A Wedding with a Pop of Yellow | Keffer Hall | Newport News, Virginia

A Keffer Hall Wedding

Christie and Jake’s late August wedding at Keffer Hall in Deep Creek Landing Marina in Newport News, Virginia was a joyous, colorful and bright occasion!  I have been looking forward to this wedding all summer and knowing that I was going to have surgery at the beginning of August to basically “fix” my recently diagnosed endometriosis, it was also a huge motivator to keep my mind focused on the work of healing both physically and mentally as I recovered.   So, I guess I could add that shooting weddings is my therapy! LOL!  Christie and Jake chose blues, greens with a pop of yellow for their wedding colors, and y’all…the sunflowers and yellow bride shoes were gorgeous!!! 

How They Met

Before I get completely carried away, here is there story:

Despite going to different high schools, Jacob and Christie met at Christie’s Homecoming Dance when they were 15 because a classmate and mutual friend decided to bring Jake to the dance. It was a small school, so when she saw someone she didn’t recognize talking to one of her guy friends, she went over to introduce herself. They were then practically inseparable for the night, and he sent her a Facebook friend request before she had even made it home. A few weeks later, after talking on the phone (his home phone!) just about every night, they went to see the movie “Seven Pounds” in theaters. They had a great time, but when he didn’t make a move, she assumed it was platonic. Later that night Jake asked Christie to be his girlfriend, and she said “no”. Fast forward two years of talking on and off, Jake asked Christie to her Senior Homecoming dance.  This time, she said “yes”. A couple of very casual dates later (football games, group events), he asked her to be his girlfriend again and she said “yes” this time.

The Proposal

 In November of 2020, they had their 10 year dating anniversary, which they celebrated with a socially-distant weekend getaway to Wrightsville Beach, NC.  One afternoon, while they were walking along the beach, Christie started taking some pictures of seagulls.  When she turned around, Jake was on his knee and asked if she would like to go on trips like this for the rest of their lives together. He proposed using her grandmother’s ring, which her mother gave him when he asked for her permission/blessing.  A funny story about the engagement was that apparently he planned on proposing during sunrise that morning, but the previous night, they had eaten at the restaurant where they celebrated their first anniversary, and he ended up with food poisoning all night!

The Wedding Day

The day started in the bridal suite at Deep Creek Landing Marina with the ladies getting their hair and make-up done.  As they finished up, I captured Christie’s beautiful wedding gown, bouquet, and the most fun pair of yellow shoes that matched the sunflowers in her bouquet.  Additionally, Christie brought a picture of her grandparents from their wedding day, which was special because she now wears her late grandmother’s engagement ring.  Her mother helped her with her wedding dress, which was such an endearing moment.  After photographing the ladies together with the bride, I worked with the groom, his best man, and his brother.

First Look

We did the First Look on the dock, with the lovely boats and waterfront as the backdrop.  Once Jake was in place, Christie made her way toward him as he patiently waited to see his lovely bride.  When her turned around to see her, they were both all smiles. 

Ceremony

They had their ceremony on the greenspace on the waterfront.  Because of the heat index of around 110 degrees, they opted to have a tent so that guests would be more comfortable.  Additionally, Christie supplied fans (hand painted by her) that guests could use to cool off.  As guests waited for the ceremony to begin, the harpist played.  Christie’s brother escorted her down the aisle as Jake waited for her in front of the arbor adorned with flowers.  It was a lovely ceremony filled with meaningful details such as a reading by Jake’s brother, individual candles that they made using their favorite fragrances and colors, and the unity candle that was a mixture of the two.  My personal favorite moment was when they each read handwritten vows to one another.  It was easy to see how much Christie and Jake love one another and belong together.

Reception and a Golden Hour Session

At the beginning of the reception, immediately after the first dance, I took Christie and Jake out to the dock for a golden hour session, and the light did not disappoint!  The temperature was also a lot cooler as well!  It was truly the perfect wedding day at Keffer Hall in Deep Creek Landing Marina- BEST DAY EVER!!!  Congrats Christie and Jake!

