Today we get to celebrate the wedding of the casually lovely and totally relaxed high school sweethearts, Jessi & Joey. You probably remember them from their engagement portraits we did with them earlier this Summer. As luck would have it, their wedding day fell on one of the hottest, stickiest days yet this summer – actual temp was something like 104(!), but we had a blast with these two. Granted it was like the hot blast you get when you open your oven door and it’s set to 500, but it was a blast none the less.
Enjoy a few of our favorites from the day, and when you’re ready, check out all their wedding images found here. The password is Jessi’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.
Ceremony venue: Monumental Church
Reception venue: Virginia Historical Society
Planner: Events by Elizabeth Palmer
Videographer: Alzuro Video Productions
Catering: Pick Ups Plus Catering
Baker: Katherine’s Confections
Florist: Flowers by Zoie
DJ: Choice Entertainment
Make-up: Karen Bowman
Hair styling: Lori Carrasco
Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting
Stationery: Paper on the Avenue
Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan
Bill’s fave photos of Anne’s:
(We’ve documented hundreds of weddings, and if there’s one thing that will choke us up to this day, it’s watching a father and his daughter on her wedding day. Gets. Us. Everytime.)
Bill actually took this one below, but it was Anne’s idea, so I gotta give her the props!
Anne’s fave photos of Bill’s:
Nothing beats good light! And we had it in spades.
And of course some lovely details from the day:
Goes to show that tequila and weddings do indeed mix…
There’s something to be said for wearing the ring that’s been worn in your family for five generations. That’s a commitment not only to the person you love deeply, but to the tradition surrounding the ring. That the two of you took all of this in stride, with respect, honor, and of course humor on your wedding day was emblematic of your relationship. As for the relationships with your families. Joey, we absolutely adored that fact that you had your little brother serve as your best man. His toast that night to his big brother and sister-in-law was one of the sweetest we’ve ever witnessed. Jessi, including lost loved ones photo charms on your bouquet showed just how deep your family ties are. We’re glad they could be with you that day in spirit.
We loved how you both seamlessly bonded together your respective heritages and faiths in an artifact of a church near your homes, followed by your reception at (where else?) the Virginia Historical Society. It signified how much you value your roots here in Virginia. And the U.S. Constitution groom’s cake was the perfect touch. We heard several guess commenting on how that was so you guys.
The day was most certainly not all seriousness, however. Throughout there was this undercurrent of humor peeking around the corner periodically throughout until it just literally exploded at your reception. The toasts you had surrounding your cake were filled with so much laughter over past stories of your adventures separately and together. And certainly that wasn’t enough, as you enjoyed serenades (well, maybe that’s not such a precise term, but you were sang to with gusto) separately by your bridesmaids and groomsmen. It was such a sweet ending to such a fun evening, and we couldn’t be happier for you both. Congratulations!