Katie + Frank | Engagement Session | Nancy Wiley Photography | Virginia Beach Photographer

Katie has always been a big fan of shopping, so when Frank smoothly asked her to help him go shopping to decorate his new house, Katie was more than happy to oblige. Frank quickly stole Katie’s heart, and it soon became clear that they made a great team! Katie professed, “Our time together is full of laughter, and I can’t wait to spend forever with him!”

These two laughed throughout their whole engagement session together! At the beginning of our shoot, Frank, who has a great love for dogs, had mentioned wanting to go pet a dog that he saw down the beach. Towards the end our session, a dog ran up to Katie and Frank, gave them both kisses, stopped to pose, and smiled for the camera!!! Funniest photobomb ever!!

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Karen + Jef | A Spirited Backyard Wedding | VA Beach Wedding Photographer

Karen & Jef were friends back in high school. Karen was a cheerleader, Jef a football player, and the two worked out together practicing the high jump. Twenty-five years later when they would reunite at a party, Jef would say, “I remember you… Kim Collins!” Haha!

The couple reconnected as friends initially, and they then supported each other through some very sad and challenging times. It was once Karen invited Jef and his son Mason over for dinner and a Redskins game that the two truly connected. Knowing that they were both die hard Skins fans, Karen & Jef’s relationship was bound to be solid!!

Karen & Jef were definitely meant to meet up again! Bold and spirited, the two make quite the pair!! If only you could hear the commentary between these two throughout their big day! Maybe you can tell what types of comments they had from some of the expressions in these photos!

Their wedding took place on a beautiful, sun-filled evening; the night after some pretty big thunderstorms in Virginia Beach. The ceremony was sweet and simple, with gorgeous bright coral incorporated into all the details. After the end of the couple’s sand ceremony, each of their sons came up and added a piece of sea glass to the vase to represent the joining of their families.

I have no doubt that Karen & Jef will have loads of fun together in their married life. They are already such a riot together! These two have plenty adventures to come, I’m sure!!

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Nicole + Dan | First Solo Wedding | A Sweet and Sunny Virginia Beach Wedding

Have you ever had a moment where you just knew that the person in front of you was the person you were meant to be with? Nicole & Dan may have taken longer than they wished to find that one they were meant to be with, but they now look forward to a lifetime of love and happiness and raising their children to know the same. I fell in love with Nicole & Dan’s story, so for this blog, I wanted to share the actual responses that I received about their love story in their own words…

Nicole romantically describes, “I just never had these feelings before. It’s just a different kind of love. Our first date, I met Dan and the boys at Landstown Elementary School for basketball and fishing in the pond across the way. It was a huge deal to be meeting kids on a first date but as we always said, we are package deals. It was so unbelievably hot that day that I thought I was melting. I brought the boys a slurpee. We fished a little, and then I watched as Dan interacted with the boys and my heart filled with joy. You could see what an amazing dad he was, and to raise the boys himself, he’s done such an amazing job. We have been inseparable ever since. He makes my heart complete. It’s such a different kind of love, that love you hope lasts a lifetime, and you know there isn’t enough time to love them. The love worth fighting for even on the toughest of days. I couldn’t imagine him not being by my side.” 🙂

Dan also shared about his impressions of his new bride, Nicole, and her daughter when they first met: “Funny and always positive, beautiful smile, pretty eyes, very independent, always on the go, and fun to be around. Bella was easy to make laugh and be around.” Then, my favorite part, “As soon as I found out her favorite steak was ribeye, I knew I wanted to marry her.” Hahaha!!

Nicole & Dan said their vows right on the sand at Chick’s Beach, a.k.a. Chesapeake Beach, section of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their beautiful beach-inspired coral and tan ceremony involved all three of their children who were right by their side the whole time. One of my favorite things about this wedding was the expressions on their children’s faces throughout the ceremony, as well as Nicole’s parents’ expressions during their embrace after saying “I do.” The ceremony was so personal, not only did Nicole’s brother walk her down the aisle, but her father officiated, their son Evan was the best man, their son Brendan was the ring bearer, and their daughter Bella was the flower girl (a role Bella actually played at my own Virginia Beach wedding almost 5 years ago)!

The ceremony was directly followed by a Sunday brunch at Tradewinds Restaurant. Coral and tan beach-themed cake with all edible decorations by A Work of Heart – Creations by Linda.

This was the very first solo wedding I had the privilege of shooting, and I had the pleasure of doing it for one of my best friends as well!!! I even got to have my little family there with me. It was a special day all around.

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**For information on guidelines for having a beach wedding in Virginia Beach, visit: Vbgov.com.
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Mandy + Mike | Second Shooting | A Dreamy Woodsy Wedding

“Oh, I’d love to be a wedding photographer someday…”

This is a thought I’d shared many times, just talking about a dream, someday, down the road, in another time, when I would have the confidence and the resources to give it a shot. Fast forward to not even six months after starting this photography journey, and here I am jumping in with two feet, experiencing a dream of mine that I never would have guessed I’d be experiencing. Oh, and I just have to tell you, it feels so right! Excited doesn’t even begin to describe it! I am thrilled… heart-pounding, stay up late, giddy, fist-pumping, screeching ecstatic!!!! Just ask my sweet husband as he watched me start to edit this session!! 😉

This was my first experience second shooting a wedding with the absolutely fabulous, generous, helpful, photography advisor, and friend, Michelle of Michelle Marsh Photography. What a wonderful experience it was. I have always loved weddings, loved planning my own wedding, and after experiencing my own, said that I wanted to do it again!! To be able to capture these priceless moments for this couple and imagine my future doing this for others, it is surreal!

Meet Mandy & Mike. They met through friends almost four years ago and have been inseparable ever since. They have a cute, spunky, silly little two-year-old named Skylar that is the light of their lives (who also played the special part of flower girl on their big day). She “definitely keeps us on our toes!” Mandy states. Mandy and Mike were engaged for a long two-and-a-half years before they tied the knot, and they are overly excited to finally be united as one!

Mandy & Mike took their vows at the beautiful Great Neck Gazebo at Great Neck Park located in Virginia Beach. It was a gorgeous, warm, sunshine-filled day, perfect for a wedding. Check out these shots of the yellow and peach wedding I captured while second shooting with Michelle, and make sure you don’t miss Mandy’s dad’s intense emotion right after giving her away!!! Priceless.

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**Also, don’t forget to check out the main photographer for Mandy & Mike’s wedding, the wonderful and talented Michelle Marsh Photography on Facebook as well! 🙂

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