When Christina told me that she was planning an outdoor December wedding, my first question was, "What is your back up plan if it's too cold?". Without missing a beat, she responded, "Then I'll wear a jacket".
First a little background on these two newlyweds. Steve and Christina have already had to deal with the hard stuff by living literally an ocean away from each other. They both are in the Navy and know all too well that home is where the Navy sends you. And sometimes that home is in a different country than your fiancé. Which means staying up late and waking up early even if it is just to say good morning and goodnight. Oh, and Christina was also renovating their house in Virginia Beach while planning their wedding. So when I asked about dealing with the cold, I quickly realized that not much will get in the way of what this girl wants.
We started the wedding day bright and early at their house where it was a whirlwind of hair curling, dress steaming and lipstick applying. The best part of the wedding day is the craziness of the preparations. I love seeing it all come together, the excitement for what's to come. Christina rocked a pair of Texas cowboy boots under her wedding dress and that made shooting details so much more fun. While heels are great, I love that she kept to her true self and wore what made her comfortable.
After she got dressed, we headed to the church so that we would have time for Steve & Christina to have a first touch. They wanted to keep the reveal of seeing each other for the church but knew that they needed to be together before they were in front of all of their friends and family. Steve waited nervously for Christina to walk up, his back against the pillar while he read over his vows once again. When she got to their spot, Christina slipped her hand into his as they stood there talking to each other about what was about to happen.
Their ceremony was short, sweet and sentimental with personal vows that brought tears to everyone's eyes. And then with a good long kiss and a victorious cheer, they ran back down the aisle to AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock".
The reception was a casual BBQ at Mt. Trashmore Park where the newlyweds ate pulled pork and cake, competed in corn hole competitions and danced their first dance on the running path of their favorite park. It was a perfect day topped off with the most beautiful golden hour as the sun set over the lake. Congratulations to Steve & Christina and thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your big day!
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