Top 10 Favorite Wedding Moments of 2017 | Sterling Dawn Events

What. A. Year. 2017, you were an unkind beast to me in so many ways. And yet, with all the difficult things that happened in my life, my couples were a beacon on some of my darkest days. I will never forget these guys and gals - NEVER! It is because of them that I was able to get back to work and feel even a little bit like myself again after losing our June.

If you've been around for any length of time, you know I put a lot of value in meaningful elements to any wedding day. These Top 10 Favorites are the heart and soul of my 2017 wedding season. To all my couples, thank you for letting me join you on this journey!

 Meghan and Zach were supposed to get married outside, but Mother Nature had other plans. Without hesitation, they let me move their ceremony inside Baker Hall at Norfolk Botanical Garden. It was the most intimate and coziest space you could ever want. Despite the last minute change and the weather, nothing stopped them from living in the moment of their new beginning together.  Photo: Valerie Demo

Meghan and Zach were supposed to get married outside, but Mother Nature had other plans. Without hesitation, they let me move their ceremony inside Baker Hall at Norfolk Botanical Garden. It was the most intimate and coziest space you could ever want. Despite the last minute change and the weather, nothing stopped them from living in the moment of their new beginning together.

Photo: Valerie Demo

 Okay, Christos!!! Best first glance I've ever seen. This sweet, sweet groom did not see his bride until the ceremony. It was a touching moment and I am SO THANKFUL it was captured on camera!  Photo: Associate Ashley, Sharon Elizabeth Photography

Okay, Christos!!! Best first glance I've ever seen. This sweet, sweet groom did not see his bride until the ceremony. It was a touching moment and I am SO THANKFUL it was captured on camera!

Photo: Associate Ashley, Sharon Elizabeth Photography

 Cassi and Mike decided to incorporate a branding during their wedding reception. Their first act as husband and wife was to permanently mark their last initial into a piece of wood that now belongs in their home. It might go down as the coolest reception moment ever!   Photo: Wild and Wonderful Photography

Cassi and Mike decided to incorporate a branding during their wedding reception. Their first act as husband and wife was to permanently mark their last initial into a piece of wood that now belongs in their home. It might go down as the coolest reception moment ever! 

Photo: Wild and Wonderful Photography

 Jamie and Bert shared their first dance under twinkle lights and lanterns. Despite looming rain, Jamie insisted on keeping her reception outside, as planned. Best decision ever! This moment was perfection!  Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Jamie and Bert shared their first dance under twinkle lights and lanterns. Despite looming rain, Jamie insisted on keeping her reception outside, as planned. Best decision ever! This moment was perfection!

Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

 Jiney and Stephen brought in SubZero Nitro Ice Cream to do a smoke exit! On the steps of The Historic Post Office in Hampton, they made Sterling Dawn Events history!   Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

Jiney and Stephen brought in SubZero Nitro Ice Cream to do a smoke exit! On the steps of The Historic Post Office in Hampton, they made Sterling Dawn Events history! 

Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography

 This is Tracey right after seeing her sister in all her bridal glory. I've known Tracey since she was in elementary school. Knowing how close she and her sister are made this moment even more special.  Photo: Vinluan Photography

This is Tracey right after seeing her sister in all her bridal glory. I've known Tracey since she was in elementary school. Knowing how close she and her sister are made this moment even more special.

Photo: Vinluan Photography

 Brittany and Alan got their plane shot! Both are trained pilots and chose their wedding venue to pay homage to their love of flying. This Silver P51 was the star of the show during their ceremony.  Photo: Vinluan Photography

Brittany and Alan got their plane shot! Both are trained pilots and chose their wedding venue to pay homage to their love of flying. This Silver P51 was the star of the show during their ceremony.

Photo: Vinluan Photography

 Casey and Christos, I apologize for not sharing a "serious" picture of the two of you, but this is my favorite! I love how well he took care of her on their wedding day. They are the cutest!  Photo: Associate Ashley, Sharon Elizabeth Photography

Casey and Christos, I apologize for not sharing a "serious" picture of the two of you, but this is my favorite! I love how well he took care of her on their wedding day. They are the cutest!

Photo: Associate Ashley, Sharon Elizabeth Photography

 Puppies at weddings. DUH! Cassidy and Mike brought their pup, Colin Farrell, to their celebration. He pretty much stole the show anytime he was able to come out and play.  Photo: We Are The Mitchells

Puppies at weddings. DUH! Cassidy and Mike brought their pup, Colin Farrell, to their celebration. He pretty much stole the show anytime he was able to come out and play.

Photo: We Are The Mitchells

 Ending the year with a CHRISTMASTIME wedding is something I've always dreamed would happen for my little business. Then, Jessica had to top everything and wear a Pnina Tornai gown! Seriously, SO BEAUTIFUL!!  Photo: Luke and Ashley Photography

Ending the year with a CHRISTMASTIME wedding is something I've always dreamed would happen for my little business. Then, Jessica had to top everything and wear a Pnina Tornai gown! Seriously, SO BEAUTIFUL!!

Photo: Luke and Ashley Photography

Honestly, it was so difficult to narrow down to a list of 10. Still, thank you to every bride and groom who made this year one to remember! Love to you all!