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Kiln Creek Golf Club Wedding | Newport News Wedding Photographer | Rob + Lauren

Kiln Creek Golf Club Wedding | Newport News Wedding Photographer | Rob + Lauren

Rob and Lauren's wedding day was years in the making, with a relationship that begin as 'just friends' and slowly continued to grow until the day he finally asked her to be his future bride. She said yes and they began to plan a winter wedding (I was a January bride, too!) followed by a warm Jamaican getaway.

What they didn't plan was an unfortunate accident a few weeks before their special day that left Lauren with a broken ankle and several changes in store. Shoes changed from Badgley Mischkas to sparkly Kate Spades. Bridesmaids spent hours bedazzling the boot she would wear for the reception. Thankfully, though, two things would stay the same: Lauren would be able to walk down the aisle, and at the end Rob would be waiting for her. With those details firmly in place, she met the day with a smile and didn't let her circumstances take away from the most special day of her life...

Christopher Newport University Wedding | Newport News Wedding Photographer | Doug + Jen

Christopher Newport University Wedding | Newport News Wedding Photographer | Doug + Jen

Excitement. It was written all over Jen's face all morning as she anticipated what the rest of the wedding day would hold. She couldn't stop from smiling as she opened her gift from Doug and wiped the tears away, or as she slipped into her wedding gown, or as she began to walk down the aisle toward her groom. Jen's laughter is one of her best features, and all day long it rang out as she celebrated the most joyful day of her life.

Doug and Jen are deeply committed to one another, and it showed throughout their day. Two pastors spoke during the ceremony - one who Doug has known from childhood and one who became important to them as they met and began to date at their church's small group. The best man told stories of how deeply Jen would listen whenever Doug taught the lesson, and the maid of honor recounted how much stronger Jen and Doug are together than they were before they became one.

Stormy weather threatened all week long..

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

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.