Archive for August, 2012
You saw just a taste of the evening a few posts back and hope it conveyed in some small sense the humor and drama that was on display from Chris and Morgan. From the lighting plans to the table themes to the raw energy that these two families can put out…wow. Morgan and Chris incorporated their love of mid-century kitch, the Boston-to-Richmond family connections, their theatrical talents, and a simple ability to throw one hell of a party. It’s been a ride, you two. From concept to planning to the actual day, we enjoyed every minute.
And here’s a list of many of the folks who made it a night to remember: Wendy Wyne and the cast of Fete Studio, Blue Steel Lighting, The John Marshall Ballrooms, Homemade’s by Suzanne, Shyndigz, and DJ lil’e.
In the first of two wedding posts today, we bring you Kelsi and Andrew with their intimate and emotional day at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. I think it’s a hidden little gem in northern Henrico for those looking at a unique layout and many different options for both ceremony and reception spaces. I have a personal attachment to it because it was the first place I ever taught photography, those poor students….
I had know, Nick, the bride’s father, for some time going back to our days together in the corporate world (wow was that a long time ago now), and I was thrilled when he called me to talk about his oldest daughter’s wedding. There was so much about him and our conversations that told me just how much he loved Kelsi and, while he wasn’t looking forward to the day he gave her away, that in Andrew she had found a wonderful man. When the day came there were tears all around followed by just as much fun, dancing, and laughter. To both families, thank you for the time you shared with me and we wish all the best to Kelsi and Andrew. Enjoy!
Since we just got a great look at Jenni and Bruce on their wedding day AND because I haven’t posted an engagement session in ages, I figure I’d start with this one. The recently Mr. and Mrs. live in Hawaii so getting together for their session was pretty much impossible before they came to town to get hitched. So, here you have it; a decidedly Richmond session for a way out west couple. Jenni and Bruce Ayers…congratulations again and so glad to get to know you both.
So, yes. It was just a bit hot on for Jenni and Bruce on their wedding day. But 105 degrees (and just a tad bit of perspiration) couldn’t stop this darling couple from having the time of their lives on the shores of the Brandermill reservoir. You’ll notice how Jenni crafted a fun nautical theme, right down to their HUGE cupcake, that was woven through the entire day. They took full advantage of the wonderful view, their crazy friends, and their loving and dance-happy families. We can’t say enough good things about the entire day and thank the Seese and Ayres families for making us feel like one of them for the entire event. Say “aloha” to Mr. and Mrs. Ayres as they make their way back from their honeymoon to their home in Hawaii. Tough life, huh? Enjoy!
The quiet drive to the Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan, VA down the green tree lined road is a great reminder that you’re not in Richmond anymore. The Mill has a bit of a retreat feel to it, yet it’s only about 30 minutes from the downtown. And it’s probably a good thing we were a bit removed from society because I don’t think we’ve seen quite this much energy from a crowd this size in a long time. Given Julie’s family’s obvious roots in Scotland we knew there might be a wee bit of dancing and revelry, but Bobby’s family held up their end of the bargain as well. Thank you to both families for your hospitality and the honor of being there for you. And, of course, a big thank you to Lisa, Colleen, and the staff of The Mill at Fine Creek for their dedication to an elegant event and delicious food.
Here is just a little bitty sample of what could be the best produced, directed, and acted party in the history of wedding receptions. Chris and Morgan had a great vision and plan for their friends and guests to have the best time possible. There is so much more to show, but while we work on the rest of the images from this crazy night, enjoy the view.
I got to know our newest couple, Sara and James, over the course of several hours walking along the canals and islands of Richmond’s downtown. It was during their engagement session I learned about their relationship, their plans, and their love of their new hometown of Omaha, NE. We were so lucky they decided to head back to Richmond for their wedding day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been a part of one of the craziest wedding days in recent history. We endured heat, lightning, thunder, rain, and several generator meltdowns throughout the evening. But, nothing could ruin the day for anyone. The party went on and, by the end, everyone left happy and spent. The ceremony was at the always lovely St. James Episcopal Church on Franklin Street and the reception was held in the Gillette garden at Sabot at Stony Point.