Inna & Peter's Wedding Preview | Veritas Winery Wedding Venue

Inna and Peter are just one of those couples! They have chemistry that is apparent when you first meet them and if you saw their engagement session you will know what I mean! I had so much fun spending the day with them at their Veritas Winery wedding this weekend. It was a warm day, but the sky was filled with beautiful clouds which let us take pictures all over the vineyards. Veritas has so many unique details and their reception room is so beautiful! It has such a warm glow to it and the white fabric draped along the ceilings and walls add to any wedding decor.

Inna had so many sparkling gold details for her wedding day. It started with the gold Jimmy Choo wedges a beautiful dress with so much detailing,  and then she changed into a different dress for their first dance. Speaking of their first dance, they took dance lessons before the wedding and they did an amazing job! The night ended with Inna and Peter being lifted into the air for a traditional Hora dance. Be on the lookout for their full blog post soon!!

 

Vendors:

Coordinator and flowers: Sara kite

Dress: ricca sposa

Bridesmaid dresses: Davids bridal

Hair and makeup: the spot beauty shop

Catering: Veritas

Invites: vistaprint

Favors: Honolulu cookies

Shuttles: easy riders bus co

Videography: Kelley van dilla

Dj: Dennis payne

Cake: pearls cupcakes

Donut truck: carpe donut

Photo booth: Shane showker

Dance lessons: Amy hontos dancemasters in petersburg

Second Shooter: Nikki Trent

Cassie & Robert's Wedding Preview | Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding

Cassie and Robert were married this weekend at Cross Keys Vineyard in Mt. Crawford, VA. It was such a beautiful day, the sky was full of clouds and it wasn't hot or cold..... just perfect for an outdoor wedding. I know Cassie and Robert are off on their tropical honeymoon but hopefully they will get a chance to peak in and see a few highlights from their wedding day.

 

Vendors

Flowers- Faded Poppy Wedding Coordinator- Ariel Watters Dress-Kleinfeld Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses- Bridal Impressions Suits-Lapel Hair and Make up- SAS Salon Cake- Jessica Cisler Catering- CrossKeys Vineyards Invitations- Minted Favors- Jessica Cisler

Jessica & Walt's Wintergreen Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Jessica and Walt chose one of the most beautiful locations on the east coast for their wedding day! Wintergreen Resort has so many picturesque spots for an outdoor wedding. The Blue Ridge mountains in the summer are full of greenery, but still look blue which is what makes them so beautiful. I love that they chose the mountains as the backdrop for their first look and ceremony. Mountain weddings are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Jessica and Walt chose beautiful colors of gray and yellow to accent the mountain scenery. So many perfect details for a summer wedding.

Their wedding day started at the Wintergreen spa for hair and make up and then back in the lodges for the final touches. The girls' lodge was full of light and rustic details. The flower girls were so sweet getting into their tulle dresses with big bows. Walt sent Jessica the sweetest wedding day gift and Jessica wore another very special bracelet for her wedding day, a gift from her late grandmother. The bridesmaids wore beautiful yellow jewelry to match their gray dresses and the guys looked so amazing in their yellow accented bow ties and pocket squares. Walt even added some yellow Converse sneakers to his wedding day wardrobe!

Jessica and Walt had their first look at the highest overlook at Wintergreen. With the mountains just peaking up in the background they had the sweetest first look. They laughed, kissed, talked, and shared a few sweet private moments before saying "I do". Jessica and Walt chose to do all their portraits before the ceremony so they could enjoy cocktail hour with their friends and family. Their cocktail hour was outside on the terrace again overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ski lifts at Wintergreen.  They had games for the kids and adults and some delicious looking appetizers too.

The reception was held indoors at the Skyline Pavillion. The tables were decorated with beautiful yellow flowers, lanterns, and wooden table numbers. There was a cupcake table filled with a variety of flavors, including chocolate bacon cupcakes! The room had a large dance floor which was filled with glow sticks late in the night and a lot of dancing! The entire night was full of energy and laughter and ended with a sparkler exit that almost didn't happen due to a few sprinkles! The guests were then invited to an after hours party which I'm sure just became more fun as the night went on.

I'm so excited to be doing a few more weddings at Wintergreen this year. Mountain weddings are unique in so many ways and they have a scenery that cannot be matched. I hope you all enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them!!

