Meet the new Mrs. Mann!  Joanna and her hubby, Eddie were such a blessing to work with this year!  Their Manteo Wedding was just to die for, and we had so much fun frolicking together one afternoon this summer for her Bridal Portraits.  I love Joanna’s relaxed, elegant spirit!  Eddie is one lucky guy :)








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November 5, 2014 - I’m so thrilled to be able to announce that my home on the internet just got a complete remodel, created by the amazing Samantha at Point of Vue Design.  This has been a long project in the making! Because of her ridiculously amazing talent, when I booked in January of this year I was given a start date of August because that’s how booked she was…  The suspense all year has been killing me! But finally, here we are… and I’m in love!

Samantha hit the nail on the head with everything I wanted.  Simple.  Easy to navigate.  Simple to navigate.  And my biggest wish was for folks to be immediately presented with a storyboard of images as soon as they hit the front page… you don’t have to click anything to see a full representation of the style of my photography in the blog roll when you hit my home page.  It’s exactly what I had envisioned!

The light and airy look and feel of the brand refresh is magical.  She hand-drew my pretty new logo and made the super sweet flower to finish it off.  The colors are dreamy!

So now on to my big announcement.. you ready for it!?

2014 has been a life changing year for me.     I fell in love with a man who loves me in return like I never knew I could be loved.  I never knew what it was like to feel like I was created so perfectly… that even my biggest flaws were intentionally created.. perfectly.. for someone who would love them all.

I never knew that feeling until I fell in love with Jerry.

Jerry and I had a year full of emotion..  Incredibly lovey-dovey emotion as we got to know each other’s souls in and out!!! That kind of ewy-gooey love you haven’t felt since high school when you thought there just weren’t enough minutes in the day to account for all the time you wanted to spend together!

And this year Jerry and I also felt the worst kind of emotion.  Raw, debilitating sadness as we said goodbye to his two children 6 weeks apart as they lost their battle with Batten’s disease.

It’s been the best and worst year, all wrapped up in one.

But through the pain of the experiences of this year, Jerry and I grew even more inseparable.  Even past that ushy-gushy kind of ‘inseparable’ from high school, and into a type of ‘inseparable’ in way that we knew we needed each other.  That we relied on each other and needed the strength of the other to get through each day.

Last month, Jerry decided that he wanted to solidify that inseparable-ness and he asked me to marry him!

We’re Engaged!!!

So there it is!!  I’m going to be Melissa Mimlitsch in spring of 2015!  I’m so honored to be loved by him every day and to be strengthened by his faith in God’s ultimate plan and inspired by his strong character as he continues living and loving life through all it’s obstacles.

So I know a lot of you are like, “Duh.. I knew that.. OLD NEWS!!”  Because I sort of made a Pinterest board after he proposed that I later found out alerted many of my Pinterest followers that I was planning a wedding.. OOPS.

But maybe the PART II of my big announcement that you didn’t know is that Jerry has been second shooting with me all of 2014 and he LOVES it.  and he ROCKS at it.  Not even kidding.  That boy is sexy AND he can shoot!  How bout that for a husband!?

Jerry and I are (going to be) officially a Hubby and Wifey Wedding Shooting team!  YAYY!!!!

I know you’re all like “hold up.  Didn’t you JUST finish a brand refresh with a last name that you’re not going to have in 6 months?”

I KNOW, RIGHT!?!  But that’s the thing about love.. and life.. when you book something in January, you have no idea what August will bring :-)  And when I booked my refresh in January, I totally did not know I’d be engaged a month after finishing the project!  But Jerry and I reached that threshold in our relationship this year… you know the one I’m talking about.. the “when you know, you know.” one..  and we know that it’s time to make this life together official.. brand new logo refresh or not.

So now I’ve got to start brainstorming ANOTHER new refresh for a year or so from now with a new name! But I’m going to live with this beautifully designed Melissa Stallings Photography while I research my next moves on a business name change over the next year or two.. whew, that’s a BIG project.

We want to celebrate our engagement with some gifts for a bride.. or 3!


Jerry and I want to give a huge 15% off the total wedding package price to the first bride who books her 2015 wedding with us after this launch!


