Our Wedding Day! | Our Story

After a very long engagement, I couldn't believe it when our wedding day finally arrived. I could talk in detail about every decision I made and everything I chose to do and not do, but when it boiled down to it I know I made the wedding our own. I chose things that we wanted, even if it wasn't the most popular thing at the time (we got married in January, for example!) and I loved every detail.

Although we did not choose to have first look (which were not even popular at the time!), Nathan and I did have breakfast together the morning of our wedding. I'll never forget just looking at him and thinking, "He's going to be my husband in just a few short hours!" It was so special to me, and definitely one of the highlights of the day.

When it came time for the ceremony, Nathan played guitar and sang our song (I'll Be by the Goo Goo Dolls) as I walked down the aisle. I held it together until I looked up and saw my husband-to-be crying so many happy tears. We both cried the rest of the ceremony, and our dear friend Darrell who officiated even stopped in the middle for a tissue break :)

A lot of brides say they cannot remember their ceremony, but I remember making a conscious effort to just breathe slowly and take it all in. I remember so many moments that I would have otherwise forgotten, from the special verses Darrell read (Deuteronomy 30:29-30) to the way he thanked our parents on our behalf for loving us and raising us our whole lives.

Our reception was fun, though it's hard to know you have friends and family who travel from a long ways away only to not get a chance to talk with them afterwards! When it came time for us to leave my mom pulled us both aside and prayed for our marriage. Then we were on our way to our future together.

There's a lot more I could say about what happened on that beautiful day, but instead I'll let the pictures by Little Tree Studios do all the talking :)

Up next week: the first few months of our new life together!

Previous Posts:
10 Things You Didn't Know about Nathan
10 Things You Didn't Know about Me
Before We Met
How We Met
The First Date
The Struggles of Dating
How We Fell in Love
The Proposal
The (Long Distance) Engagement

 Our Wedding Day | Deep Purple Calla Lily Boutonniere
 Our Wedding Day | Purple Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet
 Our Wedding Day | White and Purple Wedding M&Ms
 Our Wedding Day | Bouquet Ring Shot
 Our Wedding Day | Purple M&M Ring Shot
 Our Wedding Day | Getting Ready Pictures
 Our Wedding Day | Getting Ready Pictures
 Our Wedding Day | Bridal portrait with jewelry
 Our Wedding Day | Bridal portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bridal portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Purple and white bridesmaid dresses
 Our Wedding Day | Purple bridesmaid dresses
 Our Wedding Day | Groom getting ready
 Our Wedding Day | Groom getting ready

My handsome husband!

 Our Wedding Day | Groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Groomsmen portrait

highly recommend that you and your dad have a first look :)

 Our Wedding Day | Father-daughter first look
 Our Wedding Day | Mother-daughter first look
 Our Wedding Day | Wedding ceremony
 Our Wedding Day | Wedding ceremony
 Our Wedding Day | Wedding ceremony
 Our Wedding Day | Wedding ceremony
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom first dance

If I tear up at a wedding, it's probably during the father/daughter dance, and this is why...

 Our Wedding Day | Father-daughter dance

Just another one of our personal touches...check out that cake topper!

 Our Wedding Day | Reception cake cutting
 Our Wedding Day | Getaway car
 Our Wedding Day | Bride & groom portrait

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.