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…

Bluemont Vineyard Wedding | Derek + Victoria

Bluemont Vineyard Wedding | Derek + Victoria

“Perfect for each other.” That’s the phrase I heard over and over again as Derek and Victoria’s family and friends spoke at their wedding. The same things make them laugh. They care about people deeply. And they know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they want to spend the rest of their lives with each other.

The setting of their wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful. Bluemont Vineyard overlooks a valley for their outdoor wedding ceremonies, and the reception hall was decorated with flowers and twinkling lights everywhere. Victoria’s dress stole the show, with countless layers that made her look like she was walking in a fairytale. The wedding guests had so much fun dancing, talking, and laughing with each other as the night continued on.

The golden light, the dusty purple rose-filled bouquets, and the tight-knit feeling among Derek and Victoria’s wedding party made an already-beautiful day that much more memorable. Congratulations you two…here’s to forever…