A Gray and Blue Garden Wedding at the Hermitage Museum | Norfolk, VA
Joe and Tawnie were married last Saturday in the beautiful gardens of the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk. It was a hot one (hello, July humidity!), but with a nice breeze coming off of the water and the ceremony site being shaded by a large tree, everyone was able to enjoy the day. Tawnie is from Southern California, Joe is from Norfolk, and the two met while playing tennis for Gordon College outside of Boston. After taking a long time to even admit that they liked each other, they finally began dating, were engaged last fall and 3 years later, they’re married!
These two have an incredibly beautiful and intimate relationship. It’s like they share a wonderful secret that no one else knows. From the amount that they laugh when they’re whispering together, to the way that Joe looks at her when she’s not paying attention, the two of them are true #relationshipgoals. Not that fake stuff you see on social media - the real deal. A relationship that consists of respect, devotion, sacrifice and so much love. I greatly enjoy that my job enables me and has taught me to be adept at recognizing how others are feeling. In order to be good at what I do and capture the little moments in between the big ones, I try to be constantly aware of people’s emotions so that I can better predict their next action. With Joe and Tawnie I quickly realized that we would capture the most significant moments if I left them alone and let them privately share those little expressions of love that make their relationship so beautifully understated.
Although seeing Joe and Tawnie together was such a blessing, some of my favorite moments of the day took place before we even reached the Hermitage! While the girls and I were still at the Main, Tawnie read a letter that Joe had written her. He’s been writing her letters on lined notebook paper since the beginning of their relationship, and the tradition was continued on the wedding day. Surrounded by her mom and her bridesmaids, she laughed and cried reading the words of her soon to be husband. Before we left the hotel room, everyone gathered around her to pray for the day and for her and Joe’s marriage. In what was quite possibly the most beautiful prayer I’ve ever heard, her bridesmaid Maddie spoke words of affirmation over the marriage, prayed for their union to bring God glory, and brought everyone in the room to tears.
I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from this incredibly special day!
Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaids' dresses and a BHLDN wedding gown make a photographer like me very, very happy!!!
The most incredible Steve Madden heels!!!
Tawnie, you're radiant!!
One of the sweetest moments I've ever had the honor of capturing.
That dress is EVERYTHING.
These two are just TOO adorable!
What a perfect backdrop for a beautiful bridal party!
One of my favorite moments of a wedding day :)
Their cocktail hour in the adjoining garden was beautiful!
So many laughs and sweet glances.
PERFECT BRIDE. PERFECT GOWN. PERFECT ROSE GARDEN!!!
But really, that train...
The sweetest, ahhh!
Yes! I love this!!
A late night donut bar?! I REALLY donut mind if I do!!
Joe and Tawnie,
Congratulations!! Thank you for letting me be a part of this very special day - I was so honored!
Dress: Eddy K from BHLDN
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic
Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Florals: Blackcreek Flowers
Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas and Father of the Bride, Timothy Yeaw
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery
Donut Bar: Os Donuts
Getting Read Venue: The Main Norfolk
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Hermitage Museum
Catering: The Gourmet Gang
Entertainment and Coordination: Atlantic Digital Entertainment
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