Posted on Aug 01, 2017
Posted in weddings

There are certain things you expect on a wedding day – you expect two people to get married and you expect them to have a party.  There are certainly a thousand other little details that go in to it, some which take months of planning in fact, but that is the essence.  Everything before, in between, and after those two things is what gives the day its particular character and charm.  I feel that my job, at least one of several rather important ones, is to capture that character and charm in the form of still images.  In my not-so-humble opinion, it’s the job of every wedding photographer to not simply check the boxes as if every weekend is the same.  No two people, no two couples, and no two weddings have the same story.  And that is also why after 13 years and over 400 weddings…I still absolutely love what I do.

On that note, the highest compliment I can receive is when a prospective bride and groom tell me that, even though they don’t know the couple in the pictures, they feel like they know them. It means that I’ve done what I set out to do – to reveal the particular character and charm of the day.  In the case of Abby and Curt…honestly I did my absolute best.  There is just so much story.  Abby and Curt and their young relationship that took some twists and turns.  The accident that almost took Abby, her triumphant recovery and Curt staying by her side through it all.  Their love story that culminated in this day.  Look at their faces as Dad and then Curt see her for the first time.  The special dance she performs for him to tell him how much he means to her.  The sheer spectacle of emotions and laughter.

Did I say I love what I do?  I’m not sure that’s strong enough.  I hope it shows.  I think it does.

 

Ceremony and Reception:  Dover Hall Estate

Event Planning and Design:  Events by Elizabeth Palmer

Catering:  Mosaic

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals

Florals:  Coleman Brothers

Cake Artist:  Sweet Fix

Hair and Make-up:  Black Bird Salon

Dress:  Family Heirloom redesigned by Fariba Designs

 

 

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Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Posted in weddings

As you may already know, one of the loveliest things about being a wedding photographer is how it often brings you to places you wouldn’t expect.  Abigail, who found us through one of our dear past couples, is from Houston, TX.  Oscar hails from Palm Springs, CA.  So, what do you do when you want to provide a great middle ground for friends and family to get together for a beautiful wedding day?  Well, you pick the quaint little Alabama town of Auburn, of course 🙂

Given that neither of them went to school there nor grew up there, I obviously had to ask.  Although the Smiths are from Houston, her grandmother and grandfather are graduates of the university.  And it just so happens that Abigail’s grandmother, Jule Collins Smith, happens to be the namesake of the fine arts museum at Auburn.  So, what better way is there to honor and remember family while also choosing what turned out to be an absolutely stunning backdrop for the reception.

We have to say a big thank you to Lauren and Jason Miller, the wonderful couple that introduced us to Abigail. It was lovely seeing you two, as always.  Let’s make getting together at weddings a habit, OK?  And I also promised one of our photographer friends here in Richmond, Brad and Allie Strouse of Strouse Photography that I’d give a little “WAR EAGLE” shout out on the blog.  I’ll expect a number of very loud and angry “ROLL TIDE” messages (GEAUX Tigers will also be in large supply, I’m sure) in my inbox shortly.  So thank you Brad and Allie 🙂

 

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Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Posted in weddings

It’s damn near impossible to try to encapsulate an entire year in just one post, slideshow, or really anything short of a 12 week series.  But, I’m going to share this with you and keep in mind…there are a ton of images here.  We just could not cut it down any further and still feel like we represented the broad range of beautiful locations, wonderful couples, and completely stunning designs and details.

So, if you have a minute and a great cup of coffee or glass of wine, then take the time to share in our 2016.  We hope you can feel and see how much we love what we do in each and every image.

Happy New Year to everyone.  We hope it’s your best so far.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2016
Posted in weddings

Before you click on the “More” link to view this entire blog post, I want you to take a moment to enjoy the details.  The flowers and shoes, the gazebo and the raindrops, the dress – Every bit of it tells part of the story of this wedding day and it’s important.  Color and design, so many different “small” decisions that go in to a wedding day that speak to the way the bride and groom want their guests to experience their wedding.

