Nina & Matt | Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Wedding

Nina and Matt. Wherever do I start with these two? How do I write about one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve experienced? Not just in the overflowing prettiness of it all, but in it’s overflowing love?

Their own wedding wasn’t the first time a marriage celebration had been the setting for a chapter of their love story. In fact, a wedding is where the whole darn book began. When their mutual friends Jen and Michael got married, Nina and Matt didn’t realize that they would be meeting their other half on the other side of the bridal party. But as Nina and Matt walked back up the aisle after their best friends said their vows, they both thought that maybe, just maybe it wouldn’t be the last time they made that walk together.

Separately, N+M are the kind of people that others love to be around. One look around their wedding celebration could tell you that much. Friends and family came from all over to help them celebrate the love that they’d found and spoke all day long of the fun-loving, kind-heartedness of both Nina and Matt. But together? Together these two are a powerhouse dream team of fun, love and kindness. I can’t prove it, but I think it may be literally impossible to be in their presence and not be having a good time. It’s kind of a magical thing for a photographer to arrive on a wedding day and feel like they are celebrating with old friends, but that was the case exactly. I got  to share the excitement of the day as Nina saw herself in her wedding dress, on her wedding day, for the first time. I got to joke with Matt and the guys as they stayed hydrated with North Carolina water. ;) And I got to witness the teary-eyed happiness as Matt saw Nina, his WIFE, for the first time walking down the aisle.

Nina told me that Matt had saved the “W-word,” until they were actually married, and as we walked along the path and past the gorgeous gardens of Meadowlark, he finally let himself say it… over and over and over again :) I am so SO excited to share this incredible day with you! It was some task trying to narrow down my favorites to blog, but get ready for some sweet spring details, a fabulous bridal party, some of the most spectacular florals, and one incredibly good looking bride and groom!

Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. White
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Matt’s wedding day gift for Nina… when it comes in a little blue box, you know he’s done well! vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0014 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0015 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0016 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0017 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0132 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0011 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0131 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0012 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0022 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0023 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0024 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0025
Are y’all ready for one of the most stunning brides you’ve ever seen? vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0027 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0028 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0029 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0030 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0031
HONESTLY, Nina, will you save any pretty for the rest of us? You are a flawless bride!
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The boys got set for the day at Tyson’s Crowne Plaza as well. A huge thank you to my fantastic second shooter on the day, Matoli Keely for capturing these moments!
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A toast for the boys… vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0042 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0026
…and for the ladies.
Going to the chapel!
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You girls have got to be the most beautiful bridal party in history!
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The “Dusty Shale” dresses paired with the coral bouquets had me giddy all day!
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It may have been the beards, but Matt and the guys looked nothing but dapper all day long.
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Time to say I do. vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0145 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0066 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0065

Loved this! vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0067 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0068 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0069 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0071 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0070 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0072 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0073 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0074 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0075 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0076 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0077 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0078 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0079 vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0080
Nina and Matt created a keepsake marriage certificated that was signed by all of their guests! I loved it!
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They’re MARRIED!!!!!
Sweet congratulations… vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0085
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Nina!! So much perfection!
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Meadowlark provided the absolute perfect backdrop…
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Could y’all be any more good looking? Love this!
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Favorite!! So much spring magic!
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The Atrium at Meadowlark is enclosed, but still gives a light and airy garden feel. Perfection!
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Sweet first dances… vienna_meadowlark_gardens_wedding_0151
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Heartfelt toasts…
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…and heartfelt reactions.

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And then the party really got started!
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It’s not every wedding that I get to take a selfie with the bride! It may be a new tradition :)
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Wilco’s “I’m the Man Who Loves You” started playing and Matt wouldn’t let Nina leave the dance floor. Cue: my melted heart.

Congratulations, Nina and Matt!! And so many thanks to the team of vendors behind all of the pretty of N+M’s day!:
Getting Ready Location » Crowne Plaza at Tyson’s Corner
Venue » The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Wedding Gown » Priscilla of Boston, Style Carter
Bridesmaids’ Dresses » J. Crew, Dusty Shale
Mens’ Tuxes » Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup » Bridal Artistry
Florist » Bergeron’s Floral Design
Caterer » Great Blue Heron
Bakery » Fluffy Thoughts Bakery
DJ » Chris Laich
Day-Of Coordinator » Marylin Bradley
Second Shooter » Matoli Keely Photography


  • April 22, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    MJ Jacobsen - Great job Steph. People have been asking for the official wedding photos- not that iPhone stuff. I am proud to post these on FB for all to see. When Nina and Matt are back from their honeymoon, I am sure they’ll get the complete set of photos because I need to make some prints. You captured the energy of the day perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Nina - They are so so perfect, Steph! Thank you!!! Can’t wait to see them all…ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Nancy Mercer - GORGEOUS! When I am home I am posting on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Ashley Barnett - Nina- these pics are amazing! You and everything about your wedding was perfect!ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Lisa Barnett - Nina, the pictures look gorgeous the wedding was so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Nancy Mercer - So happy for Nina and Matt!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Karen Hughes - Absolutely Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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