The first look. There’s often nothing more telling than how the bride and groom react to each other during that first look on their wedding day. For Heather + Dshamal, their first reveal says it all. Just like the handmade wood sign says: True love. Doesn’t every girl dream of having a husband who looks at her the way Dshamal is looking at Heather?
The very talented Renee McCardell of Greensboro, North Carolina, was lucky enough to shoot this wedding in Bassett, Virginia. Heather + Dshamal worked hard to make this wedding theirs, putting their own touches on everything from hay pews with patchwork quilts to the wooden signs made from old fence slats. Not to mention the fact that Heather came down the aisle in the 1980 powder blue Chevy she drove in high school. Yes, the wedding was most definitely theirs.
Since the wedding took place on Heather’s family farm, everything about it must have felt like home to the couple. But you could almost put Heather + Dshamal in the middle of nowhere and get the same feeling from these photos. You can tell just by the way they look at each other that they are home to each other. And it’s not just Heather + Dshamal either. It’s the way Heather’s grandmother is looking at her as she presents her with a locket containing her parents’ wedding photo. Even more emotional due to the fact that Heather’s mom passed away. And it’s the way Heather’s stepmother is looking at her with so much emotion when she first sees her in her gown. And it’s most certainly about the way Heather surprised Dshamal by reciting her vows in German, his first language.
Heather + Dshamal remind us that the little unique touches can add infinitely to a wedding. But what really counts are the looks shared between the couple. The glances the camera catches that show, without a doubt, how happy they are to be husband and wife. And all the wedding planning in the world can’t get you that.