It’s pretty difficult for us to believe, but Lindsay and I have been photographing weddings for almost eleven years now. You’d think there’d be a ton of nostalgia surrounding this profession, but honestly it’s almost really difficult when your job is to be right there, in the present. But if there’s one thing that will take us back, it’s getting the call from a family that you’ve come to know and love like the Snee family. With three beautiful daughters, the Snees have made us a part of their clan by inviting us to be there for each and every one as they move in to the ranks of the married. We still have one more to go (see you soon, Monica!), but now it’s time to introduce you to Amanda and her new husband Zach. Can’t wait to see you all again, Snee family!
To follow up on the Style Me Pretty post for Anne and Greg, we’d love to share a little bit more from their wonderful wedding. If you’ve been following us for a while (and we hope you have or make it a new habit), then you know how much we love authentic moments. Sure, sure. Portraits are lovely and details are divine. And when you have a wedding blog pick up your wedding they are clearly very interested in showing off the unique nature of the wedding planning, the flowers, etc. Here at Don Mears Photography, population Don and Lindsay, we believe that the foundation of great photography is that one brief period of time when expression and circumstance come together to make something special.
We are so thrilled! Style Me Pretty just posted this beautiful wedding at River Road Baptist Church and The Dominion Club in beautiful Glen Allen, VA. The flowers are by Tommy’s Garden. The cake is by Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe. Anne’s dress is from Bliss Bridal with the bridesmaids’ gowns coming from Jingles Bridal Salon. Anne’s hair was done by Lauren at Hair Theater.
You can find the full post here: Romantic Virginia Wedding at the Dominion Club.
The link to the Style Me Pretty image gallery is here: Anne and Greg – Style Me Pretty Image Gallery
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More wonderful moments from the wedding day are coming soon!
A.J. and Diane came to us after we shot A.J.’s sister’s wedding on New Year’s Eve a couple of years ago. Click here to check that one out, too. It’s always great to see familiar faces and it’s certainly an honor getting invited back to work with the family after the first wedding. Lindsay and I were also excited to be returning to the beautiful Ebenezer Baptist Church in Jackson Ward. An underrated part of being a wedding photographer is getting to experience first hand the foundations of many communities, its churches. Richmond definitely has its share and few bring more rich history than this one. Following the ceremony, it was off to another Richmond foundation; the Jefferson Hotel and its newly renovated Empire ballroom. To the Jackson and Satlzburg families, we want to say thank you again for having us and we can’t wait to work with you again.
Ahh, moments. In a world full of snapshots and snapchats, I think a great moment captured well means all that much more. It’s not that I don’t love camera phones and all the things that come with it. I use mine every day. The convenience is staggering compared to a point and shoot or the full professional rigs we bring to our weddings. It’s just that when it comes to an image that really brings you back to a point in time, fully and without any need to think, there’s no substitute for being there, being ready, and having the right gear.
So, with Kate, Davis, and the desire (as always) to find those perfect moments it was all a little too easy. You see, I’ve known these two for a while now. Of course it was an honor to be asked to shoot their wedding, but more than that I knew their personalities would make for some great stuff and quite a bit of it. Check it. You’ll see.
So this little gift dropped on our electronic doorstep recently. Our good friends and past wedding couple, Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, were featured in this past weekend’s edition of the New York Times because of their amazing flair and choice of vintage hats as a them for them and their guests.
Check out the link to the article and here are a few pics from their Manhattan engagement session and Mankin Mansion wedding.
Have a wonderful warm and sunny day!
Sometimes you just luck in to a day like this, but I’d like to think it wasn’t luck that Catherine and Steven found us and asked us to be their photographers. Lindsay and I have been at this photography thing for a while now and we are constantly asked about “bridezillas” and crazy wedding day stories. The truth is, we really don’t have any of those stories. That kind of friction happens when you end up with couples that don’t match their photographer.
When you put your real work out there, you’re putting your personality on display. So, when you come to this blog our to our website, you see who we are as photographers and as people. Because Lindsay and I are such sticklers for authentic moments and allowing every couple to just be themselves, I think we attract folks that “get it”. We work with people who enjoy us and vice versa. That way, the images are just an extension of the relationship.
Great relationship = great images. Easy math 🙂
Now we have what I consider to be a great way to spend an evening as a wedding photographer. A simple, classic, Richmond wedding with two icons of my favorite town, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and The Jefferson Hotel. This was a classic with a twist however, because Katie and Chris were such hams and so much fun to photograph that you could hardly call it a traditional affair. Enjoy all the great moments between these two, their friends, and their families and hope you have a wonderful week.