Jill and Blake had a lot of help planning their destination wedding. Coming from the Midwest they enlisted the help of several family members to find the perfect Church and reception venue for their Virginia wedding. I first met with the mother of the groom to learn all the details of their trendy wedding. It was going to be filled with beautiful dresses, flowers, an adorable "best girl", and an exciting exit. One thing I was most excited about when planning out the wedding photography details was taking the wedding party to downtown Staunton for portraits. Their BHLDN dresses were perfect for an urban backdrop and I had already had several spots in mind.
Church weddings are becoming more popular this year and this couple chose a gorgeous Catholic church in downtown Staunton, St. Francis of Assisi. The church just finished a complete renovation of their stonework and their rooms inside are filled with natural light. The best girl was on hand to help the bride get ready.
The ceremony took place at St. Francsis of Assisi Catholic Church in downtown Staunton. It's a beautiful church and their ceremony was equally beautiful!
As I mentioned earlier, I was very excited to have the chance to do portraits downtown. I love urban settings and this wedding party was dressed perfectly for this setting. We took a bus to a few spots in the downtown area. Unfortunately, after our first stop the skies decided to open up and the entire wedding party was soaked. They all took it in stride and we hid out for a few minutes, and while some ran to the bus the bride and groom decided to keep on going!
As fate has it, as soon as we boarded the bus the rain stopped! The wedding party took the time to dry off and freshen up and we all headed to Barren Ridge Vineyards for the reception. Barren Ridge is such a beautiful location all year. This time of year the vines are very green and lush. We decided to do a few more portraits in the vineyards before the reception began.
The reception was indoors at Barren Ridge Vineyards. The room had a warm glow and was filled with beautiful flowers, a cake that looked almost too good to eat, and photographs of the couple. The views from the balcony off the reception hall are amazing and wait until you see their sunset photos!! Barren Ridge has the best sunsets in the valley.
Photography: Christy McKee Photography
Second Shooter: Jessica Barrett Photography
Wedding gown by BHLDN
Bridesmaid's dresses by Adrianna Papell
Flower girl dress worn during ceremony by Greta Kay
Bouquet and Boutonnieres by The Faded Poppy
Wedding Coordinator: Sara Kite, The Faded Poppy
Cake: Paris Cake Co.
Caterer: Eric Stamer Catering
D.J.: Rick Haggard
Hair and Make up by Mill Street Spa
Reception flowers: Mother of the groom Keena Neal and sisters
Reception venue: Barren Ridge Vineyards
Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Staunton, VA