As you may remember from Lesley and Clayton’s engagement session, they have a love of the water. In fact, you could say it is in their blood. Lesley’s dad sailed across the Atlantic from England many years ago arriving in Annapolis, the place he would fall in love and welcome his sweet daughter, Lesley, into his life. He was an adventurer. And although he passed away a few years ago, he is still very much present in so many ways.
His love of the water shines through in Lesley. She is comfortable and at home on the water, most especially on Flying Angel. Her compass has never wavered, but in Clayton she has found a new North Star to adventure through this life with!
It only seems appropriate that Flying Angel escorted Lesley to the Yacht Club on Saturday. It was her dad’s way of proudly walking her down the aisle. And we have no doubt, he is one incredibly proud dad and incredibly happy to welcome Clayton to the family!
Lesley and Clayton’s wedding was nothing short of AMAZING! Their love is so visible and present. In fact, as Lesley’s uncle shared in a beautiful poem he wrote for them, their love is, in fact, a present.
“…And so to the present both a time to be glad
And a loving present to her loving dad
Gift wrapped with their wedding vow
Their gift of love for ever now
To Lesley and Clayton man and wife
A present and a future happy life.
Friends and family share in their happiness
Wish them a life of love and all that’s best
A home that is warm and full of song
A life that is rich their love so strong
Lesley and Clayton two families now united.
Sutherlands and Alexanders, happy and delighted.”
– Owen Sutherland
Lesley and Clayton, thank you for sharing your beautiful day with all of us. Ryan and I are so grateful to have been there to document this special part of your love story. You two are so incredibly beautiful, both inside and out! You have touched our hearts in a special way and we know that is true for all that you come in contact with. Thank you for being you. Congratulations, friends!
Huge thanks to the AMAZING team of wedding professionals who came together to help make Lesley and Clayton’s day so special:
Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy, Leslie Jefferson | Stationery & All things paper!: Paper in the Park | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artists: Behind the Veil | Florist: Charleston Stems, Anne Bowen | Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club | Officiant: Gene Rasmussen (Uncle of Bride) | Ceremony Music: Chesapeake Strings | Bakery: Palate Pleasers | DJ/Band: Doug Segree Band | Videographer: Simple Flare Productions | Rentals: 2 Hands Studios & XOXO Vintage Rentals | Bride’s Attire: Elizabeth Johns | Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Brooks Brothers, Jos. A Bank | Bridesmaid’s Attire: LulaKate | Photographer: Liz and Ryan