Outdoor Wedding

Tiffany & Dave's Wedding Preview | Wintergreen Wedding

Tiffany and Dave hit the jackpot for fall foliage for their late October wedding. Their Wintergreen wedding was filled not only with beautiful views on the mountains, but gorgeous fall leaves everywhere you looked. The lodge where the girls were getting ready happened to be next door to a very kind family that let us on their property which led to a private overlook of the valley and we took some of my favorite images of the entire day in this 5 minutes!! Their sweet dog also joined in the fun not only for the ceremony but portraits too. I cannot wait to share more from this wedding day, there were just so many amazing moments it was hard to pick just a few.


Second Shooter- Nikki Trent

MS Events – 5 farm tables and gold chivari chairs
Passionflower Cakes – Paris Levinovitz – Semi- naked Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry
 Pies are from a friend of Grooms mom – Evelyn Waybright
The Faded Poppy - Florist
Videographer – Aubrey Gee
DJ/AV/Photo booth – Epic Sounds Entertainment
Live music – Deedra (Dee) Ervin – good friend of the bride.
Officiant – Mark Word
Lighting – Blue Ridge AV and Lighting
Wedding Dress – Anna’s Bridal Alexandria, VA
Groom/Groomsmen Tux and accessories – Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ dresses – David’s bridal
Invites/menu/programs/escort cards – minted.com
Hair Stylist – Logan Wills – independent stylist
Bride’s ring set – Kay Jewelers
Grooms ring – Michael’s Fine Jewelry – Springfield VA


Cassie & Robert's Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding| Harrisonburg Wedding Photographer

After "meeting" over the phone and finally in person at a Cross Keys Vineyard bridal luncheon, I was so excited for Robert and Cassie's engagement session at the State Arboretum in Winchester. They were so loving and affectionate with one another it made their session so easy. Fast forward to a warm September day at Cross Keys Vineyards, their wedding day was finally here! I'm always so excited to see the dress and details the bride has chosen when I first arrive and Cassie's dress was no exception. Her dress was so beautiful on the hanger I spent at least 10 minutes with her dress alone! Then, it was the sparkly blue Kate Spade shoes that Robert bought her that stole my attention next!!

Cassie and Robert chose not to do a first look. However, they did talk to each other before the ceremony over the balcony which then led to some amazing bridal portraits as well. Cassie's dress was not only gorgeous, but it fit her so perfectly. She was simply stunning and you can see just how stunning by Robert's reaction to seeing her walking down the aisle. Their ceremony was so emotional, filled with both tears and some great reactions from Robert when he finally got to put on his ring! I loved watching these two become husband and wife and the joy on the faces of their friends and family spoke volumes.

After their outdoor ceremony, we took family and group photos but quickly snuck away to spend most of our time on bride and groom portraits. I always ask each couple to prioritize their photo time so they get more of the types of images they want and can also maximize their time spent with friends and family. Cassie and Robert wanted to do some of their portraits in the wine cellar and vineyards which is a perfect way to commemorate getting married at a vineyard. We also spent a few minutes in the gorgeous golden hour as the sun set over the vines, it was truly the most perfect light!!

Cassie and Robert's reception started with a lot of first dances, and a few more tears. Next they had a delicious meal followed by some fun games, cake cutting, and a lot of dancing. Mid way through the night they put out a s'mores bar on the outdoor patio just as it started to cool off a bit outside. Another hour or so into the night there was a taco bar for a "midnight" snack. Cassie and Robert chose a sparkler exit to end their night as they left for their next adventure..... an even more romantic honeymoon!!

Best wishes to these newlyweds as you begin your new life together as husband and wife!


Second Shooter - Kara Lofton

Flowers- Faded Poppy

Wedding Coordinator- Ariel Watters

Dress-Kleinfeld Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses- Bridal Impressions


Hair and Make up- SAS Salon

Cake and favors- Jessica Cisler J Maries Home Cakery

Catering - CrossKeys Vineyards

Invitations- Minted

Cassie & Robert's Wedding Preview | Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding

Cassie and Robert were married this weekend at Cross Keys Vineyard in Mt. Crawford, VA. It was such a beautiful day, the sky was full of clouds and it wasn't hot or cold..... just perfect for an outdoor wedding. I know Cassie and Robert are off on their tropical honeymoon but hopefully they will get a chance to peak in and see a few highlights from their wedding day.



