Norfolk Zoo Fall WeddingWe met Heather and Brandon last year at the DIY Bridal Show in Chesapeake, and they were the lucky winners of our free Engagement shoot (yay!). When we sat down to discuss their wedding details and I found out they were doing a Norfolk Zoo fall wedding, I knew I wanted to come and photograph for them! Luckily, we hit it off and these two lovebirds hired us to come and capture their special day! before the wedding wedding details putting the wedding dress on bridal portraits beautiful bride

Eeekkk!!! Seriously can’t get over what a stunning bride Heather was!handwritten wedding vows

Norfolk Zoo Fall Wedding

There were so many personal touches throughout the day at Heather and Brandon’s Norfolk zoo fall wedding: an opal necklace the bride wore that had been passed down for many generations, the special salt ceremony (because in ancient times salt was worth a LOT and was often used in place of money), and this awesome family even ended the reception with traditional Latvian songs being sung! And we haven’t even started talking about the dreamy romance of their wedding ceremony in the garden! walking down the isle here comes the bride Norfolk Zoo fall wedding lets get married purple bridesmaids dresses Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

You know that when Pastor Ken is officiating, the wedding ceremony is going to be filled with love and joy!bride looking at the groom kiss the bride new Mr and Mrs leaving the wedding

After the wedding ceremony, Eric and I took the bridal party traipsing all over the zoo, we had a blast goofing off and taking pictures together! And you know that any groomsmen pictures that end in an epic bamboo stick fight to the death are gonna be a good time 😉 The bridal party was up for anything, and so we were able to do some really fun stuff to capture that spirit at this wedding! kiss the girlgroomsmen photo ideas bridesmaid with flowers groom before the wedding groomsmen posing ideas wedding at the zoo Fresh Look Photography Norfolk Zoo fall wedding 2015-02-23_0026 2015-02-23_0027 2015-02-23_0028 2015-02-23_0029 2015-02-23_0030

Heather is making sure that Brandon knows how things are gonna go during their marriage 😉2015-02-23_0032

Party Time at the Reception

Once Heather and Brandon walked into their wedding reception (amidst tons of cheers and clapping!), they started dinner and then it was time for everyone to kick back, relax, and enjoy being together with no more stress! The DJ kept everyone moving with fun tunes, the photo booth provided endless entertainment for guests, and Heather and Brandon made sure to walk around and chat with everyone who came! Norfolk zoo wedding reception first dance rustic wedding cake details candid reception photos Norfolk Zoo fall wedding toast with handpainted wine glasses bouquet toss at reception garter toss at reception wedding toasts dancing at the reception

Heather and Brandon, thank you so much for having us come and photograph your gorgeous wedding! I hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon (Dreams Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico!) and wish you both only the best that life has to offer as you continue on this wonderful journey together. bride and groom at sunset

Ceremony+Reception Venue: Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
Florist: Norfolk Wholesale Floral
Wedding Gown+Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal
Rev. Ken Lane
DJ: Bobby Heath
Cake: Gateaux Cakes
Catering: Mobile Pig-Nic
Stationery: Bride and friend