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When Charlotte, Marco and I talked about their private yet elegant organic twist on a backyard wedding at their engagement session, I just seriously swooned more than I did when she and I first Facetimed. Her and Marco had already been legally married. They are both Naval Officers and after dealing with deployments and stations across the country from each other, they knew like most military couples. Marriage was the only thing that would greater their chances of being together permanently. So Charlotte and Marco had a very private, just them in attendance;  civil service. Knowing they would have a large wedding in time for their parents and friends to be a part of.  Charlotte had chosen an organic palette to work from. Hiring the remarkable Emily Weddings as her coordinator team, Kate and the girls took Charlotte’s idea of water colors and fresh herbs and RAN with it.  The Wandering Petal is one of my favorite vendors their florals are TO DIE For!!!! I seriously just LOVE how they are mobile, and a lot of their arrangements if not all are done from their mobile truck!  From the boutonnieres to the florals that draped the Arbor they built. They nailed Charlotte’s vision and made the wedding photographer in me swoon!!!! It was the perfect Chesapeake wedding and did I mention that this backyard backed up to a horse pasture???? It was a perfect backdrop!!

Mother nature was challenging, however. Charlotte’s backyard private wedding almost got rained out. She laid in bed the night prior to her wedding and listened to the rain that hit her roof and just closed her eyes. Giving the day up to God and Mother Nature to sort out. I drove in from Maryland the day of and maybe drove through 1 rainstorm. Arriving to wet ground, but a blue sky and a smiling bride. As she got ready for the day, Charlotte couldn’t remove the grin off her face. She had waited for this day for 2 1/2 years since she and Marco legally got married. She couldn’t wait to put on her 2nd wedding dress that was saved by Here and Now Bridal, being that Charlotte was a part of the sad closing of Alfred Angelo and her dress never made it on time.  She actually LOVED this dress more than the other so she wasn’t that sad about it.   I think she must have taken so many deep breaths of joy while Kim did her makeup and she watched all her details be photographed that she pumped me up so much more!! The ceremony was a perfect moment. Charlotte promised not only Marco but his son Vincent, to love them both. She thanked Vincent for sharing his dad with her and promised to be fair to him. As he hugged her,  Marco’s family wiped tears from their seats.

I loved that they planted a family tree in their back yard, and had the entire group of guests join them at the tree, and put dirt in the hole that was in biodegradable bags so that their love and presence could help that tree grow. Then they all prayed over them. Everyone joining hangs, or placing their hands on someone else’s shoulder that was then connected to the next person and that person to Charlotte or Marco. It was a beautiful way to end the ceremony. We got all the way through romantics and bridal party photos until apparently, Mother Nature’s agreement with God came to an end and the sky opened up to pour down on the tent. Thank goodness for the last minute walls Distinctive sent saved the day and the danced the night away until the rain stopped in time for sparklers!!! I LOVE when my brides take the precautions they need to USE a planner and REALLY make their wedding a personal yet perfect day for me to photograph. It makes me want to scream how much I love my job THAT much more!!!

 

 

Vendor Friends

 Venue: Private Residence

Dress:  Here and Now Bridal

Grooms/Men Tux: Mens Warehouse

Flowers: The Wandering Petal

Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery

Makeup: Beach Bridal Artistry 

Hair : Makeup by Kim Porter

DJ: DJ Hype Marcus Matthews

Coordination:  Emily Weddings

Rentals: Distinctive

Catering: Traditions

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