When the Director of the Richmond’s Historic Garden Week, with the Garden Club of Virginia, gets married – you can bet there were a lot of beautiful floral decorations incorporated into this backyard wedding. Dave, being a videographer, staged every detail – even the cloud coverage for beautiful light! The couple began their day with a morning ceremony in the backyard of there home. In the presence of family they were married by the friend who brought them together. They wanted to emphasize that their marriage was the blending of their two families and Karen’s daughters had the special role of walking their mother down the aisle. In the evening they hosted a party at the Kent-Valentine House, the headquarters for the Garden Club of Virginia. The family celebrated with friends from all over the globe who flew in to be a part of this couple’s special day.With Mosaic catering and a special gift by a friend who happens to own Belmont Butchery , they all enjoyed amazing food in a stunningly classic, Richmond setting.
On a Saturday that was forecast to be filled with downpours and storms, Nissa and Mike hoped for the best. Better than best; what they got was a gorgeous mountain side wedding day, filled with perfectly soft light and plenty of love to go around. Nissa had planned a ceremony that was not only was it one of the sweetest we’ve ever seen, she made it look effortless. We know and love Nissa from our days in art school, and true to form, her wedding was nothing short of magical.
We started our afternoon exploring the enchanting property they reserved for the weekend. Words can’t describe what a gem this location is: both elegant and modern, the building feels like it was always meant to be a part of the landscape. (you can read more about it’s sustainability and history here).
The locations were endless; we could have photographed this sweet couple for hours!
With the rain holding off, Nissa and Mike were able to hold their ceremony in a small clearing in the woods. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, it felt like moment straight out of a fairy tale…
Nissa & Mike, we wish you a million happy years together!
Location: One Nest
Cake: Katyee Trudeau
Catering: Farm to Feast
Skirt, Vintage Oscar de la Renta
Top, Couture by LK Design
Hannah & Rob are the sort of couple who make you believe that the world is a good place. They resonate love, to each other, and to everyone they meet. We were thrilled to be included in their wedding day. It was filled to the brim with adorable details; they pulled off the country fair theme with such style, we couldn’t get enough photos of the details!
From the homemade photo booth to the lawn games & blue ribbon pies, it was all beautiful. But nothing shined brighter than Hannah & Rob, as they promised each other forever on the very property where Hannah’s parents had said their vows many years ago. Hannah & Rob, we wish you a million happy years together!
Have you ever been around a couple that just can’t stop making eyes at each other, making one-another laugh constantly, and who are without a doubt madly in love? Meet Brian and Emily! In early April, after a long and harsh winter we arrived at New Kent Winery. They saw their last snowfall for the year only one week earlier. The weather had finally made a turn towards spring! The sun was out, the weather was an amazing low-70’s, and it was gearing up to fabulous day to have an outdoor ceremony.
Brian and Emily met through mutual friends and immediately hit it off. Their first date was at a wine bar so they naturally picked this charming location for their wedding. Brian’s proposal was so sweet. Emily used to leave Brian love notes in the mornings before going to work since she left the house earlier then him. On Emily’s birthday last year, Brian took her to a nice restaurant. When they got home, Emily found a carved wooden box with a picture of the two of them on the table. When she opened it she found the ring box and to her surprise all the love notes she had left him. She says she didn’t even know he had save them.
The vineyard had a golf cart waiting for the portrait session after the ceremony. This adventurous couple was excited to take full advantage of the vineyard’s beautiful setting for their pictures. After family formals we hopped on the golf cart and circulated around the grounds of the winery getting a tone of pictures of these two love birds right as the sun began to set. These two knew photography was very important to them and planned accordingly, giving us lots of time to get a variety of shots and locations for their pictures.
We want to give a huge shout-out to Mosaic Restaurant. They always do an incredible job decorating in addition to having amazing food! So at this point in the evening these two were ready to celebrate with their family and friends. And their family and friends were ready to dance! Congratulations Emily and Brian!
Location: New Kent Winery | Catering: Mosaic Catering
Officient: Mallie Murray | Florist: FloraWork (Annette)
Transportation: TNT Limo | Hair & Makeup: Lou Stevens
Cake: Sorry folks, it was a talented family friend!
In the beautiful gardens of Gari Melchars Home and Studio at Belmont, Ki Soon and Andrea became husband and wife. The romantic setting was in full bloom on April 26 when these two said ‘I do.’ Tulips and lilac filled your senses. The site is the preserved home, studio, and gardens of the painter Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne.
It was important to honor Ki Soon’s Korean heritage in the wedding. Most of their family members traveled long distances to celebrate with these two including Korea and Germany. Several of their guests including Ki Soon’s mother dressed in traditional Korean formal wear for the occasion.
After the ceremony the couple had planned for lots of time to stroll the gardens for pictures of the two of them. We couldn’t get enough!