Flowers- Faded Poppy Wedding Coordinator- Ariel Watters Dress-Kleinfeld Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses- Bridal Impressions Suits-Lapel Hair and Make up- SAS Salon Cake- Jessica Cisler Catering- CrossKeys Vineyards Invitations- Minted Favors- Jessica Cisler

Jessica & Walt's Wintergreen Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Jessica and Walt chose one of the most beautiful locations on the east coast for their wedding day! Wintergreen Resort has so many picturesque spots for an outdoor wedding. The Blue Ridge mountains in the summer are full of greenery, but still look blue which is what makes them so beautiful. I love that they chose the mountains as the backdrop for their first look and ceremony. Mountain weddings are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Jessica and Walt chose beautiful colors of gray and yellow to accent the mountain scenery. So many perfect details for a summer wedding.

Their wedding day started at the Wintergreen spa for hair and make up and then back in the lodges for the final touches. The girls' lodge was full of light and rustic details. The flower girls were so sweet getting into their tulle dresses with big bows. Walt sent Jessica the sweetest wedding day gift and Jessica wore another very special bracelet for her wedding day, a gift from her late grandmother. The bridesmaids wore beautiful yellow jewelry to match their gray dresses and the guys looked so amazing in their yellow accented bow ties and pocket squares. Walt even added some yellow Converse sneakers to his wedding day wardrobe!

Jessica and Walt had their first look at the highest overlook at Wintergreen. With the mountains just peaking up in the background they had the sweetest first look. They laughed, kissed, talked, and shared a few sweet private moments before saying "I do". Jessica and Walt chose to do all their portraits before the ceremony so they could enjoy cocktail hour with their friends and family. Their cocktail hour was outside on the terrace again overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ski lifts at Wintergreen.  They had games for the kids and adults and some delicious looking appetizers too.

The reception was held indoors at the Skyline Pavillion. The tables were decorated with beautiful yellow flowers, lanterns, and wooden table numbers. There was a cupcake table filled with a variety of flavors, including chocolate bacon cupcakes! The room had a large dance floor which was filled with glow sticks late in the night and a lot of dancing! The entire night was full of energy and laughter and ended with a sparkler exit that almost didn't happen due to a few sprinkles! The guests were then invited to an after hours party which I'm sure just became more fun as the night went on.

I'm so excited to be doing a few more weddings at Wintergreen this year. Mountain weddings are unique in so many ways and they have a scenery that cannot be matched. I hope you all enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them!!


Wedding Vendors

Venue- Wintergreen Resort-  http://www.wintergreenresort.com/

The Faded Poppy- http://www.thefadedpoppy.com/

CCS Events-Planning- http://www.ccsevents.com/services.html

Prime time Sounds DJ- https://www.primetimesoundndj.com

Buttercream Dreams-  https://www.facebook.com/Buttercream-Dreams-LLC-103438683048182/
Second Shooter- Sarah Whitmore, Sarah Thomas Photography

Men's accessories by- http://www.mrkleankut.com/mens-accessories.html

Jess & Logan Outdoor Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Jess and Logan planned the most beautiful outdoor wedding. They lived and worked on the farm in Charlottesville for several years and wanted to be married there before moving off the property. The property at Oakencroft is breathtaking. There are mountain views and open fields for miles and it's the perfect location for an outdoor wedding. They chose a spot on the top of a hill for their ceremony and reception. Guests were invited to camp at the property just down the hill from the festivities. Outdoor summer weddings can be tricky to plan. There was an 80% chance of rain for ten days leading up to their outdoor wedding. The day before the wedding the chance of rain dropped to 20% and there was not a single drop of rain the entire day!! We did trade the rain for some very sunny and warm weather for their June wedding, but I'll take that over rain any day!

Jess, Logan, and their friends were a blast to work with. They were full of laughter and energy throughout the whole day and night. Their portraits show how much fun they were truly having and their wedding reception even included the limbo! Jess and Logan chose the wedding colors of plum, lavender, and sage to compliment the outdoor farm venue.  The bridesmaids and brides"man" also wore the most beautiful plum dresses and tie to compliment the groomsmen and their sage ties. They filled their reception with sage greenery and pops of plum flowers. Their naked cake and whoopie pies topped off the night along with an amazing sunset and a high energy sparkler exit. If you are planning a June wedding, or an outdoor wedding you will want to check out all the details of this blog post!!



Second Shooter: Sierra McCray Photography

Florist: The Faded Poppy

Band: E3 (Sam Hill Entertainment)

Invitations: Jana Gamble (Stellajacksonmarketing)

Cater (and cake): Roadside Chive

Rentals: Gibson Rentals

Bus: Easy Riders Bus Company

Hair and makeup: Anne Marie and Co

Rings: Angelo Jewelry

Dress: Jeanette's Bridal

Bridesmaids: Weddington Way

Groomsmen: Combatgent

Desserts: Yoder's Country Market

Megan and Zack Hermitage Hill Wedding | Waynesboro Wedding Photographer

I first met Megan and Zack for their engagement session in the late spring. We ventured out into the middle of nowhere to an empty summer camp which was so worth the drive. Their engagement session was so much fun and the images were amazing. You can check out this feature or my blog post to see their engagement session.

