Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Wedding – Stephanie & Chris

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Governors Land Two Rivers Wedding Heather Hughes Photography

In May, I had an amazing time photographing Stephanie and Chris’ beautiful Governor’s Land wedding at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg, VA. And what a gorgeous day we had! With both of them in the military, I had to sit on the photos for a little while before posting them, but now I have the green light and can’t wait to share some! You can see the Wedding Slideshow HERE.

Governor’s Land Wedding at Two Rivers

Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is an absolutely gorgeous private waterfront country club in Williamsburg, VA. It offers many benefits of east coastal living, including an award-winning Tom Fazio Championship golf course, a deep-water marina and a breathtaking view of the James River. Needless to say, it was the perfect location for Chris and Stephanie to tie the knot.

We started off with Chris and Stephanie getting ready for their big day.  They could hardly contain their excitement! Stephanie was wearing a Maggie Sottero wedding dress and she looked absolutely stunning next to Chris’ Navy dress blues.  

Soon, it was time to head down the aisle.  Stephanie had Chris’ best man cover his eyes until she reached the aisle, just to make sure there was no chance of Chris getting an early peak of her as she approached.  When she finally did reach him, I swear I saw tears, and his expression was priceless.

Stephanie lost her father a few years ago so as a way to pay tribute to him, she tied his wedding band to her bouquet so he could still be with her as she walked down the aisle.  They also laid a white rose on the chair where he would have sat, along with a picture of him dancing with Stephanie at her sister’s wedding.  Such beautiful ways to remember him and have him with her that day.

At the end of the ceremony, the best men raised their sabers in a saber arch over this newlywed couple as they left back down the aisle as husband and wife.  It’s tradition for one of the last men in the arch to smack the bride on the butt as they pass through, welcoming them to the Navy family. But, since Stephanie was already in the Navy, they smacked Chris on the butt instead.  Love it when people break from tradition!

Stephanie and Chris’ wedding coincidentally fell on prom night for the local high school.  So naturally, there was a crowd of 20 or so kids and their parents taking portrait photos by the bridge the couple wanted to use.  I found out from the venue coordinator, Lisa, that we had priority though so in my best teacher’s voice, I very NICELY shouted at them to clear the way for our golf cart and everyone respectfully gave us our 10 minutes. I’m all about solving problems, even if I have to get a LITTLE bossy 😉

Sunsets are absolutely stunning at this venue.  The view of the James River can really take your breath away.  So while I had to help my assistant & second shooter (aka my amazingly talented husband, Rob) clear the ceremony chairs out of the way, it was totally worth our effort for the gorgeous portraits we got. 

The reception that followed was full of life!  And after a long night of fun and dancing, everyone picked up a sparkler for a classic sparkler arch as Stephanie and Chris made their exit, off to Hawaii for 2 weeks!  So jealous!

I had an amazing time photographing this wedding.  Chris and Stephanie, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your big day!  I wish you two all of the very best in your years to come!

Voted the Knot’s “Best of Wedding Photographers” | WeddingWire’s “Couples Choice” Award 2008 - 2019 | Virginia Living Magazine's "Top Wedding Vendor" 2016- 2019 | VA Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year | Wedding Photojournalist Assoc. Blue Medallion Award