Navy Blue and Gold Lesner Inn Wedding

On a rainy day, Jessica and Gary were first married in the French Quarter in Louisiana's third oldest courthouse. Because of the military and an original wedding date postponed, these two decided to take advantage of Gary's training location in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and elope in New Orleans. When you've known each since high school and have the Air Force's assignments to contend with your future, you gotta do what you gotta do to be with the one you love!

So when it came time to do the celebration with families and friends back home in Hampton Roads, "Finally! Finally!" was the big theme in loved ones' exclamations and fun cake toppers. And for the second time, rain made another cameo during Jessica and Gary's Norfolk Botanical Garden ceremony and their Lesner Inn reception. You would have never know the weather outside was less than ideal. Joy and excited vibes reverberated throughout the entire day.

But what really brought some major warm fuzzy giggles was the groom's favorite memory of the day:
It was when I finally got to see Jessica in her wedding dress for the first time. The entire time that our wedding was postponed, Jessica kept her wedding dress in our closet in its bag, and I never once peeked -- I wanted to see it! But it was well worth the wait. She was absolutely beautiful in her dress that had more lace than I had ever seen in my entire life.

Captured by Amanda Hedgepeth Photography and coordinated by Hannah Hildebrandt Events, delicious beignets brought a bit of their elopement into the big celebration and beautiful quotes of love decorated on each table only brought life and personality into their "Finally!" big day.

Photography: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography // Ceremony Location: Norfolk Botanical Garden // Reception Venue: Lesner Inn Catering Club // Event Planner: Hannah Hildebrandt Events // DJ: Astro Entertainment // Makeup and Hair: Behind the Veil Studio // Cake Topper: Better Off Wed // Florals: Char's Floral Designs // Bridesmaid Jewelry: For The Maids // Bridal Gown: Maya Couture // Bridal Accessories: Melinda Rose Design // Mens' Attire: Men's Wearhouse // Stationery: Minted // Perfect Match Matchboxes: Picture Perfect Papier // Cake Designer: Plaza Bakery // Wooden Cutout of Virginia Guestbook: State Your Love // Ties: The Tie Bar // Calligrapher: Victoria Heithaus // Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals // Wedding Signage: ZCreateDesign // Vintage Vows Notebooks: BHLDN // Submitted via Two Bright Lights