Emotional Wedding with Special Tribute to Mom

If there's one word to describe Amanda and Colby's wedding, it's "heartfelt," and it's easy to see the joy all over everyone's faces as the day unfolded at Woman's Club of Portsmouth. From quiet, sweet portraits to tears of joy shed to boisterous laughter, their fall celebration was filled with wide-ranging emotions beautifully captured by Will Hawkins Photography.

In a color palette of navy blue, burgundy wine, and gold, handmade details sparkled like their hand-lettered chalkboard signs and all the gorgeous florals arranged by Amanda and Colby's family. But the most important detail was wrapped around Amanda's bouquet. Her mom may not have been able to walk her daughter down the aisle, but in heart and in spirit, she still was there as her ashes were encased in the most beautiful golden heart locket that Amanda held closely to her. If that's not the most perfect way to honor and include a loved one, then we don't know what is. Between the sweet locket with angel wings and the groom's response when he saw his future wife for the first time, there was not a dry eye at the wedding (or even with us as we share this story with you!).

Bride and groom at Womans Club of Portsmouth in Virginia
Moody burgundy wine inspired wedding invitation
Emotional moment with Dad and bridesmaids
Hand lettered wooden sign with dark red dahlias and eucalyptus
Fall wedding invitation with watercolor flowers
Wine colored bridesmaid dresses
Elegant indoor wedding ceremony with chuppah
Handmade chalkboard sign for an unplugged wedding ceremony
Emotional moment when groom sees his bride for the first time
Lovely Womans Club of Portsmouth wedding ceremony details
Gold locket with mother of the bride ashes inside for an emotional tribute
Handsome groomsmen in navy blue suits
Gold chiavari chairs with lantern centerpiece for fall wedding
Adorable flower girls in gold sequins and navy blue sashes
Brass and white lantern for wedding table numbers
Beautiful black and white portrait of bride and groom embracing

Photography: Will Hawkins Photography | Videography: Intellect Media | Venue: Woman's Club of Portsmouth | Wedding Coordination: Brittany Elam | Florals: DIY with Wholesale Flower Market | Invitations: BettyLuPaperie via Etsy | Hair & Makeup: Teresa Davis | Wedding Dress: Studio I Do Bridals | Groom's Attire: Miguel's Formal Wear | Catering: Mobile Pig-Nic Catering | Cake: DIY by Family | DJ & Photo Booth: Astro Entertainment | Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals

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