Founders Inn Wedding | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer | Stephen + Laura

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits

What happens when you have 2 hours allotted for bridal party and bride and groom portraits? I was SO excited coming into this wedding because I knew having so much time would give Stephen and Laura the gift of so much variety in a relaxed space on a day that may otherwise be simply movement from one event to the next! These two first met in their church youth group way back in high school and have been together ever since. Even though they live in Utah today, they celebrated with family and friends on the East Coast with the most perfect summer weather I could imagine.

It was so obvious that the marriage vows meant more than just words to Stephen and Laura. Their high mass at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Virginia Beach reflected the enduring nature of their marriage, and a prayer beforehand with the special ladies in Laura's life solidified their sincerity. With handwritten love notes read before the ceremony and one of the sweetest first dances I have witnessed, this couple truly means the world to each other - and have become each others' world.

Just wait until you see the gorgeous archway and the adorable leaf nametags that adorned James Madison Hall at the Founders Inn...and their cake topper was truly one of a kind! But the best parts of Stephen and Laura's day were the stolen moments just meant for the two of them, displaying a love that runs deeper than one wedding day can capture. With over 7 years under their belts and a lifetime to go, these two are truly meant to be together...forever.

Click here to see Stephen and Laura's Virginia Beach Town Center engagement session.

Photography: Maria Grace Photography | Second Photographer: Chelsea Anderson Photography | Ceremony: St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church | Reception: The Founders Inn and Spa | Hair: Anna Nguyen | Dress: Maya Couture | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Florals: Debbie Tietjen | Cake: Cake Delights | DJ: Astro Entertainment

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | White bride shoes
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding rings in traditional wood ring box
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Mixed metal wedding rings
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Groom getting ready
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Handwritten letter to groom
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Handwritten letter to groom
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Groom reading bride's letter
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride getting ready in corset wedding dress
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride getting ready

Absolutely one of my favorite shots...Laura was a stunning bride!

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bridal portrait

After this we moved to the wedding ceremony, where Stephen waited anxiously for his bride to come down the aisle.

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding ceremony
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding ceremony
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding ceremony Catholic high mass

When the ceremony was over we headed to the Founders Inn for two full hours of portrait time...and it was a dream!

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Champagne bridesmaid dresses
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Greenery and white rose wedding bouquets
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Champagne bridesmaid dresses
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Champagne bridesmaid dresses
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits

So much laughter and joy!

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Greenery and white rose wedding reception
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Greenery and white rose lantern wedding reception centerpiece
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Greenery and white rose lantern wedding reception centerpiece
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Green leaf wedding reception nametags

Their one-of-a-kind cake topper was from League of Legends, which they love to play together. So fun!

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | League of Legends wedding cake topper
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Bride and groom first dance
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding reception dancing
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding reception dancing
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding reception dancing
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding reception dancing
Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding reception dancing

And with that...they were off to their future together!

Green, Gold, and White Wedding | Founders Inn Virginia Beach Summer Wedding | Wedding reception sparkler exit

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.