A Blue and White Waterfront Wedding | The Water Table | Virginia Wedding Photographer

A Wedding at The Water Table

Hayley and Patrick’s wedding at the Water Table in Virginia Beach, Virginia was literally a dream come true.  Their original wedding date was September 26, 2020.  However, due to how the pandemic restrictions negatively affected their guest list, they opted to choose another date so that their families could be there to celebrate with them.  Thirteen months later, their wedding day finally arrived!  It was truly incredible to see all of the happiness and excitement throughout the day, which definitely made it worth the wait! 

Their Story

Hayley and Patrick’s official story for how they met is that they met at Wasserhund Brewery In Virginia Beach…which is technically where they met for the first time in person.  However, they first connected through Tinder!  Later on down the road, on March 6, 2019, they closed on their first home together.  The house needed a great deal of renovation- they had to pull up the existing flooring, paint the walls, replace the fans, deep clean, etc.   So the next day, they show up to the house in working clothes ready to get started.  Patrick had an additional plan though.  He had painted “Will you marry me?” on one of the walls in their new home.  Hayley, of course, said “yes”!

The Wedding Day Begins

Even though the day started with a downpour of rain, the skies cleared fairly quickly!  Their wedding day began with the groom and groomsmen, and the groom’s father out on the dock.  After capturing Patrick with his dad, I began working with the groom and groomsmen, who were a hilariously fun group of guys!  After capturing a lot of “fun” shots, group shots, and some shots of the groom, I headed to where the ladies were getting ready in the Bridal Suite and began shooting Hayley’s wedding details and the bridesmaids and bride in their floral satin robes.  Hayley was surrounded by so much love and joy from her friends and family as she got ready to say “I do”. 

Two First Looks

Patrick and Hayley had two first looks.  The first one was with just them, on the dock.  Patrick waited patiently as his lovely bride walked down the dock to see one another face to face for the first time that day.   As Hayley approached Patrick, he turned around and his smile said everything.   After they interacted with one another for their first look, we walked to a different area of the dock to capture more of them as a couple along with some of just Hayley.   Next, we set up for their second first look with their sweet Lillybelle – their cockapoo (who also was the flower dog).    Sweet Lilly got to see her parents in their wedding attire and it was so adorable! 

Their Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony overlooked the marina on Rudee Inlet at The Water Table.  The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony, and the light was beautiful.  Lillybelle did a great job as “Flower Dog”, and in addition to this, two of the guys served as “flower dude” complete with a fanny pack and blush rose petals, and another passed out drinks.  Hayley and Patrick exchanged vows and rings as family and friends supported them.

A Romantic Golden Hour Session

After the ceremony and family pictures, I took the newlyweds to a part of the dock where the sunset was strikingly gorgeous!  The gold, orange and pink light provided the perfect backdrop for Hayley and Patrick’s golden hour session.  It was incredible!

After introductions and the couple’s first dance, DJ Karizma got the party started.   It was truly the most amazing day seeing Hayley and Patrick, their families, and friends celebrate.  Congratulations Hayley and Patrick!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: The Water Table

Photographer: Belle Eve Photography

Caterer: Mission BBQ

Florist: Hilltop Florist

Cake: Sugar Plum Bakery

DJ: DJ Karizma

Hair and Make-up: Darling & Dapper

Wedding Gown: Tiffany’s Bridal of Richmond

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

A Rustic Farm Wedding | Under the Stars Farm | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Wedding at Under the Stars Farm

Melissa and Beau’s wedding at Under the Stars Farm was full of unique, creative ideas that made guests of all ages feel welcome.  Their day was truly about the love they have for one another and the love of family and friends, and it was a joy to capture the various moments throughout the day!  The biggest thing that stood out about their wedding wasn’t the beautiful outdoor, ceremony area, the flowers or their wedding attire.  Instead, it was this sentence that Melissa said to Beau as she tenderly rolled up his sleeves:  “let’s be us.”    Their beautiful wedding embodied this profound statement. 

Their Story

Beau and Melissa met when they were both really young.  They became best friends instantly. After over 13 years of being best friends they decided they should give it a shot because they were already pretty much inseparable and went to each other for everything. Shortly after they began officially dating, they decided they should get married. Beau proposed to Melissa in the middle of the kitchen with friends and family around.

The First Look

Their day began with their first look on the beautiful deck, which surrounds a tree which proudly stands overlooking the ceremony area.   It was an endearing moment as Beau turned around to see his beautiful bride, Melissa.  It was just them and they were able to relax and just “be themselves” without others around. 

The Ceremony

The ceremony literally brought characters to life.   Guests dressed as favorite cosplay characters, which created such a fun atmosphere!  From Ghostbusters to Forrest Gump, guests arrived ready to celebrate this sweet couple.  After Beau walked down the aisle with his two daughters and made his way to the front, the most adorable “Candy Girls” (in place of flower girls)  walked down the aisle tossing candy on the aisle runner and to guests.  Melissa looked beautiful in her wedding gown as she proceeded down the aisle to join Beau.  What made it even more perfect was their choice of wedding officiant:  William Wallace from Braveheart, complete with a Scottish accent!  Another special moment was when they had Beau’s niece come up and help as they exchanged their vows and rings.  She also celebrated with them by walking with them during the recessional after they were announced as husband and wife.

The Reception

After they ceremony, we were able to capture some family photos and gather all guests with costumes on for a huge group photo.  Then, everyone headed to the reception tent where they could snack on 6 different types of popcorn, play with legos at their tables and play yard games. I love how they incorporated fun for all ages! After a delicious BBQ dinner by Lovells, guests celebrated on the dance floor.   As the reception wound down, we did a few additional family photos at golden hour under the archway and between the raised lavender beds. Congratulations, Melissa and Beau!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Under the Stars Farm

Planner: Samantha Bannock

Florist: Smith’s Florist and Gift Shoppe

Caterer: Lovells Place

Cake Artist: Erin Gray

Rentals: Freedom Rentals

DJ: Valari Franklin – DJ “Lady V”

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

Stationery: Minted

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.