Liz and Scott’s Dover Hall Wedding | Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

September 12, 2019

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Liz and Scott’s Dover Hall wedding was a dream come true.  After spending months planning a Currituck, NC wedding, Hurricane Dorian brought precautionary evacuations and Liz and Scott were left with no answers. 

On Monday after watching continued hurricane coverage, Liz and I finally chatted and I was informed that the decision had been made to cancel the wedding.

Dare County had already issued evacuations, so there was no way for vendors and guests to make it to that particular area in Currituck for their wedding.  Canceling just seemed like the thing to do given the situation. 

They still hoped to be married on the beach before heading home ahead of the storm and I totally admired Liz and Scott’s determination even though months of planning had been destroyed.  

The next day they decided that they would ride out the storm and let the show go on as planned if at all possible, but they were soon informed that mandatory evacuations were also placed on Currituck County.  Determined to end the week as husband and wife, they packed up from the beach and headed to Virginia to begin planning a wedding in the next 48 hours.

Sure enough, come Friday morning the sun began to shine and it was the most beautiful day!!  Honestly I was speechless at times given just how perfectly the day went and you could not even tell that it was put together in 48 hours!  It was amazing!!  

Dover Hall is seriously a dream come true venue both as a wedding guest and vendor.  It’s classy and elegant and grand all at the same time with the sweetest staff. 

The moment Liz stepped into her dress, it was clear that the gown was practically made for her because she was so stunning!  She and Scott never stopped smiling once we walked out for the first look and portraits.  I almost expected a sigh of relief from them like “shew, we made it through this chaos”, but honestly these two just looked so happy to be marrying each other that the rest didn’t seem to matter in those moments of loving on each other wrapped in the warmth of each other’s arms.  

The grandest and most kind hearted ceremony led way to more portraits.  Liz and Scott’s dogs even made an appearance!  We then headed to the reception at Atlas 42.  The staff there was able to pull together a reception for over 100 people in such a short amount of time and it was just the most fun!!  The patio doors were open, pouring in fresh air from the warm September evening.  The dance floor was full as the groom put on a show singing to his bride and the crowd went wild until the very last song of the night.

This day was such an amazing example of what really matters with wedding celebrations.  Details are pretty.  But! At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you’re marrying the person you love more than anything in the world. 

Whether it takes 18 months of planning or 48 hours of planning, you’re embarking on your first day or husband and wife and entering a promise of forever to each other.  That’s what’s most beautiful through it all and I am just so happy that Liz and Scott experienced that joy.  All of my favorite images from their wedding day are below!!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy reliving their wedding day.

Liz and Scott- I am so happy that you two got to experience the wedding celebration of your dreams and I’m so honored that I was a part of it!  I’d be lying if I didn’t also admit that I’m a little sad our time together has come near an end.  You two are such a fun couple to be with and I was so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you this year.  I just know that the future is going to have so many wonderful days in store for yall!  Sending you both the biggest hugs and congratulations!!

Thank you so much to the vendor team that pulled together this celebration!!

Photography: Abby Hudson Photography

Venue: Dover Hall

Ceremony: Woody Campbell, Weddings By Woody

Reception Venue: Atlas 42 in Richmond, Virginia

Florals: Bells and Whistles, Dorothy Morris

Bridal Jewelry: Sun and Selene

Bridesmaids Jewelry: Trouville

Make Up Artist: Bombshell

Cake: Pearles Bake Shoppe

Bridal Gown: Rebecca Ingram, Olivia … Caryn’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Grooms Attire: BlackTie

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