Downtown Norfolk Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Photographer | Chris + Dana

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits

I have been waiting all year to write this blog, and it's finally here! Chris and Dana have such an amazing story that became the highlight of their wedding day. Years ago, when they were much younger, these two got married without telling anyone. They had two beautiful twin boys together but after several deployments and the hardships of life they got divorced after 5 years.

Anyone can say that marriage is hard, but these two have lived the difficulties. Everything from miscommunications to time spent apart can lead to a result you could never have imagined when you say "I do" to your spouse. But with these two, divorce was not the end of their story. They maintained a friendship and continued to parent their sons and in just 3 years time they began to fall back in love with each other. Last August Chris used Dana's birthday as an excuse to throw a surprise party in the Paragon Theater, ending with Chris down on one knee to ask the love of his life to be his forever - again.

As they stood at the altar and read each other handwritten vows, it became so obvious that these two know what commitment means. They have seen the best and worst in each other and chose again on Saturday to say yes to forever together. Their family, once broken and separate, is now unified and back together in a beautiful way. And they celebrated in downtown Norfolk with a Great Gatsby themed wedding that was a celebration from beginning to end!

Planning/Coordination: The DIY Bridal Network | Bride's Dress: Maya Couture | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang by David's Bridal | Florals: Norfolk Wholesale Floral | Hair: Texture Defined | Makeup: Makeup by Victoria | Venue: Granby Theater | Linens: Classy Covers | Cake: Sugar on Top Cakes & Sweets | DJ: DJ Havoc | Videographer: Visual Dopamine

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Badgley Mischka white heels
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Classy white wedding gown with tulle skirt
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | 1920s wedding headpiece
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | 1920s earrings

I love this...on the left are Chris and Dana's original rings, and on the right is the brand new version!

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Mixed metal weddings bands
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Sparkling wedding rings
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Great Gatsby wedding invitations
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Maid of honor sequined robe
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bridesmaids getting ready
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Groomsmen getting ready
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Groomsmen getting ready
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Grooms cuff links
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Movie theater wedding marquee
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Movie theater wedding
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Wedding ceremony
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom first kiss
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Red rose and black bridal party portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | All black groomsmen tuxes
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Red rose and black bridal party portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | All black bridesmaid dresses

I loved the black Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses, and even more I loved the sequined belt on Dana's wedding dress!

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bridal portrait
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Wedding dress with sequined belt

We found the perfect old church door in downtown Norfolk for portraits!

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bridal portrait with giant tulle skirt
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits holding hands
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom portraits in front of theater marquee

The DIY Bridal Network created a beautiful masterpiece for the reception, Great Gatsby style!

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Gold sequined tablecloth
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Custom wedding champagne glasses
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Custom gold reception table numbers
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Ornate gold and white Great Gatbsy wedding cake
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Wedding reception dancing
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Wedding reception dancing
 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Wedding reception dancing

We finished in style with a few nighttime portraits...congratulations AGAIN, Chris and Dana!

 Great Gatsby Themed Urban Wedding | Bride and groom silhouette under theater marquee

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.