Jessica and Doug’s wedding at The Signature at West Neck in Virginia Beach was truly a beautiful day! When I met with them last year I knew they were such a sweet couple and their wedding would be one I would look forward to this last year. I enjoyed getting to know them and learning more about who they are as a couple. Jessica and Doug met through work. And even though Jessica was not keen on dating co-workers, she finally have in an agreed to a date with Doug on his boat – which also included a friend of Jessica’s. After spending time together Jessica finally agreed to a one-on-one date watching the sunset on Doug’s boat and getting to know each other. Doug officially won her over when she was to attend a birthday dinner for her Mom. Jessica was not feeling well that day and was not sure if she would go. Doug volunteered to take her to her mom’s home – even though he had not met her. He won everyone over with is sweet personality – or that wonderful British accent. Jessica is quite the planner and not one easily surprised. However, when it came to their engagement Doug pulled it off and was able to catch her off guard. While spending an evening at home admiring their newly landscaped back yard, Doug suggested they go to the Old Cavalier Hotel. They had spoken about going to Becca as it was newly opened. He then said they could celebrate, to which Jessica relied “celebrate what?” and he was down on one knee. Cue the happy years! Jessica is quite crafty! Her invitations were from Minted, but she added the wax seal!! What a beautiful addition and so classic! Just her style! Meet Harrington! Their adorable Golden Retriever!! If you know anything about me, you know I have a HUGE soft spot for dogs – Golden Retrievers especially!! Jessica and Doug are seriously one of the nicest and most gracious couples I have had the pleasure of working with! They are both so kind hearted and after just a few minutes with them you know you are in good company! Jessica spent the day getting ready at her Mom’s, while Doug got ready with his friends at their home. When I arrived her mom greeted met and showed me around. It was such a peaceful atmosphere and the girls were so calm and just enjoying the day! Misty had fun with the boys and had a lot of laughs with them. Doug’s 3 groomsmen were also from the UK and I know she not only enjoyed the accents but also listening to the banter between boys.
From our first meeting Jessica and Doug knew they wanted to do a first look! Now if you live in Virginia Beach you know that June can be on of our rainiest months. And the days leading up to their wedding did not bode well for the weather. However, as we studied the hourly forecast I knew we would most likely be ok! Having that time before the ceremony to do their first look and couple portraits gave me confidence in knowing we were going to get what they wanted even if the weather did not cooperate after the ceremony. The over cast skies were fine with me as long as it wasn’t raining!! And can I mention that it was 75 degrees??? IN JUNE!! Crazy!! But you won’t catch me complaining! All in all, it was truly a perfect day and the threat of rain held off ALL day. Together, Jessica and Doug completely compliment one another. He is always smiling (as is Jessica!) and loves her deeply, and quietly. They are, indeed, a perfect match, and I am just bursting with joy that I get to document their love! During their first look, Jessica presented Doug with a special gift. She had cufflinks designed to fit their wedding day. The coordinates were for The Signature, where they were married.
Have you ever seen a more stunning bride??
Jessica made the gorgeous marble tile name plates!
Yall! Bachelor Boy Band brought the house DOWN!! These guys were amazing!!! The only time the dance floor was empty was when they announced that there was Taco Bell at the bar. Best late night snack EVER!
Jessica and Doug, I am beyond happy for you and so thrilled that I was a part of your day! Thank you a million times over for being so amazing!! Your family and friends were so gracious and so fun to be around! I hope this new adventure as newly weds gets better and better every day! Your love is the sweetest thing ever and I absolutely loved being surrounded by it all day! Cheers to many more years of love and happiness!!
Venue | The Signature at West Neck
Florist | Norfolk Wholesale Floral
Cake Artist | Rachel Bakes
Band | Bachelor Boys Band
Makeup Artist | Darling and Dapper
Hair Artist | Darling and Dapper
Tuxes | JoS. A Bank
Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy/ After Six
Invitations | Minted
Lighting | Stage Right Lighting
Also check out Jessica and Doug’s engagement session at one of my favorite Virginia Beach locations!