Those smiles say it all. Kelsey and Jake were one of the calmest couples to work with. What the picture above doesn't show is the loud cracking of thunder and dark clouds in the sky behind them, and in the midst of it all they shrugged it off, because the importance of the day was becoming one and being surround by the best people to show their love.
In meeting Kelsey and Jake about a year ago to discuss their big day, their love shined through, and I knew they were going to be so much fun as Jake and I discussed all things Nikon.
Their venue was Kelsey's best friend/ maid of honor's parent home nestled in Ashland, Va and what an AMAZING home and even more amazing, welcoming home owners. Kelsey and Jake's day had touches of navy blue, teal, burlap, lace, hydrangea's, tan tux's and lots of DIY that is enough to touch a country girl's heart.
The day started off sunny and a little on the warm side, as it is June in Virginia. As the venue filled with guests and Kelsey and Jake got ready, the nerves began, and they shared a prayer together without seeing one another. And the mom's and bridesmaids watched this moment from afar, tissues were most definitely needed for this moment. When guests were seated they were greeted with water, sunglasses, and a fan. As Jake first saw Kelsey as his bride being escorted by her father, he fought back his tears of joy as this moment was real, the moment they told me they waited for for years. Their ceremony was perfect in the Cox's home stone gazebo, and a couple minutes later Kelsey and Jake were husband and wife.
As guests walked over to cocktail hour, the dreaded clouds of storms began to roll in. Luckily they missed the venue site for awhile, but after dinner the whole sky grew dark. Kelsey being the CALMEST bride ever said 'well at least we will have good stories to tell.' And ya know what they did. The party was moved inside the Cox's gorgeous home, and their foyer became the dance floor for the night.
Congrats Kelsey and Jake it was a pleasure to capture your special day!!
Venue: Norwood Estate
Dress: Watters gown from Sealed with a Kiss
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Limited
Flowers: Black Creek Flowers
Wedding rings: Diamonds Direct
Invites: Designed by Brittany Keenan
Party Rentals: The Prop Shop
Cake: Cakes by Amy
Caterer: Homemades by Suzanne
Video: Erin Sellers
Hair and Makeup: Glam Squad