It was a beautiful day for Sherri and Tyler's wedding, and it made the first look pictures we took at the Fort Story lighthouse all the more memorable for the couple who was doing a nautical themed wedding. Tyler couldn't keep the smile off of his face the moment he saw his beautiful bride for the first time and capturing the images at the lighthouse and along the white sand beach made it all the more magical.
Following a lovely ceremony at the Chapel of the Good Shepard, where Sherri and Tyler tied a nautical rope to symbolize their love, we were able to capture more photos with the newlyweds and their families, as well as their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The groomsmen all proudly supported their favorite teams with cufflinks on their suits, and Sherri beautiful bouquet of flowers had subtle accents, such as a bow with rhinestones nestled amongst the flowers.
At the Shifting Sands Beach Club in Virginia Beach, the nautical theme of the wedding came into full effect, and it was elegantly done. Guests could leave a 'message in a bottle' for the newlyweds with paper and ribbons to tie the notes provided; a compass provided directions to table seatings as well as a memorable keepsake, and the newlyweds sweetheart table was dressed with a stunning arrangement of flowers and draped in a navy blue and white tablecloth to tie in the nautical theme.
The couple, both members of the military, cut the cake and spent the rest of the night mingling with their closest friends and family, about 70 people, as they danced the night away in celebration of their first day as husband and wife.
Congratulations Sherri and Tyler!
Crystal Vandegrift is a wedding photographer covering Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.