You guys.. That’s $450 off $3000! That’s pretty sweet if you ask me!

“Booking” means contract signed and deposit made so if you are interested in nabbing this offer, contact me immediately to check out prices and I’ll email you over a paypal invoice for the deposit along with an electronic contract to sign!


We also want to give away one FREE Wedding Album (10×10, 40 page album!) to the next 2015 bride who books after the 15% off offer has been used!


And THEN, we want to give away one FREE Engagement or Bridal Session to the third 2015 bride who books after the above gifts have been claimed!


In order to qualify for the gifts be sure to tell me in your email or phone call that you saw this brand spankin’ new website of mine and that Sam at Point of Vue Design is so crazy talented and did a fabulous job!

And now, since no blog post is complete without a photograph.. here’s my gorgeous ring!!! It’s a Montana Sapphire.. so natural and unique and beautiful.. just like our love…

(I know… We are total SAPS! We don’t deny it!!)

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  • November 5, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Chelsea Brown - Congrats Melissa! What a beautiful site and what wonderful news of your engagement! I know you guys have had a rough time lately, but I see God working in your lives and pray that you reap a big harvest in the coming year as you grow together in your business, marriage, and towards God!! Much love!


November 4, 2014 - Joanna and Eddie.. where to begin!? I had an inkling from the time I first spoke with Joanna that her wedding was going to be pretty incredible.  I didn’t know right away that it would be one of the most exquisitely detailed events I’ve ever photographed, but I knew immediately that it was going to be spectacular in some way.. because Joanna was spectacular!

The day began with Eddie and the guys getting ready at the local Reynolds Barber shop in downtown Manteo.  Classic.  And when it was time for the guys to arrive to the ceremony at Eddie’s Grandmother’s home in Manteo, they arrived by boat.. Classic..    Joanna’s color pallet of Ivory’s, gold, and navy blue, accented with lace, rustic woods and distressed paint was enough to send me to heaven!  They sent me to heaven again after the ceremony when we took a boat ride together for our bride and groom portraits in downtown Manteo.  Officially my favorite bride and groom photos of all time!  What a unique and personal touch on making their wedding day a refection of them.

Joanna topped the night off when she changed into her gold sequined Badgley Mischka reception dress to light up the dance floor.  She looked like a movie star!

I’m so honored to know this couple and to have been a part of celebrating with them.  They were such a Joy to work with and I’m thankful to have gained a new friend through my experience with them!  Happiest of Blessings to Mr. & Mrs. Mann!





Outer Banks NC Wedding Photographers – Melissa Stallings & Jerry

Flower bouquets: Flower Girls OBX

Corsages, Boutonnieres, Table Flowers and Decor: Amy Hinnant of Just a Little Something by Amy along with friends and family

Hair: Katelyn Sexton Hoggard of Oasis Day Spa and Salon

Cake: Allison Phelps of VanillaBean BakeShoppe

Catering: Tom Thumb Cookouts

Rentals: Grande Rental Station, Washington NC

Wedding Dress Shop: Maya Couture

Dress Designer: Essence of Australia 

Bridesmaids Dresses (all purchased on their own at different locations)

Tuxes purchased at Belks

Wedding Champagne Flutes: Sammy Jo Hinant of Glass of Jo

DJ: Butch Oliver of DownEast Entertainment

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September 24, 2014 ~ I’ve been holding onto Michelle’s First Landing State Park bridal photos for a couple months now just itching to share them!! We had the most fabulous day at the First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach photographing her bridal portraits.  Now that Michelle and Aaron (be sure to reminisce their fall Hertford NC Engagement session too!!) have tied the knot I can share this beauty in all her bridal gorgeousness :-)  I LOVE how much flow and movement her dress has! Just look at those twirls… you go girl ;-)














 First Landing State Park Virginia Beach Bridal Photos

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I was so disappointed when Janie’s bridal session got rained out a month before her wedding… and then when our rescheduled date 2 weeks before her wedding got rained out AGAIN, I was SO super bummed..  But all bummy feelings went out the door when our post-wedding bridal session date arrived and THIS happened.  Folks, it was so awesome shooting Janie’s bridals after her wedding because we didn’t have to be so dog-on careful with the dress!  We could do stuff like climb trees and go swimming it it… literally!!  Janie was absolutely fearless in her bridal portraits and took every advantage in the book of having to do her portraits after the big day.  This chick ROCKS!

We photographed at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach Virginia on the most beautiful day EVER. I mean, just look how that light flows through those Live Oaks!!  What a beautiful location!

Stay tuned for Janie + Marshalls wedding blog soon!!! In the meantime definitely check out their Camden NC Engagement Session :-D




























 First Landing State Park Virginia Beach Bridal Photos

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I LOVE when a couple chooses a location or theme to their engagement session that reflects them to a tee…  Like how Ashley and Derek wanted to incorporate a little fishing in their session since they were fishing when Derek preposed!!  So sweet!!  They chose the Bodie Island Light house at the Outer Banks of NC for the location of their session and we ended the evening by going across to the Ocean for some fun on the sand.  Mollie Gregory of Glimmer Hair and Makeup of the Outer Banks did a stunning job of getting Ashley  all dolled up for our shoot and I could not be more tickled with the striped maxi Ashley chose… I mean, how rockin’ does it look next to the Bodie lighthouse!?!

I had so much fun with this couple from start to finish and I’m SO excited about their May 16 wedding next year!! Stay tuned!

























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This navy, pink and gold wedding had my jaw on the ground from the moment I arrived! From the bridesmaids wearing sweet dresses from Target and cowgirl boots, to the coolest sign to use in a ring photo, ever,  to the stunning ceremony and reception decor curated by the amazing (did I say AMAZING?!) ladies over at Celebrations of EC, to Katie’s killer veil (I mean… that veil, though!!), all the way to their dramatic exit that has become my all-time favorite exit photo.. EVER.. (it’s the black and white one, at the end!)  This Elizabeth City NC Backyard Farm Wedding has taken its’s seat as one of my most favorite weddings I’ve had the privilege of documenting….. Ever….

My fabulous friend Katie of Katie Myrick Photography second shot this wedding with me and I’m thrilled to have had her talent assisting me behind the lens on June 28th, 2014.  Thanks so much, girl!

And biggest congrats to Katie and Brandon!  Thank you for trusting me to document this incredibly beautiful day for you!


















































































Assistant Photographer – Katie Myrick Photography

Florals and Design – Celebrations, of Elizabeth City

Bridal Gown – Inspired Bride, of Williamsburg

Bridesmaids Dresses – Target!

Groomsmen Attire – Lousa’s Bridal

DJ – Outerbanks 2000

Melissa Stallings (that’s me!) is an Elizabeth City NC Wedding Photographer serving all of the Outer Banks, Eastern NC and Virgina Beach areas.

Shoot me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

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You know what I’m thankful for?  Really happy, kind, people.  And I’m also thankful that all the clients that choose to hire me to photograph for them are really happy, kind, people.  ALL of them.  I’m serious!  For some reason God has blessed this little business by making it a happy-people-magnet!  It makes my job such a joy :-)

Katherine + Kevin are prime examples of that.  It didn’t matter that when we got to the beach we found out we’d be shooting in 50mph winds.. (I’m not exaggerating… well, maybe a little exaggerating… but it FELT like it was 50mph hour winds, and that’s not an exaggeration!) and that Katherine had just had her hair done but her half-up-do was going to look crazy in that wind so we had to immediately take it down when we got out there!  None of that interference and change of plans bothered them.  They were just as happy as if everything was peachy keen… because it was peachy keen.  Because Katherine + Kevin are the kind of people that know that life is peachy keen as long as you’ve got your loves next to you.  Nothing can rain on their parade. Or blow away their parade, in this case!

So we dealt with the wind and they rocked it.  I’m so happy with how awesome Katherine looks in 50mph winds!  And I’m so sad that I’m already booked on their wedding date next year but I’m eternally grateful I got a chance to get to know these two and to experience their happiness in front of my lens :-)  Thanks guys!

































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Melissa Stallings (that’s me!) is an Outer Banks NC Wedding Photographer serving all of the Outer Banks, Eastern NC and Virgina Beach areas.

