Tag Archives: Sincere Weddings

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.

Terri and Steve’s Sincere Wedding.

The couple exchanged vows at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

I don’t promote it but I still do the occasional wedding for the right couple. Terri and Steve were just that. When we met at a local bookstore to talk about their upcoming nuptials, it was instant connection.

They were so easy going and fun to be with. We were on the same wavelength. Three peas in the same pod. I knew within a matter of seconds that it was a definite yes for me. It was not the first time for either one and their entire guest list, including the wedding party, was 24 people. They were going to exchange vows on the beach on a Sunday. The reception was to be held at the convention center during their brunch.

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

terri-steve-virginia-beach-wedding 31

More images after the break. Continue reading

Welcoming Summer 2017 Sessions.

It’s time to head outdoors and create unique images that will be cherished for generations.

Yep, it’s time to take the show on the road. Time to hit local and regional locations to use as backdrops for your portrait session. While I love working inside, the great outdoors appeals to me in so many different ways. We use the power of different environments to add depth to a scene and to inspire us as we work.

Most importantly, we use it to awe the viewers when it’s all said and done.

sarah-and-jordans-engagement-session 19

So let me take a moment to remind everyone what I offer. I have extensive experience in the following: Continue reading

It’s that time of year.

Gearing up for another portrait season outside.

Things are finally warming up out there which means a return to outdoor sessions. Personally, I’m counting the days until I can return to the beach and other wonderful locations.

I’m also building a small studio set up at my place in case the weather won’t cooperate or a client wants studio portraits done. I’m posting an image from a test run I did here recently.

That being said here’s a reminder of just what kind of portrait sessions I offer. These can be done on location or at my place:


Continue reading

Heather and James’s Wedding.

A beautiful evening spent with a wonderful couple at New Kent Winery.

The big day finally came for Heather and James. Family and close friends gathered outside to watch them proclaim their everlasting love for each other and join their families into one new one.

heather and james new kent winery wedding 22

Continue reading

Amy and Carl’s Wedding Day

Sincere Wedding at Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia

Amy and Carl asked me to photograph their big day at Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia a couple weeks ago. Given that I’ve worked with them before and think they are wonderful people to be with I knew it would be a blast to be part of and said yes without hesitation. I wasn’t disappointed.

The new couple

The new couple

Continue reading

It’s been a bit since I’ve blogged last.

Sorry about that. It’s been a hectic but fun couple of weeks starting 2 weekends ago with a 3 -day weekend at home with family plus grading mid-terms. This past week was playing catch-up, which I mostly have done.

This past weekend I second shot a beach wedding in Sandbridge with Crystal – a wonderful, totally awesome, photographer. It was a magical thing to be part of – a lone guitar strumming in the background, a small group of relatives and friends watching the ceremony, a gentile breeze making the material on the altar flutter. What an honor to be part of that experience.

So here I am starting off another week but I already have my mind set on Saturday when I have 3 boudoir mini-sessions set up in Newport News. I’m also counting the days until we hit the beach for sunrise/sunset shoots as well as continue the Illuminated Portrait series. I’m always looking for new people to work with so if anyone is interested, drop me a line as I’m ready to go.