A Spring Wedding at The Maine of Williamsburg | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Belle Eve Photography

A Wedding at The Maine of Williamsburg

Kyle and Ann’s wedding at The Maine of Williamsburg was definitely a day filled with happiness and the love of family and friends. I was thrilled when Kyle and Ann inquired with me about capturing their April wedding. I knew that Kyle was a really great guy (through mutual connections), and when I met Ann for the first time, I thought, “They are perfect for each other!” She is so joyful and bubbly! They complement one another so well and they have such an awesome sense of humor! As a perk, they both love the outdoors, which basically means…they are my kind of people.

Their Story

Their story, according to Kyle:

“This lovely lady that goes by the name of Ann decided to waltz up to me with her bubbly attitude at a campus ministry meeting at Christopher Newport University in 2017. She scared me with her in your face kindness. That day, will forever be known as the reckoning. I began to develop a crush on her. After pursuing said crush, she decided to crush my feelings until I slowly eroded her barriers away. She finally decided to tell me that she liked me and you know I jumped on that train. Well, after a year and some change that train led us to the moment where I took a leap and asked her to marry me.”

Lion’s Bridge Engagement Session

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kyle and Ann during their Engagement Session. They love hiking, so it seemed fitting to do their engagement session at a popular hiking trail. We met up at Lion’s Bridge in Mariner’s Park in Newport News, Virginia. We started out on the bridge, then headed toward the trail. It turns out that Kyle and Ann are really great dancers, which I learned as I started giving my “dancing couple instructions”, they followed my instructions and even added spins and dips. They were such pros! I especially loved how they interacted- so much tenderness and smiles for miles!

The Wedding Day Begins

Toward the end of March, I unexpectedly became very ill and had to be hospitalized. My friends and mentors, Luke and Ashley from Luke and Ashley Photography kindly stepped in for me to capture Kyle and Ann’s wedding. They captured their day so beautifully, of course. As I culled and edited their images, I felt like I was able to experience their day and be a part of it. Some moments made me laugh out loud, some made me smile, and some made me teary eyed. (Father and daughter moments get me every single time.)

At the beginning of the day Kyle and Ann began getting ready in their suites- Kyle with his groomsmen and Ann with her bridesmaids. Although they did not do a first look, Ann had a special moment with her father after her mother helped her to fasten the back of her dress.

In the meantime, Kyle and his groomsmen got ready, then went outside with Luke for some fun candid images and formal portraits. Then, Luke photographed Kyle individually.

The Ceremony

Wedding ceremonies usually have a series of predictable elements. The groom and wedding party enters, the flower girl daintily walks down the aisle, followed by everyone standing as the gorgeous bride enters to meet her groom. From there, it is often a special reading, music, brief words from the pastor / officiant, vows, the exchange of rings, and finally the first kiss as newlyweds. As I was editing in my office, which I share with my hubby who also works partly from our home office, I came across the most intriguing set of images – the moment the pastor asked for the rings. What followed was a hilarious moment where the groomsmen began “searching” for the rings (which caused me to interrupt the silence in our office with lots of laughter!). I loved seeing the fun sense of humor in this moment! Moments like these make a ceremony / wedding day unique (see slide show below!).

Romantic Couple’s Session

Immediately following the ceremony and family group formal photos, Luke and Ashley worked with the bridal party, then did a session with Kyle and Ann. In addition to the first romantic couple’s session, they opted to go back out again during golden hour for an additional opportunity to get some gorgeous golden light images. The results were absolutely beautiful.

The Reception

Their wedding reception took place inside the beautiful Grand Hall at The Maine of Williamsburg. There were several notable and endearing moments during the reception. It was beautiful to see their first dance as a married couple. It was also endearing to see Kyle dancing with his mother and Ann dancing with her father before dinner was served by Sweetwater Catering.

After Kyle and Ann returned from their golden hour session, the D.J. announced that there would be a Dollar Dash, where Kyle and Ann’s family and friends had an opportunity to bless them with cash in a fun and energetic way. I love how the guests engaged in this moment!

Before Kyle and Ann’s official exit, they had a last dance as their D.J., Tony from Black Tie Entertainment, played one last song.

Kyle and Ann, I am so happy for you two! May your marriage be filled with many blessings for years to come.

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: The Maine of Williamsburg

Photographers: Luke and Ashley Photography

Planner: Susan Butcher

DJ: Tony from Black Tie Entertainment

Florist: Pollards Florist

Caterer: Sweetwater Catering

Cake: Faith Lancaster

Ladies Attire: Azazie

Gentlemen’s Attire: The Modern Groom

Hair Artist: Cheryl McGowan

Make-up Artist: Anna

Invitations: Basic Invite

A Wine and Cream Wedding | Yorktown Riverwalk Restaurant | Belle Eve Photography

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Jessica and John’s wedding at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia was filled with this kind of love. They are such a sweet couple and it was truly an honor to be a part of their wedding day.

