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Destination Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Southwestern Bridal Inspiration

Last week I took a trip to visit New Mexico, and while I was there I had the opportunity to organize a styled shoot in the desert! I traveled everywhere from Albuquerque, Santa Fe and even took a hike through Tent Rocks… which I highly recommend! This was so fun and so far from what my typical photography and wedding posts look like. Nestled in the foothills of the Sandias Mountains, we were surrounded by lava rocks, cacti, and perfect golden light. I’d love to shoot wedding in New Mexico sometime, but meanwhile enjoy this Southwestern bridal inspiration! Here are a few photos from our shoot! Enjoy! 

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OUTER BANKS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | SARAH D’AMBRA PHOTOGRAPHY | 2015 OUTER BANKS DREAM WEDDING WINNERS

In celebration of the 2016 Outer Banks Wedding Expo I thought it was only appropriate to share some images from this past years Dream Wedding giveaway! Stephanie and Keith won the Dream Wedding package at the 2015 Expo and I was delighted to photograph their wedding! Be sure to pic up your copy of the 2016 Outer Banks Bride magazine to see the write up and full spread! Here are a few images form the Outer Banks Dream Wedding 2015! ENJOY!

Don’t forget to come see me this weekend! Expo North (First Flight High School gym) Booth 158 

XOXO!

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Outer Banks North Caolina Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Sound of an Era – Styled Shoot

Well, I finally jumped on the “wedding-photographer-band-wagon” and organized a styled shoot. It seems like that’s what all the cool photographers are doing these days, so I figured I better get in… I also was blessed with the opportunity to submit this styled shoot to Outer Banks Bride Magazine and they delightfully published it! ( SO UNEXPECTED! ) A few posts back I uploaded some images of the actually publication and the feature… here are a few additional shots that were included in the shoot! This is one of those shoots that we are extremely proud of! And if I  may say so myself, I think it perfectly showcases our unique style and displays what set’s SDP apart from other photographers. Thanks to our lovely model and her “she’s defiantly got it” skills, Honeysuckle Events for your amazing taste in all things vintage, unique decor and whimsical floral arrangements. Couldn’t have done it with out either of you gals! Enjoy!

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Outer Banks North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Woodsy Engagement Session in Nags Head Woods

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can’t believe I’m sitting down to blog our 1st post in 2016. 2015 year flew by so incredibly quickly! 

I am so happy to be welcoming Erin and David into the SDP family! We photographed their engagement session in late December on a absolutely perfect warm winter day. We settled on Nags Head Woods for their shoot location and I’m so glad we did!! After walking about 20 minutes to the perfect spot that Erin and David picked out I knew that the secluded sound front landing was going to be perfectly adorable. Even though I fell into the water… and almost broke my ankle we were still able to get some cozy woodsy winter engagement photos in! I also was completely obsessed with their two sweet babies they brought along with them. A perfect little family of four! I loved how both of their dogs wanted to be just as included in the photos as David and Erin. You’ll be able to see that in several of their images! Looking forward to this summer when we photograph their outer banks wedding! Here are a few photos from their woodsy engagement session in Nags Head Woods. 

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Eastern North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Tricia and Ashton’s Christmas Themed Winter December Wedding

I am absolutely IN LOVE with our last wedding of 2015. I have been dreaming of photographing a winter/ Christmas wedding for so long now, and it’s finally worked out for us! Tricia and Ashton’s winter wedding could not have fallen on a more perfect December day! The sky were beautiful, the temperature was a lovely crisp 40 degrees and our hearts were just blown away with the absolute attention to detail they placed on every element of their wedding. I am just so excited to share these with everyone! Here are a few images from their special day! ENJOY!!

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Outer Banks North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Outer Banks Engagement at the Wright Brothers National Memorial

Engagement sessions are by far my favorite thing to shoot! I’ve always said this. Once again I have reassured my self of this, just after I photographed this gorgeous couple at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. I COULD NOT MORE MORE OBSESSED WITH THESE PHOTOS! Seriously, killer! Killer sunrise, killer light, killer location… and KILLER COUPLE! I am so stoked to be working with these two again in May for their Outer Banks Wedding at the Currituck Club. Here are a few photos from their engagement session at the top of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. 

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Outer Banks North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Wedding ceremony and reception at 108 Budleigh in Manteo, NC!

I honestly spoke too soon! Here I was thinking that I was blogging the last 2015 wedding of the year and sure enough we just booked one for December! Yay us! Regardless, I am so happy to finally be able to share the wedding photos from Cody and Jenilee’s wedding in downtown Manteo, North Carolina. They held their wedding ceremony and reception in the amazing 108 Budleigh! Again and again we’ve photographed weddings there and it’s awesome to see how each one turns out differently. We also had the special opportunity to photograph some of the guys photos at the local Manteo airport seeing as how Cody is a pilot for small air crafts. With all the other photos wrapped up in the charming downtown Manteo waterfront area, I’m stoked to have sort of ended the year in my stomping grounds! Here are a few images from Cody and Jenilee’s wedding! Enjoy! 

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Outer Banks North Carolina Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | All Washed Up Jewelry

A few weeks ago Ashley and Jill Rawls, the fabulous owners of All Washed Up Jewelry, approached me and asked if I would be interested in shooting a session that featured some of their best selling products. I was immediately on board, as I am a HUGE fan of their work. This was a really big step for me as I am still so new to the commercial photography world. I’m finding that I really enjoy it. There’s just something awesome about helping and promoting other small businesses. When the girls told me their vision of using a mermaid tale I was a little taken back, and really worried about this being so far form my comfort zone. I knew instantly that I wanted to use none other than THE Katie Metzger. I first met her through the shoots I’ve been doing for Foxy Flamingo Boutique, and her modeling ability is clearly on point. She’s also moving to the big NYC here soon to pursue modeling full time so I was really stoked to have been able to use her before she left town. Katie killed it, the photos rock… and I’m still in awe of just how awesome this shoot turned out. Thanks to All Washed Up Jewelry for having faith in me to bring their vision to life!! 

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Outer Banks North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Sarah D’Ambra Photography | Boho wedding celebration in Kill Devil Hills, NC

WIND WIND WIND WIND. I think it’s safe to say that we have had our fair share of wind this summer. BUT, can I just say how obsessed I am with this boho wedding?!?! Madeline captured Mike and Edens wedding perfectly! I’m am totally bummed I missed such a killer wedding but stoked that Madeline stepped it up and took one for team SDP! Moving forward into next year, she’ll be photographing more weddings for the SDP brand. And that’s great news, because that means our schedules are more freed up and we’re more available to you! I couldn’t be more happier with her work, and it’s so awesome that our similar taste in shooting style complements each other so well… And not to mention Eden made her weddings incredibly easy to photograph with all of her DIY details. Here are a few photos from Mike and Eden’s wedding day! ENJOY! 

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