A Ballroom Wedding at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront | Virginia Beach, Virginia
I’m kicking off summer by blogging my first East Coast wedding of the season! It’s always a little hard to leave Hawaii, but having a job that I love with people that I love makes the transition back to “reality” a million times better. I feel so blessed that my first wedding back in Virginia was for such a wonderful couple. The bride is someone I’ve known for many years; Liz was one of Morgan’s bridesmaids (see that wedding here!) and they are part of a wonderful group of friends I’ve known for a while now.
Mike and Liz are the sweetest, most inspiring, “relationship goals” kind of couple. They knew early on in their relationship that this would be forever, and Mike proposed to Liz after a little over a year of dating. Family is incredibly important to both Liz and Mike, and I love how they have been a huge part of this relationship from the beginning, supporting their children and loving their choice of partner.
In Liz’s own words, this is the engagement story: “Mike planned a Valentine’s Day dinner for us. When we arrived, I tied at the table in the distance were my mom and his parents, and I was so excited to see them! When my eyes focused, I noticed they were each holding signs: “Will”, “You”, “Marry”…as I turned to my right, Mike was on bended knee revealing his undershirt with the words “Me” written on it in black letters. I immediately went numb. The whole world went blurry and I could only see Mike through water-filled eyes. I can’t even remember if I said yes…but duh - easiest decision I’ve ever made”.
My favorite moment of the day was when Liz sang part of the couple’s first dance song to her husband. It was a surprise to both Mike and their guests, and gasps filled the room as Liz took the microphone. Liz has the most melodious voice and carried herself around the dance floor beautifully as she sang to her husband. The way that Mike looked at her with incredible awe, pride and love will forever be etched in my memory!
That light!!!! Liz, you beautiful human, you are glowing!!
Mike looking so sharp!!
Mike's face as his bride walked down the aisle made me tear up!! So, so sweet.
I loved ALL of these beautiful bridesmaids!! So fun-loving and sweet!!
The ushers and little ring bearer were some of the mini men I've ever seen!!
Look at those radiant smiles!!!
Talk about an entrance!! I was crying laughing at these two dancing their way in!
Liz singing to her husband. Literally ALL OF THE FEELS right here!!!
GUYS!!! Obsessed with you two!!
These two made my job so easy. Seriously - how photogenic can you get?!?
After the cake cutting, Liz snuck away to do a surprise dress change!!
Mike and Liz,
Congratulations!!!! What an honor it was to document the beautiful relationship you two have. Thank you for trusting me to capture your memories!!
Ceremony Dress: Stella York from Maya Couture
Reception Dress: Stella York from Here & Now Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Upscale Men's Fashion
Invitation Suite: Zazzle
Coordination: friend of the bride, Amy Darden
Videography: Brandon Mitchell Films
Cake: Incredible Edibles
Hair: Simply Hair
Venue + Catering: Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Ceremony Music: Ensembles on Cue
DJ: Jeremy Graham
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