But I want you to forget about that for the time being and focus on what comes next.  With the sheer volume of information about weddings available online, on television, in print, it’s very easy to get caught up in the details and stop there.  It’s also easy to get caught up in beautiful, sun-drenched portraits of couples in sweet afternoon sunlight.  With a few exceptions due to weather or time of day, I can make you look like you were photographed in a wild-flower filled valley north of Santa Barbara.  That’s certainly one advantage of hiring an experienced photographer.

But it’s not the point of it all, is it?  No.  Not to me.

If you remember the weekend of October 8th, you’ll recall that Hurricane Matthew was dousing Richmond with rain and there was no end in sight, at least not for any weekend plans.  Every wedding with some sort of outdoor theme or event was being quickly moved to Plan B.  And what bride who has decided to have an outdoor wedding has not cringed at the thought of the very scenario we were faced with on this wedding day.  

So what do we do?  It’s simple.  We all go have a wedding.  We celebrate the start of a marriage.  If rain is the only problem, you still have absolutely every other wonderful thing.  And as a photographer who thinks your wedding story should be YOUR wedding story and not my idealized version of it, I’m going to find every little moment, every great angle, and make a collection of images that will make my couples smile every time they pull out their album or stop to stare at their galleries.  Rain is part of the story.  Wet shoes, and mad dashes from car to tent is part of your story.

So here we introduce Christine and Joey.  Once you skip past those lovely colorful details I created an entire story to reflect the power of their day, them as a couple, and each as lovely and happy individuals.  I went back to my roots of black and white to make everything about expressions, and emotions – distilling the moments down to their best essence.  What you’ll see are two people very much in love with their soggy, gray sky day and with each other.  You’ll see a whole host of family and friends who simply want to enjoy these newlyweds, their hours-old marriage, and a fantastic party.

What you have, is the essence of a wedding, and the real reason you want us there.

Enjoy.

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Event Planning and Design:  CCS Events

Rentals:  Party Perfect

Florist:  Photosynthesis Floral Design

Cake Artist:  The Mixing Bowl Bakery

Entertainment:  Dance Candy

Lighting Design:  Lighting Professors

Hair and Make-up:  Avenue 42 Style Studio

Paper:  Minted

Dress Salon:  Tiffany’s Bridal

Bridemaid’s attire:  BHLDN

Groom’s Attire:  Suitsupply

 

 

 

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Posted on Dec 01, 2016
Posted in weddings

 As a photographer my main goal, my purpose as an artist really, is to reveal great stories.  That’s what weddings are, the beginning of a lifetime for two people together – the first in a series of amazing stories.  So where I choose to look, the moment that I choose to press that shutter button, is exactly the story that will be told.  

Think about that for just one moment.  I’ll wait.

Yep, that’s right.  When you look at a photographer’s work, it doesn’t reflect everything that was happening around them.  No artistic medium known can do that.  What you are truly seeing is how that photographer feels about the world around them and, in particular, that event.   And while I would love to hear your thoughts on my personal psychological profile after browsing this blog and my website I’ll go ahead and take it from here.  

I love people.  I love interactions.  I love crowds. I am at my best when I am surrounded by fun, happy, authentic people.  I didn’t go in to photography thinking that I’d be hanging out with brides 40 times a year.   But I’m really glad I shot that first one, because 13 years later I’m pretty pleased with how it’s all going.

Which brings us to Anna and Matt and this classic, elegant – yet fun and relaxed – wedding day.  From start to finish there was just this great energy.  On that day, everyone in attendance could tell you this was an exceptionally hot day even for Richmond in the Summer.  But can you tell?  I can’t.  In fact, I had to be reminded.  Not even the San Franciscans who flew across the country to experience the textbook definition of suffocating humidity, looked the least bit unhappy.  Look at that first look between Anna and her father.  See that expression as the couple leaves the ceremony as husband and wife for the first time.  And…that reception tent was rocking.

 

Take a moment and enjoy just this small selection from Anna’s and Matt’s day.  See if you enjoy their story as much as I do.

Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation

Day-Of Coordination:  Windy Jennings of LK Events and Design

Catering and Cake:  A Pimiento

Floral Design:  Terry White

Entertainment:  Trademark

Lighting Design and Tenting:  Skyline Tent Company

Make-up, Hair Salon and Styling:  Elle Style Studio

Dress Designer:  Rue De Seine

Dress Salon:  Lovely Bride – San Francisco

Bride’s Shoes:  Stuart Weitzman

Bridesmaid’s Attire:  Amsale

Groom’s Attire:  Indochino

 

 

 

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Posted on Nov 24, 2016
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Isn’t it awful when you have a beautiful and hilarious couple, stunning venues, and a perfect Fall afternoon?  Just terrible.  

Seems in poor taste to point out our good fortune like this, but it’s actually to make a point about what all that actually means.  Yes, absolutely.  I will definitely take a well appointed ballroom over a cinder block basement.  Who wouldn’t?  But is that really what makes a wedding and, more to the matter at hand, wedding photographs jump off the page?  Not to me it doesn’t.  

 

I’ll take that basement over that ballroom if you fill it with happy people that are truly enjoying themselves.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to choose.  Will and Heather are two of the most genuine and genuinely fun people you’ll meet.  St. Peters (amazingly our first trip there) is a truly lovely cathedral.  Their friends kept us rolling all day and evening and the party didn’t disappoint.  Ok.  Yeah.  I might be bragging a bit now.  I’ll stop.

Enjoy the images and check out the links from many of the vendors that helped with this perfect wedding day.

Ceremony:  St. Peters Catholic Church

Reception:  The Country Club of Virginia

Floral Design:  Tommy’s Garden

Cake Artist:  Gourmand Bakery

Ceremony Music:  Belle Arte Quartet

Entertainment:  Klaxton Brown Band

Hair Stylist:  Mango

Make-up Artist:  Michael Pressnermango ha

Dress Designer:  Anne Barge

Dress Salon:  Annalise Bridal

Bride’s Shoes:  Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaid’s Attire:  Bella Bridesmaid/Amsale

Groom’s Attire:  Alton Lane

Groom’s Shoes:  Smythe and Digby

 

 

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Posted on Nov 23, 2016
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Sometimes it seems as if the stars aligned in just the right way on a perfect day for the perfect couple. Except, what we know is that it is actually the couple themselves that came together and no matter on which day it might be, they would make a moment – or an entire series of moments – magical. Such was the case for Jessica and Christian. It was hard to imagine that you were not in a dreamy wedding wonderland with these two, because their joy was so infectious, and that of their family and friends so much the same, that one couldn’t help but get caught up in it. Take a look at these images and tell us you don’t agree – we dare you!

Some of the impeccable vendors that Jessica and Christian enlisted to pull off their celebration included:

Historic Mankin Mansion

White House Catering

Florals by The Green Flamingo

Rentals from Paisley & Jade

Cake created by Sugar & Salt

Music from Eric Cunningham at Debonaire Entertainment

Monique Lhuillier bridal gown via Alfred Angelo

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Posted on Nov 22, 2016
Posted in weddings

Family and friends.  Family and friends.  No matter what is said about weddings – the pomp, the circumstance, the dazzle of dress and shoes – it always comes back to those two most critical things.  You could only spend about three minutes with Francesca before you realized she epitomized everything you hear about Italians and family.  And right then I knew…keep your eyes open Don.  There’s going to be some crazy beautiful emotion about to take place.  And I was not disappointed in the least.  Just take one look at her father seeing her for the first time as a bride.  How do you not fall in love with weddings each and every weekend when you see something like that?

And for all the weddings we’ve shot all over Richmond and the state of Virginia, this was our first visit to the ballroom of the Altria theater.  It’s quite simply a beautiful space with inherent charm that you can’t fake.  Check out the way The Lighting Professors and Swoon Soiree transformed that classic space in to an impromptu ceremony of lights.  It’s pretty stunning.

And as always, please check out the list of folks who made the day possible and spend a little time on their sites.   After mine, of course 🙂

Event Planning and Design:  Lauren Purcell of Swoon Soiree

Catering:  Savor

Entertainment:  Debonaire Entertainment and Gary Gauldin

Florist:  Vogue Flowers

Cake Artist:  Candy Valley Cake Company

Dress Designer:  Roz La Kelin

Dress Salon:  Ava Laurenne Bride

Lighting Design:  The Lighting Professors

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