There are not enough nice things I can say about Kaleigh and Louie. From our very first meeting, they were so kind and treated each other with such respect and care. I knew from that day that I would love photographing their wedding. What I didn’t know then was how totally blown away I would be by all of the incredible personal and unique touches included in their wedding day. There were SO many hand made elements, including bow ties made by the mother of the groom, an invitation suite made by the bride and groom (as in, EACH one was hand made!), wood centerpiece trivets made from a downed tree from the bride’s parents’ yard, cuff links made from photos of the bride and groom, and a ring box made by the groom that he used when he proposed, just to name a few. So much time and care went into their details, not only by the couple, but by their friends and family. Be sure to check out the credits at the end of the post for all of the amazing contributions! Their wedding day was held at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News on a gorgeous May afternoon. Their ceremony included a ring warming table, meant for guests to stop and pray over or bless their wedding bands as they entered the ceremony space. Kaleigh’s Maggie Sottero dress looked like it was made just for her and was unlike any dress I’d seen before. Dinner was a delicious spread of barbecue from Smoke followed by gelato push pops from Strawberry Fields Gelato. So many special things made up their day, including a private last dance under the tent as the guests lined up outside for their grand exit. However nothing, not a single detail nor all the special elements combined, could top the love that Kaleigh and Louie have for one another that was manifested in every sweet embrace and glance that they shared throughout the day. I feel so lucky to have been there to capture it. Kaleigh and Louie, thank you so much for choosing me to photograph your wedding day! I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites!
Venue: Lee Hall Mansion
Coordinator: Sarah Lewis
Florist: Jeff’s Flowers of Course!
Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero from Irini’s Originals, Wilmington, DE
Bridesmaids’ skirts: Handmade by Becky McGee
Bridesmaids’ tops: Versona
Hair: Inae Kellam at Creative Hairstyles, Yorktown, VA
Makeup: Kim Trotto, About Face Makeup Artistry & Aesthetics
Groom’s attire: Alton Lane, bowtie made by the mother of the groom
Groomsmen: Their own suits, bow ties made by the mother of the groom
Gelato Push Pops: Strawberry Fields Gelato
Officiant: Michael Condrey
Ring Dish: The Painted Press – Etsy.
Invitations: Made by the bride and groom
Invitation calligraphy: Elizabeth Gianfortune
Tent, chairs, tables: Hampton Roads Event Rentals
Linens: Jeff’s Flowers of Course!
Favors: Glowsticks from Nite Ize
Escort Cards: Printed and painted by the bride and groom
“Better Together” sign, welcome sign, ring bearer sign, “Love is…” signs: built and painted by the bride and groom, mother of the bride assisted in design
Table numbers, “So the adventure begins” sign, thank you sign, Escort Card display door: Susan Egyud, The Broken Oar
Wreaths on ceremony doors: mother of the bride and Susan Egyud, The Broken Oar
Vintage ceremony doors: Antiques provided by the mother of the bride
Wood trivets on centerpieces: made by the bride, groom, and bride’s parents from a downed tree from parents’ yard
Globe card box: painted and altered by the bride and groom
Ring box: hand made by the groom
Handkerchief: belonged to the bride’s great grandfather, embroidered by the mother of the bride
Monogram sign: made by the best man, Adam Vidal