A Summer's Dream at The Belmont Manor
The afternoon was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. When I arrived at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mallory and her six beautiful bridesmaids were wrapping up their hair and makeup. Each of the girls looked stunning in their baby blue gowns and although Mallory had not yet donned her gown, she was already the most stunning bride.
The early afternoon was filled with laughter, anticipation and a few tears. Mallory's younger sister flew in from Hawaii to celebrate the big day. Nearly a year before, we all gathered to celebrate Megan and Tyler's wedding and say our goodbyes as they headed out on their new adventure in Hawaii.
Helped by her sisters, best friends, cousins and mother, Mallory slipped into her gown.
As a surprise to her husband-to-be, Mallory wrote him a letter. I had the pleasure of capturing the moment when Luke read the words written by his bride-to-be. After Luke finished the letter, the entire room could feel the love he has for Mallory and the excitement to become one with her.
As the guests began to arrive at Mallory and Luke's quintessential white church, the tension in the room began to grow. The attention shifted as the groom and his groomsmen lined up, and the bridesmaids walked down the isle.
The moment we all had been waiting for was here. The doors to the church closed and a hush fell over the entire sanctuary. As everyone turned and stood for Mallory and her father, a collective joy filled the entire room.
Luke's beaming eyes never left Mallory's face. Smiling, blushing and radiant, Mallory and her dad made their way down the isle.
The ceremony was sweet and filled with worship for Jesus who gave Mallory and Luke the ability to love so deeply. "We love because He first loved us."
Mallory's older sister was just a few months pregnant and stood by Mallory's side as the Matron of Honor. Mallory's younger sister sang a beautiful tribute to the love that Luke and Mallory share. As the newly married couple was announced for the first time, the church erupted into applause and congratulations!
After the ceremony, Mallory and Luke headed to their reception at the Belmont Manor & Historic Park. It was Mallory's dream to have her wedding at this gorgeous historic property.
The historic Belmont Manor is filled with gorgeous rooms and historical artifacts. Outside, perfectly manicured gardens have winding paths so everyone can stroll through and enjoy the beautiful flowers.
As Mallory and Luke spent some quiet time in the garden together, I followed them around to capture these sweet first moments of married life. The Belmont gardens were the perfect backdrop to memorialize this special day forever.
As the evening progressed, we headed back to the big tent filled with flowers and fairy lights. There was pizza, laughter, hugs and speeches. I don't think I saw a dry eye in the crowd during the daddy-daughter dance or the mother-son dance.
To finish the evening of celebration, we all gathered on the dance floor and danced the night away! We lined the driveway and filled the air with bubbles as the couple headed out on their honeymoon to the Bahamas!
I could not have asked for a more perfect day for Mallory and Luke. It was an honor and a joy to be a part of their wedding day.