Emily & Stephen | Virginia Beach National Golf Club Wedding | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

I love seeing all the little special details that go into making each wedding day unique. For Emily and Stephen, it was clear that their people rallied around them to make their day happen! Emily’s mom made her beautiful lace-lined veil, the venue planner made sure Stephen had his favorite brand of root beer at the reception, and their flowers were hand-crafted by a family friend and long-time neighbor. With a smaller guest count, they were able to take the day at a slower pace, leaving plenty of time for greeting each guest, allllll the beautiful photos, and an un-rushed dinner where they got to actually eat (you’d be amazed how many brides and grooms don’t allow time for this for themselves!).

The sun was shining, it was a gorgeous 60 degrees at the end of November, and the rose bushes around their ceremony location were all in bloom! One of the flower girls fell asleep in her dad’s arms during the ceremony, the pastor gave them an engraved Bible with their new names, and friends took Polaroid photos of themselves to fill the guest book. They invited their parents to play The Newlywed Game together, Stephen’s sister caught the bouquet, and their flower girls had the time of their lives on the dance floor. So many sweet moments, and I was honored to be there to capture them all!

I loved reliving this day. It felt extra special to me because Stephen’s sister Ashley was my best friend in high school and I’ve photographed each member of their family’s senior portraits, their family photos, and now the first family wedding! I’m so grateful for families like theirs, and the chance to capture celebrations for them through the years.

Enjoy my favorites from this gorgeous fall wedding day!


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