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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.

Erin’s Trash the Dress session at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

The rebirth of Erin, in her own words.

I’m turning this over to her so she can tell you about our Trash the Dress photo session.

My name is Erin, I’m 32, and am going through a divorce. With that being said, the split has been very amicable and we still remain good friends. However, people don’t get divorced for no reason and I had some feelings about it. Our wedding was exactly what I wanted, and so was the DRESS. I hadn’t even gotten it all the way on at the bridal shop and knew it was the one. But life happens and here we are.

I had heard of the trash the dress concept years ago, and loved it but had honestly forgotten about it. That was until my best friend, who also just got divorced, sent me some pictures of other women’s experiences and I knew it had to happen. My mind went straight to Mark, who I’ve known for years. There was no one else for the job, and he didn’t hesitate when I asked. It was meant to be.

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