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