Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia Wedding Photographer | Andrew & Lauren

With gorgeous red hair and a laugh that lights up her entire face, Lauren began her wedding day in joyful anticipation of soon walking down the aisle to meet her future husband. With each detail carefully put in place, she was able to enjoy time with her sister/matron of honor, her niece, and her mom as the girls talked and laughed all morning. 

Because Lauren and Andrew opted for a first look, they got to spend intimate time together before the ceremony - those are moments they never would have had otherwise, and they were both grateful to spend a few minutes alone. I always tell my couples to ignore the cameras for a few minutes, and they did just that. It takes a lot for me to tear up, but as both of them became emotional about what was coming that day, I wiped a few tears from my eyes just seeing their happiness together and love for each other.

From the beginning to the end, Lauren and Andrew's ceremony was about their faith in God and love for each other. When a rainstorm broke out in the middle of their day, there was no stress - just another moment stolen together for a sweet kiss in the rain.

Andrew and Lauren - how can I thank you for allowing me to witness the beginning of something so beautiful! You were both carefree, relaxed, and kind towards one another and towards me. Your wedding day was beautiful, and Lauren - you were a stunning bride. Yet I could tell none of that mattered as much as the marriage you were about to embark on. I'm so grateful to know you both, and I know your marriage will only gain strength each passing day.

Click here to see their sunrise engagement session at Christopher Newport University.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia | Wedding Dress
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue bridesmaid dress
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding shoes, jewelry, and perfume
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow wedding invitations

Lauren's bouquet of yellow sunflowers added such a bright pop to the day!

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia | Yellow daisy bridal bouquet

Lauren is a classically gorgeous bride!

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Black & white bridal portrait
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia | Bride getting on wedding dress
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride getting ready
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bridal portrait

And this is why I love first looks...Lauren and Andrew were both nervous, but all of the nerves went away when they were able to see each other just outside of the Mariner's Museum prior to the ceremony and spend a few moments alone together.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride & groom first look portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow daisy bridal party portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow daisy bridal party portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Yellow daisy boutonniere
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow daisy bridal party portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow daisy bridal party portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow daisy bridal party portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow daisy bridal party portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Yellow daisy bridal bouquet
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bridal portrait with yellow daisy bouquet
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding ceremony
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Flower girl
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Ring bearer
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride in aisle with her father
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding ceremony
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding ceremony sand
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride and groom first kiss

And because one kiss wasn't enough, Andrew and Lauren stopped on their way back down the aisle for a sweet moment together.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding ceremony
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding and engagement ring shot
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding and engagement ring shot
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Royal blue and yellow wedding reception
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Trail mix wedding favors

Their first dance as husband and wife...

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride and groom first dance

...and then their friends joined them on the dance floor.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding reception guests dancing
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding reception guests dancing
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding reception

What do you do when it rains on your wedding day? If you're as easygoing and wonderful as Andrew and Lauren, you run out for a kiss in the midst of the stormy weather.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride and groom portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Boston creme pie wedding cake
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Cake cutting

We stole a few minutes near the end of the day to capture more portraits for Andrew and Lauren. This is always one of my favorite parts of the day.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride and groom portraits
 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Bride and groom portraits

When it was time for them to leave, they broke out the sparklers...

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding sparkler exit

...and Andrew and Lauren stopped for one final kiss on their way to their first days together as husband and wife.

 Mariners Museum Wedding | Newport News, Virginia |  Wedding sparkler exit

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to their big day!
Photography: Maria Grace Photography
Video: LNR Productions
Flowers: Pam Pollard's
Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique
Hair: Victoria's Day Spa
Ceremony/Reception: Mariner's Museum
Catering: Smoke BBQ
Cake/Cupcakes: The Fresh Market
DJ: Mixin Mike Productions

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.