The forecast was grin. Seven days before Brandon and Jessica’s big day, the weathermen were calling for a Category 4 hurricane to be slamming Virginia with incredibly strong winds, flooding and power outages. Michael and I kept saying to one another “What is going to happen with this wedding?!”. We refrained from asking Jessica what their plan was because we all hoped that Hurricane Florence would change paths. Thankfully, that’s exactly what happened. The storm changed course and Saturday was a dream! It may have been a tad humid but we didn’t care. We had power, we had clear skies and we didn’t have 90MPH winds ruining our portraits!
Brandon and Jessica are a beautiful couple. I’ve been looking forward to capturing their day since their engagement session last fall when I realized just how photogenic they both are! Not only are they natural in front of the camera but they are incredibly genuine and kind. I have no doubt that even if the weather had been different and we had been celebrating their day in the midst of a hurricane, these two would have been joyful. They were so excited to finally be married. When you see their genuine smiles and laughter in their portraits, it was normally because I was saying something like “Guys! In 60minutes you’ll be husband and wife!!” or “This time tomorrow you’ll be heading to vacation in South Africa!!!”. If someone reminded me of those two things I would be ecstatic too!!
Michael and I loved being surrounded by their family and friends. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jessica’s mom and family members hopped on the dance floor and surprised everyone with choreography to “We are Family!” Everyone was cheering them on and then the dance floor filled up and stayed full for hours and hours! It was a joyful celebration of a wonderful couple!! Brandon and Jessica, congratulations on this special new season of life! We hope your trip to the other side of the world is breathtaking!
Enjoy my favorites from their day!
Her ring! Gah! It’s gorgeous! One of my favorites! I love this too!
Dress Store | Bridal Elegance
Florist | M Henry Designs
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Mankin Mansion
Coordinator | Katie Hoer – Mankin Mansion
Makeup Artist | FBJ Weddings
Hair Stylist | Jessica Haenline
Cake | Ukrops
Catering | Goodrich Gourmet
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire | Generation Tux
Invitations | Minted
This session took place just 45 minutes before their welcome dinner the night before their big day! Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!
Our life has been a whirlwind in the best kind of way this summer! Life sure looks a lot different than it did just a few years ago and it’s about to change AGAIN!
If you’ve ever been a member of KJ All Access, you know that it’s been an evolution since the beginning! Over 4 years of wedding content, engagement sessions, family sessions and so much more!
When you’re sorting 5,000+ photos after each wedding, staying organized is a huge priority!
We met Nicole and Matt the day before their wedding day in downtown Chicago. Normally, we prefer to do a full engagement session with our KJ Couples before their big day but that really wasn’t possible due to our schedules and the long distance. Thankfully, meeting the day before was absolutely perfect and it prepared all of us to have a dream wedding day in the Windy City!
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