Rachel & Ben | Mariner’s Museum Wedding | Newport News Wedding Photographer

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Baumann!

This wedding was so so special to be apart of.  So many old friends came together to cheer on Ben and Rachel- it was a true labor of love.  For anyone who knows Ben, you know that behind his big beard and beer-filled Instagram, lies a really soft (Corgi-obsessed) heart and a pretty great giggle, and that’s where Rachel comes in.

As you can see from their first look photos here, he is completely smitten with her.  His exact words when he turned around and saw her for the first time were, “Hot DAMN!”  It was the sweetest first look I’ve witnessed as instantly all their nerves melted away and they just held each other, taking in the fact that this day they’d been waiting for (for what felt like forever) had finally come! 

These two were so intentional to plan their wedding day with a first look and portraits before the ceremony to maximize time with each other and with their guests.  It worked out so well that they got to join their guests immediately after the ceremony for cocktail hour, indulging in their signature wedding beer Ben brewed together!

As always, I’m in awe that this is my job.  What a huge honor it is to be there for such intimate moments, a fly on the wall to capture memories that will hang on their walls and tell the story of their start for years and years to come.  Thank you Rachel and Ben, for trusting me with such important memories.  Enjoy some of my favorites from their portrait time on this mild December wedding day!  More to come, I promise!


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