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Joanna & Michael | Seaford Yacht Club wedding

Joanna and Michael.  These two started cute and happy and sweet and that is exactly how they ended the night, too.  I’m not much for talking about how in loooooove my peeps are, but these two are absolutely oozing it.  Their wedding was adorable and joyous and all manner of good things.

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Joanna got ready at her family home in Seaford, Virginia, near Williamsburg.  Their ceremony took place right in the backyard.  And yes, that dock is part of the back yard.

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They have an elevator in their house, which is totally rad.

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Big thanks to Tim Riddick for coming down to shoot this one with me.  Love this breaking-all-the-rules frame he got from the guys’ getting ready.

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First look in the back yard.  I told you they were unbelievably cute.

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Tim’s.

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Bam.

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Joanna and Michael had gifts for the flower girls – “something old” for them to carry at their own weddings!

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Tim’s, as Joanna and her dad walk down her front steps.

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Okay now this is not my favorite processional picture, but I’m including it because I GOT THE BUTTERFLY!  That black smudge there isn’t dust or a bird in the distance.  It’s a butterfly that was all over the ceremony.  It touched about every guest and hovered around Joanna and Michael the whole time.  I tried to get it during the ceremony but didn’t think I had.  When I was editing, I scared the crap out of George when I shrieked and yelled “I got it!”

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Joanna’s family’s beautiful back yard.

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When I found out I was going to ride in the car with Joanna and Michael, I got really excited, because I took an image just like this at their engagement session.

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Joanna’s dad was involved in founding the Seaford Yacht Club.  It was a beautiful setting for a wedding.

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Tim’s.  Love it.

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This was awesome.

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Congratulations, you guys!  It was so fun documenting your day.

Joanna and Michael’s vendor team:

Ceremony location: Joanna’s family home
Reception location:  Seaford Yacht Club
DJ: Astro DJ
Caterer: Linda’s Touch of Class Catering
Cake: Bella Cakes

facebook comments:

Bryan CJuly 17, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Great set of photos! Love the close up of the bride and the fan. Great work!

Kellee WalshJuly 17, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Beautiful images Amber! The bride’s tear during the ceremony is just perfect. Looks like a great day!

Funnelcloud RachelJuly 17, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Ok, was that a crab under the boardwalk? You should’ve enlisted its help for a ring shot!

On second thought: “Sorry, new bride, that crustacean just made off with your diamond…” Probably not the best idea!

Gorgeous photos and adorable couple! Love the champagne chugging. Seriously, how do you end up meeting brides who just happen to have a dock and the Bay in their backyard?!

David ChildersJuly 17, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Sweet couple, happy and fun photos! Great use of their awesome location.

TeresaJuly 18, 2012 - 5:21 am

Actually love, LOVE that second shot! Nice work!

ed peersJuly 18, 2012 - 6:32 am

What a fantastic day and captured so well…

LaraJuly 18, 2012 - 8:36 am

this is such wonderfully sweet coverage.

That crab shot is awesome to by the way.

Lynsey TJuly 18, 2012 - 9:07 am

Beautiful work! Love the wide ceremony shot!

Serena SevertsonJuly 18, 2012 - 10:19 am

Awesome wedding, Amber (and Tim)! I love that the groom has a patch inside of his suit. And that shot with the fan? That “Bam” was accurate. Love it!

SamJuly 18, 2012 - 10:30 am

Loved looking through these Amber, some really great touching moments, lots of humour and fun and some lovely compositions. Great work. The crab claw made me laugh too. :)

Paul FullerJuly 18, 2012 - 3:48 pm

What a great wedding, the portraits are amazing and loving the bride downing the champagne ha!

Adam WardJuly 19, 2012 - 10:17 am

What a well captured wedding . Love the shots of the bride letting loose with the champagne bottle.

Kat BevelJuly 20, 2012 - 3:42 am

Love that first shot and the one of the guy sitting on the couch.

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