 

Wedding Vendors

Venue- Wintergreen Resort-  http://www.wintergreenresort.com/

The Faded Poppy- http://www.thefadedpoppy.com/

CCS Events-Planning- http://www.ccsevents.com/services.html

Prime time Sounds DJ- https://www.primetimesoundndj.com

Buttercream Dreams-  https://www.facebook.com/Buttercream-Dreams-LLC-103438683048182/
Second Shooter- Sarah Whitmore, Sarah Thomas Photography

Men's accessories by- http://www.mrkleankut.com/mens-accessories.html

Jess & Logan Outdoor Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Jess and Logan planned the most beautiful outdoor wedding. They lived and worked on the farm in Charlottesville for several years and wanted to be married there before moving off the property. The property at Oakencroft is breathtaking. There are mountain views and open fields for miles and it's the perfect location for an outdoor wedding. They chose a spot on the top of a hill for their ceremony and reception. Guests were invited to camp at the property just down the hill from the festivities. Outdoor summer weddings can be tricky to plan. There was an 80% chance of rain for ten days leading up to their outdoor wedding. The day before the wedding the chance of rain dropped to 20% and there was not a single drop of rain the entire day!! We did trade the rain for some very sunny and warm weather for their June wedding, but I'll take that over rain any day!

Jess, Logan, and their friends were a blast to work with. They were full of laughter and energy throughout the whole day and night. Their portraits show how much fun they were truly having and their wedding reception even included the limbo! Jess and Logan chose the wedding colors of plum, lavender, and sage to compliment the outdoor farm venue.  The bridesmaids and brides"man" also wore the most beautiful plum dresses and tie to compliment the groomsmen and their sage ties. They filled their reception with sage greenery and pops of plum flowers. Their naked cake and whoopie pies topped off the night along with an amazing sunset and a high energy sparkler exit. If you are planning a June wedding, or an outdoor wedding you will want to check out all the details of this blog post!!

 

Vendors

Second Shooter: Sierra McCray Photography

Florist: The Faded Poppy

Band: E3 (Sam Hill Entertainment)

Invitations: Jana Gamble (Stellajacksonmarketing)

Cater (and cake): Roadside Chive

Rentals: Gibson Rentals

Bus: Easy Riders Bus Company

Hair and makeup: Anne Marie and Co

Rings: Angelo Jewelry

Dress: Jeanette's Bridal

Bridesmaids: Weddington Way

Groomsmen: Combatgent

Desserts: Yoder's Country Market

Erin & Mike's Intimate Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Erin and Mike planned a very small and intimate wedding at The Local in Charlottesville. I spoke with Erin about their wedding over the phone but due to all the rain I was never able to meet them before their wedding for their engagement session. Walking into Erin's room on her wedding day I felt like I had already met her and hung out with her a few times!! She was calm and collective and stunning in her floral silk robe. I was so excited to begin capturing their day and to focus on the real moments and emotions. Erin and Mike only had one person with them getting ready which set the stage for their small and intimate wedding day. Their focus was on the relationships with those that were invited, and while their details were beautiful I knew the real beauty of their wedding day was in the moments happening before my eyes and I did my best to capture those moments.

The Local in Charlottesville is a quaint and unique wedding venue. Tucked away in a small neighborhood with a few other restaurants the scene is a mix or urban and country. Erin and Mike provided their guests with a three course meal from The Local's amazing menu. The food was so delicious!! They ate outdoors under a tent in long family style tables. Each place setting had not only handwritten place cards, but also hand written letters to each guest thanking them for coming! Now, this is something you don't see very often, if at all. Later in the evening they cut a naked cake decorated with berries. Friends made the crochet decorated embroidery hoops, the wooden candle holders, and the signage to hang in front of the wine bar. They also added a few lanterns, wooden chargers, and lots of candles to set a very intimate and romantic mood for their small wedding.

