Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding Photography | Norfolk, Virginia
Tim and Melinda were married last Saturday at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in what had to be one of my favorite weddings of the year!! I might be a littttle biased because I’ve known Melinda since elementary school (and am friends with her entire bridal party!), but once you see the pictures, I think you’ll agree that the day was absolutely gorgeous. Because of the large gap between Tim and Melinda’s early afternoon ceremony at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and their cocktail hour at the Garden, we had a large part of the afternoon to walk around the grounds and take pictures. That extra time allowed me to get creative, not feel rushed and create some magic (if I do say so myself!). I’m so in love with their portraits!!
As I’ve already said, I’ve known Melinda since elementary school (!). Our families went to church together growing up, and we then ended up going to the same middle school and high school. I knew all of her bridesmaids (one of which was my roommate!), and I knew from the beginning it was going to be a special day for me. I was able to see so many old friends and play a small part in a dear friend’s wedding - it doesn't get better than that! Melinda has always been a person who radiates joy, but i don’t think i’ve ever seen her so happy or content as she was on this day. The best way to describe it is that she was fulfilled, getting to marry her best friend in the presence of everyone she cared about. It was an easy going, effortless day, with no one stressing about details or timelines, and instead focusing on the marriage and the love surrounding the event.
One of my favorite parts of the day was Tim and Melinda’s first dance. The way Tim looks at Melinda is like there is literally no one else in the world. This is not an exaggeration - that’s really how he looks at her! Ladies, get yourself a man who treasures you like Tim treasures Melinda.
I hope you enjoy my favorite photos from this love-filled day! It was truly a special one :)
I am absolutely OBSESSED with this dress. It was perfect for Melinda!! Timeless and elegant, just like her!
Mel, you are RADIANT!!
Final details before walking down the aisle!
Hellloooo magazine cover!!!! Look at these two!
My friends are all so gorgeous!!!
I love these portraits!!!
This is a favorite right here, for sure!
Melinda, you were born to be a bride!!!
Tim had been waiting for this all day!! He said the only thing he wanted to do was pick his bride up and spin her around!!
I loved that their cake topper pose matched their first dance! So many elegant dips!!
These two are so, so sweet. I adored their first dance.
For those of you that don't know her, the girl above (pretending to fall out of the chair) is my roommate, Megan! Sorry in advance, Melinda and Tim - your album is going to be full of that face hehe!
Glo Sticks were passed out halfway through the night and were used for the grand exit!
Tim and Mel,
I am so, so happy for you guys!! Thank you for letting me play a small part in your day! All my love!
Dress: Studio I Do
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie
Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse
Invitation Suite: Minted
Videography: Vision Quest Productions
Hair + Makeup: The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon
Florals: Fluttering Flowers
Reception Venue: Norfolk Botanical Garden
Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Coordination + DJ: Astro Entertainment
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