Driving down the long winding paths to the homes in Charles City it’s easy to get lost in the charm and history. When we finally arrived at this beautiful home on the James River, we definitely got lost in the intimate feel of this private estate. Stables, farms, an old plantation home, a beautiful view of Virginia’s most famous waterway…being wedding photographers certainly affords you the chance to soak in so many wonderful locations.
But the power of a wedding day isn’t in the backdrop, however lovely. It’s in the people – the interactions and the expressions – that are unique to each couple and all the people gathered around them. And this is where we think you’ll see why we were so excited to be with Edith and Eric. There was never a time when we didn’t feel a genuine expression of who they were as individuals and as a couple.
And we want to give a special thanks to the lovely ladies at Glint Events for their coordination and support. Always a pleasure, Kate and staff! Enjoy the images.
It seems only fitting that this classically beautiful pair should tie the knot at one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Richmond (or anywhere else for that matter) and have an equally sophisticated and timeless party for their nearest and dearest at the always-exquisite Jefferson Hotel.
Marie and Brad have an easy comfort with each other that, naturally, made our job all the more enjoyable as we spent the day witnessing their love for one another, and the joy of the family and friends that surrounded them. And CCS Events was there to be sure that all the bride and groom had to do was soak it in.
At the heart of this collection lie moments of candid beauty, stolen glances, and expressions of pure joy. Take a moment with these images won’t you? You won’t regret it.
Nikki and Tripp planned a beautiful affair for their family and friends to enjoy that simply embodied their home town of Richmond, Virginia. There were many moments to be admired during their celebration, but we might be a little partial to a certain staircase photograph that you’ll see below that just might be one of our favorites, ever. But perhaps we should let you decide.
Thank you to the Jefferson Hotel which provided not only the gorgeous backdrop for the wedding reception, but also the great food, cake and flowers. The talented stylists at Avenue 42 dolled up the bridal party, while Blue Steel Lighting Design created a lovely atmosphere and Eric Cunningham provided great tunes for the party.
It means more than you can imagine when we get to develop a relationship with a family over the years as their life changes, their children grow, and they experience all of the happy milestones that life brings. Marla’s family is one of those whom we have photographed many times, nearly from the beginning of our careers as photographers. And as you might guess, we were beyond thrilled that when the time came for their first family wedding, we were the people they chose to capture another chapter of their family history.
This wedding is filled to the brim with love, emotion, and some of the sweetest, most delicate details that are the very definition of classically beautiful. Dover Hall Estate was the perfect backdrop for the many rich traditions that were shared by Marla and Josh with so many of their family and friends there to witness and share their joy.
We love all of the gorgeous wedding inspiration that the ladies over at Tidewater and Tulle share on the regular – if you’ve never visited their blog it’s definitely one to check out! We are thrilled that our recent collaboration with Fete Weddings was featured there. Click over to this link for all of the details:
A peek at some of the fabulous ideas this inspiration shoot incorporates:
Many couples find themselves wishing for more time and space to focus on one another and only their nearest and dearest, and holding a smaller ceremony is one way to do just that. Kate and Justin held a beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony in early spring in the timelessly beautiful courtyard of the Commonwealth Club. With only their closest family and friends in attendance, the excitement of the day was focused on one big thing – their love for one another. The opportunities for capturing true emotion are so rich during these special gatherings and it makes being part of them one of our favorite things.
BUT never fear party lovers – these two also have plans to throw a fabulous party in celebration of their marriage, getting the best of both worlds! We can’t wait to be there with them once again later this spring for “part 2” of their celebration. Until then, here is a peek at their wedding day.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I don’t stray far in to the personal aspects of being a wedding photographer. I like to keep things even and make it about the people and the places; the things that make the wedding day happen and make our couples happy. Besides, Lindsay and I lead perfectly normal and happy lives for photographers and studio owners. We work our tails off, we raise our two beautiful daughters, and we enjoy our play time. So…what’s to say?
It has been twelve years since Lindsay and I shot our first wedding together and 400 weddings later we’re still at it, still loving every second of it, and can’t wait for the next twelve years and more. We do often wonder, Lindsay and I, how we can keep up the energy to shoot a very demanding wedding schedule each year, often travelling multiple weeks of the year and sometimes shooting two or three weddings in a weekend. For those that think wedding photography is easy, one work day a week, money, I would love to buy you lunch and give you a short 17 hour talk about what goes in to running a successful wedding photography studio 🙂
So what makes it worth it? The answer is…couples like Sarah and Dan.
When you get to know two people like we did them, get to know their families, their friends…it’s easy to see how even at the end of a busy year we look forward to the Saturdays. The Zelenkos and the Astrops, starting with Sarah and Dan of course, were incredible from start to finish. When you truly feel like a member of the family on the wedding day, it’s so much easier to capture all the emotions and hilariousness. It all happens right in front of you, all around you, and you just have to keep your eyes open and smile while you nail great smile after great cry after funny dance move. It’s a shame that I can’t share everything we did for them that day, but I hope you enjoy what’s here all the same.
Lindsay and I had remarked to each other on several occasions this past year at how amazing our couples were in 2015. From start to finish, weekend after weekend, we just simply had fun. Effe and Brian were one of those couples from this past year and a prime example of why this has been one of our favorite years. First, they had that combination of quirky and happy that you live to work with. And that charm and personality was also present in the guests and especially the families. Secondly, when you’re spending the better part of an entire day with people, mixed with the already intimate nature of photographing people, it’s lovely to feel welcome. Effe and Brian made us feel like part of their family in a way that not only makes the photography that much easier, but actually better. Last, but certainly not least, you have the always stunning Mt. Ida Farms. While I would have photographed these two in a cave by candlelight, it certainly helps to have that perfect late Fall sunset over the mountains of Charlottesville, Virginia as a backdrop.
Enjoy these selected moments from the day.