New Year, New Branding | Virginia Wedding and Branding Photographer

When I began my business 7 years ago, I wanted to give it a name that had meaning.   I believe that the words we use are important, from how we speak to one another to the names we give our children, nicknames for friends, and even the words we use to name a business.  Words have meaning and a variety of connotations which communicate ideas.

I deeply desired to name my business something that connected to the values of my business:  authenticity, legacy, elegance, integrity, kindness, and joy.  When I considered these values, I immediately thought of my grandma- “Mamaw” is what we called her.  She was one of the strongest, Godly women I’ve ever had the blessing of knowing.  She cheered on acts of kindness and integrity.  She also had no problem at all setting me straight, which I definitely needed, especially as a teenager.  She was a total pistol and full of love and fire.  But at her core, she was the real deal.  She left an indelible mark on my life and I will forever admire her and be grateful for her. 

I am the firstborn in my family and am her namesake as well.  Her name was Evelyn, which I proudly carry as my middle name.  Joy Evelyn.  Her middle name was Belle. I always thought her name was so beautiful- Evelyn Belle.  As I was brainstorming how to incorporate her name with mine for my photography business, my youngest daughter, Annika, (who also was able to get to know my Mamaw in her final years before she passed at 97 years of age in 2014) said to me, “Mom, what about Belle Eve?  You “believe” and she did too.”  I was floored at how my then 13 year-old came up with such a creative combination of our names.  It was perfect. 

Belle Eve Photography. 

For a long time, I have used the turquoise and grey logo that I created in photoshop.  It was useful for a time, but I really needed to have my logo branding done professionally so that it would better accompany my values and messaging.  I contacted April Foster of PaperDolls Design to help me with this.  She gathered information about my business and my color and graphic ideas.  She created a beautiful new logo that better represents Belle Eve Photography.   I was very impressed with her creativity, color knowledge, and communication.  So, if you’re a business owner in who is planning to refresh your brand, consider using PaperDolls Design.  If you’re a bride, looking for beautiful invitations, April also specializes in wedding invitation design.

Out with the old, and in with the new. I absolutely love it. And I love even more that it will impact how I serve you. Introducing my new logo and branding:

Bring on 2023.

A James River Country Club Wedding | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Newport News, Virginia

Elizabeth and David.  It was most beautiful wedding day with most perfect Fall weather.  I first met Elizabeth and David at Elizabeth’s brother and sister in law’s wedding a year ago in Yorktown, Virginia.  Soon after that, they got engaged and I was beyond thrilled that they contacted me about being their wedding photographer. 

Their Story

Elizabeth and David met on eHarmony a while back and fell in love.  When the time was right, David proposed to Elizabeth in his living room.  They are such a sweet and loving couple which was very evident when I photographed them during their engagement session.  They shared so many tender glances as we walked to various locations at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia.

The Wedding Day Begins

Their wedding day began at First United Methodist Fox Hill in Hampton, Virginia.  Elizabeth, her bridesmaids and her mother got ready in the bridal suite at the church as David and the groomsmen got ready at his home.  Meanwhile, we worked on photographing her beautiful wedding dress, rings, and her bouquet, which had her mother’s wedding veil and charms with pictures of her late grandmothers.  As she finished getting her hair and makeup done, she slipped into her dress.  Her mother helped her to fasten the back of her dress and to put her veil on. 

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was held in the sanctuary of the church, which was adorned with burgundy florals.  After David, the minister, and the groomsmen entered, the bridesmaids entered.  Following their entrance, Elizabeth, escorted by her father, walked down the aisle to join her groom.  She looked absolutely elegant in her beautiful wedding gown as she and her groom exchanged vows and rings. 

After the ceremony, we all headed over to James River Country Club in Newport News, Virginia for family pictures, bridal party pictures and then a sweet golden hour couple session for the newlyweds. 

Romantic Golden Hour Session

For their Golden Hour session, we headed over to the stone bridge on the golf course.  It was such a beautiful location along the golf course green, with the sun glowing through the trees as it lowered in the sky.  Next, we went to the waterfront along the James River, where we were able to catch beautiful colors in the sky as the sun began to set.  David and Elizabeth were so tender with one another which was so beautiful to see.

The Reception

The reception began with the introduction of the parents, bridal party, and the Bride and Groom.  As the music transitioned to their song, David took Elizabeth’s hand and led her onto the dance floor for their very first dance as a married couple.  As they danced, friends and loved ones looked on with smiles and a few happy tears. 

After dinner, the DJ got the party started as guests danced the night away.  Their guests had such a great time dancing!  Congratulations David and Elizabeth!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Ceremony venue: First United Methodist Church Fox Hill

Reception venue: James River Country Club

Photographer: Belle Eve Photography

DJ: All Occasions Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal

Hair Artist: You’re Someone Special

Makeup Artist: Eyedo Wedding Makeup

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Pollard’s Florist

Rentals: Eva’s House Events

Cake: The Grey Goose

Invitations: Hampton Stationery

A Burgundy, Navy and Blush Wedding at Saude Creek Vineyards | Virginia Wedding Photographer

A Saude Creek Vineyards Wedding

Mike and Amanda’s wedding at Saude Creek Vineyards in Lanexa, Virginia was a day of beautiful scenery, sunshine adorned with lovely Fall accents.  I had been looking forward to their vineyard wedding for a year and was so thrilled for their wedding day to arrive!  The weather was absolutely perfect, which allowed us to incorporate that glowy light into their images.  

How They Met

Mike and Amanda met at Tradition Brewing Company in Newport News, Virginia.  When they first met, Amanda thought Mike was weird.  That didn’t last long, though!  They spent more and more time together, and fell in love.  When Mike decided it was time to propose, he decided to propose to Amanda on the beach.  She, of course, said “yes!”

Mike and Amanda were a fun-loving couple, and we enjoyed working with them so much!  They were “go with the flow” combined with their caring and fun personalities.  When I did their engagement session at Saude Creek last fall, I could tell right away that they adored one another.  

The Wedding Day Begins

The day started at the Cottage at Saude Creek Vineyards, where the bride and bridesmaids got ready upstairs whlle the groom and groomsmen got ready downstairs.  Amanda’s bridesmaids helped her as they all got ready in the loft of the Cottage, wearing their adorable plaid flannel shirts.  They helped her with her hair and with her dress.  After she was dressed, she went downstairs where her mother and father helped her with her veil.  

Meanwhile, my second shooter was having a blast photographing the groomsmen.  They were so energetic and comical!  After they were all dressed, they went outside with my second shooter so that she could photograph them near the cottage and amongst the vines, then they celebrated the moment by smoking cigars together.  

The Ceremony

The ceremony area at the white Pergola located next to Arris Hall was decorated with lovely wine colored spray of flowers by Williamsburg Floral.  Guests waited expectantly as the ceremony began.  Amanda looked lovely as her father escorted her down the aisle to meet her Groom.  Mike smiled as his bride approached and as her father gave her away to him.  They lovingly said their vows under the pergola as the officiant led them.  After they exchanged rings and were announced as husband and wife, they signed their marriage license.  

Bride and Groom Portrait Session

After photographing the family and bridal party, we took Amanda and Mike down by the Cottage for their bride and groom golden hour portrait session.  With the Cottage and the vines, we were able to create some memorable fine art portraits for them.  The golden hour light did not disappoint!  After their portrait session, everyone got into place for the bridal party introduction.