Vendors:

Photography- Christy McKee Photography

Florist - Aflorals.com

Rings - Adele Diamond

Bride's dress - David's Bridal

Matron of Honor dress -  J Crew Bridal

Suits - Maya Couture

Hair/Makeup - Chessy Hewitt of Blushing Brides

Cake - The Mad Batter

Catering - The Local

Invitations - Vistaprint (bride created)

Decor - Hylin McAndrews of HyHopes Natural Creations

DJ - David Verde of DV Entertainment

Meaghan & Matt Engagement | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share Meaghan and Matt's engagement session! First because they are two of the most cheerful people I have met and it was just so much fun being around them. Second they were my first couple that chose to do a documentary style engagement session!! I always send each couple an engagement questionnaire before their session to help us plan the session, and to get to know them a little better. Meaghan mentioned that they enjoy visiting the local wineries in Charlottesville and doing wine tastings so I asked if they would be interested in doing that as part of their session. We met at Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, it was a little crowded because it was graduation weekend at UVA. Everyone at the winery was so nice and accommodating and they gave us a little spot at the end of the tasting bar. So while Meaghan and Matt did their wine tasting and chatted with the nice person pouring their wine, I took pictures! It was so much fun to document them just relaxing and participating in an activity that they enjoy. They didn't need to pose, or look at me, or feel awkward, they just got to drink wine! Now, I will say I'm sure the first five minutes still feel a little awkward because they knew I was there taking their pictures which isn't all that normal at a winery, but they were completely relaxed within minutes and it all became so natural and real. I really encourage other couples to consider this type of session for their engagement photos and I'll gladly help you come up with some fun ideas and locations!!

After their wine tasting we went outside and did a few more photos on the grounds of the vineyards. We weren't allowed in the actual vineyard but found a few spots filled with lavender and cherry trees which were equally as beautiful! Next they changed into a more casual outfit and we drove a few miles down the road to the Saunders Monticello Trail for a little romantic hike. A change of scenery and an outfit change help give your session more variety! During this part of their engagement session they did some walking and "goofing around", as well as a few posed photos which is great practice for the wedding day. Meaghan and Matt were so comfortable in front of the camera at this point I didn't need to give them much help at all. You can tell how happy these two are through these images and I hope they inspire you as you plan your engagement session too!

Sallie & Josh American Hotel Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

Sallie and Josh's wedding was special in so many ways. First, on a personal side they were the first couple that was actually referred to me by my husband. Now this doesn't sound that unique, Josh and my husband work together about once or twice a month. However,  my husband sees on average 40 people a day and has never referred anyone, so he knew this was going to be a great match. Sallie and Josh are laid back but still very fun and silly. They are so easy to get along with and are so comfortable together it made taking their pictures quite easy.

Sallie and Josh's wedding was mostly special though because they were married in the church that Sallie attended since she was little. This church holds a lot ofhistory for her family and she always knew that is where she wanted to get married. Augusta Stone Church is so beautiful! As soon as I pulled up I couldn't stop thinking of all the great spots for portraits. Then I walked inside the church and it was equally as beautiful. There were so many great details in every room, great architecture, and good light too which is rare for a church.

Sallie and Josh chose not to do a first look before their wedding. Josh's face beamed with happiness has he watched Sallie walk down the aisle. This was after the sweet little flower girl fell and had to be comforted which Josh quickly took care of before his bride began her decent down the aisle. The kids at this wedding were beyond adorable!! After a very touching ceremony we took advantage of the gorgeous stone church and did family and wedding party portraits outside before heading to downtown Staunton.

Sallie and Josh held their reception at the American Hotel in downtown Staunton. I have done several weddings at the American Hotel and it is one of my favorite venues for many reasons. I love the exposed brick and the light that pours in the windows in the evening. I also love the easy access to downtown for portraits! Every wedding I have photographed at the American Hotel has had a different reception layout so it always feel just a little different each time. Sallie and Josh opted not to serve cake at their wedding and instead had an ice cream truck parked right outside. Smiley's Ice Cream Truck is bright red and full of fun and unique flavors. They told me I "had to try some" so I did and it was in fact amazing! They made custom ice cream bowls and spoons to feed each other their favorite dessert. I love when couples think outside the box and come up with ideas for their wedding that are true to what they love and enjoy!

Take a look through all the wonderful images captured during this spring church wedding filled with all the details, love, and emotion you could imagine on a wedding day!

