The first time I met Jenny + Ty a year ago, I assumed they had been married for years. They were so comfortable with each other, and were both such great parents to Brayden that I had no reason to assume differently. Except, that I kind of stuck my foot in my mouth because they had just met that year– they weren’t even engaged yet! But that soon changed, and last Saturday we all gathered at Hampton Roads’ newest wedding venue, The Historic Post Office, to celebrate their wedding!
Over the course of the year I’ve been lucky enough to photograph both sides of their families, meaning Jenny + Ty have had to put up with me for FOUR photo sessions! Thankfully Jenny loves pictures and didn’t mind one bit, and they’re quite the photogenic family, so it was great for me. 🙂
This summer Jenny called me and was a little stressed out. Her original venue was no longer able to host her wedding, and now she was left finding a great local place with enough room for her guest list. Enter Kelsey and the fabulous team at The Historic Post Office. They pushed as fast as they could to complete their renovation early and accommodate Jenny’s wedding… and they succeeded! When I found out we were going to be photographing the very first wedding there I did a huge happy dance. This venue has been a dream that we’ve hoped for for years. A place on the peninsula with charm and class– enough indoor space for a ceremony and reception, and plenty of guests. And it’s right here in Hampton! Josh and I bought our home here in Hampton 3 years ago and are the biggest fans of this city and everything in it. To have this venue close by absolutely brings tears to our eyes. We love lots of venues, but this one feels like home. We know all the streets around it, we frequent downtown, we’ve taken so many pictures and video right in that area. There’s the beauty of the buildings, a park, the water, the Air and Space Museum, and even a carousel within walking distance. The bridal party photo/video possibilities are practically endless!
If you’re thinking these pictures look a little different than our norm, it’s because they are! Between a winter wedding (4:50pm sunset!) and their strong desire to not have a first look, we got creative when it came to bridal party portraits since they were all after dark. We brought extra lighting for outside, the bridal party braced themselves for the bitter cold, and we even threw in some fake bio-degradeable snow for a really fun effect! You can see those pictures below. The whole day was incredibly sweet. There weren’t any photos allowed during the ceremony, but it was the true highlight of the day. Brayden walked his mom down the aisle and had the sweetest letter in the world prepared for Ty, thanking God for making him his dad. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, I assure you. Family is forever, and their forever is just beginning!
Venue: The Historic Post Office | Wedding Planner: Kelsey Ann Events Officiant: Thomas Lane | Photography: Fowler Studios | Bride’s Bouquet: Front Porch Flower Co. | Ceremony: First United Methodist Church, Hampton | Catering: Papa Ciccio’s | Chair Rental: Waterford Event Rentals | DJ: S&A Entertainment | Salon: Salon Elite