St. Luke's Church Wedding | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | Vinnie + Melanie

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride + groom portraits

When it comes to the wedding day, the business of each event taking place can often dictate the events as they occur. This can be both fun and stressful for everyone involved! At Vinnie and Melanie's wedding, though, the contrast of a slow day filled with long moments of peace was perfect for their personalities, and from start to finish time was our best gift.

Vinnie and Melanie were married exactly two years after their first date at St. Luke's historic church in Smithfield, Virginia's oldest church. Melanie wore the sweater she had chosen for this date that began a beautiful love story that would continue forever. With just her maid of honor by her side, we laughed and chatted the morning away as the ceremony time approached. Vinnie, his nerves slowly growing as each minute passed, chose to have his brother Steven stand by his side as he said I do.

If I could choose one word to describe Vinnie and Melanie together it would be 'gentle.' These two are tender with each other, kind to their friends and family, and continually thanked each person who came to celebrate at their Smithfield Inn reception. My favorite moments happened when Vinnie would protectively wrap his dainty bride in his arms, holding her close as they began their lifetime together.

Coordination + Florals: The Main Event by Emily | Wedding Dress: Maya Couture | Bridesmaid Dress: David's Bridal | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony: St. Luke's Historic Church | Reception/Catering: Smithfield Inn | Hair: Tamra Hollowell Salon | Cake: Harmony Woods Baked Goods

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding dress
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | White wedding shoes with sparkle
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding details
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ring shoe shot
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride getting ready
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride getting ready

Because Melanie created a timeline with so much space in it we were able to capture iconic bridal portraits that are sure to be treasured for years.

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bridal portrait
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bridal portrait

After she was dressed and ready Melanie shared a sweet 'first look' moment with her dad before the ceremony.

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and father first look
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Groomsmen getting ready
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Groomsmen getting ready

After the groomsmen got ready it was time for the wedding ceremony at St. Luke's chapel.

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony

Vinnie couldn't help but smile when he saw his bride walking down the aisle.

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony unity candle
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding ceremony first kiss
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Black and blush bridal party portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Black and blush bridal party portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Blush bridesmaid bouquet
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Blush bridal party portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits

Melanie was a STUNNING bride!

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bridal portrait
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits

We headed over to their wedding reception for cake cutting and toasts shortly after they arrived.

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Blush and white wedding cake
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding cake cutting
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding toasts

Around sunset we snuck outside for a few last minute portraits...

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Bride and groom portraits

There was dancing, so much food, and lots of joy before Vinnie and Melanie drove away into the sunset!

 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding reception
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding reception dancing
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding bubbles exit
 Blush and White Historic Church Wedding | Smithfield, Virginia | Wedding care getaway

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.