Outdoor wedding

Ben & Brandon | Wintergreen Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Every wedding has a story and this is one is all about fate! Yes, I’m sure it was fate that led Ben and Brandon together, but it was also fate that led me to photograph their wedding day. I don’t want to share all the details but I will say I met Ben and Brandon for the first time two days before their wedding and was hired just a week before their big day. I knew I was going to love them simply from our first few email exchanges and I was right. Ben and Brandon and their best man and best women were SO MUCH FUN! Ben had their timeline planned out like a well oil machined and it ran that way too. The day was organized and laid back and just an all around fun day. While the pre ceremony photos were fun, the ceremony was emotional and equally as amazing. The clouds covered us perfectly and their guests were in tears as they said their vows. Ben and Brandon chose to have a little down time after their ceremony and before their reception which is such a great idea. It was also important to them to attend their cocktail hour. In fact they did their introduction and entrance at cocktail hour and it was one of the funniest entrances I have seen. Once everyone made their way into the reception for welcome speeches, it was met by more emotional moments and stories and their first dance as married spouses! The night ended with an all guest dance party, including Brandon’s grandmother! I am so lucky to have had fate send this lovely couple together and to have had the opportunity to photograph one part of their love story. I have a feeling this love story will lead to a few more happy endings, as the day I posted their sneak peak I received a very emotional message from a couple seeking wedding vendors for a wedding they’ve unfortunately had a very difficult time planning. So for now, congratulations to these two newlyweds as they enjoy post wedding bliss and a lifetime of happiness.

Lindsay & Hunter | Cross Keys Barn Wedding | Harrisonburg Wedding Photographer

Lindsey and Hunter fell in love with the southern charm of Cross Keys Barn upon their first visit. They love being outdoors and when surrounded by the gorgeous views they knew the venue would match their summer wedding plans perfectly. Lindsey and Hunter chose to use the bright summer colors of teal and coral and they provided such a beautiful pop of color in every part of their wedding.  From their colorful bouquets and arbor to the beautiful bridesmaids dresses and men's ties, they found the perfect colors for a summer wedding. Speaking of summer weddings, these two hit the weather jackpot. While it was very sunny, the temperature was low and there was a light breeze all day. It felt like fall instead of early July and guests were talking all day about how perfect it was, both the weather and the wedding events!

 

Lindsey and Hunter chose not to see each other before their wedding, which led to the most emotional and heartwarming reaction from her groom as she walked towards him. The father of the bride looked so proud as he guided his daughter to her husband, it was truly the most beautiful moment of the day! The blue sky and mountain tops behind them became the perfect backdrop as their guests enjoyed that cool breeze and a ceremony filled with love and special moments. Wedding party portraits were a blast with this group as they laughed and squinted a bit in the bright sun, but they were troopers and the maid of honor did not let go of that train all day, way to go MOH!! Lindsey and Hunter chose to do some of their portraits before entering their reception and then scheduled about 15-20 min of time right around sunset to leave the reception for more portraits. I love when this works out in the timeline because summer lighting is so bright until about 8pm and we all love that soft golden summer light in the evening, and their evening portraits were so amazing!!!

The reception space at Cross Keys Barn is so warm and cozy. The barn wood and bistro lighting is inviting in the daylight and lights up even more at night. The bright wedding colors fit in perfectly in the dark barn space. In the evening they opened the barn doors and it's such a pretty view to see the space light up from the outside. Their reception became a bit energetic towards the end of the night with an ambulance on site and even fireworks as guests were outside watching the events unfold. All ended well as guests danced the night away and sent Lindsey and Hunter off with a sparkler exit to end the perfect wedding night!

 

 

Photography: Christy McKee Photography

Videography: Nvision Photography and Cinema

Coordinator: Sweet Southern Party (Haleigh Davis)

Florist: Blakemore's Flowers

Rings: Quinn's Goldsmith

Dress: Amy's Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Suits: Mens Wearhouse

Hair and Make Up: Sweet Southern Beauty

Cake: Buttercream Dreams

Donuts: Peace, Love, and Little Donuts

Ice Cream: Kline's Dairy Bar

Caterer: Hank's Smokehouse

Invitations: Vistaprint

Favors: Totally Promotional