Shoot me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

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Vickie contacted me after seeing a few photos from this session that moved her soul.  I’m so glad she did because her photos are now moving my soul!  This Momma and Daddy are the proud parents of a 3 year old and a set of 9 month old twins!  Im not going to lie, I was a little concerned when she revealed to me the ages of her babies beacause, let’s face it.. ONE 9 month old is not the easiest to work with sometimes.. much less adding in a second 9 month old and a 3 year old!  But alas, her kids were angels (I’m not exaggerating, they really were!) and we had so much fun photographing together!

I love the beautiful imagery that came from this beautiful family:




























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Melissa Stallings (that’s me!) is an Eastern NC Photographer serving all of Eastern NC, Outer Banks and Virgina Beach areas.

Shoot me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

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I get all giddy inside when I get to meet a couple vacationing at the OBX for a session!  Knowing that I get to document a little sliver of time that they will remember forever makes me feel so accomplished :-)  Photographing Nicole and Jacob to celebrate their engagement as they traveled in from Pennsylvania was no different.  I had so much fun with these two and hearing all about their love story of how they met when they were both working in Korea, hit it off instantly, and moved back to the states together!  Sometimes you just know that for two people to come together, it had to be  in God’s plan :-)

Good luck in your future Nicole and Jacob!

















 Outer Banks NC Wedding Photographer

Melissa Stallings (that’s me!) is an Outer Banks NC Wedding Photographer serving all of the Outer Banks, Eastern NC and Virgina Beach areas.

Shoot me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

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When Elena + Patrick sat down with me to talk about their small, intimate Outer Banks wedding, I knew I would be in love.  They chose Patrick’s grandmother’s home in Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk as the location for their wedding and reception and had only about 50 to 60 of their closest friends and relatives present.  It such a casually sweet day and we felt like we were part of the family!

They said their vows on the sand just behind the house, their dance floor was the home’s sun-deck patio, and they cut cake and made their toasts in the living area inside the home.  It was so sweet!  And of course, let’s not forget to mention how gorgeous and smitten over each other Patrick and Elena are.  I’m so honored to have been a part of celebrating their day!

P.S. Some of my absolute favorite shots from this wedding came from my handsome second shooter’s camera.. Jerry.. also known as my boyfriend :-)  What a crazy cool bonus for me – a boyfriend who is cute AND can shoot!!  My favorites from his camera are of Elena and her dad before she walked down the isle and also the beautiful shot from behind the ceremony just after Elena and Patrick kissed.  It’s in black and white down below.. you’ll see it!  Great work Jer Bear! Love you!




















































































































Dress Shop: Camille’s, Wilmington NC
Alterations: Ann’s Alterations, Charlotte NC
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Grooms Bowties:
Hair and Makeup: Megan Kiourtzidis (Hair), Jennifer Yell (Makeup) of Aqua Spa, Outer Banks
Nails: Ocean Nails Spa
Flowers: homegrown and purchased from Arranged by family members.
Caterer: Dawn’s Kitchen
Decor: Friends and Family
Rentals: Metro Rental, Outer Banks NC
Officiant: Dave Keller of Outer Banks Seaside Ceremonies
Bracelet gifted to bride from groom:  Etsy shop of NC Artist McfMiller
Wine: The Assorted Table, Charlotte NC
Beer: Home Brewed by the groom’s father!

Outer Banks NC Wedding Photographer

Melissa Stallings (that’s me!) is an Outer Banks NC Photographer serving all of the Outer Banks, Eastern NC and Virgina Beach areas.

Shoot me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

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I was contacted by a close friend of this charming family below who wanted to surprise the Winslows with a newborn session! What a beautiful gift! And she even let me deliver the news to Shannon and Damon myself that their fantastic friend had just purchased a session in full for their precious new bundle.. all we had to do was set a date :-)

I’m so honored that I was included in celebrating with this family as they welcome their new addition! Your family is beautiful! 





















Eastern NC Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Melissa Stallings (that’s me!) is an Eastern NC Lifestyle Newborn Photographer serving all of Eastern NC, The Outer Banks and Virgina Beach areas.

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