November 20, 2018

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Iโ€™m Stephanie Messick, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Warrenton, VA. Whether Iโ€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels right at home, surrounded by rural living and the raw beauty of nature. I genuinely love what I do, and feel so passionate to share the enthusiasm and joy of these celebrations with you!

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Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Earlier this year, Brennan, Lindsey, and I met for their Harper’s Ferry engagement session. But the months FLEW by since then with a lot of excitement building up for their big day! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you didn’t get the opportunity to read their love story and check out their session on the blog, check it out HERE!!! Lindsey and I knew each other from JMU (GO DUKES!!!), and were both involved in the MRDs!!! My last year of the MRDs, I was her drill instructor and remembered how attentive to detail she was, as well as her natural ability to be a leader. After I graduated, she took on one of the leadership roles in the piccolo section which led her to the drum major role her senior year! SO AWESOME!!! I loved hearing in her father’s speech how Lindsey has always strived for the best in everything she does, which is what brought her to last Saturday. She found the one whom her soul loves and found the perfect man. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love and adore Brennan and Lindsey together for many reasons. 1) The way Brennan looks at Lindsey is undeniably the cutest thing! 2) The way Lindsey laughs and smiles around Brennan is infectious!!! 3) They honor God and put Him in the center of their relationship! 4) They are VERY family oriented!!! I didn’t realize how family oriented until the day of the wedding, and my heart was so overjoyed chatting with their parents. Both have been married for a long time and demonstrate beautiful examples of long commitment. This support from their families will be so encouraging to Brennan and Lindsey as the years go by. ๐Ÿ™‚ What was very special and personable on Saturday was Brennan’s father officiated the wedding. Speaking of their fathers, I made sure to mentally take note of those tailgate parking spots for the next time I visit a JMU football game, Mr. Martin. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ HAHAHA! #godukes!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Saturday was a beautiful celebration to honor Brennan and Lindsey’s commitment to God and each other, as they gathered with their closest family and friends in Richmond, Virginia on a gorgeous November day! When Lindsey was putting together the look for their wedding, she wanted a classy, fall theme with midnight blues and golds throughout the details. When I walked into the reception room at the Renaissance, my jaw dropped! I lovedddd the fairy lights overhead creating a magical atmosphere for their party! And talk about a party, the families were overjoyed with smiles and laughs all night long! Love that!!! I feel so honored to have been able to celebrate with everyone, and I’m excited to share these pretty photos beautiful the Holidays! <3

Brennan & Lindsey’s Wedding Day

I love the simplicity of the invite!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Lindsey and her BRIDE TRIBE!!!!

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A sweet family friend from church made these hangers for the girls!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Loved the girl’s reactions seeing her all dolled up!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Lindsey looked amazing!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

That time Lindsey tried to sit down, but the chair slipped from underneath her (not on purpose by the girls AT ALL!!!)! But I loved her joyful spirit!!! Isn’t she the cutest?!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Brennan’s mother repurposed Lindsey’s mother’s wedding dress to create their garter!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Helloooooo! Their dresses had pocket!!!!! YES.

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Letters from her father and Brennan had all the emotions running!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

And then her father saw her… Goodness.ย Seeing this photo below makes me think of their father/daughter dance, “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle. <3

Standing in the bride room
Just staring at her,
She asked me what I’m thinking,
And I said “I’m not sure,
I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl.”
Then she leaned over and gave me
Butterfly kisses, with her mama there
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
“Walk me down the aisle daddy; it’s just
About time”
“Does my wedding gown look pretty Daddy?”
“Daddy don’t cry”
Oh with all that I’ve done wrong,
I must have done something right
To deserve her love every morning,
And butterfly kisses

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Fun socks, Brennan!!! HAHAHA!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

It was time to open these doors and get HITCHED!!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Before they walked down the aisle, they met around the door to pray together. So sweet!!! <3 Although, we had to shoo a crowd of people who wanted to watch. HAHA! There’s a little behind the scenes info for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This was cute โ€” Lindsey didn’t want to let go of his hand. <3 Gosh, they are adorable!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Tears flooded his eyes as he watched his bride walk towards him. I loved during their “first touch,” Lindsey said, “I promise to meet you up there in a few!” <3

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Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

THEY DID IT!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lindsey and her besties!!!

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Look how precious!!! <3

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I love these intimate moments with the wedding party!

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The ring bearer pillow was repurposed by Brennan’s mom! She made it from Lindsey’s childhood blanket and buttons from her mother’s wedding dress! So special!!!

Also, I had to include this photo below because I was impressed with how fast the BLUE STEEL came out when they went into this natural pose. HAHA!

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AWE! Thanks again, Pastor Scott, for helping the ladies out!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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LINDSEY. GOODNESS. GRACIOUS. GIRL. You’re beautiful!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

And so are you, Brennan. ๐Ÿ˜‰ HAHA!

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We caught the sun before it set on the way to the reception!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

So cute!!!

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We snuck into the reception room before the guests were allowed in where they were able to enjoy a dance together in a clear room. <3 LOVE THAT!!!!

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I love the Willow Tree Collection!!! Also, the cupcakes were calling my name when I was taking photos โ€” Smelled AMAZING!!!

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Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

So sweet!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Butterfly Kisses. I’ll forever think of Lindsey and Brennan’s wedding when I hear this song. <3

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I even spotted Brennan tearing up watching Lindsey and her father dance. <3 But after the parent dances were done, Lindsey had a little surprise up her sleeve!!! The bridal party put together a choreographed dance for Brennan and then had him come out to join them on the dance floor! It was so fun to watch!!!

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Then it was dancing time for everyone!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

GO DUKES!!!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Get it, Brennan!!! Haha!

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The shoe game is always fun to watch!! They were really cute about it too (of course!!). ๐Ÿ™‚

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Was it Cotton Eye Joe??? Some sort of line dance came on, and Lindsey was getting down in her dress (so impressed), while her parents and Brennan were on the sideline stomping their foot and clapping their hands to the beat. Haha!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Nothing better than sister love!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Oh my gosh… This was SO entertaining to photograph!!! I wanted to jump in and join them. ๐Ÿ™‚ What I found is they could easily put together a flash mob … because that pretty much happened without any preparation! So fun!!!

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Small group. <3

Brennan and Lindsey | Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love this photo on the right of Brennan dancing with his sister!

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YAY!!!! <3

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THANK YOU, Brennan and Lindsey, for inspiring so many including myself!!! You two are not only an absolute joy to photograph, but be around. <3 I’m so honored you wanted to have me celebrate alongside with you throughout your journey from your engagement to your wedding day. I look forward to seeing where God takes your marriage because I know He will continue to bless you over the years ahead. You two are so special. <3

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Thanks to the vendors who made this day so great!!!

Venue: The Renaissanceย 

Coordinator: Emmett Hickamย 

Hair and Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squadย 

Caterer: The Renaissanceย 

Florist: Marylee Marmer Eventsย 

Baker: Pearl’s Cupcake Shop Richmondย 

DJ: DJ Gibby (Chris Gibbons)

Ceremony Music: Nancy Schneider

Dress Designer: Bridal Elegance

Officiant: Dr. Jeffery Scott

Transportation: TNT Limousine

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