November 07, 2017
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1I first met Shannon and Roane during one of their wedding weekends- a weekend they devoted to taking care of some wedding things.  They live in Alexandria but knew they wanted their special day to be on the beach with the Atlantic Ocean behind them so when they came to the Eastern Shore we made a point to visit.  I instantly connected with them and immediately saw that they are best friends.  While talking out some wedding day details Shannon quite often finished Roane’s thoughts.  It was apparent that this day would be surrounded by close friends and loved ones.  They kept smiling and laughing during our conversation.  The countdown began! Fast forward to the big day!  The warm sunshine was radiating over the beach while Roane and Shannon were getting ready.  The hotel room where the girls were getting ready was buzzing with excitement mixed with nerves.  While finishing touches of makeup were being applied I got to see the dress!  If there is one thing you need to know about Shannon is that she is an avid Little Mermaid fan!  So what better dress to wear than one that resembled Ariel’s dress at the end of the movie!  It poured with gray and silver sequins and shimmered beautifully in the sunshine.  Roane was sure to be surprised!  Shannon looked stunning and had the perfect coral reef jewelry to tie her wedding dress together. Family and friends gathered on the beach and took their seats anxiously awaiting for the final moment.  Shannon’s uncle was the officiant and incorporated the perfect amount of humor and love during the ceremony.  He offered to go ahead and put handcuffs on Roane for Shannon right away before saying “I do!” :) After exchanging heartfelt vows, Shannon and Roane were officially married! Then the real party began.  We made our way to reception where I first saw Shannon’s vision come together! I had heard about her beach and sea theme wedding details and was excited to photograph them.  My favorite were her handmade Little Mermaid Centerpieces- and her aunt’s fudge, of course! :) The night was filled with love, laughter, special dances and amazing memories.  Roane’s mom was definitely with us that day and it was apparent by the beautiful sunset she laid in the sky.  Thank you so much for letting me share this very special day with you, I wish you lots of happiness! Love, Kristie

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