Jess and Kemper met on Bumble, although Jess is pretty certain they had met 3 years prior on Bumble but never met up due to busy schedules! Crazy enough, the two also only lived a… More
Morgan and James met in college during their freshman year where they lived in the same dorm. They started as friends when they went to a sorority function until the following year when they officially started dating on September 14th! They had an amazing proposal in Pismo Beach at Smugglers Cave. James and Morgan were in the middle of a 10 day road trip in California across more than 12 spots, including San Diego, Malibu Ventura, Big Sur and so many more stunning West Coast locations. They spent 10 days traveling in their rented convertible chasing sunsets. Two strangers happened to also be admiring Smugglers Cave and James asked them to take a picture of them because he was going to propose. The couple caught the whole thing on their phones and a professional camera!
Morgan and James had a beautiful wedding at the Brandermill Church and the Commonwealth Club. The weather was absolutely perfect, every detail of the wedding was stunning, and everyone was such good energy to be around- it made the day go by fast and we had so much fun! I love that they chose to have their ceremony in the same location as her sister’s weddings and where Morgan grew up. That just makes it even more special! Morgan also planned the best surprise with her dad to celebrate the last of 3 of his daughters to get married in less than 2 years (you might remember Melinda and Meg from my past weddings, too!). The reception was amazing- just the right amount of emotional moments along with the biggest and best party ever. They closed out the night with an amazing confetti exit and it will forever be one of my favorites!
Congratulations to my sweet friends Morgan and James, wising you a lifetime of laughter, love, and blessings!
Venue: Brandermill Church and Commonwealth Club| Florist: Black Creek Flowers| Cake: Jae’s cakes| DJ: Pete with BunnDJ| HMU: BrideFace| Catering: Commonwealth Club| Bridal Shop: Rosalin’s Bridal| Bridal Designer: Maggie Sottero| Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo| Men’s Attire: The Black Tux| Transportation: Richmond Limosuine| Stationary: Minted| Planner: Andrea with Marylee Marmer Events| Officiant: Jim Duncan
February 1st is a big day for me. While I began walking through an unexpected phase of life prior to this exact date, today I specifically celebrate one year of overcoming being forced out of a situation I didn’t know I needed saving from. One year of trying to conquer my deepest valley and the darkest season of my life. One year of battle, fighting to gain my strength and joy back. One year of suffering through a very emotionally draining experience that sucked the life out of me and even my family. One year of heartbreak, grief, mental and physical exhaustion, and sadness. One year of big changes, scary transitions, too many gut wrenching tears, and learning how to be on my own again.
Never in my life do I want to feel the excruciating heartache and pain again that I felt one year ago today when my husband of almost 3 years, my best friend for almost 8 years… did not choose me, but instead chose a life and future that did not include me in it, and that was the last day I saw him. The details of what I went through months before this and even after this day will remain private-no need to share all the personal details…but I lost my entire world that day. It was flipped completely upside down. And those 48 hours I will never forget. I felt dead inside.
While I still don’t have the answers as to why things like this happen and never will, I do know that God is faithful and His plan for me is much greater than what I ever expected. Somehow, through every battle I fought through the hellhole that was the end of my marriage, through the separation, through the divorce, after the divorce, through the healing… I still had my faith, I still found hope, I still found joy, and I still believed in the kind of love that I know I deserve. I deserve the very powerful UNCONDITIONAL love that I know exists and I know I will get that at the right time. I still believe in the sanctity of marriage- no man will take that away from me. I still believe in my fruitful, fulfilling, bright future. I believe that the ingredients to finding joy after your spirit has been crushed is a lot of: prayer, surrounding yourself with loved ones, positive thinking, and seeing a therapist. I believe I went through all of the things I wouldn’t wish on anyone FOR A PURPOSE. If God wants to use ME for good, to help others through similar challenges or with healing, then I am blessed. I want to be His hands and His heart in any way possible and if pain is what gets me to the next level to really take action and do His work, then bring it on, Jesus! I am resilient AF and that has been a really incredible thing to learn about myself. While I am still healing, repairing my heart, rebuilding my little world of glitter and sunshine, and learning how to survive on my own solely through my faith with the support of my selfless amazing family- I have never been more confident in who I am, in my relationship with the Lord, or so sure of the amazing things I am built for and called to do.
Most of the year I felt ashamed and embarrassed of what happened. I was so happy for so long with this person and then all of a sudden everything changed and while I still had to come to terms with a shocking reality, I also knew people were going to question my situation, judge me for it, and talk about it… while also feeling completely defeated and trying to overcome rejection, abandonment, and betrayal from the one person I trusted most in this world. Then I realized WTF. These feelings all relate in some way and it’s all about feeling the need to have other people’s approval and acceptance. But reality is- this is MY life and nobody cares about MY life as much as I do and I don’t need anybody’s approval but His.
This experience has been humbling and enlightening in many ways. THIS is blooming. THIS is developing the wings. THIS is the climb. If you’re in the same boat as me or maybe just starting to feel that wave about to smack you in the face… you are not alone. But it’s up to YOU to steer the boat, to take that wave to the face like a champ, to fight and never give up. You were meant to be going through the pain, you were meant to experience whatever is happening in your life right now. And you will come out more powerful and joyful on the other side. God will never steer you wrong and will never stop holding your hand. It’s easy to question, “WHY THE HECK is this happening to ME!?”, but we may not understand until something better comes into our lives and makes everything in our past make so much sense. We might not ever understand, but just have to trust the path He has taken us down.