Vendor List

Second photographer: Nvision Photography

Flowers- Flowers by Rose

Ceremony venue- Augusta Stone Church

Reception venue-  American Hotel and Banquet

 Ice Cream- Smileys Ice Cream from Mount Crawford

Wedding dress/bridesmaid dresses/groomsmen outfits: Amanda's Touch

Food- Country Cookin

Hair and make by High Tech Salon- Sam Halterman (make up) and Brittany Davis (hair)

Invitations-  Etsy

Rings- (bride) Christopher Williams

 

Jessica & Walt Richmond Engagement Session | Richmond Wedding Photographer

Although I don't live too far from Richmond it's a place I have never explored beyond Short Pump shopping! I was so excited for Jessica and Walt's engagement session so I would finally have the chance to explore the city a little more. We met atByrd Park near the Carillon building. This park was so full of life with people, and dogs, of all ages and activities. There were so many fun spots at the park but we couldn't photograph them all because we had another location to visit too! I loved the amphitheater with the stone steps and all the dogwoods that were bloomed. The Carillon building itself had amazing steps as well.

When I asked Jessica and Walt to describe themselves they said they were adventurous and liked to explore new places. They were so much fun and really up to try anything I suggested, even running through a crowd of people on a very long bridge! One of my favorite moments, and now outtake photos, was the couple right in front of them that realized they were in my frame and they started running too.

Our next stop was the National Battlefield park by Tredegar. This is definitely a place I will return to explore more myself. We spent most of our time on the bridge and then a short walk back to some local street art. The sun set so beautifully behind the bridge and the weather was simply perfect. The bridge was a little crowded but this just added to the images and everyone was very nice with giving us a little extra space. I loved the lines of the bridge both standing on it as well as under it. The steel work is a great contrast to the water and trees surrounding the bridge. I was a bit shocked at how loud the water was, just a little beyond peaceful, but so beautiful.

I am so excited for Jessica and Walt's Wintergreen wedding this summer. I know it will be filled with adventure and laughter!!!

Desert Bridal Portraits | Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding Photographer

A little back story about me! I grew up in a military family so I am "from" so many places. One of these places is sunny Arizona! I moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University and began my teaching career there as well. Upon meeting my now husband I left Arizona to move to Virginia. However, I am lucky enough to be able to return to Arizona a few times each year. Last year during the heat of the summer, I talked this gorgeous lady into modeling at one of my favorite locations. I would love to start shooting one or two weddings a year in Arizona, or even doing some elopements. I am typically in Arizona in January or February and again in June. However, for a wedding I can travel anytime of the year at no additional travel costs!!

For this desert bridal session I found a sweet model who put up with a little walk to get to our location, and very high temperatures to make this shoot work. I packed this amazing dress by White Dress by Greta Kay in my suitcase all the way from VA just for this shoot. I also had an online consultation from my favorite florist, The Faded Poppy to help make my own bouquet using local flowers and greenery! These mountains are part of the Papago Park trails. There is over a 1 mile hike from the parking lot to the amphitheater where I wanted to take bridal portraits (we took a little short cut). I love the red rocks of Arizona in contrast with the green cactus and the gorgeous sunsets! As we were leaving the session there was even a drum circle at the bottom of the mountain, too bad we were too hot to stay and listen, well that and we were chasing the sunset across the street at the time!

A little about the dress by designer, Greta Kay. This dress is a fit and flare style featuring our Paisley lace and leather straps. It can be customized with different leather strap colors or jewelry straps of pearl or precious stones.

Questions for a Wedding Coordinator and More! | Meet Jessica from Main Street Weddings

I hope these wedding vendor spotlights are providing both wedding professionals and brides with some useful information. I would like to continue my wedding vendor interviews with Jessica from Main Street Weddings. I have not had the chance to work with Jessica, but have heard so many wonderful things about her and her business Main Street Weddings. Jessica offers more than wedding coordination and you should continue reading to find out more about just what her business offers! Meet Jessica

Photo by Lieb Photographic

Photo by Lieb Photographic

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

Well, hello! I’m a young 30’s professional wedding planner who has been in this industry my entire career. I grew up just outside DC in Centreville, VA and moved to Culpeper (my husband’s home town) back in 2008. I’ve been married to Jon for eight years and we have a four year old son, Luke, and a daughter due in just in a few months.