Above is a traditional Korean wedding pose Ki Soon made sure we captured!
The first half of the reception was celebrated with US wedding traditions. For the second half the couple changed into traditional Korean wedding gowns and were lead through a Paebaek ceremony. Paebaek is a Korean wedding ritual where the groom’s family formally accepts the bride into their home. The practice has been modernized and relatives on both sides of the family are invited to participate and offer the couple their blessings.
Family members, starting from the groom’s parents, then the bride’s parents and then on to more distant relatives, will take their turn sitting in front of the table laden with various edibles and tea, to receive their bow from the couple. The bride and groom serve tea or rice wine to each set of parents and relatives after they bow. The parents and relatives in turn, offer words of wisdom and blessings to the couple. They also toss them money to start the new couple on their way. The couple will attempt to catch dates and chestnuts as the parents throw them toward’s the bride’s apron. According to legend, the number of dates and chestnuts caught signify how many girls and boys they will bear. Finally, as a public display of his strength, the groom carries his new bride on his back around the table. More information can be found on the Paebaek ceremony here. We loved learning about this tradition mixed with thoughtful and fun rituals!
Location: Gari Melchars Home and Studio at Belmont | Catering: Caroline Street Catering
Pies: Paul’s Bakery | Florist: Garden Heirlooms of Fredericksburg Virginia
Paebaek Ceremony: Rose Hanbok, Annadale Virginia | Hair & Makeup: Lisa G Salon
Officiant: Pamela A Mann, Heart Star Ceremonies | Musicians: Fredericksburg String Quartet
Dress: Davids Bridal
On Saturday evening, with the sun starting to dip in the sky, we photographed a ceremony at New Kent Winery. At the end of the night, we felt lucky to be starting our season with such a perfect wedding. Emily & Brian had all the right ingredients; madly in love, family and friends to celebrate with, and a gorgeous setting in which their day could unfold. But there was one thing that really made this wedding stand out. It wasn’t the decadent food stations or her elegant wedding dress (although both of which were incredible!!). The best part of the night was how Emily and Brian set aside an entire hour just for bride & groom portraits. It may not sound like much, but in wedding day time, it’s huge. Time for portraits is like gold to photographers!
It meant having the time to make a good shot into a great shot. It meant we could give the couple all the photos they imagined, and then some. It gave us the freedom to play a little bit, to push beyond what we normally expect out of a portrait session. Most of all, it gave Emily and Brian something tangible that they’ll be able to treasure for the rest of their lives. Because once the dress is put away, once the last slice of cake has been eaten, and the presents have all been unwrapped, the photos will stand the test of time. The couple portraits are the photos that most capture the essence of the day. It all boils down to a love story between two people, and the more time you give to those photos, the more you’ll receive. Besides, who wouldn’t mind spending a little extra time snuggling with their brand new spouse?
We hope you’ll take this into consideration as you plan your day. Think about making the investment of time. Trust us, we know you want to get to the cocktail hour, the first dances, go get the party started! Just remember, the room that you make for the portraits will pay off tenfold. Decades down the road, when you’re showing your album to your grandkids, you’ll be so glad you did.
We’ll have more of Emily & Brian’s gorgeous winery wedding coming soon, but for now here’s a favorite from the portrait session!
Cristena and Paul are the type of couple that make everything fun. From the first time we met over craft beer and glasses of wine, their light-hearted nature was apparent, and it really showed through on their wedding day! Cristena had a refreshingly laid-back approach to her planning- she requested that instead of meeting them for prep photos, we arrive right before the ceremony began. It was fun to jump right into the action! The neighborhood in northside of Richmond was perfect for a backdrop for a fall wedding.
Their faces as the walked toward each other…so much love! Surrounded by their family and dearest friends, Cristena and Paul promised each other forever. We love that moment with a couple who has been married for exactly one minute!
While the guests headed to the reception to enjoy cocktails, we spent some time photographing the fabulous bridal party. They say you can tell a lot about a couple by the people they spend their time with- if that’s true, it confirms Cristena and Paul are wonderful people. Perfect example: Cristena’s bridesmaid Jessica opened the doors of her gorgeous home to host the wedding. What a true friend! We stole away a little more time for couple portraits- always our favorite part of the day. When Cristena described her wedding dress to us, we knew it would be beautiful, but she made it simply breathtaking! Doesn’t she look absolutely stunning? The bride & groom were greeted with warm wishes and happy cheers as they entered the reception- they were ready to celebrate!
Every detail had a memorable touch. Even the pool was dressed for the occasion! When Paul surprised his wife by playing and singing a song he wrote for her, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
One of the benefits of having two lead photographers is complete coverage of tender moments. One of the following photos is from Jenny’s camera and the other is from Allison. The party was a total blast, perfect for such vibrant couple. Paul and Cristena, thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you. Cheers to many happy years together!