I remember when I was little, before I became an adamant believer in unruined surprises. In late December or early April, I could always be found snooping around my parent’s room, hoping to catch a glimpse of a Christmas or birthday present. When my mom inevitably discovered what I was up to (I wasn’t the sneakiest of 5-year-olds) and shooed me away, I’m sure I asked why I couldn’t just have all of my presents now?? And I’m sure my mom spouted out some parental wisdom like, “Waiting will make it so much sweeter!” My eyes, how they rolled.
But now, with almost five times as many years under my belt, I’ve learned that my mom was actually right in her old parenting adage. I learned it to be true while waiting to save up for my very first DSLR camera, or waiting for what seemed like an eternally long nine months to finally meet my precious nephew, or waiting for the cookie batter to bake in the ov—wait. Wait, no. I don’t actually do that last one.
So, if waiting brings out the sweetest notes in life, then Kelsey and Reggie’s wedding? It was sweeter than honey.
Kelsey first met Reggie while she was in college, working at a restaurant near Myrtle Beach. What started as just a friendship quickly grew into a full-fledged romance, and it didn’t take long for Kelsey to recognize that she saw herself spending the rest of her life with Reggie. Reggie, on the other hand, took his time in coming to the same conclusion. As each year went by, Kelsey and her best friend were sure that this was the year! But Reggie knew the sweetness of waiting ;) So when he took Kelsey to Charleston for day trip to the farmer’s market, Kelsey never saw it coming: Reggie led Kelsey to the pineapple fountain where they had taken a photo together a few years ago, only this time, Reggie had planned ahead. A photographer was ready and waiting for them, and just when Kelsey was worried about getting in the photographer’s way, Reggie knelt down on one knee and she realized what he was taking photos of! Kelsey grinned and said her long-awaited, “YES!” to the man she’d known she wanted to marry for so long.
Kelsey grew up in Northern Virginia, and so I had the absolute pleasure of being the one to photograph hers and Reggie’s wedding celebration this past Saturday at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Meadowlark and its gorgeous natural setting is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues around! And Reggie and Kelsey’s southern-themed wedding was no exception. Between the palm frond roses (a nod to their South Carolina home), Kelsey’s gorgeous dress and the absolutely incredible ring that Reggie chose for her, I knew the day would be one to remember. Kelsey and Reggie, you two have a pair of the biggest hearts around, and I it was pretty darn incredible to get to witness those hearts become one. Thank you, thank you for welcoming me to your day as a friend and for allowing me the chance to capture your love and your joy!
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. LaPiere
Kelsey’s dress may be one of my all-time favorites. So light and airy! And that flower!
Peonies and garden roses are most certainly on the map to the way to my heart. Loved Kelsey’s gorgeous bouquet!
Not to mention the ring that I could photograph for days…
Palm roses as boutonnieres! Perfect!
The guys had a toast, and made “carpet angels” while getting ready ;) (Huge thanks to Hope Taylor Photography for these shots!)
And the girls had a toast of their own.
Love this view!!
Kelsey and Reggie’s wedding party was one of the sweetest and cutest I’ve ever photographed! So much joy!
Ain’t no party like a rose petal party.
So many incredible backdrops at Meadowlark!
<3 <3 <3
Kelsey!! Work it lady!! I love this on the left.
This pair is two of my favorites!
Looking so good, Reggie!
You two are perfection.
And then Kelsey turned on the eyes like woah.
More peony love at the reception!
Reggie and Kelsey’s sweet pup, Homer, didn’t make the trip up from SC, but he was there in spirit! And in the table numbers!
It’s not a southern meal without cornbread!
We snuck the newlyweds out for a few minutes to capture shots at the Korean Bell Garden. The bell is only rung a few times during the year, and summer solstice, aka K&R’s wedding date, happens to be on of those times!
GUYS. I have to words for you: Bubble Exits.
Congratulations, Kelsey and Reggie! Hope you’re having a BLAST in HAWAII!!!
Of course, a big thank you to the folks who made their celebration possible:
Venue » The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Wedding Gown » Essense of Australia, D1413
Bridesmaids’ Dresses » Donna Morgan, “Blair”
Junior Bridesmaids’ Dresses » Daisy Bridal House
Men’s Suits » Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup » Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Reston
Florist » Karin’s Florist
Caterer » Great Blue Heron Catering
Bakery » Fluffy Thoughts Bakery
Stationery » The Dandelion Patch
Linens » Party Rentals Ltd
DJ » Mark Dreibelbis
Second Shooter » Hope Taylor Photography