Fort Monroe Fall Engagement Pictures | Marco + Lydia

Fort Monroe Fall Engagement Pictures | Marco + Lydia

If Marco and Lydia look familiar to you, it’s because they got married exactly two months ago today! These two had an incredibly unique situation, because Marco only landed in the States a couple weeks before they said their I do’s. Because of that, we decided to schedule their engagement session after the fact, since they had plenty to do in the few weeks leading up to their wedding at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens!

Summer has lasted a long time in Hampton Roads, and you won’t see me complaining a bit about that :) The weather has been warm and beautiful, and that sunset glow has lasted all the way through September. Fort Monroe is one of my favorite locations for engagement pictures - between the historical monuments, trees, and the beach, it has so many beautiful features wrapped into one.

Seeing Marco and Lydia was such a wonderful reminder of the newness and excitement that newlywed life brings. They still wanted to snuggle, kiss, and hold hands, and all the memories of their wedding day were fresh on their minds. These two have a life of service behind them, and so much to look forward to as they step into their next journey together. I hope they keep this happiness for the rest of their lives…

Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | TJ + Jessica

Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | TJ + Jessica

Hurricane Dorian threatened to ruin their day in a dozen different ways. First, there was the outdoor ceremony - it would have to be moved from the original place. Then, there was the Botanical Gardens themselves - would it be too muddy to get good pictures? On top of that, many family and friends were traveling from far away, and one bridesmaid got stuck in Los Angeles, frantically trying to arrive before the ceremony started.

Yet somehow, everything fell into place on Saturday for TJ and Jessica. What started as a backup ceremony location turned into a spot even more beautiful than the first. The Gardens dried up quickly and between the Rose Garden and the wildflowers, their portraits couldn’t have been more beautiful. Miraculously, Jessica’s final bridesmaid landed just over an hour before the wedding and, because the venue was so close to the airport, she made it in time. The rain held off, the sun came out, and their wedding day was one for the record books…

First Landing Engagement Pictures | Matt + Jackie

First Landing Engagement Pictures | Matt + Jackie

Matt and Jackie are two of the kindest souls you will meet. They were full of smiles from the first time I said hello until the very last picture, and it was obvious that their love for each other overflows toward the people around them. The evening was the most picturesque Virginia Beach can be, with clouds that broke into a stunning sunset as the evening wore on. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer - warmth, golden light, and happiness all around.

Because of the military, Matt and Jackie have been separated by many miles for awhile now, and even with their upcoming wedding it will be a long time before they can actually call the same city their home. But despite the difficulty of a long-distance relationship, they’ve decided to make the most of it by exploring new cities and enjoying the time they do have with each other, no matter how short it may seem.

A beautiful night, a beautiful sunset, and a beautiful couple…this was truly a memorable engagement session…