Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wedding | Newport News Wedding Photographer | Brian + Liz

Oh there are SO many things that were beautiful about this wedding day that it's hard to know where to begin! Brian and Liz are absolutely surrounded by people who love them, both individually and as a couple. These high school sweethearts have been dating for 8 years and have a quiet, mature confidence in who they are together. It was an honor to witness both the wedding ceremony, which celebrated the true meaning of marriage, and the rest of the day as they finally became husband and wife.

Two years ago Liz lost her father at much too young of an age. She honored her father in so many ways, including a special bracelet with his signature on it (scroll down to see it!). Throughout the day the mother-daughter bond she shares with her mom radiated through, from laughing together while getting ready to the moment Liz walked down the aisle. I'll never forget her brother's speech at the reception as he spoke so highly of Brian and ended with, "In 2014 we lost a great man and in 2016 our family gained a great man." Tears flowed and hugs were shared as the family both remembered what was and looked forward to the future.

Liz beamed from ear to ear during the day with Brian standing quietly and confidently by her side. The depth of their love for each other flowed out in their kindness towards family, friends, and even Nathan and me during a day that could be stressful but instead was relaxed and perfect from start to finish. Brian and Liz, we can't thank you enough for allowing us to witness another milestone in your long and God-centered relationship. We wish you the best as you embark on this next part of your journey together, and we're so grateful to have been there on your special day!

Click here to see their Christopher Newport University engagement session.

Ceremony: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church | Reception: Saint Michael Hall | Bride's Dress: Martina Liana from The Inspired Bride | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Azazie | Menswear: Ames Tuxedos | Hair: Joanie Seeley | Makeup: Bonnie Wood | Florals/Cake: Simply Connie | Invitations: Christopher Davidson | Catering: The Catering Lady | Entertainment: Frank Sings Frank and 504 Supreme

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Wedding dress on staircase
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Watermelon and green summer bouquet
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Kate Spade white bow shoes
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Poppy red wedding invitations
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Stunning ring shot

And here is the bracelet Liz wore with her dad's signature to remember him on her special day.

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Honor a deceased father
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Floral bridesmaid robes
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Mom helping with getting ready
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Getting Ready | Stunning wedding dress with floral belt

After everyone was ready it was off to the highlight of their day - the ceremony!

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Wedding Ceremony | Bride's mom walking down the aisle
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Wedding Ceremony | Groom waiting at altar

I loved the architecture at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church...

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Wedding Ceremony
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Wedding Ceremony | Bible readings
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Wedding Ceremony
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Wedding Ceremony | Bride and groom first kiss
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bridal party | Watermelon pink bridesmaid dresses
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bridal party | Bridal portrait
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Watermelon pink and green bride's bouquet
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bridal party | Gray and watermelon groomsmen suits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bridal party | Gray and watermelon pink bridal party
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bridal party | Gray and watermelon bridal party
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits holding hands
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom portraits

After the bride and groom portraits it was on to their Italian themed wedding reception!

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Reception centerpiece
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Reception centerpiece
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Bride and groom entrance
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Bride and groom first dance
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception |Β  Bride and groom first dance

This was a moment I will never forget, one of the best speeches I've heard given by Liz's brother Daniel.

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Groomsmen speech
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception

Between live jazz music and swing dance lessons, 504 Supreme kept the party going all throughout the reception!

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding reception dancing
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding reception dancing
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding reception dancing
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding live band
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding reception dancing
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding reception dancing
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding reception dancing

The wedding cake was gorgeous and I just loved those mini scoops of ice cream!

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Wedding cake with roses and pearl details
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Italian themed wedding reception | Mini ice cream dessert

Towards the end of the reception as the sun sank below the horizon, we went outside one more time...and oh how beautiful it was!

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom sunset portraits
Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom sunset portraits

Congratulations Brian and Liz!

Catholic Church Summer Wedding | Bride and groom sunset portraits

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.