Nautical Navy Poquoson Summer Wedding | Poquoson Wedding Photographer | Alex + Ellen

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors

From start to finish, it was obvious that Alex and Ellen are much beloved by their friends and family. I lost count of how many people (besides the amazing vendors) helped make their day memorable – from a last-minute reception venue change to all the hard work her mom poured into each detail, these two are certainly blessed by the people who will surround them for the rest of their lives. A relationship that started at Longwood University has blossomed into a love that will forever be remembered on a beautiful wedding day in Poquoson.

Ellen chose to not just have one but TWO first looks – first with her dad, a tear-jerker if I ever saw one, and then with her groom, a touching tribute to the two most important men in her life. As she gripped her dad’s arm and walked down the aisle to say yes to the one she has built a new life with, everyone knew that the life she already had would not be soon forgotten.

The reception brought so much fun and a whole lot of nautical wedding details – complete with anchors, a bench to be signed instead of a guestbook, and even a raw oyster bar to keep guests happy before the food was served. After a day full of emotions the dancing took off into the night, and Alex and Ellen exited with sparklers and the memory of a wedding day that ranged from excitement to tears to laughter at each special moment.

Alex and Ellen – I loved your beautiful day, and I loved watching your relationship take the next big step. Keep firm on the solid foundation of God, your family, and the love you celebrated just a few days ago. Have so much fun in the Bahamas!

Click here to see Alex and Ellen's sun-soaked engagement session.
Click here to see Ellen's downtown Yorktown bridal portraits.

Planning + Florals: Mann + Wife | Ceremony: Emmaus Baptist Church | Reception: Private Home in Poquoson | Bride’s Dress: Celebration Bridal | Menswear: Joseph Abboud Formal | Hair: Tamra Bouska | Makeup: Color Works by Lauren | Catering: Southern Brides on a Budget + Oysters Rock | DJ: A-List Events | Cake: The Grey Goose

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Miss to Mrs Banner
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Wedding Dress

Alex and Ellen sent each other gifts and letters that morning...pearl earrings, a watch, and sweet words started the day out right!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride in front of her wedding dress
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride's gift of pearl earrings
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bridesmaids getting ready

Meanwhile, the men got ready as the ceremony inched closer together...I'm so thankful to have a husband and second shooter who can capture these moments while I spend time with the ladies!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Leather personalized whiskey flasks for groomsmen gifts
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Groom getting ready shoes
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Groom getting ready
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Groom reading the bride's letter

Can we just talk about the back of her dress...and the FRONT of her dress?!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride back of dress shot
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | White Daisy Bridal Bouquet

One of the sweetest moments of the day was when Ellen and her dad had their own first look...oh just look at those tears!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and dad first look

After their first look it was time for her groom to see her for the first time...

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride + Groom First Look

The bridesmaids and groomsmen waited inside and burst out as soon as we were ready for them...it was such a fun group!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Navy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses with White Daisy and Baby's Breath Bouquets
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Navy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Gray and Blue Groomsmen Suits
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Navy Blue and Gray Bridal Party
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Navy Blue and Gray Bridal Party
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Navy Blue and Gray Bridal Party with Adirondack Chairs

You know you're a Poquoson bride when you have to wear boots at portrait time!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and her ladies

After all the portraits we headed to the church where Ellen spent a few cherished minutes with her family and best friends before she said I do...the portrait on the right are some of her family members from years and years ago. Ellen wore the same bracelet as the woman pictured at her wedding, an heirloom that has been passed through generations.

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bridal party praying for bride
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride holding family heirloom
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Groom waiting at the altar
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride walking up steps with father
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 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and groom first kiss
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and groom recessional

After the ceremony they drove off in a navy blue vintage 1934 Pontiac. Love it!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and groom portraits in vintage car
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Vintage 1934 Pontiac Bride and Groom Portraits

Their reception was everything nautical and navy blue and adorable.

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Nautical Themed Wedding Reception
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Starfish and board nautical reception centerpiece
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Mr and Mrs Gold Chiavari chair signs

I love that Ellen got a print of her bridal portraits to display at the reception!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Seashell boat with can koozies
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Nautical seashell reception details

Since all the groomsmen, along with Alex, were on Longwood University's baseball team, bats had to make an appearance at the reception!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Baseball bat reception entrance
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and groom first dance
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | White wedding cake
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Nautical blue and white reception sign

The water, the light, the couple...everything was gorgeous at sunset!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Sunset Bride and Groom Portraits

There were tears at their first look, and the father/daughter dance was no different...

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Father daughter dance
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Wedding reception dancing
 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Wedding reception dancing

After a nightof dancing, Alex and Ellen exited with sparklers and style!

 Nautical Navy Virginia Wedding | Navy Blue Wedding Colors | Bride and groom sparkler exit

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.