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Jessica and Charlie | Norfolk Wedding

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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! 


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


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! 


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!) 


She looked absoultely flawless. 


Love those shoes! 


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! 


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. 


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! 


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


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. ;) 


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! 


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


Husband and wife!! 


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! 


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


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. :) 


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



And a whole lot of fun! 


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! :) 

Michelle and Jay | Intimate Personal Wedding

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Looking back, it turned out exactly the way they wanted. A relaxed day in their new home, surrounded by their children, family, and friends. The people that meant the world to them cheering on as they walked into a new life together - hand in hand. 

Michelle and I met in college, and I was THRILLED when she asked me to shoot her wedding (it's always an honor when a fellow photographer chooses you for their special day!). Michelle and Jay are one of the most relaxed couples I've ever worked with! From the timeline, to the details, to the way they effortlessly welcomed their guests into their home, every interaction was full of grace, ease, and pure joy! 


The details and decor in their home looked like it was straight out of a magazine! 

They gave away tiny succulents as favors and they were just adorable. 

Before I arrived, Michelle and Jay had spent the morning getting ready together and relaxing with their children in their home. I loved how at ease they were! 

Michelle had to make sure his hair was just right! 


Michelle's daughters and a close friend helped her put the finishing touches on her dress as she got ready to see her groom. 

Love their smiles!

There was a fantastic bridge at the entrance to their neighborhood, and since they frequently take walks there in the evenings, it seemed like the perfect personal spot for portraits! 

Michelle, you are so beautiful!! 

Love this one!! 

Rather than a bridal party, Michelle and Jay requested some updated family photos with their chidlren - Jay's two girls and Michelle's three kids. 


Love this new family! 

We literally stopped on the side of the road for these photos because of the beautiful flowers in the tall grass! I love it when my couples trust me to make their photos beautiful! 

Once we were done with photos, we headed back to the house to welcome their guests and enjoy the party for the rest of the evening. 

Once everyone was there, they gathered in the middle of their living room for a short, sweet, and personalized ceremony that made just about everyone cry. 

Mr and Mrs!! 


Group photo of everyone there, because why not?? 

The food was effortlessly and beautiful catered by Chowgirls Killer Catering - they were so much fun to work with! 

Loved seeing all the friends reunited! 

Donuts for dessert - because WHY NOT? 


Enjoying the night with all their favorite people! 


Michelle and Jay, THANK YOU so much for letting me part of your exquisite day - it was absolutely one of my favorites EVER! You are both beautiful people inside and out, and Sunil and I absolutely loved working with you! Best of love to you both. :)