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Micro-Wedding: Cape Charles Tiny Livin

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A micro-wedding-styled photography shoot was held on August 26, 2023, at Cape Charles Tiny Livin in Cape Charles, Virginia. 

The Tiny Livin Village is conveniently located in the intimate beach town of Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It is 3 drive minutes from downtown Cape Charles and is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. 

The venue owners, Eric and Sylvia Hawkins, collaborated with the photographer, Kristin Lorraine, to bring the intimate photo shoot to life.

Being new to the area and wanting to establish relationships with vendors, I was delighted to partner with Eric and Sylvia,” said Kristin. “I served as the event’s creative director and photographer.”

“The fundamental motivation behind the shoot was to create awareness of this hidden gem,” Kristin said. “We wanted to showcase what an excellent choice this venue is for couples planning a micro-wedding.”

The venue is a beautiful 4-acre property with 10 handcrafted tiny homes designed for adventurers, micro-wedding throwers, and road trippers,” said Eric. “My wife, Sylvia, decorated each tiny house and our whimsical greenhouse for wedding ceremonies.”

“If you are looking for a picturesque backdrop for your micro-wedding, look no further,” Sylvia said. “We are here to help plan your wedding in our greenhouse.” “You will be surrounded by lush greenery and natural light, creating a beautiful and cozy atmosphere for you and your guests.” “With our tiny house rentals, you can create a unique and unforgettable wedding experience in our stunning coastal setting.”

“In the 1930s through 1970s, the property was a thriving business with a gas station, a restaurant, and 14 tiny houses,” said Eric. “In April of 2021, after 40 years of abandonment, we modernized most of the tiny houses.” “We have taken something old and made something new.” “This is a dream come true for us.” “Sylvia and I transitioned to a tiny home lifestyle over 16 years ago, long before it was fashionable.”

Drone Image above.

“Initially, we created the Village only as an Airbnb, but with the onset of COVID-19, we knew adding a micro-wedding option was not only a great business decision but one we had a great passion for,” Eric said. 

The models for the shoot were Marquita Bianca Brown and Charles Brown II. “We selected this couple because they had responded to a micro-wedding give-a-way we offered in 2023,” Eric said.

The photo below shows the original structure.


VENUE: Cape Charles Tiny Livin – @CapeCharlesTinyLivin

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristin Lorraine Photography – @KristinLorrainePhotography

VIDEOGRAPHY: Red Door Creative, LLC – @Reddoor_Creative_Marketing

CREATIVE DESIGN: Kristin Lorraine Photography – @KristinLorrainePhotography

FLORALS: Harris Teeter – @harristeeter

MODELS: Marquita Bianca Brown – @marquitabianca and Charles Brown II – @darknightent

DRONE: Kristin Lorraine Photography – @KristinLorrainePhotography

GOWN: EWedded – @EWedded

ACCESSORIES: EWedded – @EWedded

SHOES: EWedded – @EWedded

HAIR & MAKEUP: Marquita Bianca Brown – @marquitabianca

FORMALWEAR: Men’s Warehouse – @menswarehouse

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond Virginia, Fredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The Shenandoah Valley, Coastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Debra Shepperson

Debra is a native of Virginia, having lived in both Roanoke and Richmond. She is the co-owner of Relish – Say I Do!! Officiant & Photographer. She is an artist who aims to create ceremony scripts and capture photos that evoke positive emotional responses, inspire others, and deliver nostalgia. Debra holds a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth and an undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University, Florida. Before gaining more than ten years of wedding-related experience, Debra was a human resource executive. She has been happily married to the co-owner of Relish for more than 20 years.