I’ve decided this blog post I am going to let the bride do a little talking. I love hearing how our couples met, fell in love and got engaged. Every couple is unique and every story equally so. We hit a home run with Heather and Paul in every way. It’s like God keeps blessing us with the most amazing couples who end up being genuine friends by the time the dust settles on the engagement and wedding shoots. Heather and Paul are no exception! I’m fairly certain that Ryan and Paul could talk about music for days on end. Their wedding music was some of the coolest we have ever heard. I mean whose moms, groomsmen, and bridesmaids walked out to R.E.M.’s “At My Most Beautiful”?
“As for our story, here it goes. We used to be shy talking about it, but we found that some people are encouraged when they hear that we met online (E-Harmony)… yep! Our first date was Sunday brunch that ended up lasting EIGHT hours. We went from brunch to my favorite watering hole in my neighborhood and talked, and talked, and talked (anyone that has met Paul knows he’s a talker!). A few hours later, Sebastian (her dog) needed a potty break, so Paul walked down the street with me to my place and Sebastian immediately gave Paul his seal of approval (he never liked strange guys, but took to Paul right away). So, our first date ended with a dog walk, hand in hand.
“After that, we were pretty much inseparable. A few dates in we figured out that we had friends in common. There were actually three parties that we could have met at. Just goes to prove that sometimes fate needs a little push. We got engaged after 10 months. Paul popped the question after meeting my family for the first time in Texas. A year and a half after that, was the wedding!”
The Inn at Warner Hall.
The property is budded right up to the bay.
Heather’s beautiful Nicole Miller dress. The most buttery fabric!
Her, to die for, Badgley Mischka heels!!! 1-2-3 SQEEEEEAL ladies!
A gift from her mom and sister.
Fascinator for the reception
For the sake of awesome shoes. Her bridesmaids heels.
Just a little side story. I love when a bride takes her wedding by the horns. Paul got this incredible suit from JCrew. To their dismay the buttons were a washed out brown. They took the suit to a tailor and had all the buttons switched out for black to match his belt and shoes and give a sharp accent. Such a simple, yet impactful change! Love it.
First look time! I love being honored enough to be present for this special moment! There will never be any other time like this in your life. Planning brides…do it! You will never regret it. Ryan and I did it and we encourage our brides to consider it. It makes the day SOOO relaxed and HEY…you get a full-on photoshoot before your wedding. Score!
Proper distance established
We briefly stopped in on the bay, but it was hotter than the center of the sun so we thought it best to stick to the shadows.
An extremely thoughtful and poignant photo for Paul’s mother. Paul’s father passed away in October 2009. From what I heard and the way people reacted to his name…he was a very loved and respected man. Paul’s father was a Lieutenant Colonel. For his service during the Vietnam War, he received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and a Silver Medal. Obviously he is a man of honor. Paul brought these photos of his dad and one of his medals to remember him on this special day.
We are just about to get to the main event and celebration….stay tuned! Here are some of the vendors that made this day so special.
Veil- One Little Dove
Hair Fascinator—- Etsy vendor, Weddings and Such
Paul’s Suit—- J Crew
Paul’s Tie—- Theory
Bridesmaid Dresses—- J Crew
Florist—- The Flower Cupboard (Williamsburg)
Cake—- Carrot Tree Kitchens (Williamsburg)
Makeup—- Kim Wadsworth (Norfolk)
The table numbers and cocktail napkins were also Etsy finds.