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This sweet couple kicked off my summer weddings and I couldn’t have chosen a more laid-back couple to ease into this season!  These two tied the knot at The Attic at Waterman’s on the beach, the same spot they met and hit things off.  I love those perfect details that bring things full circle in my client’s lives.

The whole week leading up to their wedding was sunny, hot, and more like mid summer and not early May at all.  But don’t ya know, Mother Nature decided to shower down some of her own love on Colleen + Dustin and give some cool, wet, and rainy weather topped off with a tornado the morning of their big day.   The girls at Waterman’s quickly set up things inside while the bridal party was putting on their final touches and it truly went so smoothly and perfect.  Their dream for a intimate ceremony was perfect inside their reception space overlooking the ocean and bonus — their guests stayed dry.

My favorite moment is often during the dad’s first look with the bride and this day was no exception for that moment.  As Colleen turned the corner in the hotel lobby, Dad was waiting to see his daughter in her dress for the first time, veil and all the glam details and tears started flowing.  Family came in from all over with the majority of their guests being from out of town and the personal details from her friend Eileen helping with wedding planning and her very own mama doing all the florals gave such a perfect intimate vibe for all of us to enjoy.

BUT the best part of the day was hands-down, when Colleen + Dustin let me sneak them out of their party, out onto the windy, misty beach for some more portraits — they killed it and made the foggy beach look like a set from a little Nicholas Sparks movie if I do say so myself.

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“The best day ever”.  Those words were the motto of Amanda and Anthony’s wedding day and displayed on sweet details throughout their reception venue.  Amanda and I met over 6 years ago when we both worked for (my now, Mom-in-law) JP Photography and I fell in love with her sweet spirit and huge laugh.  We would spend hours in the JP office talking about our future wedding days, browsing wedding blogs, and watching countless wedding films of complete strangers, all while we edited other couple’s wedding images.  It was safe to say we both loved love.  All of Amanda’s friends and family refer to her as THEE lover of love and it couldn’t be a more fitting title.  Anthony (or AJ to some) is truly the perfect gentleman to complete Amanda’s love story.  He pushes her to pursue her dreams, he encourages her in her passions, brings the biggest smile to her sweet face, and the love they have for each other is and was, so evident on their special day.  Amanda is a photographer herself, so knowing she trusted me with the most important photographs of her life was a true honor.  Amanda & AJ — I love you guys!! Congratulations on the BEST DAY EVER.

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Thanks to these special vendors for all your talent in perfecting their wedding day:

Venue:  Stone Oak Country Club

Videographer: Vriez Studios

Florals: Downtown Deco

Bride’s Hair: Emily Casto

Bridesmaid’s Hair: Crimson Renee

Makeup: Beauty by Billie Jo

Wedding Dress: Atlas Bridal / Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy

Groomsmen Attire: President Tuxedo

Paper Goods/Invitations: Lindsay Findling Designer

Linens/Rentals: Mager Designs

DJ: Decorative Sound

Transportation: A1 Accurate Limos

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Living by the beach definitely has its advantages and that sometimes means that  you can stop and dip your feet in the water on the way home from the grocery store.  That is totally what Elsie & I did one night this week and it was because it was such a simple, spur of the moment idea that made it all the better.  I threw her swimsuit in the diaper bag just in case, and we got out and explored the beach and watched the waves roll in together.  It was in that super candid, unplanned moment that I was so thankful to have my camera with me to document this little memory.  THOSE are the types of memories I want to be a part of my family’s legacy and I want them to be apart of yours too.

On that note, I have a special launching today valid through June that I’m super excited to share…
BEACH SESSIONS!  This is the perfect opportunity to stop at the beach one evening and hang out with your family (and me) and BE in the moment.  PARTAKE in life.
Through the month of June, pricing is discounted to encourage you to totally take the leap and invest in your family’s legacy.

Swimsuits and beach attire are totally welcome, or regular styled outfits are great too!

Please note: your session doesn’t have to occur before July 1st, it simply has to be booked by then. 🙂 Email to book as soon as possible though because dates are limited.  We are not holding Daddy & Me minis this year as many of you have asked, but these sessions would still be perfect for those memories of Dad with your little ones!!

Happy Friday!!!! Time to soak up the sunshine this weekend and enjoy this gorgeous weather!

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View More: http://brookewaldroupphotography.pass.us/emily-eileen-sspin SITE IMAGE ________An hour before their wedding it was sprinkling and everyone was calling for more rain, but Vanessa knew their dream of an outdoor ceremony had to happen so she stuck her guns and planned for an outdoor ceremony.  Less than an hour later, guests sat in the gorgeous May sunshine as Vanessa’s dad walked her down the isle to Nick and they exchanged vows in front of their sweet friends and family.  The back patio and arbor at The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth couldn’t have been a better spot for their intimate ceremony.

Vanessa & Nick met together when they were out separately with their friends one night and the rest soon became history.  When it came to their wedding day, they both knew they wanted their friends and family together to celebrate although with them spread across the country and up the east coast near Boston, it could have been hard to get all their loved ones there.  But if you know Vanessa & Nick, you know people would do anything to be there for them.  Friends drove, flew, and even RV’d their way down to Portsmouth, Virginia for the big day and it couldn’t have been a more perfect celebration of the love these two have for each other!

Vanessa & Nick — your love for each other is so evident in everything that you do and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to spend the day with you!  Congratulations!

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Venue:  Woman’s Club of Portsmouth

Catering: Montero’s

Cake: Farm Fresh

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