She was all I could see :). “I was standing in a very busy, constantly moving line with 2 massive suitcases, 2 carry-on size bags, and a handful of paperwork…and she’s all I could see :)” John said when asked his first impression of Anna. Anna and John have this romantic love story that is fit for a movie. They met while both working on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and fell in love while traveling the globe. I love that some of their favorite memories have taken place in the far reaches of the Earth in small intimate locations perfect for a movie! Anna said that she noticed John at the ship’s disco which was a hangout spot for staff on the ship, she thought he was so interesting that she introduced herself twice, lol! Anna is a professional dancer/actor in NYC and they call New York home when John’s not on board a ship traveling the globe. Anna said she is lucky to be able to join him as often as possible checking out new destinations.
I met Anna last year when I photographed her sister Sarah’s wedding! She was the maid of honor with a speech that brought everyone to tears. As I walked around her parents house while she was getting ready my heart was flooded with happiness to see so many photos from Sarah & Matt’s wedding framed and on display in various rooms. It brought back memories of so many great moments and I was thrilled to be working with this AMAZING family once again. When Anna told me they would be having the wedding at her parent’s house on the river I was over the moon excited! We actually sailed our boat down part of the way and then I borrowed my in-laws truck to drive the final distance. I’ve been joking around that I might start specializing in weddings on the water where I can sail to work ;). Anna’s mom told me to sail by and drop anchor anytime! Talk about a stunning location Anna’s dad designed the house himself and the views were spectacular. I don’t think you could have a more beautiful location for a waterfront wedding!
This Northern Neck Va wedding made my top 5 list of best weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing in fact they might be #1!!! Everything was amazing from start to finish, I really could not put together a better recipe for a wedding. Anna and John were so easy to work with I honestly felt like I was cheating because they were complete naturals in front of the camera! I could go on and on about how amazing everything was but I’ll let you take a look and decide for yourself :).
Anna and John I cannot even express how much I loved working with you guys. I wish you infinite happiness and laughter as you travel the globe and add more chapters to your Old Hollywood love story! John you might run into David and I on one of your cruises as it’s something we’ve talked about doing forever and Anna I’m totally planning to come see you in a show in NYC at some point! For now enjoy your wedding photos!
A little Flashdance inspiration!
So what happens when you have a wedding for a professional dancer and her dancer friends? Why they break out into routine during the reception just for fun! I took a little bit of video because it was so cool to watch. No judging me, I’m not a videographer ;)! The video might take a bit to load so here is the direct link on YouTube – Anna & John.
Thank you Camille for being an awesome second shooter!!!
To see more of Anna & John’s Northern Neck Virginia wedding check out the slideshow below! (Click here if you don’t see the slideshow below)
The following wedding vendors contributed to Anna & John’s wedding:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Home
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Florist: Diane Lewis
DJ: Stephen Burks
Makeup: Chris Morabito
Catering: Shelly Williams
Cake: Cakes to Remember
Gown: RK Bridal