A Belle Isle State Park Wedding: Janice + Will

Janice’s family and friends had tried to fix her up with Will on more than one occasion.   Apparently, everyone knew the two of them belonged together before they knew it themselves.  They attended the same church and Janice recalls their first meeting as being “unremarkable,” consisting of nothing more than a handshake.  But soon after, a friendship began to form and both Janice and Will began to see what those around them had seen for months.

One day, Janice was asked to drive her sister to the airport.  However, upon arrival, Janice discovered that her sister didn’t have a plane to catch at all!  Will was waiting for Janice at the airport and whisked her away to Denver, Colorado where they laughed, played, and prayed together for hours.  Janice, up to this point, had been known to hate surprises.  However, THIS surprise was turning out to be something special.  To top off the surprise-filled, special day, Will, on the top of Keystone Mountain, in the snow and under a starlit sky, asked Janice to be his wife.  Janice describes the moment as being a fairy-tale.  I think all of us women out here would agree, wouldn’t we?

Janice and Will’s wedding day was just as magical as that day Will proposed.  They worshiped together among family and friends in a full Catholic mass and said their “I Do’s”, trusting God to guide their lives together.  Janice and Will planned every moment of their wedding day around their love for friends and family.  And it was a blast!  I cannot say I have been to any other wedding where there were as many fun, playful children.  Everyone was all smiles despite the ridiculous heat, and their day went off without a hitch!

Janice and Will,

There is no doubt that you are loved.  Your friends and family are one of the most warm and genuine groups of people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  But let’s be honest… what’s not to love about you two?!?!  Your kindness and love for everyone is evident in all you do, and I have no doubt that you two will live a long, happy, laughter-filled life together.  Thank you for welcoming me into your world and allowing me to be a part of your magical day.  Much love, M

The ceremony took place at Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock, Virginia.
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Janice’s favorite color is yellow, and Will loves green.  To incorporate a little bit of both of them into their wedding day, they chose yellow and green as their colors.  Will designed Janice’s ring, and it is STUNNING.  I don’t show it here, but he also had an emerald place in the side of the ring.  It is perfection.

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I love it when brides integrate family heirlooms into their wedding day.  These are a few special pieces Janice wore.

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How can you not love that smile!  Janice is true blue and a total joy to be around.

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Janice’s mother and oldest sister helped her prepare for the day.

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Can you tell Will was a happy man?  I thought so.

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Check out these cuties!  Janice and Will have HUGE families, and it made the day even that much more fun.

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And here’s the bride with her father.  Beautiful.

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Mr. and Mrs. Stallings!

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Check out the camo worn by some of the groomsmen.   Will did say his favorite color was green!

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Sweeping his new bride off her feet.

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The couple opted not to have a First Look, so we made time to take portraits before entering the reception venue.

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And then it was time for some fun!  The fans were definitely useful.

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The happy couple danced to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson.

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Always special is the father-daughter dance.  This time, Janice and her father invited all father/daughter couples onto the dance floor.  What a great idea!

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Janice’s sisters were the first to join in.  I love this photo!

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Equally sweet is the mother-son dance.  Following their intro, all mother/son combos were invited to join in.

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As mentioned, Janice and Will wanted their day to be full of fun for friends and family of all ages.  These candids capture the spirit of the day perfectly.

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This could very well be my favorite mother of the bride/bride moment.  EVER.  I adore this moment.  It is the reason I do what I do.

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And no wedding is complete without some yummy sweetness.

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Janice and Will admit that their relationship is very playful.  Because of that, I knew the cake cutting was going to be fun!  Take a look…

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There were accordians…

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And a piñata, too!

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And when the sun began to set, the couple made their way to the water’s edge for some more portraits.

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To view more of Janice and Will’s Belle Isle State Park Wedding, click here for a slideshow or visit their client site!

Happy Monday, friends!

M xoxo


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