Hawkily Ever After: Family Formals

Once the excitement died down, many of our guests headed to cocktail hour while we took our formals. Our photographer, Valerie, suggested we not do photos at the altar. She advised that in her experience, they tend to appear overly stiff. We went back to Wren’s courtyard area, which was the perfect backdrop.


We started with our adorable niece and flower girl, who now thinks I’m a princess because of the wedding. Isn’t that sweet? Our next photo was with my new in-laws…


…and then Mr. Hawk’s immediate family.


Momma and Daddy Hawk were up next…


…and Sissy Hawk jumped in.


I am so glad that we chose to do our formals outside, because the light streaming through the trees was just lovely for our newly combined Hawk family photo.


Although we chose not to take individual shots with each part of the family in attendance, we did a giant group shot of my side family…


…as well as Mr. Hawk’s.


This kept our formals short and sweet, and allowed us to head straight to cocktail hour! But before we did, I asked Valerie to take one last photo: a shot of new rings!


Are you planning on doing a lot of formals? Or would you like to keep it short and sweet?

All photos by Valerie Demo Photography


Miss a Hawk recap? Don’t fret! Catch up here:

We review our planning journey
We rehearse and welcome our guests
The girls get pretty
I share my bridal details
Mr. Hawk becomes a groom
Our first look
We take photos at Crim Dell Bridge
We explore campus for more photography
The groomsmen ham it up
The bridal party channels their inner model
The entire wedding party regroups
My last moments as a Miss
Welcome to our wedding ceremony
The bridal party procession
Miss Hawk’s walk down the aisle
We’re married!
We were surrounded by love during our impromptu receiving line


Mrs. Hawk

Richmond, VA
Wedding Date:
May 2012
Love Under the Moon: 500 Miles
Add a comment


  1. Member
    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 12:28 pm

    GORGEOUS pics !!

    And a wonderful setting… LOVE the fence, the historical building in the background and the great greenery.

    The idea of focussing on “Family” photos is something you’ll really appreciate in the future as the years go by…

    Mr TTR and I are eloping, so our Day Of Photos will be all about the 2 of us… and the incredible scenic location we’ll be at.

    You’ve got me thinking… maybe we need to schedule a family photo session for sometime after we get back home.

  2. msarmadillo Bee
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:29 pm

    Short and sweet is the name of the game! I’m totally hoping to do the same kind of game plan you did, leaving just casual family portraits for after the ceremony so our guests don’t wait too long for us at the reception! Your photos are so fresh and fun–your photographer definitely had the right idea of doing them outside!

  3. msfox Bee
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:06 pm

    Beautiful photos! I made up a list for family formals.. and boy, did we stick to it. It helped things go by so much faster!

  4. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 5:21 pm

    great ring photo – that’s a good pose.

  5. Member
    afroniquely 137 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:02 pm

    I loved them all!! Beautiful photos! And Congrats!! 🙂

  6. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:18 pm

    So beautiful, I love the light in your photos!

  7. Guest Icon Guest
    http://asian-culture-shop.com/, Guest @ 9:25 pm

    Wow! Such a stunning color combination!Beautiful inspiration! xo

  8. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:22 pm

    Awww love your formals Hawk. I agree that this is a much better backdrop than the altar! So beautiful!

  9. Member
    paulsbride 79 posts, Worker bee @ 4:54 pm

    Hi Mrs. Hawk —

    I see it’s been at least a year since your wedding, however, your posts caught my eye! I’ve been looking at entries from brides who married or honeymooned in The Burg ! My husband and I love Colonial Williamsburg – I think it’s sweet that you wanted to get married in the setting of your alma matter. A friend of mine also had her ceremony at The Wren also. I actually did not end up using Colonial Williamsburg – we had a traditional Christian ceremony at Providence Mennonite in Newport News – then held the reception at Le Yaca !! I haven’t finished reading thru your posts yet to see how all your plans ended up – but it’s nice to see that others find Williamsburg just as beautiful as us locals, and come here to have their perfect day too!!!

add a comment

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors