Amber & Andrew - CNU and Chrysler Museum Wedding

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It was a Cinderella story from the very beginning: a chance encounter, love (just about) at first sight, a beautiful gown, and a magical ballroom. Except in this Cinderella story.… Instead of an immediate proposal, they dated for 2,025 days. There were no ugly step-sisters, just a wonderful step-brother who officiated the ceremony. And ironically, the shoes didn’t fit, and the bride happily went barefoot for part of the day.

Amber’s step-brother Trevor officiated the ceremony, which took place at Three Oaks Estate, the home of Christopher Newport University’s president. Amber & Andrew met their first week of freshman year at CNU, so much of their love story took place on campus. Their first photo together was taken on the steps of this beautiful house, making it the perfect place for their wedding.

After the beautiful outdoor ceremony, guests drove to the Chrysler Museum of Art, where Amber works, for the wedding reception in Huber Court.

We arrived at the Chrysler just 30 minutes before sunset and we had the most beautiful light for some final portraits! I am obsessed with the architecture here! The elegance of the arched doorways, the way the sunset is reflected in the glass, the beautiful gardens… we could have done portraits here for hours!

Amber thought of every detail for her wedding, from the cute notes on her programs and menu cards to the rose petal toss at the ceremony. But my favorite details were at her reception. Amber & Andrew LOVE breakfast food and had many late night dates at IHOP, so they had breakfast stations at their wedding: chicken & waffles, quiche, shrimp & grits, and bacon twists. Yum! Amber also created four signature drinks around the something old, new, borrowed, and blue tradition: something old –  Maple Old Fashioned, something new – Caramel Apple Sangria, something borrowed – Pineapple Sunset (the signature drink from her mom’s wedding two years ago), and something brewed – Smartmouth The Princess Oktoberfest. How cute is that?

The amazing ACE team! Amber worked for Antonia Christianson Events for many years, so of course, they were by her side on her wedding day.

Amber & Andrew ended the night with a private last dance. It’s such a beautiful way to hold onto your wedding day for one more moment together.

The Creative Team:
Coordination: Antonia Christianson Events
Ceremony Venue: Three Oaks Estate at Christopher Newport University
Reception Venue: Chrysler Museum of Art


Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids: Adrianna Papell and Kennedy Blue | Cake: Family Friend, Whitney Galmard | Catering: Cuisine & Company | Floral Design: Isha Foss Events | Groom’s Attire: Generation Tux | Groom’s Ring: Rustic and Main | Hair: Amberly at Flawless on Site | Makeup: Elizabeth and MeLissa at Dhalia Edwards | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Photo Booth and DJ: Boardwalk Entertainment | Rentals: Cathedral Windows by Big Top Entertainment | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Truffle Shuttle | Videography: Picture & Sound | Favors: Duck Donuts

Ashley & Tim - Fall Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding

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Ashley & Tim are proof that sometimes dating your best friend is a good idea.

It was obvious to everyone. They had found true, lasting love. Built on the foundation of a three-year friendship. They wanted to get married, but they were in the middle of medical school and the last thing they had time to do was plan a wedding. So on July 16, 2015, a random Thursday that they both had off from the hospital, they got married at the Portsmouth Courthouse. A year later almost to the day, their son Henry was born.

But they still had dreams of a big wedding so they could truly celebrate their marriage with friends and family. And 1,177 days after they first said ‘I do’ in a simple courthouse on a random Thursday, they said ‘I do’ again, this time in a garden surrounded by everyone they loved most.

I hope you’re not on floral-perfection overload! Just wait until you see the gorgeous way Palette of Petals and Stage Right Lighting transformed the Rose Garden Hall! I loved how much the twinkle lights and uplighting added to the ambience, especially as the night went on! And how yummy does that pie bar from Chef by Design look?

What a night! Ashley & Tim, congratulations on 1177 days! Thank you for choosing us to be your wedding photographers! We LOVED working with you and can’t wait for our sweet babies to meet!

The Creative Team:
Coordination: Ashley, Soirees by Lauren
Venue: Norfolk Botanical Garden
Venue Coordination: Ashley Nardiello

Beauty: Eye Do Make-up & Hair | Catering: Chef by Design | DJ: Danny at Astro Entertainment | Florals: Palette of Petals | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting

Jessica & David - Summer Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden

Jessica & David - Summer Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden

A cold drink in one hand and a crab cake in the other. In a beautiful flower garden. Surrounded by their friends and family. That was exactly where Jessica & David wanted to be.

Jessica & David wanted a colorful summer wedding full of wildflowers. They wanted to dine under cafe lights as the sun set. Add in a preppy striped summer suit, a colorful bouquet, and floral napkins sewn by the bride and her mother, and you've got a recipe for a perfect garden wedding.

But what Jessica & David wanted more than any of the little details was to enjoy their wedding day with their guests. From a toast with friends while getting ready to cocktail hour with their guests by the perennial garden fountain. And it was a beautiful day from start to finish.

