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Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”
My lover belongs to me and I to him.
He says to me:
“Set me as a seal on your heart,
as a seal on your arm;
For stern as death is love,
relentless as the nether world is devotion;
its flames are a blazing fire.
Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor floods sweep it away.”

She sat while this reading was said aloud in a church she spent her entire life in. Sitting up straight, almost like she was surprised her soon to be father in law picked THIS reading. Her favorite. A reading from the Song of Songs. Her attention was steady. Her face adoring. Sitting next to the man she was about to promise forever too. It sure was well with Samantha’s soul Saturday.  

 This was my last Virginia Beach wedding before I relocate to Maryland. It was only fitting that I did it in a church my daughters were baptized in. St. John’s is a beautiful parish. Newly renovated over the last several years, the church has gorgeous cloud painted ceilings acknowledging that what’s above us is so much bigger than what’s down here.  When I joined Samantha earlier in the morning she was nervous. Picking at her breakfast which looked like a bagel. Deep breaths and Chris Tomlin on, I grabbed her Badgley Mischka’s and her simple yet classic details and started my day. Bridesmaids in lavender,  her Uncle was the visiting priest for the ceremony, which just means the normal priest of the church; Father Rob, wouldn’t be the one marrying them her Uncle would be. How awesome is that when family get’s to marry you?????   James looked stunned as she walked down the asile to him. I think he was too locked on her to even realize he looked like he was holding his breath. He looked incredibly pleased with the vision heading his way.

The day was hot, and sunny, but that didn’t slow down our day. Catholic weddings always keep my feet moving. The days are generally go go go go and before you know it you’re saying goodbye. They are some of my fastest moving days! They headed to Dam Neck base in Virginia Beach in a 1963 Rolls Royce for their Shifting Sands reception, they danced the day away.  We snuck out for romantics and got just a couple minutes in before the heat got the best of us. My most creative and thought filled exit to date was Samantha and James’ dried flower petal and lavender AND bubble exit. The petals had been crushed and dumped in cones made from pages of To Kill A Mockingbird. One of Samantha’s favorite books. They day was filled with thoughtful and touching moments you could tell were just so entirely important to the both of them.


Vendor Friends

 Venue: St. John the Apostle Church & Shifting Sands

Dress:  Here and Now Bridal

Grooms/Men Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: Black Iris Florist

Cake: Twisted Sister Cupcakes

Hair : Melissa Nicole Hair Design

Cake: The White Orchid Bakery

DJ: Astro DJ

Reception Decor: Cake Topper









A Classic Catholic Wedding | Samantha & James


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