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A Deltaville Maritime Museum Wedding

Makayla and Trevor were married at Deltaville Maritime Museum in Deltaville, Virginia.  Deltaville Maritime Museum is an adorable venue which is nestled near the confluence of the Piankatank River and the Chesapeake Bay.  It includes indoor space for the reception, a covered outdoor pavilion, and access to boat docks along the water. 

Their sunflower yellow and navy wedding day in Deltaville was a memorable one and was filled with the love of family.  The sunflowers exuded a warm and cheerful ambiance, with the sunny blooms adorning the table centerpieces, the ceremony arbor, and the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets.   The sunny yellow blooms brought a touch of cheerful rustic charm to the celebration, creating a picturesque and inviting atmosphere for the happy couple and their family and friends.

The Couple’s Story

Makayla and Trevor met in high school.   They used to walk with each other to class along with Makayla’s ex-boyfriend.  They were strictly friends back then.  During their Senior year, they began talking.  Trevor made things official when Makayla went off to college at Christopher Newport University.  They were together nearly 10 years when Trevor proposed in July of 2022.  With their friends and family present, Trevor proposed to Makayla in the back yard at their house.  He had their daughter wear a shirt that he had made especially for the occasion that said, “Will you marry my daddy??”  (How cute is that???)

Their Engagement Session

I met up with Makayla and Trevor for their engagement session in January of 2023 in Yorktown, Virginia.  It was a cold, blustery kind of day, but they were absolute troopers!  They even included their sweet baby girl in a few of their photos, which was so precious.  I enjoyed getting to know them, and loved how genuinely kind they both were. 

The Wedding Day Begins

The wedding day began at a quaint, rustic AirBnB that was about 5 minutes from the venue along the waterfront.  It was sunny and warm, which we were grateful for since the weather forecast all week had been threatening rain.  The wind was kicking up along the waterfront, but at least it wasn’t raining!  As Makayla and her family and friends were getting ready, we photographed her beautiful wedding gown and bridal details.  A little while later, after photographing Makayla in her white, satin robe and her bridesmaids in their satin, navy blue robes, Makayla slipped on her wedding gown with a little help from her mother.  Next, we did a first look with the bridesmaids, and then a special first look with Makayla and her father.  After we finished photographing the first looks and the bride and bridesmaids, we headed over to the venue to work with the groom and groomsmen and to set up a surprise first look.

A Surprise First Look

Makayla told me about a month before her wedding that she wanted to do a surprise first look with her soon to be husband, Trevor.  He was under the impression that he would turn around to see his beautiful bride.  However, Makayla planned instead to have their sweet little girl, Aubrey, there instead.  It was such a sweet moment as their tiny little girl ran to her daddy’s arms.

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place outdoors in front of the fountain that is located just in front of the pavilion where their reception would be held.  More than 200 friends and family gathered to celebrate Makayla and Trevor’s marriage.  Their daughter was the cutest flower girl and led the way for her beautiful momma, Makayla, to be escorted down the aisle by her father to join her groom.   It was such a serene setting for Makayla and Trevor as they exchanged vows and rings.   Loved ones cheered as the officiant announced that they were officially husband and wife.

The Bride and Groom Session

After photographing the family, we took the newlyweds to a beautiful spot with lots of trees and pampas grass and open shade.  There, we photographed them individually and together along the tree line and in front of the pampas grass.  We loved seeing how happy and in love they looked! 

The Reception

The reception began with a formal bridal party introductions into the open, covered pavilion, followed by the bride and groom’s first dance.  As the music began to play, they moved gracefully across the dance floor, surrounded by their friends and family.  They smiled as their eyes met and it was heartwarming.  Next, Makayla danced with her father.  It was a sentimental moment, and it was evident that her father adored her.  Last, Trevor and his mother enjoyed a dance.  His mother looked at him with a mix of pride and affection as they danced.

The Sunset Session

After dinner and speeches, we slipped out to the boat docks to capture a few romantic photos as the sun went down.  The clouds had increased, but it really gave a dramatic look to the images.

Friends and family joined Makayla and Trevor on the dance floor as the DJ ignited the musical celebration on the dance floor.  The reception ended with an energetic bubble exit.

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Deltaville Maritime Museum

Mistress of Ceremonies: Tracey Carr

Planner: Bride and Family

Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmens’ Attire: Kohls

Hair and Makeup: Bridgewaters Salon

Florist: Mother, Grandmother, and Tracey Carr

Photobooth: Once Upon a Time Photo Booth

DJ: Eriksen Entertainment

Cake: Aunt Teresa

Cake Pops: Denise Karnes

Catering: Aunt Cathy and Family

Invitations: Zazzle