Ceremony Venue | Bruton Parish Church (Website)
Reception Venue | Williamsburg Community Center
Wedding Photographer | Heather Hughes Photography
Dress | Truly Yours Bridal & Formal
Catering | Williamsburg Catering
Videographer | DreamClip Films
Makeup | Layla Abi-Falah
Cake | Cakes by Twanda
Band | Good Shot Judy
Florals | Williamsburg Floral & Gifts
Kelsey and Benming got married on February 22 in a beautiful ceremony at the 300-year-old Bruton Parish Church and had their reception hosted at the Williamsburg Community Center, Williamsburg, VA.
Kelsey and Benming’s Bruton Parish Wedding
Benming, a Williamsburg City Councilman, met Kelsey at the William & Mary Law School. A super sweet and wonderful couple, I had the joy of photographing their Colonial Williamsburg engagement session as well and their photos were featured on the cover of the William & Mary Alumni magazine.
Unfortunately, their wedding was not without complications. They all began when Benny’s family in China had to cancel their plans at the last-minute due to air travel shutdowns due to the Coronavirus. Then the location for preparations for the entire bridal party had to be changed at the last minute the morning of the wedding and the church had a later time on their schedule for the ceremony! Knowing how stressful such situations can be for couples and their guests, I decided to step in and help wherever I could. I helped guide their videographer through the location & timeline changes, assisted the band in clearing the dance floor for their first dance, and helped coordinate with the venue, band, and family to extend the night an extra hour so everyone could still have time to enjoy themselves. All of this while finding time to photograph beautiful portraits of them.
I truly wanted to ensure that the couple could continue smiling and enjoy their day. So I didn’t hesitate and pulled out my emergency sewing kit to help the groom get a (large) splinter out of his foot, sweet talk the church into allowing us to do the portraits earlier than they expected, and find lighters for their sparkler exit. I always love to witness all the moments on a wedding day and for this one, I truly felt like part of the family.
Out of all the gorgeous photographs I captured of Kelsey and Benming, I love the one in which they are coming down the aisle after the ceremony. You don’t see any stress or worry, just the joy & happiness on both of their faces. It just goes to show that no matter what happens, if you can maintain a good attitude, there will always be a happily ever after.
Big thanks to Kelsey and Benny for asking me be their wedding photographer! I had such an amazing time with the two of you, and I wish you both decades of love, laughter, happiness and joy!