Emily McElveen & Joel Limerick

August 29, 2015 • Hermitage Museum, Norfolk 

You truly never know where love will find you. For Emily McElveen and Joel Limerick, cupid’s arrow struck while shopping for Christmas presents in Washington, D.C. Emily recognized her neighborhood church pastor in a store and when she introduced herself to him, he greeted her and then quickly ducked off to find his friend and shopping companion, Joel. He introduced the pair, and romance was born. “Best shopping trip ever!” says Emily. A pediatrician in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Hampton, Emily envisioned an intimate weekend filled with family, friends and fun by the water for her wedding to Joel, whose family has strong ties to the sea. (His twin brother, Terrel, is an avid sailor and last summer medaled in solo sailing at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.) The couple selected Norfolk’s Hermitage Museum on the shores of the Lafayette River for their wedding venue. Inspired by the blues of the ocean, the color palette was lapis blue with silver, light blue and ivory accents played out in simple but elegant floral arrangements and linens. Emily wore vintage diamond jewelry borrowed from Joel’s mother, which had been a gift from her own mother 30 years earlier.


Venue: Hermitage Museum, Norfolk Photographer: Eleise Theuer, Norfolk Planner: Julie Morgan of As You Wish Weddings and Events, Chesapeake Floral Design: Leslie Hartig Floral Design, Norfolk Catering: Chef by Design, Virginia Beach Cake: Ethereal Cupcakes, Hampton Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals, Chesapeake Music, Ceremony: Harris Simon, Williamsburg

Take a look back at some of our favorite classic Virginia weddings. 

Natalie Martirosian & Daniel Mason 

Richmond, Country Club of Virginia, May 9, 2015 

Lauren Antle & Philip Townsend 

Norfolk, Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, June 28, 2014 

Mai Lan Aram & Alexander Lee 

Middleburg, Salamander Resort, Apr. 26, 2014 

June 11, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
July 9, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
August 13, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum