We met my senior year of high school when I moved to Virginia from Texas. (Yes – my last year of high school!) She was the first person that befriended me at my new school, and we clicked instantly. We were both endlessly silly and hyper, constantly had the giggles, and let’s just say that we were both also a bit boy-crazy. I’m so thankful that I met her – she made all the difference to my senior year. If you told me back then that one day I would photograph her wedding I would have thought you were nuts (only because I didn’t realize then that I would be doing photography as more than a hobby). But now she has found the one boy that she’s the most crazy about and I did have the huge honor of capturing Coelle’s wedding day memories. I couldn’t be more happy for her and Corey! Better with photos than I am with words, here are the highlights from the day through my lens, starting with Coelle getting hair and makeup done at Hairloom in Brambleton and getting dressed at Lansdowne Resort:
Hopefully Coelle won’t kill me for posting the Marilyn Monroe shot below, but I think it’s one of the cutest things ever:
Then we headed to Breaux Vineyards where Coelle and Corey saw each other before the ceremony. LOVE Corey’s expression here:
The ceremony took place on the lower pavilion. Here are Coelle’s sweet nephews performing the critical task of ringbearers:
I think I can take a little bit of credit for the next part of the ceremony because when Coelle was brainstorming ways to make her wedding personalized, I suggested that instead of a traditional sand ceremony, they could combine nuts and bolts into a jar since Coelle and Corey are both engineers! It was noisy, but so fun:
Chris’s shot of the nuts-and-bolts ceremony:
And his view of the ring exchange:
The rings:The recessional is always one of my favorite parts of the ceremony – they look so happy!
Laura Ritchie of Events in the City (adore her!) did an A-MA-ZING job of coordinating and planning this event. Ready for some scene-stealing reception details? Starting with this fabulous corkboard literally made out of corks to hold the escort cards (love it!):
Go ahead and drool over the following floral arrangements and table settings:
Norman of The Sweet Life outdid himself with this grapevine-inspired cake:
Singer/songwriter and brother of the bride, Brandon Schott, sang Coelle and Corey’s beautiful first dance song.
Sweet parent dance moments are another favorite of mine:
So I’m still not totally clear on the whole story, but I think The University of Maryland’s mascot, Testudo, showing up was a complete surprise to everyone!
UMD is Corey’s alma mater (check out his Terps socks), while Coelle went to Virginia Tech (hence her orange shoes and Hokie feet tattoo):
The band, ‘Round Midnight, kept the dance floor packed all night long:
It was a perfect day! To Coelle, Corey and both of your families, congratulations and best wishes! It was so incredibly wonderful and fun to experience this day with you, and to capture these memories. Corey and Coelle, I am so incredibly happy for you! Love always, Susan