suffolk wedding

Burgundy, Navy, and Copper Wedding | Suffolk Wedding Photographer | Harrison + Lauren

Burgundy, Navy, and Copper Wedding | Suffolk Wedding Photographer | Harrison + Lauren

Hurricane Florence was a nightmare for so many people last weekend, and continues to cause devastation throughout the Carolinas and beyond. The severity of what could have been in Virginia was sobering, so when it looked like the eye of the storm was heading for Hampton Roads, everything shut down - people evacuated, plans were cancelled, and everyone settled in for the unknown. And then - nothing happened. There was hardly any rain, let alone a hurricane, and just like that everything was back to normal.

For Harrison and Lauren, their entire wedding was changed. At the last minute they were left without a venue or a plan. A day that should have been at the Planter’s Club was suddenly moved to his parents’ house. Vendors changed, the vision was different, and truthfully, everyone should have been emotional on Saturday - and not necessarily in a good way!

Cedar Point Country Club Wedding | Suffolk Wedding Photographer | Charles + Jessi

Cedar Point Country Club Wedding | Suffolk Wedding Photographer | Charles + Jessi

To know Jessi well, seeing her interact with her students is a must. She is the kind of teacher whose kids crowd around her, the kind of person who stops to hug them as she walks down the aisle during her own wedding, and the kind of person who everyone loves to be around. Charles has the exact same gift with the people who surround him, and together their personalities are simply magnetic. Both are completely in love with each other and, most of all, excited to serve the Lord together as they become husband and wife.

For a gorgeous summery day in July Jessi chose teal accents to highlight her unique and fun demeanor. The ladies dressed in the same color as they surrounded Jessi, each one honored to stand by her side as she married the man of her dreams. Her gorgeous bouquet was filled with pink and white roses, set against her dress' lacy overlay, making a beautiful combination for an absolutely stunning bride. On top of that, when Charles and Jessi kissed at the altar it was the first one they shared - EVER! Waiting for that moment made the day and the entire wedding absolutely unforgettable...

Built With Love Workshop // Obici House Wedding Photographer

A few months ago, I started looking online for a workshop to attend this year. Something that's really important to me is continuing my education, and making sure my mind and portfolio stay fresh - having time to shoot and challenge myself without the pressures of a wedding day allows me to bring a new creativity to my brides. I don't remember how I found it, but I stumbled upon Built With Love Workshop, a local venture that was new to Hampton Roads. After looking at their website and what others had to offer, I signed up without hesitation.

This week I finally got to experience the workshop - it was worth the investment, and far more! There were three big things I was looking for in a workshop: learning business savvy, meeting area vendors, and pushing myself creatively in a styled shoot. Built With Love hit all three on the mark...

Learning: There are a lot of opportunities to learn from photographers, and hearing from Tara Liebeck was definitely eye-opening. However, a hugely unique element to this particular workshop was hearing from OTHER industry professionals. From florists to lighting designers to event planners, I got to hear a different perspective than I had before. I took notes like crazy the first day, learning from some of the sweetest ladies I've met, before launching into some fun headshots with Tara!

Vendors: I mentioned before that we got to hear from some of the best in the business. All I have to do is name a few to convince you of that! We heard from Marissa with Studio Posy, Michelle Amarillo, Sarah with Lovell Productions, Michelle from Blue Steel Lighting Design, and Tara. Not only did we hear from them, but the intimate environment allowed for tons of conversations and interaction throughout the day. 

Styled Shoot: Can I just say that the creative team knocked this one out of the park?! The unique elements to this shoot were not only perfect for my portfolio, they were gorgeous in general and so well thought out. A full list of vendors is at the bottom of this post - each one contributed something incredible to the day!

The biggest thing that stood out to me was the theme of the workshop - love. Each moment, from an amazing welcome dinner, to Tara's kind and helpful critiques of my website and work, to Michelle's encouragement in being your own boss lady, was put together with so much care and attention to detail. Not only did I walk away from the workshop with valuable knowledge and amazing images, I left with local friends and allies who are cheering me on every step of the way. And that is far worth the investment! Now for some beauty...

LED Lit Love Sign for Weddings
Sarah from Lovell Productions | Built With Love Workshop
Marissa from Studio Posy | Built With Love Workshop
Michelle Amarillo Event Planning | Built With Love Workshop
Photographer capturing bridal details | Macro ring shot
Creative bridal details | Wedding dress from Maya Couture
Gold, blush, and white wedding invitations
Wedding ring shot with white flowers | Macro photography
Iconic bridal portrait | Black & White
Soft, romantic bridal portrait
Sweet bridal portrait posing ideas
Soft, romantic bridal portrait
Purple and white floral crown | Wedding updo
Iconic bridal portrait | Wedding day portrait
Spring florals with anenomes | Bridal bouquet
Bridal portrait on staircase
Gray and white wedding cake
Gold and blush wedding place settings
Spring wedding floral centerpiece with anenomes
Blush pink and gold wedding details
Bridal portrait with vines in background
Bridal portrait with green vine background
Classic bridal portrait | Black and white
Bridal portrait by a field of grass
Classic bridal portrait pose
Classic bridal portrait pose
Wedding day bridal portrait

Built With Love Workshop
Attire: Pure English Bridal (Dress by Hayley Paige) 
Hair: High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey
Makeup: Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry
Cakes: Sweet Temptations Bakery

Linens, Charger plates and Chavari Chairs: Classy Event Rentals
Sofa, Chair, and Coffee Table Set: Paisley and Jade

Invitation Suite and Place Cards: Capital Calligraphy 
Love Sign: Blue Steel Lighting 
Attendee Gifts: Francesca's 
Notebooks: JillianAnastia
Styling and design: Michelle Amarillo Event Planning
Backdrop, Florals and Styling: Studio Posy

Venue: The Historic Obici House
Workshop Hosts: Tara Liebeck Photography & Michelle Amarillo Event Planning