Blush and White Newport News Wedding | Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer | Matt + Megan

Blush and White Newport News Wedding | Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer | Matt + Megan

Megan is the kind of person who is always looking to lift up those around her. She is never one to be in the spotlight or the center of attention. Yet all eyes were on her last weekend as she said "I do" to Matt, the man who has become her safety net, her security, and her best friend. With her Matt is gentle and kind, placing Megan's needs above his own and constantly looking for ways to make her smile.

A day full of thunderstorms called for an indoor ceremony, but the weather held off long enough for sweet bride and groom portraits in their venue's courtyard. Megan added a long blush ribbon to her wedding dress, and the combination roses she carried were the perfect match for her two-toned look. The Ferguson Center at Christopher Newport University, where the bride attended college, was a beautiful location for Megan's bridesmaids to spend time with their closest friend, finally able to lift her up and make her the center of attention - if only for a few hours...

The Summer of Constant Travel | Monday Musings

The Summer of Constant Travel | Monday Musings

At the beginning of the year, I had a great summer schedule. There were a few weddings booked and I was talking to my family about a beach trip, so it looked like the months of warmth and sunshine would be pretty free and open. And then there was a crazy turn of events, and it turns out I will be gone more than I will be home from the end of June through the middle of August!

The first thing that happened was an opening on the trip to Slovenia with The Good Story. Since it's just a small group of us we decided to tack on an extra 3 days in Italy because we were flying into the Venice airport. So...why not?! I was able to fundraise quickly for that mission trip and in no time at all it was official.

In the meantime, my family planned a trip to Wilmington for a week to spend time with family at the beach...

Reading Country Club Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Matt + Kara

Reading Country Club Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Matt + Kara

"If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, then it was never meant to be."

I can't think of a more perfect quote to sum up Matt and Kara's relationship. They met while they both lived temporarily in Chicago working for the local Amate house. While they enjoyed a friendship at that time, once Kara moved to Washington, DC, and Matt returned to New York, it could have all been over. But these two were meant to be from the beginning, and after Kara reached out to Matt so he would be her date at a wedding in Long Island, the rest is history. Eventually, she moved up to Manhattan and officially began dating the man she knew she would marry one day.

That day came in the beautiful city of Reading, Pennsylvania, under a cloudless June sky. Matt and Kara spoke their vows during a traditional Catholic nuptial mass before heading to Reading Country Club to celebrate the new family they had just started. The bridesmaids chose lavender dresses in their respective styles while Kara carried a bouquet of purple flowers, greenery, and white. Her all-over lace dress with a chapel train and braided updo were inspired by Pippa Middleton - only I happen to think she made an even more gorgeous bride :) Overall, the beauty of the wedding was simply a reflection of some of the purest, most true love I have ever seen...