Vendors:

Venue: Keffer Hall at Deep Creek Landing

Planner: Missy Brittain

Photographer: Belle Eve Photography

Caterer: Joanne’s Catering

DJ: Jimmy Cruz

Cake: Kadi Bakes

Rentals: Grand Rental Station

Florist: Jeff’s Flowers

Hair and Make-up Artist: Posh Salon

Harpist: Anastasia

Officiant: James Davis

Bridal Gown: Church Street Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Gown: Amordress

Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane

Groomsman’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

A Coral and Blue Summer Wedding | Kingsmill Resort | Williamsburg, Virginia | Belle Eve Photography

Caroline and Christian’s wedding took place at Seaford Baptist Church and was followed by the reception at beautiful Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.  It was a day I won’t soon forget.  Caroline and Christian were such a joy to work with, and they had the best July weather!  It was in the 80’s and sunny, which was the perfect complement to their day.

Their Story

Caroline and Christian met through one of Caroline’s friends, Kaitlyn, and Christian’s former roommate.  Kaitlyn invited Caroline to come up to Richmond for the weekend to meet Christian.  She originally said “no”.  Kaitlyn promptly showed her a picture of him on Facebook, and well, the rest is history.  They really clicked from the very beginning.  Some may say that it was love at first sight.  Christian proposed to Caroline when they were on a boat.  They circled around a lighthouse, took a picture, and then Christian popped the question. 

Caroline and Christian are such a sweet, kind, and fun-loving couple.  They were seriously so easy to work with!  They were all about their love and their family and friends, and it was so easy to see in how they treated each other but also their loved ones.  It was truly a pleasure to work with them and to get to know their friends and family. 

Preparing for the Wedding

 The day began at Seaford Baptist Church in Seaford, Virginia, where the bride, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen finished getting ready.  Caroline and Christian opted to not see each other until Caroline walked down the aisle, so we worked carefully to honor that.  As Caroline finished getting ready, her mother and sister helped her to get her dress on and her veil.  After that, Christian had a gift for Caroline that her sister and matron of honor, Allison, delivered to her.  Along with a small gift bag was a handwritten note.  After she read the letter he wrote to her, she opened a black box.  Inside was a delicate, gorgeous necklace that her sister helped her to put on for her wedding. 

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony took place in the Worship Center at Seaford Baptist Church, and the love of the families was palpable.  Special details in the ceremony included memorial bouquets for Caroline’s late father and for Christian’s late mother, a pianist who was also a family member, a vocalist, and a violinist.  Caroline’s brother-in-law escorted her down the aisle where she met her mother who stood with her before the groom took Caroline’s hand.  After the ceremony, the newlyweds exited with a shower of bubbles as they exited in a white limousine.   After we did bridal party and family photos, we headed to Kingsmill Resort to capture Caroline and Christian on the waterfront at golden hour.  The lovely scenery and golden, glowy light did not disappoint!

The Reception

After returning to the James River Ballroom, the DJ introduced the bridal party and newlyweds.  Then the bride and groom and their guests enjoyed a delectable meal served by Kingsmill Resort.  After the meal, Caroline and Christian enjoyed their first dance as a married couple.  Guests joined in the fun as the next song began and everyone was having so much fun!  There were so many smiles and so much laughter as everyone celebrated.

At the end of the evening, Caroline and Christian exited as friends and family held sparklers and cheered.   Congratulations Caroline and Christian!!!

Vendors that made this day possible:

Venue: Kingsmill Resort

Caterer: Kingsmill Resort

Venue Coordinator: Lauren Freed / Kingsmill Resort

Planning: McKenzie Leigh Events

Florist: Williamsburg Floral

Cake: Scratch Bakery

DJ: D.J. Elliott Ness / East Coast Entertainment

Videographer: Askem Studios

Hair Artist: Serena / Blown Away Salon

Make-up Artist: Monique / All About You – Day Spa

Independence Day Weekend Wedding | Hertford, NC | Belle Eve Photography

It’s funny when you see the relationships you form in your business come full circle.  I had the privilege of shooting Heather’s son’s Senior Session back when I had just started my business. (I was suuuper green!)  Next, her daughter’s engagement session.  Several years later, her daughter’s wedding this past May.  (Erin and Dylan’s wedding) And now?  Heather’s wedding.  It is such an honor to get to work with a sweet family like Heather’s, and when I get to serve nearly the entire family, it is just the icing on the cake. 