Their Story

Jessica and John met then soon had their first date at Busch Gardens in 2016. They walked around the park laughing and getting to know one another. Towards the end of the evening he surprised her with their first kiss as they waited in line for the Verbolton roller coaster. They made their relationship official on July 30, 2016 in Nags Head, North Carolina. After four years together, John proposed to Jessica at Oak Grove Lake Park on June 18, 2020, overlooking the lake.

The Wedding Day Begins

The day started at Blown Away Salon where Jessica, her mom, and her Matron of Honor were having their hair and makeup done. We enjoyed capturing candids of the amazing hair and makeup artists at work on these lovely ladies. In addition to capturing candids, we also worked on arranging and photographing the beautiful details such as their wedding rings, a medallion from her father, her grandmother’s ring, the invitation, an heirloom pearl necklace that belonged to Jessica’s grandmother and mother, and a tie clip that Jessica gave John.

After we finished capturing details and candids, we headed to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to finalize preparations for the ceremony. After photographing Jessica’s wedding gown at the entrance to the church sanctuary, I spent time capturing moments between Jessica, her mom, and her Matron on Honor as my second shooter spent time with the groom, his Best Man, and his family to capture their interactions. Jessica looked absolutely gorgeous in her Sharona dress from Blush Bridal. One really special moment was recreating an image that was taken at her mother’s wedding: a mother and daughter reflection in a mirror.

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place in the beautiful sanctuary of the church. I loved the candelabra styled chandeliers and white pews in addition to the “warmth” of the room. The bride hand made the wine rose sprays that adorned the pews. The service began with both of the moms lighting taper candles to the left and right of the unity candle. It was a beautiful service that unified two families as Jessica and John were united in marriage.

The Reception

After the ceremony and family pictures were complete, we headed to the Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia for the reception. As the newlyweds arrived in the limousine, we captured their arrival. The reception hall was adorned with lovely florals, elaborate place settings, a beautiful sweetheart table, and a huge sign that the bride made using string art which hung over the fireplace. One of the details that really touched my heart was the place setting that they arranged for me and my second shooter. The tapas styled meal by Riverwalk Restaurant was incredible. The reception wound down with speeches and some dancing. The culmination of the event was a bubble exit on the Riverwalk.

A Romantic Riverwalk Session

As the guests left, we walked with the bride and groom along the waterfront to do their romantic couple session. It was a cloudy, chilly day, but they were such troopers and were fantastic! John was so tender with Jessica and I was so impressed with how caring they were with one another.

Congratulations, Jessica and John!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Ceremony venue: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Yorktown, VA

Reception venue: Riverwalk Restaurant

Mistress of Ceremony: Anne Ambrose

Caterer: Riverwalk Restaurant

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Florist: Yorktown Flower Shoppe

Hair and Makeup: Blown Away Salon

Wedding Gown: Blush Bridal

Alterations: Janie’s Tailoring

Matron of Honor Gown: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsman Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear

Invitations: The Knot

Favors: Hand made apple cider scented candles (made by bride)

A Dark and Romantic Wedding | Williamsburg Inn | Williamsburg, VA | Belle Eve Photography

A Williamsburg Inn Wedding

Natasha and Justyn’s wedding at Williamsburg Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia was the perfect Fall wedding.  Fall in Virginia is beautiful, and comfortably warm for the most part in the daytime, with chilly evenings.  Combined with the lovely backdrop at the Inn and the decadent dark colors- dark red, burgundy and black, and the fine details, their wedding looked idyllic.

Their Story

Natasha and Justyn met online while Natasha was living in New York and going to culinary school.  After dating for four months, they moved down to Virginia.  In 2020, Natasha, Justyn, and both of their families went on a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  During their vacation, Justyn popped the question in front of both of their families.  Natasha, of course, said yes!

Preparing for the Wedding Day

Their wedding day began with the ladies in a room at the Inn, while the gentlemen got ready in a room at the Williamsburg Lodge.  Natasha’s gown, a Cinderella inspired gown by Allure, was exquisite and was the perfect wedding gown for her!   I loved capturing her details- her invitations, burgundy red velvet ring box and bouquet complimented her elegant style.  After capturing her and her sweet bridesmaids, she slipped on her wedding dress.  Her sister assisted her with fastening the back of her dress, then helped to attach the veil to Natasha’s hair.  Natasha looked so lovely and was truly a beautiful bride. 

The gentlemen hung out at the Williamsburg Lodge to get ready for the day, where my second photographer worked with them.  Justyn and his groomsmen looked dapper in their black wedding attire complete with black dress shirt, vest, and tie and deep red rose boutonnieres.  They were such a fun, energetic group of guys, and my second photographer enjoyed working with them. 

The First Look

The first look took place adjacent to the East Lawn.    Justyn waited with anticipation for his sweet bride to approach him.  The moment he turned to see her was nothing short of magical. I loved seeing Justyn’s reaction to his gorgeous bride!  It was so wonderful to see these two genuinely kind individuals spend a few moments together before the ceremony was to begin.  Immediately following the first look, we were able to capture them together as a couple, individually for bride and groom portraits, and with their bridal party.  The burgundy velour bridesmaid dresses were a strikingly vivid contrast to Natasha’s wedding gown and the surrounding backdrop of the fine architecture of the Inn and the immaculate landscaping.