Brooke and Stephen were married at the Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach on the weekend hurricane Joaquin decided to come through. We didn’t technically get hit by the hurricane but when all of the news channels are filming the restaurant next door underwater, and everything having to be moved inside, I qualify that as hurricane conditions.
They didn’t let the weather affect them at all & they truly rolled with it, looking at each other with so much happiness! Brooke got ready in the penthouse at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and we decided to do their first look inside. The Chesapeake Bay’s beach was nonexistent! Their love could make any location ideal and it shows through their smiles and the way they looked at each other!
Brooke’s mom, her friends, and family came together for the wedding setup. Her mom decorated and did all of the florals with beautiful pinks and blues. They made beach themed ornaments as wedding favors for the guests and her sister who works at All The Rage in Chesapeake was the person who helped Brooke find her perfect wedding dress! The planning and the celebration was truly a joint effort which I think made the day sweeter! My mom happens to be Brooke’s mom’s best friend! (Was that a tongue twister for you??) I just loved seeing all of their high school friends come together and decorate and celebrate together. They truly are some of the greatest women I have met and it was great to see them all together.
Their reception had a sentimental speech from a family friend who walked Brooke down the aisle, in honor of her father, Ralph. Brooke, I know he was watching and proud at how beautiful and happy you were that day. It was also full of laughter, nonstop dancing with some dance moves I hadn’t seen before! A sparkler exit couldn’t occur because of the whipping wind, so their guests rallied and cheered them on as they made their exit down the grand stairs at the Lesner Inn.
Congratulations Brooke and Stephen!