What I Learned from the Royal Wedding | Business

What I Learned from the Royal Wedding | Business

Like millions of people all over the world, by 7am on Saturday, I was glued to my TV for the big event of the year - the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. My younger sister (who is getting married in a month!) came Friday to spend the night and watch with me since we've both been anticipating the day for quite some time - about as long as they've been engaged!

We oohed and ahhed over the details and followed closely along with the commentary all over social media. At the end of the coverage we turned off the TV, satisfied and delighted that we could watch such a special day. The wheels in my head immediately started turning since I live in the wedding world and I gathered some takeaways from the whole event. Here is what I learned!

1) Even the smallest details matter…

Intimate Wedding in Chesapeake | Chesapeake Wedding Photographer | Chris + Rebecca

Intimate Wedding in Chesapeake | Chesapeake Wedding Photographer | Chris + Rebecca

Marriage is a huge commitment. Marriage when kids are involved becomes a whole new matter entirely. When Chris and Rebecca said their vows, they did so before the typical friends and family...but they also had her three children by their side. It was the most touching moment of the day as the kids helped exchange rings, then plant a new family tree that will grow and flourish through the years as these two families are now one.

Their vision for their day, an intimate backyard wedding right on the water in Chesapeake, was a celebration of this close-knit feeling that would last as the sun set and the couple drove away (in a Viper, no less!). All Rebecca wanted was to feel like a bride, capture the love she had found in Chris, and relax on a gorgeous summer day on the Elizabeth River. She got it all and more. Together these two have the most natural and sweet interactions - it's a love you just can't fake, and a happiness that will last through the years…

Smithfield Winery Wedding | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | Kenny + Mackenzie

Smithfield Winery Wedding | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | Kenny + Mackenzie

For a long time Kenny and Mackenzie didn't look twice at each other. He was just the guy who worked for her dad, and she was away at college. But on one fateful day several years ago Kenny made a trip to visit her and they began to fall in love over Mellow Mushroom pizza and rich conversations. Eventually they would begin dating, get engaged, and buy a house together, but they never could have predicted any of it would happen when they first laid eyes on each other.

Their wedding day was uniquely gorgeous and absolutely relaxed from start to finish. They had the privilege of being the FIRST wedding at the Smithfield Winery and after seeing the setup, I know brides will be flocking to this stunning new venue! Blush peonies were the highlight of Mackenzie's all-wood bouquet (no, I'm not kidding!) and her dress was simply amazing, with all-over lace and a train that stretched for miles. Beyond that, these two took the most of every opportunity for pictures (I counted at least 4 separate times we took bride and groom portraits!) and they prioritized fun and comfort over stress on a day that flowed smoothly throughout…