Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | TJ + Jessica

Fall Wedding at the Botanical Gardens

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.

Together, TJ and Jessica are some of the most easygoing, fun-loving people I have met. They were both so excited for all that the wedding day held, despite a few hiccups along the way. Their smiles were genuine and their laughs came easily, and I lost count of how many times these sweet, generous people thanked me - that doesn’t often happen on wedding days! Add to that a gorgeous venue, flowing eucalyptus bouquets, and a vendor dream team, and this is a wedding I wish I could relive over and over again.

TJ and Jessica - Saturday was simply perfect. You two obviously know how lucky you are to have found each other. You are better together than you are alone, and I am just thankful I got to witness your love story unfold. May your happiness last forever!

Invitations: Minted | Dress: Mori Lee by David’s Bridal | Venue: Norfolk Botanical Garden | Coordinator: Eventfully Chelsea Weddings | Officiant: Rev Tony Hash (Get Me To I Do) | Lighting + Photo Booth: Astro DJ Entertainment | Catering: East Beach Catering | Desserts: Carrie’s Cakes and Confections

Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Mori Lee by David’s Bridal Wedding Dress
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Floral Wedding Invitations
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride Getting ready
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Ring Flower Shot
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Floral Wedding Invitation
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Groom getting ready
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Groomsmen with suspenders

I loved their ‘new last name’ sign, and I couldn’t help photograph the rings on it!

Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Last Name Wedding Sign

Like I said, the backup rain plan was probably even more beautiful than the original location!

Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding Arch with Flowers
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Flower Girls
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bridesmaids in Purple dresses
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride walking down aisle with two parents
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding ceremony sign
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Eucalyptus and Rose Bouquet
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Sunset wedding ceremony
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Eucalyptus and rose bridesmaid bouquets
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding ceremony first kiss

The sunset light in the gardens was the perfect setting for some gorgeous after-ceremony pictures!

Bright Fall DIY Wedding |  Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Large bridal party pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bridesmaids in purple dresses
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Twin bridesmaids
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bridal party in golf cart
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures at sunset
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Eucalyptus and rose wedding bouquet
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bridal party walking

The wildflower field was simply magical!

Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures in wildflower field
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom pictures in wildflower field
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Marsala and white wedding reception
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Marsala and white wedding reception head table
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding guests
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding head table with Mr and Mrs signs
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom first dance
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding toasts
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding cake table with flowers
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Garter toss
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding toasts
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding cake with flowers
Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Wedding guests dancing

Congratulations, TJ and Jessica!

Bright Fall DIY Wedding | Bride and groom grand entrance

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.