READY for June 2nd for a long time!! As soon as she got into her gorgeous gown I took her over to the windows and shot the bridal portraits that I have been DYING to shoot all year! She was just stunning. Absolutely stunning and luckily, Anna Burke was there to keep me on schedule or else I would have taken bridal portraits for 2 hours!!
After the preceremony prep was done, we headed to their first look. Before Clare even arrived Matt warned me to be prepared for tears. These two have dated for so long that this day, and that MOMENT, had been highly anticipated for such a long time! … And it was about to happen!! Clare got out of the car and walked towards her groom. As she rounded the corner, Matt looked up and saw the most beautiful bride!!! And she was his!! After hugs, kisses and tears, we began the rest of their wedding day! Between the family, their friends, their vendors… even their limo driver! ….. Everyone was so wonderful to work with . I still can’t get over how genuinely sweet and caring Clare’s family is!! I absolutely LOVED capturing them and their love for each other.
Speaking of their family’s love for each other, after Clare and her dad finished the daddy/daughter dance, Mr. Brown asked to share a few words. Now you need to understand that Clare and her younger sister ADORE their dad…. I can relate. I think the WORLD of my dad and so I understood their relationship with him. Mr. Brown had the microphone and he thanked everyone for being there and then he started to tell a story. He said that 26 years ago, he was putting Clare to bed and it just happened to be her 1st birthday. After he kissed her goodnight he explained that it suddenly hit him just how FAST that first year flew by. He mentioned that when he has moments like this, he tends to write exactly what he’s feeling. And so on Clare’s 1st birthday, he wrote her a poem that he wanted to read to her on her wedding day. 26 years later, Mr. Brown stood in front of his beautiful daughter at her wedding reception and read her the sweetest poem. I get chills just thinking about it. After over 80 weddings, I think this speech may have topped them all!! It was beautiful. After everyone wiped away the tears, the food was served and the party began!
It was a perfect day…. from beginning to end. Matt and Clare I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a apart of your amazing celebration!! I hope Mexico is Ah-MAZING and that you still have an internet connection so that you can relive your wedding day through your blog post!!! Congratulations you two!!!! xoxo
This is a little different than my normal style but I love it!
I don’t even know what they were looking at …. but it made for a great picture:)
So Clare! Love her shoes!
I’m obsessed with this alley!! Beautiful light!
In front of the Bolling Haxall House where their reception was held.
The sun peaked out for about 10 minutes for us and it was LOVELY LIGHT!
Beautiful work by Janie Medley!!The Bride’s Cafe today as well! Dress | Mori Lee , Purchased from Bridals by Natalie in Virginia Reception | The Bolling Haxall House Ceremony | St. Marks Church Coordinator | Anna Burke Florals | Janie Medley Hair and Makeup | Carla Williams DJ | Ran Henry Cakes | Jean Jacques Bakery Catering | White House Catering Bridesmaids Dresses | Alfred Sung Groomsmen | Men’s Warehouse Invitations | Shine Invites Favors | Candy Bar Honeymoon | Playa Mujeres