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

 

Bryanna & Ethan The American Hotel Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

Bryanna and Ethan traveled from Seattle, Washington to get married in the lovely Shenandoah Valley. They picked the most perfect time of year for their Virginia wedding too. Fall weddings in Virginia are very popular because not only is the weather so nice, but everywhere you look it is so beautiful! Bryanna and Ethan met while attending Virginia Tech and were anxious to return to Virginia to become husband and wife.

Bryanna and I spoke on the phone several time before their wedding but we never met in person until their wedding day. Bryanna, Ethan, and their family were so easy to get along with it didn't matter that we had never met before. Her family welcomed me into their home, where Bryanna and her bridesmaids got ready, and into a very special day of their lives. I actually started the day at the American Hotel where the parents of the bride along with their siblings were preparing the final touches on the reception area at the American Hotel. Bryanna and Ethan chose to do most of their wedding decor themselves, along with the help of their family and they did an amazing job. The mother of the bride made four, yes four, wedding cakes. She chose different styles that the couple expressed interest in so they didn't have to pick just one. I was able to capture photos of her mom and dad putting the cakes together at the American Hotel that morning. The tables were filled with cute fall decorations all DIY of course. The wedding party table was so pretty with pumpkin place cards and a custom heart with the couple's initials. You can tell the amount of time and love that went into every decoration there.

Bryanna and Ethan got married at a local church, also decorated by family. The church floor even matched their wedding colors of plum and red. The wind was in full force so we did many of the portraits inside of the church that day. After the very sweet and emotional ceremony we made one more unique stop before heading to downtown Staunton. The bride's grandfather was unable to attend the wedding because he was in the hospital with pneumonia. So, we took the bride's entire family to the hospital for a few family portraits with her grandfather. He was so happy to see the bride and groom and the rest of the family, it was such a special moment!

Next, we headed to downtown Staunton. The wedding party braved the chilly winds to do some outdoor portraits before entering the reception. The American Hotel is surrounded by so many great locations for wedding portraits. We also snuck out for some sunset photos on the Sears Bridge.

The reception at The American Hotel was so much fun. The DJ kept things moving with fun music and all the guests were dancing throughout the night. Bryanna and Ethan not only had four wedding cakes, but homemade fudge and cookies too. Then later in the evening they put out a sweet and salty snack bar for guests to enjoy! Luckily the wind slowed down enough for the couple to have a sparkler exit before they left for the tropical honeymoon!

Vendors

Photographer: Christy McKee Photography

Second shooter: Leah Otten, Feather and Oak Photography

Venue: The American Hotel Staunton, VA

Florist: DIY, Bride

Rings: Kay’s

Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Suit/Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Hair: Brooke Peters (Bride), JoAnna Garland, High Tech Salon and Spa

Makeup: Brooke Peters

Cake: Kyna Baehr and Jim Baehr (Mother and Father of the bride)

Catering: Patsy Wood, Country Cooking

DJ: Lance Gray with Epic Sounds

 

Josalyn & Dustin The American Hotel | Staunton Wedding Photographer

Josalyn and Dustin are such a sweet couple and I cannot wait to share the images from their wedding day! This couple is laid back and easy going, yet organized and efficient what I consider the perfect combination and often how I describe myself! They knew exactly what they wanted when planning their wedding and wedding photography, yet were very open and relaxed throughout the process.

Josalyn and Dustin chose to get married in a beautiful church with an amazing wood ceiling and stained glass window.  The wedding party got ready at the church and the couple chose to have a first look before the ceremony. The church was surrounded by trees and fields which were perfect for the first look and wedding party photos. Their September wedding was a bit warm, but the cloudy day provided some relief as well as a great filter for our outdoor photos. Josalyn's dress was a custom design by White Dress by Greta Kay. The dress was so elegant, I loved the material and the "flair" at the bottom!

After the ceremony and family portraits at the church we all headed to downtown Staunton for some fun wedding party portraits! I love taking pictures downtown because there are so many options for different looks. Downtown was actually filled with high school students this night because it was homecoming so we had to be even more creative to escape the crowds for some intimate bride and groom portraits. We also took advantage of the historic Sears Bridge, which is very close to the American Hotel, during sunset to capture the views and the night sky. Then it was back to the reception at the American Hotel, which is also an historic building in downtown Staunton. The American Hotel has exposed brick, high ceilings, stained glass, and is such a beautiful mix of upscale and rustic which is exactly what the couple wanted to represent their wedding day. After a reception filled with laughter and dancing the couple made their exit through the sparklers lit by their friends and family. Then stuck around to play with a few themselves!

A special thank you to my second shooter Stephanie Hill!

Venue: The American Hotel

Church: White Hill Church of the Brethron

Dress: White Dress by Greta Kay

Flowers: Susan Roepke

Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal

Cake: Paris Cake Company

Rings: Fink Jewelers

Hair: Bonnie Bush

Makeup: Dianne Ramsey, Detente Spa Services

Catering: Dustin McGann (some amazing homemade BBQ and sauces) and Woody's Cafe

Invitations: Vista Print

 

Urban Vineyard Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

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