I was so excited for Megan and Zack's wedding because it was my first of two weddings I have scheduled at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables. I've heard so many wonderful things about this new venue and couldn't wait to shoot there. I also knew that Megan's wedding gown which was custom made by White Dress by Greta Kay was going to be gorgeous. The weather was so perfect for their wedding day, it was a warm and sunny October afternoon. The girls were getting ready in the bridal suite while the guys were hanging out in Hermitage Hill's brewery, Stable Craft. I love the main reception room at Hermitage Hill. There is so much natural light and lots of warmth from the wood decor. Megan chose a simple yet elegant decorations of gold and rose throughout the room.

Megan's dress was in fact amazing. She told me she wanted to look like a princess and that's exactly what she looked liked in her custom gown and headpiece. This dress had so many layers and buttons the whole way down the train. It was so much fun to photograph. The bridesmaid's dresses, also custom made by White Dress by Greta Kay were equally as stunning. They sparkled in the sunlight and fit each bridesmaid so perfectly. They even found matching flower girl dresses online, and these flower girls were so precious!

Their ceremony was held outside in the horse rink of Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables. Megan and Zack did not do a first look before their ceremony, and it was so special as they saw each other for the first time. With handwritten wooden signs and rose petals lining the aisle, Megan looked beautiful walking to meet her future husband. The flower girls and ring bearers did a great job walking down the aisle too. The sun glistened against the rose and gold sequin dresses. It was the perfect outdoor ceremony.

The reception decor inside Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables was perfect for Megan's fairy tale wedding. The gold chairs and table runners with her rose accents were delicate and beautiful. There was a large dance floor, a buffet of delicious BBQ, and a table stacked with cupcakes with a cheesecake on top! There was a lot of dancing and the couple made an exit lined with glow sticks to end the night.

Vendor List

Venue- Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables

Photographer- Christy McKee Photography

Photography assistant- Aubrey Johnson from Aubrey Gee Photography

Wedding Gown- White Dress by Greta Kay

Bridesmaids' Dresses- White Dress by Greta Kay

Menswear- Behar tuxedo rentals by White Dress by Greta Kay

Florist- Harmony harvest farm.

Rings- Bride, Kay Jewelers and Groom, Lemons' Jewelry

Hair and make up- High tech salon and spa studios and Elizabeth Colopy

Catering- Hanks BBQ

Sound production and DJ- Troy Keller with Event XTC

Invitations (not photographed)-Viking forge

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!


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

Cross Keys Barn Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

I first met Kaitlyn and Jacob for their engagement session on a beautiful spring day. We had a great time exploring our location in the golden sun.  I quickly learned that Kaitlyn and Jacob are fun, laid back, and not very good at making "serious" faces. Fast forward to their wedding day at Cross Keys Barn. It was very clear how much these two not only loved each other but how much they loved their families! This wedding was one of the most emotional weddings I've attended as a photographer. I will admit to tearing up more than once.

It began on a warm late summer day at Cross Keys Barn. The bridal suite was spacious and had beautiful light. Kaitlyn, the moms, and bridesmaids were all quiet and calm as they finished getting ready. Kaitlyn prepared for her first look and watched as the outdoor ceremony was set up.

After the first look the couple returned to the bridal and groom's suite to receive letters from each other and have a few minutes alone before the ceremony. This was another emotional moment that this couple allowed myself and others to share with them. The anticipation and depth of the approaching ceremony is such a special time. Their outdoor ceremony was beautiful with a floral arbor and gorgeous mountain view. The aisle was lined with baby breath and guests had wedding programs that were fans. There were several hugs and even more tears during their ceremony and it was so beautiful.

The wedding party was such a fun group. They had a few ideas for their wedding party portraits, but mostly were just up for anything. We had to combat the bright sun which was great for the matching sunglasses they had. You'll see more of those on the guys at the reception.

Their Cross Keys Barn reception was perfectly decorated with personalized touches. The room was filled with images of their relationship and memories of those not able to attend. They had pops of blue on every table. The lights of the barn were so pretty and showed day and night. We snuck out of the barn for sunset and returned to the warm glow of the party still happening inside. Even though it was warm these guests did not stop dancing the entire night, what a fun group!!