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

 

Mandy & Matt Barren Ridge Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

Sit back with a cup of coffee because this blog post has a lot of images!! I first met Mandy and Matt for their fall engagement session. Matt was deployed overseas and came home just as the leaves had changed for fall and their session was so beautiful. They continued to plan their wedding while Matt was overseas and with the help of family. I was so excited when they asked me to be their wedding photographer because I knew it was going to be a beautiful wedding! What I didn't know at the time was how emotional these two were. I cannot help but tearing up when couples express their love so openly with their friends and family, and I teared up more than once on this day too.

The wedding party set up at the Crimora Mine Retreat to get ready for the day. This log cabin was the perfect background for this mountain loving couple! The natural light poured in from all the windows and it was such a cheerful space to be in. The girls had a blast getting ready in their matching floral robes. The guys were downstairs doing a little more relaxing and shared some fun gifts for the groomsmen. Mandy and Matt chose not to see each other before the ceremony but did meet to exchange letters and say a prayer together before becoming husband and wife. The read their letters and headed to Barren Ridge to say I do. 

The ceremony was held in the vineyards at Barren Ridge with an amazing view of the mountains. Mandy was driven through the vineyards in style by her father in a Ford model A. The reception was held indoors and was decorated in navy and gold, the perfect accents to the blush dresses worn by the bridal party. The couple wanted their wedding to feel "romantic and elegant but not overdone".

Now, I typically don't post images from the bouquet toss on my blog. However, this was the most epic bouquet toss (as seen in images) that I've ever edited!! The expressions on these women's faces are priceless, in every single image and on every single person. You'll also notice two arms that are reaching up pretty high in front, that is one high jumping tween!!! This series of images make me laugh every time I see them. It was a very fun bouquet and garter toss. The participants were very enthusiastic and the recipients of both the bouquet and garter were a couple which couldn't be more perfect. So once you view these you will understand why I chose to share them! Enjoy and congrats!

The night came to end with a little dancing and a sparkler exit. The sparkler exit went perfectly and ended with the perfect dip! I also noticed the full moon in the background after the crowd left. I believe we just missed the harvest moon, but it was too beautiful to pass it by without one last photo!

Vendors

Photography - Christy McKee

Second shooter - Lisa Mims

Wedding Coordinator- Megan Driver

Florist - Honey Bee's

Rings - Jared's Vault

Dress - Bridal Impressions

Bridesmaids Dresses - David's Bridal Tuxes - Men's Warehouse

Hair - Bella Capelli Salon

Cake - Paris Cake CO

Catering - Southern Inn

Invitations - Minted.com

Videographer - Sunghye Jung

Limosuine - Richmond Limo

DJ- Jason Guyton