Intimate Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wedding
I have been so busy this fall that I have a backlog of sessions and weddings to blog. Things are just starting to calm down a bit and it is high time I shared this beautiful, intimate, sundrenched beach wedding with you!
When I met Elaina and Matthew at Cure Coffee to chat about their wedding plans, I knew it was going to be an emotional event. They had been together for many years, and I could tell the bond they shared was deep. In fact, they had been together so long that their friends and co-workers had practically given up on them ever getting married.
They planned a small beach ceremony just for immediate family, and kept everything hush, hush. That way, they could surprise their friends and extended family with a big announcement and party in the spring. Of course, wedding photos were important! They would need proof after all. :)
They were married on a gorgeous, sunny September day at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. When I say sunny, it was full sun for the ceremony. Not exactly ideal lighting conditions, but I love how the contrast of the harsh light brings out the blue sky!
Their personal vows were so sweet, heartfelt, and funny - there was laughter and tears all the way through.
After they tied the knot - yay, finally! - we headed toward the dunes for some family portraits.
By the time we were through, the sun was setting and softening.
That glorious golden glow was perfect for some intimate bride and groom portraits!
We took full advantage of all that buttery sunset light! I have to say, September beach days are my favorite. The beach is calmer, less crowded, and the light is just stunning!
It was such an honor to witness and photograph this beautiful wedding! Congratulations Elaina and Matthew! All my best wishes for many happy years as Mr. & Mrs. - XOXO, Melissa
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