Xavier + Juanisha: Virginia Beach Convention Center OFFICIAL Royal Wedding

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One of my favorite parts of shooting a wedding is photographing all those tiny details the bride and groom clearly put a ton of thought and energy into. I mean, I am all about capturing the love and the first kiss and all those tender moments, but who can forget about the centerpieces, wedding favors, accent lighting and boutonnieres? Am I right?

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Juanisha and Xavier’s wedding – held in January 2019 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center – was a veritable feast of such details, and I had the time of my life discovering and photographing it all! 

When I asked the bride about what her favorite parts of the day were, here is what she listed.

“1. Walking into the ceremony and watching Xavier and his crew clap and

cheer as I walked in.

2. Seeing how my mom and her team transformed the ceremony space and

reception ballroom.

3. Looking around the room and seeing all of our family and friends. We both

said WOW everyone showed up!”

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Since they clearly thought of everything, I asked Juanisha and Xavier if they had any advice to offer other couples currently planning their own weddings. They said, “We decide not to see each other before wedding. Thinking back we said we should have went with the 1st look to get pictures done because we had such a large wedding party. Having a party that large, sometimes time just gets away and you can’t get all the shots you wanted. In those instances, you must be flexible! It’s hard to do but, sometimes you have to go with the flow.”

Here are a couple more of my favorite shots from the day: 

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Bravo, you two, and congratulations on officially tying the knot! Enjoy your honeymoon together and the many years that follow!

-Ronny and Reggie Smart



Wedding Planner: Wanderlust Events (Wanda Evans)

Venue: Virginia Beach Convention Center

Cake: Carrie’s Cakes & Confections (Virginia Beach)

 DJ/Music: Rockmasters Entertainment

 Dress: Milk and Honey Bride (Virginia Beach)

 Caterer: Distinctive Gourmet (Virginia Beach Convention Center)

 Florist: Mila Flowers (Bouquets and Boutonnieres) and Premiere Rentals –

Flowers by Tommy (Centerpieces)

Wedding Photographers: SmartShot Photography (Ronny & Reggie Smart)

Wedding Photo Booth: SmartShot Photo Booths