Here are some images from Valentina and Happy’s Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club wedding in Virginia Beach. After spending time with the two of them during their Cavalier Hotel engagement session, I was even more excited about the wedding day festivities. Check out some of the details.
The day began at the Cavalier, with Valentina and her ladies getting ready in a suite above the tented reception space. The weather had been threatening rain all morning, making everyone a little nervous about the impending outdoor ceremony. The weather anxiety was tempered when Happy’s groomsmen arrived and delivered a special gift for Valentina, which she opened to reveal a beautiful necklace and pendant.
Just before the ceremony began, the rain faded away and everybody took their seats. Valentina and Happy exchanged vows behind the Yacht Club, overlooking the Lynnhaven River, with the groom’s father serving as Best Man and his uncle as Officiant.
The couple danced their first dance to an acoustic guitar performance by Happy’s brother, Patrick, and then the party got started after a traditional, Irish family toast. Later in the evening, Valentina and Happy celebrated their Latin influences by throwing an Hora Loca for all their guests. The idea behind La Hora Loca is that it serves as sort of a party-within-a-party, and DJ Steve Weddle and the couple’s guests were completely prepared to make sure that happened. With hats, glasses, masks, and noisemakers, the entire reception transformed into a festive celebration of love, friendship and family.
Wedding Planning: The illustrious Erin O’Brien & Stephanie Lyon ·
Best Uncle & All-Star Officiant: Kevin O’Brien ·
Photography: Justin Hankins Photography ·
Catering: Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club ·
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club ·
Floral Design: Norfolk Wholesale Floral ·
Entertainment: Steve Weddle (Astro) ·
Wedding Cake: Shockleys Sweet Shoppe ·
Hair & Makeup: Chez Madeleine ·
Gown: Pure English ·
Shoes: Badgley Mischka ·
Colors: Ivory, gray, pink, grayish-purple