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Lindsay + Cameron | Virginia Beach, Virginia | Back Bay Farms - Love Stories TV

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From The Bride:

As a little girl, my family and I would go to Virginia Beach every August to visit my grandparents and enjoy the beach. One summer, I convinced my mom to let me stay for the whole summer for an internship. On the last week there, on a hot August night, I serendipitously met Cameron and we had an instant connection. We dated for a year long distance before moving in together in Richmond, VA. That August, we packed up our stuff and headed to New York City. We got engaged a few years later on the beach on Fire Island—in August, of course.

The whole time we were planning, we had one focus: the people are the most important part. We wanted as many of our friends and family to be able to celebrate with us so we always did whatever we could to make it easiest on them.

When we were planning the wedding, we knew it had to be on the beach and Virginia Beach made the most sense. We wanted August (naturally) but the hotel rates were hefty for the summer season and since we had family and friends coming from 8 or 9 different states, we decided to bump it one week into September to save our guests a boatload of money.

We decided to get married on the beach across the street from my grandparents house, which made it super easy to get ready and take formals photos. The reception was at Back Bay Farms so we could rock out under the stars all night long. Well, not all night long exactly. One of the groomsmen buried a keg on the beach in front of the hotel where everyone stayed and the party continued there, and you know we ended up in the water that night!

I made all the girls Maids of Honor, because really, who can pick a favorite from such an amazing group? Cameron’s music school friends doubled as the ceremony musician and officiant (who is now the voice of the Cleveland Indians!) and of course, they ended up on the stage while the band took a break at the reception. Our guys wore decently priced Express suits, which we’ve since seen them all wear again and the girls wore whatever pink dress and shoes they wanted. My friend who caught the bouquet even wore a bridesmaids dress that she had to buy to be in another wedding, so ha!–you can wear it again! The girls also helped me arrange the flowers for the ceremony and reception two nights before the wedding, but we hired professionals for the bouquets and boutonnieres.

At the time, there weren’t very many wedding videographers who did cinematic style, but luckily, I work for NST Pictures, a nationwide wedding cinematographer, so I ended up getting THE BEST wedding video I could have ever wished for. My coworkers/friends were also so helpful with the planning part, with our headquarters director, Jennifer, mapping out my timeline and Daniella, our creative director, taking special care to find the perfect song, which Cameron and I often find humming out of nowhere.

If we had one piece of advice for couples, it would be to NOT get tangled up in the details. I hate to say it, but they don’t matter now and they won’t matter 30 years from now. What will? Being able to see the day your life changed forever, in the best way possible. Being able to see all of the faces of the people who celebrated with you and love and support you every day. Being able to relive the day you planned so hard for, spent so much on and cherished so much because of it’s MEANING and not the superficial hype surrounding it. Being able to revisit a happy memory on your anniversary or on a day when life’s got you down and you just want to smile. Only videos and photos can do that for you, so focus your budget on what really matters.

Cameron and I now have a baby boy, named August, and what matters now is being able to show him this important video of our family’s history.

  • Cake: Sugar Plum Bakery
  • Ceremony Venue: Back Bay Farms
  • Cinematographer: NST Pictures
  • Flowers: Bouquets and Bouts by Roost Flowers & Designs, Centerpieces by Norfolk Wholesale Florist
  • Music: Ceremony Musician: Zach Stanford ; Band: The River Boyz
  • Officiant: Kevin Johnson
  • Photographer: Kacie Lynch Photography
  • Planner: Day Of Coordinator: Megan Justice
  • Reception Venue: Back Bay Farms