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.
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
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!!
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