I want to let you in on a special, magical little moment that happened to me on this day last year, something I will always hold close to my heart and hopefully lift someone’s spirits. A God moment. A message clear as day. When I woke up on February 1, 2020, I was alone on the couch in silence and I already had a bad feeling about what the day was going to bring. I turned to my devotional, February 1st. And here was my message…
Need I say more? WOW. Right after that, everything happened, everything changed. My life took an abrupt turn, I was equipped for the strenuous climb, I have been preserved in all my ways, I feel His angels over, and now I know it for sure- “with my God, I can scale a wall.” SO much truth behind that.
Opening up about this life altering season feels freeing in a way. I have held back from being too personal and open with people and on social media since October 2019 when things started to become difficult in my marriage. Then all of a sudden I had to make him disappear, clear him out of my business and my life. It was like everything went from 0-100 and all of a sudden I was hiding a big piece of my heart because it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to share and I wasn’t ready for it. Now it’s on my heart to be more open, connect with those who can relate, support those who need it, and share my story in ways that allow you to really get to know me on a deeper level. Through sharing my story with select people over the past year, one thing I’ve learned is that I am definitely not the only person who has experienced something like this, who has experienced divorce at a young age. Our stories are all different, but we all have A LOT in common- we all got married expecting to be with that person for the rest of our lives and then it ended in disappointment and heartbreak. A lot of us never considered divorce an option, like EVER. A lot of us feel like the most special and sacred moments of our lives were taken from us. Most of us are just praying we can heal from the trauma and find the really one true love of our lives. We are just human, trying to move on and remain optimistic for our future. We can ALL connect on many different levels, no matter HOW it happened. Friends, don’t be afraid to reach out, don’t be afraid to share your heart with me, because trust me- it’s not easy and writing this wasn’t easy either, but it IS therapeutic and good for the soul. I am here for you when you need someone.
Thank you for reading if you’ve gotten this far, thank you for being a part of my life and my business, and thank you for the support as I am still rebuilding WHILE rejoicing. Hugs to all ❤️
Sarah and Allen’s wedding day is finally hitting the blog! COVID-19 cancelled just about everything the same weekend of this wedding on March 14th, but luckily we were still able to make it happen! It was the perfect day, filled with sunshine, laughter, wonderful people, great food, and REALLY good live music! Sarah and Allen were beyond easy to work with and made this day so much fun for us. They had been together for 10 years before saying “I do”, so you know they were just ready to become husband and wife already! Once they said their vows and got their pictures done, they were ready to partyyyyyy and they seriously has the BEST band I have ever heard/seen, which just made the party even more fun. I may or may not have been dancing like a fool in the corner with my second shooter and the awesome Alturia Farm staff members while snapping pictures and it was the best. Allen, the groom, also impressed us all with his hilarious dance moves and kept his bride laughing all night…I will never forget this reception. I love when the bride and groom can finally just let loose and enjoy the celebration with all of their loved ones. Is there anything better!? Thankful to have been a part of this special day- congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Belew!
Photographer: Remy Photos | Second Shooter: Colleen Megan Photography | Venue: Alturia Farms | Florist: KW Florist | Cake and other Desserts: Pearls Cupcakes | DJ/Band: The Gentleman & Their Lady | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Brittany Stagg | Catering: Homemades By Suzanne | Gown: Urban Set Bride | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie | Shoes: Torrid | Jewelry/Rings: Diamonds Direct | Men’s Attire: Mens Warehouse | Planner: Events with Petals & Lace, Karla Crisp | Officiant: Jeremiah Dillon
Sara and Kyle ended my 2019 wedding season with quite the celebration and it definitely did NOT disappoint! I didn’t have the pleasure of getting to know this sweet couple before the wedding like most of my other bride and grooms, but when we finally hugged each other on wedding day it felt like we knew each other forever! Sara found me on social media forever ago and once she started following me, she said she knew she had to have me photograph her wedding- how amazing is that!? I felt so honored and loved, plus it just made me even more excited for their special day!
These two were so incredibly kind, lovable, silly, fun, and over the moon in love with each other. I couldn’t help but smile putting this blog together because the day was overflowing with joy from the moment I arrived until they danced their booties off at the reception. There were so many cool and special aspects to this wedding day which you’ll see throughout the pictures below- from the stunning details and personal touches, to the saber arch exiting their beautiful catholic ceremony, the soft golden hour portraits on the beach plus romantic sunset shots, the surprise bagpipe entrance into the reception, the bride’s brother singing and playing their first dance song, and I could go on and on about how amazing it was, but you’ll just have to see for yourself!
Congratulations to this wonderful couple! I can’t wait to see them again in 2021 for one of these bridesmaid’s getting married next!!! 🙂
VENDORS: Venue: Kingsmill Resort |Florist: Williamsburg Floral | Cake: Kingsmill Resort | Band: Blue Tips Rhythm Revue | Hair/Makeup: Flawless on Site and Blushtones | Gown: Justin Alexander |Dress Topper: BHLDN | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Eliza J | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Men’s Attire: Vera Wang | Invitations: Paper Source