This Firefighter's Love for His Bride Melted Our Hearts

Originally from upstate New York and from central Virginia respectively, Melissa and Justin like to say the ocean brought them together, so there was no question that they would tie the knot at The Water Table that sits along Lake Rudee at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Inspired by the groom's firefighter career and a dash of rustic glimmer, the two Tinder-found lovebirds dreamed of a romantic celebration with their friends and family decked out in a merlot red, blush pink, and navy blue color palette.

In homage to the firefighter life, Kelley Stinson Photography captured Melissa's adorable fire gear-inspired garter, a mini fire ax for the cake cutting, and customized koozies with a flame emblem. It tied together perfectly with all the sparkly rose gold linens, a cascading bouquet filled with textured blooms that we want to live in for days, and shimmery bow-shaped napkins at the reception. Some of Melissa and Justin's favorite memories from their special day included getting ready with their besties and their private first look on the dock. Melissa gushed, "When Justin started crying, I melted inside. He can be such a Ron Swanson sometimes (shameless Parks and Rec reference!) but seeing his overjoyed expression and tears and receiving his hugs were the best feeling."

Wedding ring shot with sparkly gold bridal shoes and red flower
Wine colored bridesmaid dresses and rose gold sequins for classic wedding
Sweet first look moment between bride and groom in Virginia Beach
Cute firefighter inspired wedding garter
First look moment at Water Table in Virginia Beach for classic fall wedding
Gorgeous cascading wedding bouquet with red peonies and garden roses with magenta pink amaranthus
Water Table in Virginia Beach wedding ceremony by the fireplace
Simple semi naked wedding cake with textured red and pink flowers
Gold and burgundy red evening wedding reception setup at The Water Table in Virginia Beach Virginia
Happy bridesmaids and bride in ruffled dresses
Firefighter details for classic fall wedding cake table
Romantic bride and groom portrait in Virginia Beach
Handmade wooden pallet seating chart for classic fall wedding
Firefighter groom and his bride share a sweet moment at The Water Table in Virginia Beach
Dark red and gold evening wedding reception table with framed table numbers

Photography: Kelley Stinson Photography | Venue: The Water Table | Florals: Isha Foss Design | Videography: BenFilm Production | Wedding Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | Entertainment: Astro Entertainment | Catering: Catering Concepts | Beauty: The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon | Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Silk Bridal Studio | Groom's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Headpiece: Joy & Felicity Bridal Couture via Etsy | Firefighter Garter: Simply Sweet By B | Submitted via Matchology