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Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden | Marco + Lydia

Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden | Marco + Lydia

When Marco landed in Virginia just a few short weeks ago, he was about to embark on a whirlwind adventure that started with meeting Lydia’s family for the very first time, even though they were getting married in less than a month! Marco is from Peru, and he met Lydia when she followed God’s calling there without any intention of leaving with a husband. Their joy over God’s goodness and all their answered prayers was the main theme of the day, and it’s what made their wedding over-the-top beautiful.

Because of their unique circumstances, Marco and Lydia chose to have two receptions - one directly after their ceremony so the whole church could celebrate, followed by an intimate family dinner at Norfolk Botanical Garden, with the added bonus of portraits all around the beautiful end-of-summer blooms. My favorite part of the day was their first look. Lydia promised she would make him cry, but Marco had no idea she meant to record special messages from the friends and family who couldn’t travel internationally but still wanted to be a part of his special day. Between the videos playing on his phone, their special song in the background, and seeing his beautiful bride dressed in white, tears were quickly rolling down his face…

Norfolk Botanical Gardens Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Photographer | Leonard + Elysse

Norfolk Botanical Gardens Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Photographer | Leonard + Elysse

There are memories from every wedding ingrained in my mind - moments I’ll never forget, sweet words said that will always stay in my mind. At Leonard and Elysse’s wedding, the best part of the day was that they are a family of three. Leonard’s precious daughter Karina was an integral part of the day from start to finish, when Elysse gave her special reception shoes or when she said special vows just to Karina, or when Leonard had a special dance just with his little girl. Karina, for her part, cried the whole way through the ceremony, and it was hard for anyone to hold tears back after seeing her joy come through in such a beautiful way…

Chrysler Museum Wedding Inspiration | Norfolk Wedding Photographer

Chrysler Museum Wedding Inspiration | Norfolk Wedding Photographer

Back in April, I had the absolute pleasure of working with some of the most talented vendors in the Hampton Roads area to create an inspirational wedding styled shoot at the Chrysler Museum in beautiful downtown Norfolk. I had connected with Misty Saves the Day, and together we brainstormed ways to solidify my brand, focusing on elegant, indoor weddings for joyful couples in Hampton Roads and beyond.

The shoot that followed was absolute perfection. We hit all the right notes with the place settings in copper, with tons of greenery incorporated. The florals were a stunning combination of tangerine, deep purple, and tons of green. The dress was a long-sleeved beauty that accentuated the church wedding element of my brand (though, of course, I love and photograph all types of weddings - those are just my specialty!). The inside of the Chrysler, filled with natural light and gorgeous architecture, brought the whole shoot together in an amazing way.

I could write paragraphs about how incredible each vendor was, and how it was their creativity that brought everything to life but instead, I will let the images speak for themselves. With an exciting feature on Every Last Detail blog earlier this month, I couldn't wait to share these for myself. Enjoy this stunning Chrysler Museum wedding inspiration - and be sure to check out each vendor's website, because I certainly did not do this alone...