August 15, 2017 I photographed Erin and Dieter’s intimate wedding ceremony at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Bonnie Williams of Hatteras Wedding Ministries married the couple under the magical island sky.
They continued to see one another every weekend and at one point, after stopping at a Target, Erin asked if they could wait in the car to spy on a couple struggling in the parking lot with an enormous TV that was obviously far too big to fit in their car. It’s goofy moments like that, when thinking back on it, Dieter says he knew he was hooked! Their relationship continued to grow and quickly became almost inseparable.
They are both beach-goers and Dieter would always tell her how beautiful the Outer Banks is, as it was one of his favorite vacation spots. Years later they finally were able to visit the island together. Dieter decided the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse would be the perfect time and place to propose. They climbed to the top of the lighthouse and just as he was about to propose with the ring in his hand, Erin actually looked down over the railing and said, “This would be a beautiful place for a wedding!” Naturally this gave him the perfect segue so when she turned back to him, he was already on one knee. Fast forward two years and they were back at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for their wedding!
Just a few weeks before their wedding, the island wide power outage occurred due to the contractors of the new Bonner Bridge severing the electric lines to the island causing the island wide evacuation of all visitors with no date as to when the island would reopen to visitors. The couple did not have a backup plan so they crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. Fortunately, everything worked out in the end. Scroll down for a few frames of Erin and Dieter’s beautiful wedding at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.