Stephanie & Jonathan - A Military Wedding at Fort Monroe

Stephanie & Jonathan - A Military Wedding at Fort Monroe

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.

Megan & Hamilton - VMI and Lexington Country Club Wedding

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It was just two days after Christmas. His flight wouldn’t take off for nearly 8 hours, but Hamilton decided to go and sit at his gate anyway instead of aimlessly wandering the airport shops. What difference did it make where he sat for all that time?

She shifted in the uncomfortable airport chair. The cold, gloomy weather outside matched her tired and uninterested mood. Her flight would be leaving soon and she was more than ready to board the plane and get home. She kept checking the time, but it seemed like they would never call for boarding.

Then a handsome stranger sat down next to her and struck up a conversation. She chatted politely, grateful for a way to pass the remaining minutes before her flight home. She told him her name: Megan. They chatted about everyday things: where they were headed; how they had spent the holiday. When they called for boarding, he asked for her email address, and she gave it to him.

Soon after they parted, the announcement was made that Hamilton’s flight had been reassigned to a different gate farther down the terminal. He rose and collected his things to move to his new departure gate.

It was the most ordinary of moments in the most ordinary of places. But those few minutes he spent sitting in an uncomfortable airport chair at the wrong gate would change everything.

We've done a handful of destination weddings over the past couple of years. Two of our other wedding this year were destinations for either the couple or most of the guests. But this was the first wedding day that was a destination for Ryan and me as well! So we were very excited to have portraits with gorgeous mountains in the background! Hampton Roads is so flat!

I don't think anybody at this wedding actually lived in Lexington, VA! The bride and groom live in Alaska and their guests came from all over the country! And to make it even better, Ryan and I were so excited to finally work with Jacklyn of Events by Jacklyn! The day couldn't have gone more smoothly! And when everybody (including most of the vendors) live out of town, that's pretty impressive!

The weather forecast the day before the wedding wasn't promising, but we ended up with the most beautiful day. Megan said it felt like summer to her, since she's used to chilly Alaska temperatures! And it didn't rain a drop until everyone was safely at the reception!

The Creative Team:
Coordination: Jacklyn, Events by Jacklyn
Ceremony Venue: Virginia Military Institute
Reception Venue: Lexington Golf and Country Club

Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Anderson's Bride | Beauty: Lou Stevens Glam Squad | Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo | Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery | DJ: Joey Launi, Events by Jacklyn | Florals: Harmony Harvest Farm | Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Major Jon Casper | Rentals: Festive Fare | Stationary: The Wedding Shop | Transportation: Quicks Bus | Videography: Kelsey & Nate

Jiney & Stephen - Rose Gold Historic Post Office Wedding

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Jiney & Stephen are two people who don’t desire the limelight. They want to be on the sidelines cheering for others. In the ring fighting for others. Behind the scenes helping others. Out of sight caring for others.

And because they don’t desire the limelight, on this day, the light on them shines brighter. On the day when everyone gathers to shower love on them, they shower love on others. Pausing their portrait time to help a guest find parking. Introducing their families to each other. Planning surprises for their guests: an ice cream bar, a secret drink menu, and delightful little Harry Potter themed touches throughout the day. Jiney asking their vendor team, not just if they’ve eaten, but to sit down and enjoy their dinner. Stephen surprising Jiney with strings of white lights draping the ceiling. Honoring Jiney’s family heritage with a traditional Korean Hanbok and decorating with dates for good luck. Simple actions of kindness and thoughtfulness for others. Instead of worrying about making the day perfect for themselves, they made it perfect for others.

Jiney & Stephen incorporated several Harry Potter references throughout the day: Quidditch inspired ceremony hoops, twinkle lights like the floating lights in the Great Hall, and tree centerpieces inspired by the Womping Willow hung with place card keys and a Golden Snitch necklace. And then to top it all off, they surprised their guests with Butterbeer and a magical potion specialty drink.

After walking down the aisle to River Flows in You, by popular South Korean pianist Yiruma, Jiney changed into her traditional Korean Hanbok. She also sprinkled the reception and sweetheart tables with Korean dates, symbols of good luck. Such sweet ways to honor her family and heritage!

The Creative Team:
Coordination: Sterling Dawn
Venue: The Historic Post Office
Venue Coordination: Kelsey Leeper

Bridal Gown: Allure from Studio I Do Bridals | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal and other retailers | Cake: Candie’s Treats Bakery | Coordination Assistant: Raise the Ruth Events | Ice Cream: Sub Zero Ice Cream | Catering: Montero’s Restaurant | DJ: Surf and Sound Events | Florals: Sterling Dawn | Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom | Hair: Beauty by Sharra | Makeup: Dhalia Edwards | Officiant: Pastor Baek | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage | Photo Booth: Snapqube | Stationary: Minted