Jonathan and Stephanie stood in the entryway of the Commanding General's Residence, surrounded by their guests. One hand holding his glass, the other wrapped around his new wife, Jonathan addressed the crowd. He thanked them for traveling so very far to witness their marriage and beyond that, thanked them for their shaping influence in his and Stephanie's lives. They had encouraged him. Challenged him intellectually. Supported his hopes and dreams for the future. Showed him by example the kind of man he should be. They made him the man Stephanie would one day fall in love with. And others, in turn, had done the same thing for her.
Jonathan acknowledged that he and Stephanie would not be celebrating their marriage that day if it was not for each of the people standing in the room with them.
Because that's the kind of people that Jonathan and Stephanie are. When the spotlight shines on them, they push it out to others. And when their loved ones travel hundreds and thousands of miles to celebrate their special day, they focus instead on hosting those people thoughtfully and generously.
I can't believe I've lived in Hampton Roads for 25 years and I've never been to Fort Monroe! It's so beautiful! Stephanie & Jonathan had such great suggestions for their portrait locations!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful spring day! Stephanie and Jonathan shared their vows at the Bandstand across the street from the Commanding General's Residence before treating their guests to a delicious brunch buffet.
How cute is this? Stephanie and Jonathan reserved a sweet little table for Ryan and I in the perfect spot where we could keep an eye on the action while we ate.
Congratulations, Stephanie & Jonathan! We absolutely loved getting to know you guys and being part of your wedding day! Enjoy Italy!!!
The Creative Team:
Venue: Fort Monroe: Bandstand and the Commanding General’s Residence
Venue Coordination: Jenn Stokes
Day of Coordination: Erica Park
Bridal Gown: Casablanca Bridal from J. Andrews Bridal | Bride’s Jewelry: Crystal Avenues from Etsy | Bride’s Hairpiece: Lovely Flowers Field from Etsy| Bride’s Belt: Essence of Australia | Bridesmaids: Azazie | Cake & Catering: Tessa’s Creations | Music: Scherzo | Florals: Bouquets by the Bay | Hair: Flawless on Site | Makeup: Meg from Blush Tones | Officiant: Scott Barber | Linens & Chargers: Waterford Event Rentals | Stationary: Virginia Brown Art from Etsy