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Von and Robert’s Nordic wedding at First Landing.

I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I’ve been in the wedding business for about 30 years now. Done the big ones of over 300 guests. Done the small ones that had 12 people total in the whole event. Big churches and small cabins in the woods. Winter, spring, summer, and fall – I’ve done them all. Or so I thought. Von and Robert’s Nordic wedding ceremony was a first and it was an honor to be part of it.

They wanted a Nordic wedding because it went with their beliefs. We went over the details in the pre-wedding consultation so that I knew what was important to capture. I took lots of notes. The couple rented a cabin at First Landing State Park to prep and to hold the Reception. The ceremony was held beach-side.

I could write a book about the ins and outs of the event. For example, there was a High Priest and Priestess. Michael Greth, the Best Man, and current Drighten (Leader) of Eastern Beach Kindred, hallowed the space at the beginning, making it sacred. As Thor is the protector of Midgard, their realm, he did a Hammer Rite to make the area safe.

The couple took three oaths. The weapon oath was where they traded weapons as a way to pledge to protect their home. They also took the ring oath, and a personal oath. When it was over, the party returned to the cabin to celebrate.

This event dovetailed perfectly with my concept of Sincere Weddings which is what I love covering.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mknopp1(at)cox.net with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

My first session with the stunning DeeAna Barilics.

Working with the Virginia Beach model and how my sessions typically go.

DeeAna and I recently teamed up to do a beach portrait session at First Landing in Virginia Beach. She is a local model figuratively getting her feet wet in the scene which means it’s only fitting that she get her feet wet literally with me. A beach session gave us several different “looks” that she could add to her portfolio.

People ask me why I like starting some time before sunset for these sessions. The answer is simple for a variety of reasons.

DeeAna Barilics First Landing portrait session Mark Knopp

DeeAna Barilic’s recent portrait session at First Landing State Park by Mark Knopp

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