Wayne & Sheila // Newport News Wedding Photographer

There are people you meet throughout life that you like, love, cherish, or some combination of the three. Then there are people who touch your heart in a huge way, people who you can truly call one in a million, people who make you better just by knowing them. Without a doubt, Wayne and Sheila belong in that second category.

I have watched them live real life together as they have been engaged. From family illnesses, to work struggles, to other big and daunting issues, these two have gone through the fire together, and came out holding hands on the other side. Their wedding day was nothing short of heartfelt and beautiful. Reading handwritten vows to each other, both Wayne and Sheila shed tears as they spoke of their past, and the hope of a new life together. 

Wayne and Sheila, both Nathan and I are so grateful that we know you. Spending time with you before and during the wedding day was uplifting and inspiring. We love you both, and know that whether in a trial or in a season of joy, you two will hold hands and bring each other through it all.

Click here to watch a video of their wedding day highlights.

Wedding dress details with handmade hangerย (David's Bridal) (black and white)
Wedding bouquet with white calla lilies, blue carnations, and baby's breath
Bridal Details | Getting ready for a church wedding
Bridal portraits for a winter wedding, and a 'something blue' bracelet
Bridal portraits | Winter wedding | Black and white
Men getting ready | Wedding Detail Shot
Men getting ready | Wedding watch detail shot
Church wedding ceremony | Winter wedding | Black and white

Wayne and Sheila participated in a Filipino tradition at their ceremony. A veil and cord was placed over them, symbolizing their new bond as husband and wife.

Filipino wedding tradition | The Veil Sponsors
Blue one-shouldered bridesmaid dresses | Bridal party pictures
White calla lilies | Blue carnations | Baby's breath | Wedding bouquets
Groomsmen bridal party portraits | Church winter wedding
Groomsmen bridal party portraits | Church winter wedding
Casual, natural bridal party portraits | Winter wedding
Editorial bridal party portraits | Winter wedding with snow

Sheila made the most beautiful bride...

Bridal portraits | Church winter wedding | Black and white
Bride & groom portraits in the snow | Cathedral veil | Winter wedding
Bride & groom portraits in the snow | Winter wedding
Bride & groom portraits in the snow | Winter wedding
Bride & groom portraits in the snow | Winter wedding
Snowy bride & groom portraits | Winter wedding | Cathedral veil
Bride & groom portraits in the snow | Cathedral veil | Winter wedding
Ring detail shot | Macro photography | Winter wedding

If it wasn't so cold, I could have photographed snowy ring shots forever!

Ring detail shot in the snow | Macro photography | Winter wedding
Wedding reception details | New last name | Birdhouse theme
Bride & groom cake topper | Blue, brown, and white | Winter wedding

Sheila and Wayne arrived to spend time with guests as we all headed upstairs, and immediately began their first dance as husband and wife.

Creative bridal portrait | Winter wedding reception
Winter wedding reception | bride & groom first dance
Wedding guests dancing | Winter wedding reception

As the guests danced, they left notes in a suitcase for Wayne and Sheila to open on the first anniversary.

Guest book ideas | Travel themed wedding | First anniversary

And the night ended just as the day had begun, with laughter and joy for the newly married couple

Photojournalistic wedding reception | real laughter
Snowy bride & groom portraits | Winter wedding

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day amazing!
Ceremony: St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Reception: Legend's Grille at Newport News Golf Club
Dress: David's Bridal
Florals: Norfolk Wholesale Floral
Cake: Becky Sherman

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.