Lynchburg, VA | Rebecca & Austin's Wedding at Tresca on 8th
They didn't do anything small. When Austin wanted to surprise Rebecca, he flew from LA to Virginia, had himself packed in a box with a bouquet of white roses, and was delivered to Rebecca's door. When he proposed, it was a with a giant electric sign and fireworks. And when they got married, it was with over 150 of their best friends and family at the gorgeous Tresca on 8th, a fantastic DJ, a surprise performance from rapper Humble Tip, and horse-drawn carriage rides across downtown Lynchburg.
We arrived at Tresca shortly after sunrise on Memorial Day with our close friend and lead photographer K.Jugar Photography. They were already setting tables, steaming linens and arranging flowers. Groomsmen started to arrive and were put to work, even Austin. Kegs of homemade root beer were trucked in and the nonalcoholic bar was loaded with juices, fruits, little umbrellas, and ice cream. Austin arrived and didn't hesitate getting to work and delegating tasks (something that he's been infamous for ever since his freshman year). As soon as he was done, the groomsmen got dressed and hurried to the chapel before Rebecca arrived to get ready. Austin was adamant - he wanted his first look to be as she walked down the aisle at her father's side.
Rebecca, a petite Greek-Italian whirlwind in a bathrobe, arrived and started delegating tasks to her bridesmaids, very much like Austin was doing an hour earlier. As soon as she was dressed, she went to show her father. He took one look at her and he wept. His heart broke at the thought of giving away his only little girl, who just yesterday was only big enough to stand at his feet and stretch her arms up; and today, she was saying goodbye to him. But surely it soared at the sight of what a strong, lovely woman he had raised. Though the limo was already downstairs waiting for them, Rebecca took a few minutes to spend alone with her father.
A few miles away at the chapel, the seats were already filling. At the beginning of their ceremony, Austin and Rebecca had a moment of silence for the veterans who have served and have fallen, including several members of their family. Both sets of parents prayed over them, then candles were lit and passed around to everyone in the darkened chapel. They shared the vows that they had both written, then they exchanged rings, signed their wedding contract, and were declared husband and wife!
The limousine convoy made its way back to Tresca, where cocktail hour was already under way and the fantastic caricature artist was hard at work! After speeches and toasts, Humble Tip took the floor and performed a surprise rap featuring the groom! It set the beat for the rest of the evening, with tons of dancing, drinks, and carriage rides for anyone who needed to cool off and rest.
We ended the day with an intimate send-off as Austin and Rebecca took the last carriage of the night to the Craddock-Terry Hotel a few blocks away. It was a gorgeous day put together by two bold, passionate people who dearly loved their guests and wanted to give them a wedding celebration to remember. I know we'll remember it. Thanks for letting us be a part of your day, Rebecca and Austin. You're strong and fearless and you're going to do great things in LA!