Well I broke my "no shooting wedding’s" rule and I’m so glad I did. It was such a honor to be Josh and Mary Catherine’s photographer on their fabulous wedding day. One of the reasons I do not shoot weddings right now is that I have found them sometimes to be too much. WHAT!?! Of course it is. You invest in all this time, money, effort, planning and scheduling and if something goes wrong then…what will we do. It's completely understandable but I'm not ready for all of that stress. I take my passion so seriously sometimes that it's just to much for me. BUT...God had another plan this November. Mary Catherine really wanted me to be her photographer. I was floored! Really? I told her that I only have photographed 4 weddings. She did not care and that made my heart sing with joy. She had so much faith in me...how could I say no.
So it's 85 degrees, 10 am, and it's my first wedding! It's was also Steven and Crystal's first wedding…already we had so much in common. haha I met Crystal a while ago at my friend, Mike's, 30th birthday party and would never had guessed later down the road, I would be her photographer on her beautiful wedding day, but here I was living my dream! I was recommended through one of our best couple friends, Emily and Mike. It is such a small and funny world. It's the best feeling to become friends with your clients. Crystal put her trust in me and gave me a chance. I couldn't have been more happy that she did! It's wonderful people like Steven and Crystal that make life so special. They were patient and kind through the entire process. I am so grateful to them. I will carry this day with me forever, Thank you Steven and Crystal for such an amazing experience and memory.
I also had a wonderful mentor, Jodi Barder, owner of Capture This Moment Photografie with me during the day. She is a God send. Again other great friend introduced us and I owe her so much for teaching and sharing with me all the tips and tricks of the trade. She is a wonderful mentor and I thank God for her everyday. She helped me through the day and was there every time I had questions or concerns. She helped me bring my "A" game. Thank you J!!!
I arrive at Kiln Creek Country Club, to find the Pavilion being set up, by their wonderful event team, Kyle Oakes and Kaitlyn Inge. The decor and flower arrangements were beautiful and set up an hour before the ceremony by Jeff's Flowers in Hampton. Jeff's Flowers also helped with lattice backdrop, the flowers attached to it and the two large live rose arrangements. Event Central assisted with the chairs, live bouquets, bouts, corsages, and silk altar arrangement and the outstanding cake! YUMMY. Event Central was also our choice pick for my wedding. Love them! Steven and Crystal also had one amazing photo booth! It was my first time seeing one of these at a wedding. All the guests loved it. Valentine Photobooth, provided all these great props for all the guests to use while celebrating the wedding in the photobooth. What a great idea for any wedding or event!
Kiln Creek is a beautiful, private little community inside Newport News. Gorgeous homes, awesome restaurants, and a peaceful country club with a 18 hole championship golf course.
As soon as I saw Crystal, she was full of smiles and beauty. She was surrounded by her loving mom, Terri; her amazing wedding planner, Aunt Debbie; Sam, her sweet sister, and Heather, her best friend and Maid of Honor. What a team! I started with her dress, all the details of her jewelry and the ceremony site. It was so EXCITING! I checked in with the Steven and his brothers…they were cracking up over getting dressed and how many photos I was taking. :) What two great families. I just kept thinking that the whole day. It was so evident that this pair was meant to be joined as one.
I enjoyed so much of capturing this glorious day. Not one hiccup…it was completely perfect. Steven and Crystal had their first kiss, dance, and cake together as husband and wife and it was amazing! I know you both will follow in your parent's footsteps by having a long, wonderful, happy and blessed marriage! I can see you two at 78 years old dancing the same way I saw you dance on your wedding day. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Robinson!!!