Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden | Marco + Lydia

Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden | Marco + Lydia

When Marco landed in Virginia just a few short weeks ago, he was about to embark on a whirlwind adventure that started with meeting Lydia’s family for the very first time, even though they were getting married in less than a month! Marco is from Peru, and he met Lydia when she followed God’s calling there without any intention of leaving with a husband. Their joy over God’s goodness and all their answered prayers was the main theme of the day, and it’s what made their wedding over-the-top beautiful.

Because of their unique circumstances, Marco and Lydia chose to have two receptions - one directly after their ceremony so the whole church could celebrate, followed by an intimate family dinner at Norfolk Botanical Garden, with the added bonus of portraits all around the beautiful end-of-summer blooms. My favorite part of the day was their first look. Lydia promised she would make him cry, but Marco had no idea she meant to record special messages from the friends and family who couldn’t travel internationally but still wanted to be a part of his special day. Between the videos playing on his phone, their special song in the background, and seeing his beautiful bride dressed in white, tears were quickly rolling down his face…

Historic Post Office Elopement | Aaron + Liz

Historic Post Office Elopement | Aaron + Liz

Some of the most special moments - and the times I learned the most about Aaron and Liz’s relationship - came when both of their mothers gave special toasts to the bride and groom. At first, Liz decided that Aaron wasn’t date-able, but it wasn’t long before he took her on a date, met her parents, and charmed her thoroughly over the course of a year and a half. Both of them serve in the Air Force, share similar life goals, and have the same laid-back, joyful demeanor.

For two military members, the Fourth of July was the best place to plan their micro-wedding, and the all-in-one elopement at The Historic Post Office allowed them to experience as little stress as possible amidst all the details of wedding planning. Only a few guests were there to witness Aaron and Liz say I do, but they were the most important people to have - and all of them were hands down some of the most FUN people I’ve ever met! Regardless of the small crowd, the dance floor stayed packed and almost everyone stayed until the sparkler exit…

Langley Air Force Base Military Wedding | Hunter + Mabree

Langley Air Force Base Military Wedding | Hunter + Mabree

Hunter and Mabree’s wedding almost didn’t happen. They met in high school and dated for awhile, but eventually she broke his heart when she said that while she couldn’t date him anymore, she hoped they would get married someday. As fairytales go this one ranks near the top, because years later they re-connected, this time for good. Years of long distance strengthened them, and one spring day on a dock by the water in his home state of Alabama, Hunter proposed…and the rest is history!

Since Hunter’s family has a longstanding tradition of being stationed at Langley Air Force Base, they knew it was the perfect venue for their wedding day. Mabree is a makeup QUEEN, so all of the girls looked amazing when I arrived - none more so than the bride herself. Blush bridesmaid dresses and gold wedding details added a touch of elegance to an already beautiful day, but my favorite moment of all was witnessing the tears Hunter shed as he watched his future wife walk down the aisle. Her father married them in an incredibly memorable ceremony, and I doubt there was a dry eye in the room…