Stylist Misty Prewitt and her high school sweetheart/husband, Chris, fell in love by the water—just a couple of Virginia Beach kids making their first memories at the beach. So it felt natural for her to create photo shoot with each and every element being a fun homage to dating and getting married in Virginia Beach and Coastal Virginia.
"I really wanted the shoot to feel quintessentially Virginia Beach," she says. "I chose the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier because it just felt like Virginia Beach, like what any beach kid would want as a wedding element."
Prewitt also incorporated vibrant colors, textures and patterns to show a beach vibe that wasn't necessarily all seashells and pastels.
"There are fun small little details like the two birds on the table (both of my daughters are named after birds—Piper and Wren, respectively). And another fun element in the shoot that I really loved were the small nods to stars and constellations. Growing up, and even now, my husband and I used to go out to the beach at Little Island and Sandbridge (near the pier) and watch the stars at night."
As a finishing touch to a beach shoot that was just a little bit different, Prewitt collaborated with photographer Mike Dragon and Fluttering Flowers on ideas and lighting that provided a truly fantastic ending to a local love story.
"There’s this whole other side to Virginia Beach and living on the ocean, and that’s the beach at night." Prewitt says. "It’s so beautiful, and we wanted to capture the romance and epicness that lives here, even when the sun isn’t shining."
Styling: Misty Prewitt, Misty Saves the Day
Photography: Michael Dragon, Dragon Studio
Lighting and Florals: "Chief" and Debbie Pence, Fluttering Flowers
Cake: Angela Morrison, Cakes by Angela Morrison
Venue: Gini with Lynnhaven Fish House, Lynnhaven Fishing Pier
Chairs: Distinctive Event Rentals
Linens: Waterford Event Rentals
Plates, Placemats, Salt & Pepper Shakers, Flatware: West Elm Town Center,
Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Alfier, Behind the Veil
Men's Fashion: Jim's Formal Wear, Privee Bride of Ghent, a House of Maya
Women's Fashion: Martina Liana, Pure English Bridal Couture, a House of
Maya Bridal Salon
Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge
Invitations, Menu, Place cards: Tyler Adams, The Girl Tyler
Models: Hayley Hightower and Nick Bautista
Balloon, Chair Backs, Succulents, Cake Stand, Signs, Tea Lights: Sandy
Barnes and Kristin Lindsey, Jollity & Co.