Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Carroll

I am so very excited to finally be able to share these images with you! Now, normally when I say a similar phrase on my other wedding posts, it's because it has taken me time to finally cull and edit through a wedding day. This wedding is quite a bit different. You see, for the past month, I have kept these images to myself in an effort to keep Josh and Kristie's secret.

On October 6, Josh and Kristie tied the knot on their 8th anniversary in downtown Fredericksburg. Surrounded by just their parents, siblings, and their son Noah, they said I do. They not only kept the guest list small and intimate, but didn't share their plan or news with any of their friends, and even family! It was amazing to be part of their special day and be one of the very few who knew what was happening.

Our bride chose downtown Fredericksburg for her love of the architecture and history of the area, something she studied during her time at the local university, Mary Washington. The bride and groom and stayed at the beautiful Caroline House Bed and Breakfast, where they got ready together before their ceremony. What did I love most about this wedding? There was no chapel of guests waiting. No big timeline to adhere to in order to deliver my couple to their reception on time. The mood was so relaxed and there was so much love in the air.

Kristie's sister in law doubled as a guest and make-up artist. 

The bride's parents surprised Kristie with a horse drawn carriage to chauffeur them around the city on their wedding day! I may or may not have responded "YES" very emphatically when asked if I wanted to ride with them to the ceremony location...

During the ceremony, a local restaurant, Cafe New Orleans, not only brought out water to our small group, but champagne as well! They brought it out and left it on the stairs, and didn't even wait for a thank you. Such a wonderful gesture!

Following the ceremony, Josh and Kristie sat down for a celebratory dinner. As did I! I truly felt like a member of the family, especially after everyone insisted I eat with them at the table and celebrate. 

It's official! Mr. and Mrs. Carroll!

Bed and Breakfast: 1890 Caroline House
Ceremony: Market Square of Fredericksburg
Officiant: Tamara of No Ordinary Ordained 
Bride's Dress: Modcloth
Makeup: Niec McDaniel
Cupcakes: Confections