I photograph really wonderful couples, and Kristen & Rocky were no exception. They were married on Saturday, March 31st at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and it was my very first time doing a wedding there. As if that wasn't enough to make their wedding really memorable, what happened later in the evening was just SO incredibly special. But rather than spoil the surprise now, scroll down and keep on reading! Here are a few favorites and the story of their day as told through my lenses. Enjoy!
The day started off at the Loews Hotel...
Where the beautiful Kristen was getting her makeup done.
She was so calm...
She even helped her Mom finish her makeup.
Off to the Naval Academy. While waiting to do some portraits, I focused on some details...
This is one of my favorite ring shots ever!
The gorgeous bride.
She was glowing...
Loved the flowers in Navy colors.
So I thought this would be a fun way to show them off.
These girls were adorable!
Then it was Rocky's turn...
He was ready to see his bride.
But first we did just a few pictures...
I think Rocky was surprised that it was even a little fun. ;-)
An emotional walk down the aisle...
Giving away his little girl.
It was a beautiful ceremony
In an absolutely breathtaking chapel.
Sealed with a kiss
And they're married!
Classic. Love it.
It was cold that day...
But Kristen and Rocky braved it to get some great outdoor shots...
Because as she said, at least it wasn't raining.
We did these portraits in the Superintendent's Garden.
It was so colorful and pretty.
We even borrowed these little stakes for a picture or two. Fun!
Such a beautiful couple!
And then we were off to the reception at the Loews Annapolis Hotel...
First it was cocktail hour, and I focused on "details"...
Like place cards...
And food. Yum.
The first dance...
Was followed by some fantastic toasts.
First by Kristen's sister and Matron of Honor...
And then by the Best Man.
The most fabulous toast of all though was given by these TWO...or should I say THREE?!
Rocky told everyone there was a letter to read from a mystery wedding guest.
It was truly a masterpiece that they had written -- from the perspective of their unborn child.
As they told their parents that they were going to be grandparents, Kristen couldn't hold back the tears.
Kristen's parents opening the ultrasound photo...
There was even a card from 15-week old "Baby A".
Rocky's parents were just ecstatic.
And of course, so were the newlyweds and parents to be. In all of the weddings I've photographed, I don't think I've ever seen something THIS emotional.
The whole room gave them (and Baby A's letter) a standing ovation.
After that, Kristen's Dad got to dance with his little girl, now a wife and mother. I don't know how he made it through. ;-)
Then it was just one big party. A little Top Gun serenade.
Was followed by some cake cutting...
And a whole lotta dancing.
Kristen and Rocky, I am honored to have been your photographer and to have captured these precious memories for you. I am so happy for you and your little boy is very lucky to have you as parents. Congratulations! With love and appreciation ~Kristine