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We are bringing back a very popular wedding package for the winter months only. From December 1 , 2017   through March 31, 2018 we will offer the Afternoon Wedding package. It includes the two basic services for a small wedding, professional photographer and officiant. Any location (indoors or outdoors) in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. The only requirement is that this be limited to a 2-person wedding. That means no guests at all. Just you two. The specific time of day is negotiable depending on your and our scheduling needs. The...

One of the first things couples will ask me about is whether or not there will be other people at the beach. My answer is that the amount of "privacy" you will have at your beach wedding depends to a large extent on the time of year, day of the week and time of day you choose. For instance, if you want your wedding to be on a Saturday in June at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, you will not have privacy. But at the opposite extreme, if you choose...

Many couples ask me about “decorating the beach” for their wedding. I would like to give my opinion about decorating the beach, but this is only my opinion (based on 17 years in the wedding business) YOUR opinion is the only one that counts when it comes to your wedding.   Keep it simple. The beach is naturally very pretty, just as it is and requires very little to dress it up. A simple arch would provide a nice framework for your pictures and helps to define the wedding area. If at...

You may be planning to do some special act or rituals during your wedding ceremony or after. The Hawaiian sand ceremony, “wish to the sea”, “jumping the broom” and walking through a gauntlet of swords, bubbles or sparklers are all popular. These are great ways to personalize your ceremony; and they offer excellent photo opportunities. Just be sure to talk to your photographer in advance so he/she can be ready and in place to get the best shots. Also the photographer can recommend the timing of such acts. For instance,...

Is this the one? Have you found your perfect mate? Take this compatibility test and see for yourself. This is not a simple yes-or-no questionnaire. Please take the time to discuss your answers together. You want to be sure that you are entering this marriage with confidence that it will truly last “for as long as you both shall live” and will bring you fulfillment. 1. When you’re upset or angry about something your partner does or fails to do, do you find it easy to tell her/him about it? 2. Can you...

The most popular reason to elope is to save money. The money you would spend on a wedding could be set aside for other things such as a home, education, or travel. Yes, you can have it all. You can have the beauty and magical charm of a large, classic wedding with top quality photos and video to remember it by at a fraction of the cost. If you elope, you can have precisely the wedding style that suits you as an individual couple, while avoiding the stress and anxiety associated with...

After the wedding, during your photo session, you will be well aware of the photographer and will pay attention to the expression on your face, your posture and mannerisms as he/she is snapping away. But during your wedding ceremony, you may not be as aware that your image is being captured over and over again. This is a collection of tips I have developed from years of photographing couples as their wedding ceremony is in progress: Stand up straight, roll your shoulders back and relax them. Go ahead and laugh, smile...

At Beach Weddings Virginia, we ONLY do sunset weddings. Thats because that period of time offers the very best lighting for good photos. Photography is very important to us and we want to be sure that you have the best conditions possible. Having the right lighting gives you the optimal best chance for great photos. But a late start ruins that chance. There are many reasons why a wedding could be late starting, and all are avoidable. Below are a few reasons that couples have given us. Please dont let any...