A July Wedding

Usually July weddings in Virginia are pretty hot, with a great deal of humidity which inevitably causes me to put my hair up in a messy bun halfway through the wedding day!  However, my July brides always get through it looking absolutely stunning. Heather and Richard planned ahead for a hot day, and had their ceremony and reception indoors. Their wedding ended up having the most perfect weather: low 80’s and low humidity! 

The Couple’s Story

Heather and Richard met on eHarmony and their love blossomed.  Eventually. Richard moved from the midwest to Virginia, then proposed to Heather at their favorite restaurant in Chesapeake, VA:  Vinos. 

Fourth of July Weekend Wedding

Their Fourth of July weekend wedding was laid back and full of the love of family and friends.  The day started with wedding preparations in their waterfront home in North Carolina.  They had the most festive wedding details including personalized flasks and plenty of red, white and blue.  Heather wore her daughter’s bridal necklace and earrings, and was escorted down the aisle by her son and daughter.

Wedding Reception

Tantalizing barbecue was served at the reception, as guests chatted with the newlyweds, friends, and family. As they finished their meals, several close friends and family members of the couple gave speeches and guests toasted to their happiness.

A Waverunner Exit

At the end of the wedding day, I witnessed the most creative exit of all time….on a waverunner! Heather and Richard got onto one of their waverunners and rode it off into the sunset. When they were far from shore, they somehow fell off of the waverunner and returned completely drenched, but still all smiles. Congratulations, Heather and Richard! It was such a joy to capture your day!

An Italian Garden Wedding | Maymont Park | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Belle Eve Photography

A Maymont Wedding

Erin and Dylan’s emerald and blush wedding at the Italian Gardens in The Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia finally happened after a year long delay due to the pandemic and right after the governor lifted some of the wedding restrictions.  The Maymont Park is definitely a lovely backdrop for a Virginia wedding and the golden hour sunshine glowing in the garden was absolutely divine. 

A Love Story

Erin and Dylan met during their freshman year in high school in 2009.  They were good friends throughout high school, but didn’t begin dating until 2013 when Erin started her freshman year of college at Christopher Newport University and Dylan was making his way through the Virginia Carpentry Union.   As a couple they grew and still love laughing together and trying new things together such as traveling to new places or trying new recipes.    

A Surprise Proposal

After Erin graduated from college, Dylan surprised her with a seven day cruise to the western Caribbean as a “graduation present”.    Little did Erin know, Dylan had much bigger plans for that trip: a proposal.  On the last day of their trip, Dylan proposed on the front of the ship.  He had told Erin that he wanted pictures, so he along with two other couples who happened to be honeymooning during the same week of their cruise, they surprised Erin with photos and video of the beautiful proposal.   

The Wedding Day Begins

Before the ceremony, Erin got ready along with her mom, Heather and frlends and family who were her bridesmaids.  In fact, her Aunt was her matron of honor, a testament of the closeness within the family.  In the Stone Barn in Maymont Park, Erin’s mother helped her as she got into her lovely wedding gown as her bridesmaids looked on.  Dylan got ready in another room nearby and enjoyed time with his closest friends as he waited for the ceremony to begin.  

The Ceremony

Erin looked elegant as she walked down the aisle in the Italian Gardens in her gorgeous ivory wedding gown, complete with a full length lace edged veil.  Dylan, dressed in a black tuxedo looked dapper as he waited to see his bride for the first time that day.  The ceremony was filled with so much joy and happiness as they exchanged their vows under the long, extended pergola, supported by stone columns in the 100 year old garden.  I’m not sure who was smiling more; Erin or Dylan!  As the newly married couple walked up the aisle together, guests excitedly threw blush flower petals at the couple.  Their smiles said it all!

Romantic Golden Hour

After the ceremony and bridal party and family pictures, we strolled in the Italian Gardens and captured Erin and Dylan as the golden light streamed behind them.  The light could not have been any more perfect!