I think it's safe to say that these photos are a glimpse into wedding heaven, and we just wish we could see more and more of Sharon Elizabeth Photography's images of Shanley & Raymond's special day. From the gorgeous grounds and budding flowers around Hermitage Museum & Garden that provided the perfect backdrop for their springtime nuptials to the bride's absolutely ravishing lace mermaid silhouetted gown to the groom's tearful first look as he saw Shanley walking down the aisle to their contagious love throughout the entire day, every ounce of this day simply goes to melt my heart. We're sending best wishes to the newlyweds!
From the photographer...
Although Shanley & Raymond's high schools are just down the street from one another, it took moving away from home over 300 miles for the couple to meet. Raymond first saw Shanley during his sophomore year at Radford University. He was so smitten, he told his family he would marry Shanley one day, before even officially meeting her.
After meeting, Shanley & Raymond quickly became best friends. They continued to date throughout their college careers and even picked up a beagle pup, named Rocky, on the way. Shanley started medical school in West Virginia while Raymond worked in Virginia Beach. It was difficult maintaining a long distance relationship for four years, but Raymond made many trips to out to see Shanley - which made the time go by quickly.
Raymond proposed to Shanley during the fall of her last year of medical school and the wedding date was quickly set for the summer. May was a perfect month to celebrate the wedding of Shanley’s dreams. It was held on the lawns of the beautiful and historic Hermitage Museum overlooking the Lafayette River. Shanley fell in love with the vintage and antique feel of the Hermitage and incorporated that feel into her theme by using antique door knobs and keys to extend the beautiful walls of the museum into the reception. Many of the door knobs were acquired from local antique shops where they had been previously served the antique homes of Norfolk, VA.
Always young at heart, Raymond’s one request for the wedding was that the guests have something fun to do during the cocktail hour. In order to accomplish this, he looked back upon his fond memories at Radford for inspiration and acquired as many yard games as he could. At the cocktail hour, there were areas for croquet, bocce ball, and of course, corn hole. Raymond was later told that his games were so popular that there was a pretty impressive waiting list to play corn hole.
From the darling bride...
There are not enough words to describe the beauty and happiness I experienced at my wedding. As I close my eyes to capture the memory I am overcome by the picturesque gardens of the Hermitage, the joyous sounds from the dance floor as the band kept my guests smiling and their feet moving all night long, the delicious crunch of sweet and savory stuffed fried chicken, the elegant summer tent adorned with draped white linens and crystal chandeliers, and the look on my new husband’s face as we danced to a song that had accompanied us throughout our eight year journey. My only wish is that I could relive it all over again.
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