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Married to my first love, Momma of 2 (Mason and Weston). Dog mom to Tippon. North Carolina born but Virginia lover at heart. 

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Mr. & Mrs. McCarthy

September 30, 2020

Melanie & Brandon are MARRIED!

I say that with every excitement particle in me that I am capable of. Their day was incredible and I LOVED seeing how many people love them and their excitement too!

From the high five as they made their way down the aisle from being announced Husband and Wife to the many hugs and tears that I got to witness.

But I can’t start there so let’s back up for a moment…

As soon as I walked in the door I was greeted with an excited welcome from Melanie and talk about having your day start out INCREDIBLY right. I love her you guys, she is seriously the best and sweetest and I am so happy she is one of my people. Seriously, get you a Melanie if you don’t already have one.

I jumped into the details (you all know how much I love the details and Melanie SPOILED me rotten with them!). Melanie had so many incredibly thoughtful touches in their day and to top it off… SHE made everything.

Everywhere I turned there were touches of thoughtfulness made by her and I loved it so much so I know that their families and close friends did as well.

When it was time for their first look ( YOU GUYS!!! WAIT until you see the first look… I’m crying all over again!).

Brandon is so sweet. I love how he loves Melanie and their relationship. There is no hiding it with that man, it is ALL over his face as soon as she is near. Talk about a keeper! I decided I wanted the first look to be different, so I asked them both if they would entertain the idea I had and of course they both trusted me and let me run with my talent.

Brandon was preparing himself even before they were back to back HAHA. It was so cute and I loved that they got to have this moment together.

Brandon, thank you for giving me the MOST incredible first look I have EVER photographed… EVER. I was in tears with you so you didn’t cry alone and it was for such beautiful reason.

Melanie is so beautiful and to see her as a bride WHOA! I couldn’t stop smiling and felt like my heart would jump out so I can only imagine how Brandon felt.

We decided to get all of the portraits done before the ceremony so that they could enjoy cocktail hour with their guests and I am so happy that we did. I loved seeing both of their emotions fly with seeing family and close friends and getting to share their day with them. Everyone there had a some way of impacting both of their lives and meant the very most to them both.

They drank, they ate, there was pie, and they DANCED!

What a fun group and what a fun time everyone had. The JOY that was shared during this day was incredible and I am so so happy I got to be apart of it.

Melanie & Brandon, thank you so much for my beautiful and sweet gift. Thank you also for including Audrey who is a HUGE part of not just my business but my life. That was just ONE more act of kindness and thoughtfulness that you’ve shown me that made me love you both even more… and I didn’t know that was possible.

I can’t wait to see you again and I truly cannot wait to deliver your beautiful wedding gallery to you so you can relive this day over and over and over.

A special THANK YOU to these amazing friends who made Melanie & Brandon’s wedding day beautiful while making it look so effortless. Your heart to serve our couple as well as one another does not go unnoticed.

Venue & Caterer: Ashton Creek Vineyard
Coordinator: Illumination Events Studio
Hair: Melanie Beck & Courtney Council
Makeup: Nicole Laughlin Make Up Artist
Florist: King William Florist
Wedding Rings : Finks Jewelers Short Pump
MC: Black Tie DMV
Wedding Gown: Elcira Pronovias
Invitations: Basic Invite
Videographer: White Tree Wedding Productions Kennedy Carey
Transportation: James River Transport
Pies: Pie Y’all


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  1. LaVonda Waller Leeper says:

    Beautiful Wedding !!!!!

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