely waterfront venue made the perfect scene for Jessica and Hilton to commit their hearts to one another. As Jessica and her father walked down the aisle, Hilton could hardly contain the emotion - definitely one of the most romantic bridal entrances that we have ever captured! During his sermon, the pastor had Jessica and Hilton turn around and take a picture in their minds of all the friends and family gathered there to support them on this new journey. He asked them to think about the fact that this will be the only time that all of these people will be gathered together, and how special that was. Such a poignant message for a wedding day! Then, Jessica and Hilton exchanged their handwritten vows through tears and laughter. In addition to making promises to one another, their words also showed their shared sense of humor and deep understanding of each other. After vows and rings, the pastor blessed them and they had their kiss… the perfect ending to such a sweet ceremony!
The night continued with the cocktail hour and reception. Jessica and Hilton made their entrance into the tent and were greeted not only by all their guests, but also Jessica’s dog who came to take some pictures with the happy couple. What followed was so many more sweet moments, from Hilton and Jessica singing along to their first dance song, to the tender dances with their parents, to the touching speeches made by their closest friends and dearest family members, to the cutting of their elegant wedding cake. Then, the party started and everyone had a great time dancing until midnight under a beautiful canopy of lights. The night ended with a sparkler exit, and Jessica and Hilton were sent off to begin their happily ever after!
Jessica and Hilton, we loved meeting you two and being a part of your perfect wedding! We wish you many years of friendship, laughter and a love that never stops growing!