Tell me a little bit about Main Street Weddings:

Main Street Weddings began as a brick and mortar planning boutique in downtown Culpeper. Our original focus was to highlight the small town wedding destinations and event professionals in Culpeper and surrounding counties. With our development of PlanYourVirginiaWedding.com, we’ve shifted gears with Main Street to fully embrace the planning, design, and rentals side of the business.

How did you get started in rentals and event production?:

What started as a wedding coordination service has come full circle to event production with the steady fast growth of our rental inventory. As of this year, we now offer event lighting, dance floor, table and chair rentals, arbors, china, and a wide selection of specialty linens. The rental inventory is available to everyone, not just our planning clients. However we are able to offer special rates for clients who hire us for both full scale production.


How long have you been in business?

Our business was formed in August 2014.

What gets you most excited about what you do?

Seeing it all come together! I’m a very visual person, and nothing is more exciting than taking a design from concept to completion. Whether it is providing a budget conscience bride with colorful napkins to add a pop of color to her tablescape, or filling a tent with our farm tables, bistro lights and barn wood dance floor – I just love being able to offer these specialty options to enhance the venue.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your field that would help others just getting started?

You have to run your business like a business, not a hobby. I knew that being an entrepreneur would have its demands, but didn’t anticipate the constant work mind set. It’s hard to “turn it off” if you want to keep the momentum going. So much energy and sacrifice is required in those infancy years of your business. You have to be prepared to take it seriously and be in it for the long haul!

What is your current favorite wedding trend?

I LOVE the richness of mauve/rose taupe/dusty rose – a super trending color that appears to be quickly replacing the ever popular blush trend. Also, loving the “Flower-Gran” craze! Can’t get enough of it. Two of our brides last year incorporated their Grandmother’s into the ceremony in this capacity and it. was. amazing.

What is a trend you would like to see less of?

Honestly, if it makes the bride happy I am not opposed to any trend! I’m a firm believer that I should only provide guidance – every wedding shouldn’t match my own personal tastes but that of the couple. As long as it’s unique to them and they’re happy, I’m happy!

What tips or advice can you give a couple that is just starting to plan their wedding?

Breathe. Prioritize. Know that you’re going to change your mind quite a bit in those first few months so be sure to allow plenty of time to plan and adjust.


What tips or advice do you have for couples on their wedding day?

Again – BREATHE! Take it all in! It goes by SO fast. Hire the right people so you that you can focus all of your time and energy on this incredible day with the people you love the most.

Please share a favorite memory or story from a wedding you have done this year.

Our season kicks off in exactly one month! A favorite memory from last year would have to be watching one of our favorite bride’s walk down the aisle with her Dad OUTSIDE right after a rain storm. It was so important to her to have the ceremony outdoors and we just kept watching the radar and doing everything we could to make it happen. By delaying the ceremony by just 15 minutes by having guests wait inside the venue, we were able to wipe down the seats right after the storm stopped. This bride was the sweetest ever and we weren’t going to let a little rain ruin her vision for the day. She literally squealed with excitement walking down the aisle – our hearts were so full!

What are things your past clients have said about you after their wedding day? These can be reviews online, emails, thank you cards, or in person comments.

https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/main-street-weddings-events/1aba1549b9b9da30.html

How can readers find out more about your business?

www.mainstreetweddings.com

www.girlsfrommainstreet.com

Cassie & Robert Blandy Farm Engagement Session | Staunton Wedding Photographer

We were lucky to have a very mild winter this year in Virginia! Cassie and Robert were trying to find a time to schedule their engagement session so they could use the photos for their save the date cards, which can be tricky when you hire your wedding photographer in the winter. Well, thank goodness for our finicky VA weather because when I saw the 10 day forecast was calling for 70 degree weather it was the perfect opportunity for a winter engagement session! We decided to meet at the State Arboretum of Virginia or Blandy Farm. This was my first visit to the arboretum and even in the winter it was beautiful, and now I can't wait to go back in the spring and fall as well.

A few of my favorite things about the arboretum were the variety of trees and stones. There were so many interesting areas filled with different textures and colors, which I love! There was a small pond that although a little dirty, the reflection was still beautiful. There were several benches, staircases, walkways, and so many places to explore. One thing that makes your engagement session stand out is variety. Having a location with a wide variety of colors and textures really adds to your images. I think we could have spent another hour taking pictures at the arboretum.