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Jessica and Charlie | Norfolk Wedding

WeddingsAmanda MohinaniComment

Jessica and Charlie's wedding day had been in the works for exactly a year. But if that wasn't enough to make their lives a bit crazy, they decided to do school full time, work full time, AND buy a house two months before their wedding! I learned very quickly that Jessica is an organized planner at heart, and you can believe that no lovely detail was left untouched! 

I grew up with Charlie and his sister Christy. In fact, we've known each other for as long as I can remember! After photographing Christy's wedding last year, I remember telling her that I was blown away at how perfect Charlie and Jessica were for each other! 

It wasn't just that they were perfect for each other. There was something about who they became when they were with each other. They became more of themselves. More settled, more content, more joyful. It was like watching two lives melt together in a seamless transition - like they had never really lived life without one another. It was effortless and beautiful. 

Their lives came officially together on a beautiful September day in Norfolk, Virginia and it was a wedding I've been looking forward to all year! 

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The future Mrs. Stainer had everything planned, down to her perfect white Converse shoes - a surprise for her Converse-obsessed soon-to-be-husband! 

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What I loved about her surprise was how she eagerly emailed me about it weeks before the wedding to tell me so I could make sure to get Charlie's reaction! 

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Since Jessica was working full time AND going to school, she hadn't gotten much sleep leading up to the wedding day. When I gave her a hug that morning, she eagerly told me that she went to bed "early" the night before and got 7 hours of sleep! Now THAT makes for a happy bride! (Word to future brides: SLEEP before your wedding!) 

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She looked absoultely flawless. 

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Love those shoes! 

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I snuck Charlie into the same alleyway for photos while Jessica hid in a nearby car. He was calm but excited... and couldn't keep the boyish grin off his face that I remember so well from 20 years ago! 

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Jessica almost forgot about her shoe surprise! After a sweet first look, I reminded Jessica that she had one more thing to show Charlie. She hiked up her dress to reveal the shoes, and Charlie's face turned to PURE JOY. I'm almost positive he giggled like a little schoolboy for 5 minutes straight. BEST GROOM EVER. 

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Jessica and Charlie requested that we do photos in a nearby park - a place they often would go to walk and enjoy time away together. 

AND it was on the water!! 

So beautiful! 

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I made them stop in the middle of the sidewalk because the light was exquisite and those shoes! Just so fun. :) 

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Their bridal party was so helpful and efficient! They were all eager to help and ready to go at a moments notice. It made organizing photos so easy! And a little fun too. ;) 

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Their wedding venue was at a local brewery - full of charm and industrial flair! The tables were all unique and were decorated with different places from around the world. So fun! 

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The ceremony was simple, personal, and so sweet that many tears were shed! 

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Husband and wife!! 

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One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is the rush of emotion that comes after the ceremony is done and the happy couple is finally married! It's the end of something beautiful and the beginning of something new and I love seeing all the hugs! 

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The couple had delicious taste in food - catering their favorite burgers and donuts for their special guests!

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The four childhood friends! Charlie, Christy, Brian (my brother) and preggo me! Now we're all married! AND I got to photograph them all - except my own of course. :) 

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Let's just say, there was a lot of laughter... 

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Tenderness... 

And a whole lot of fun! 

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Jessica and Charlie, I can't even begin to tell you how honored I was that you chose me for your wedding! To be able to spend such an important day at your side (and often in your face!) was really a privilege that I can't even communicate. I'm so so thrilled for both of you, and SO happy that you've been put together as man and wife. Marriage really is the best thing EVER! :) 

The Rodriguez Family | Lifestyle Family Photographer

Family, Children, PortraitsAmanda MohinaniComment

A few days after Sunil and I found out were pregnant in May, some of my family came to visit! Morning sickness had JUST kicked in full swing, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to photograph my adorable nieces and nephews! When you have this much sweetness, all you need is some green grass and a comfy quilt... so we ended up shooting in our backyard!. :) 

Like, I mean... REALLY. 

Baby toes and fingers!! 

Their littlest guy was cutting teeth the entire time he was here, but barely cried! Baby grins like this make me excited for my own! :) 

One of the challenges that I really really enjoy as a family photographer is the effort it takes to get down on a kid's level and coax out a natural smile or laugh.

Every child is different, and some take a lot longer to break out of their shell and join me in silliness. It's what makes each session uniquely challenging and uniquely rewarding! 

Sometimes you even have to get the adults out of their shell and get them to be silly too! 

Thankfully Mel and Jose have lots of experience with that! ;) 

Thanks for driving all the way to Kansas to visit with us and putting up with a puking sister! Can't wait to see you again - Love you guys! :)