Vineyard Wedding

Mariellyn & Carl's Wedding Preview | Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding

I've decided that golden hour at Cross Keys Vineyard is one of the best around!! You can see the blue mountains perfectly which is what brought Mariellyn and Carl all the way from Florida to get married here! Their wedding day finally felt like fall but it was still warm enough to be outdoors all day and just enjoy the weather and share in the love these two have for each other. They were surrounded by beautiful colors, flowers, and so many people that love them.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll also remember that Mariellyn and Carl buried a bottle of bourbon which they dug up on their wedding day to share with friends, such a fun southern tradition and wedding day celebration.

Here are a few sneak peaks to hold them over before they leave for their tropical honeymoon tomorrow!! I hope you two enjoy lots of bourbon this week!!

Special thanks to my second shooter Hannah Adams whose photos will be shared on the final blog post so you'll get to see more of the guys! And to the following vendors

Wedding Planner: Sara Kite, Faded Poppy

Flowers: Harmony Harvest

Officiant - Pastor Tim Cole

Photobooth - SillyShotz

DJ - DJ Ricky

Videographer - Yeattes Productions

Rings - Global Diamonds

Dress - Caryn's Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses - Azazie

Suits - The Black Tux

Hair - Linda Roop

Make up - Taylor Benson, Blue Ridge Esthetics

Cake - Country Confections

Catering - CrossKeys Vineyards

Invitations - WeddingPaperDivas.com

Wedding art and signs- Lauren Hagy Illustration and Fine Art

Inna & Peter's Wedding Preview | Veritas Winery Wedding Venue

Inna and Peter are just one of those couples! They have chemistry that is apparent when you first meet them and if you saw their engagement session you will know what I mean! I had so much fun spending the day with them at their Veritas Winery wedding this weekend. It was a warm day, but the sky was filled with beautiful clouds which let us take pictures all over the vineyards. Veritas has so many unique details and their reception room is so beautiful! It has such a warm glow to it and the white fabric draped along the ceilings and walls add to any wedding decor.

Inna had so many sparkling gold details for her wedding day. It started with the gold Jimmy Choo wedges a beautiful dress with so much detailing,  and then she changed into a different dress for their first dance. Speaking of their first dance, they took dance lessons before the wedding and they did an amazing job! The night ended with Inna and Peter being lifted into the air for a traditional Hora dance. Be on the lookout for their full blog post soon!!

 

Vendors:

Coordinator and flowers: Sara kite

Dress: ricca sposa

Bridesmaid dresses: Davids bridal

Hair and makeup: the spot beauty shop

Catering: Veritas

Invites: vistaprint

Favors: Honolulu cookies

Shuttles: easy riders bus co

Videography: Kelley van dilla

Dj: Dennis payne

Cake: pearls cupcakes

Donut truck: carpe donut

Photo booth: Shane showker

Dance lessons: Amy hontos dancemasters in petersburg

Second Shooter: Nikki Trent

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.

 

Vendors

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

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!!

 

Vendors

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

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

Favorite Wedding Photos: The Portraits | Staunton Wedding Photographer

My favorite wedding photos series part 2 is all about the portraits. Portraits consist or bridal, groom, and couple portraits as well as the bridal parties. If your wedding day schedule is tight and there isn't a lot of time for portraits, or there are a wide variety of portraits you would like to have, you may want to consider scheduling bridal portraits before your wedding day. I suggest that brides think of any general poses they would like to capture and discuss this in your pre wedding meeting. However, I do not recommend making or printing a long list of "Pinterest" poses for the day. Doing this can take a lot of time and also ruin a lot of natural moments that occur during the portraits. If you find something on Pinterest that you would really love to re create we can discuss this ahead of time and definitely work it into the portraits.

Couple portraits are such a fun part of your wedding day. Portraits can be done before and/or after the wedding ceremony. This will depend or rather or not you chose to do a "first look" check out a separate blog post about considering a first look! I suggest finding a quiet place without any guests, family members, or bridal party to take the couple portraits. This is a great time for the bride and groom to have a quiet moment "alone" (with your photographer) as well as capturing some memorable images.  I prefer all portraits to be less staged and more natural. Allowing the bride and groom to just be together and talk is a great way to capture true emotion and those real moments from the day. Of course your photographer will guide you when the time is right to look at the camera or to do some poses as well.

The bridal party and family portraits can be a time of creativity and fun. This is also a great time to have a wedding coordinator or designated family member to help organize groups and make sure everyone is around for their group. If the photographer or bridal party member is spending time finding or waiting on missing guests then opportunities for more photos as well as time is lost.

So my advice for portraits is to plan ahead and work closely with your photographer to schedule them appropriately. It's also very helpful to have a wedding coordinator or other helper.