Jennie & Ryan's Church Wedding | Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables Reception

Jennie and Ryan were so much fun to work with throughout their wedding planning! She is from New York, while Ryan is from Texas, but they both love horses and watching Jennie feed them was entertaining! This fun loving couple chose a traditional Catholic church wedding and a more laid back yet formal wedding reception. The wedding party got ready at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton which is one of my favorite local hotels! Then the guys walked to the church taking a few portraits along the way with my amazing second shooter. The ladies skipped portraits until after the ceremony because it was drizzling just a bit outside. Their Catholic ceremony was beautiful and at my home church St. Francis of Assisi in Staunton. The stain glass windows and vaulted ceilings are always so beautiful and make the perfect setting for becoming husband and wife.

After the ceremony we took a bus around downtown Staunton for portraits. I LOVE taking photos downtown, there are so many unique spots and cool buildings to use. In fact we got a little turned around on some of the one way streets and ended up finding this beautiful brick building so we jumped out and took photos there before getting back to our original destination. Actually, twice we just stumbled upon unplanned yet amazing spots and hopped out for a quick photo!

Next it was off to Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables for cocktail hour and the reception. The best part of receptions at Hermitage Hill is that guests get to feed the horses carrots during cocktail hour. This is always so much fun to watch and all guests young and old love feeding the horses! The grounds at Hermitage Hill are also beautiful and we took a few more portraits before the reception started. Jennie and Ryan chose to use the colors blue and green for their wedding decor. They also added a few pops of color in their floral arrangements but chose to keep their reception decor simple because they loved the overall look and feel of the space just as it was. To end the night Jennie and Ryan hired a live Motown band to play at their reception. This band was so much fun to listen to and watch. The guests danced all night! I love the dance photo where just about every single guest was "getting low" and a few of the guests even did some impromptu singing with the band. It was a very lively reception and the perfect ending to a perfect wedding day!

Vendors

Second Shooter: Sarah Featherstone

Wedding Coordinator and flowers: The Faded Poppy

Dress: Anna Meier

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo

Suits: Bonobos

Hair and makeup: Hi Tech Salon and Spa

Catering: Hanks

Invitations: Minted

Band: The Groove Spot Band & Show

Reception venue: Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables