Keri & Peter's Wedding Preview | Frontier Culture Museum Wedding

Keri and Peter planned a very unique Scottish infused wedding at the Frontier Culture Museum. I have done weddings here before, but this was my first time we were able to venture inside the actual museum grounds for photos and there were so many beautiful spots for pictures! I can't wait to share more from this beautiful wedding but in the essence of time and productivity I must leave you with these teasers for now. Check back soon for the full wedding blog!! (Vendors below)

Wedding coordinator: Chelsea Kraft Florist: My mom Connie Durrett His Ring: Helzberg Bride's Dress: David's Bridal Bridesmaid's Dresses: Allure Bridal Groom's Tux: The Scotland Shop Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse (Calvin Klein) Hair: Lynn Giambalvo Makeup: Haley Dihlmann (former student) Cake: Keri's dad Bill Durrett Catering: Dayton Catering Co Invitations: Abby Wilson (bridesmaid) Favors: Barnes and Noble and evermine

Sallie & Josh American Hotel Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

Sallie and Josh's wedding was special in so many ways. First, on a personal side they were the first couple that was actually referred to me by my husband. Now this doesn't sound that unique, Josh and my husband work together about once or twice a month. However,  my husband sees on average 40 people a day and has never referred anyone, so he knew this was going to be a great match. Sallie and Josh are laid back but still very fun and silly. They are so easy to get along with and are so comfortable together it made taking their pictures quite easy.

Sallie and Josh's wedding was mostly special though because they were married in the church that Sallie attended since she was little. This church holds a lot ofhistory for her family and she always knew that is where she wanted to get married. Augusta Stone Church is so beautiful! As soon as I pulled up I couldn't stop thinking of all the great spots for portraits. Then I walked inside the church and it was equally as beautiful. There were so many great details in every room, great architecture, and good light too which is rare for a church.

Sallie and Josh chose not to do a first look before their wedding. Josh's face beamed with happiness has he watched Sallie walk down the aisle. This was after the sweet little flower girl fell and had to be comforted which Josh quickly took care of before his bride began her decent down the aisle. The kids at this wedding were beyond adorable!! After a very touching ceremony we took advantage of the gorgeous stone church and did family and wedding party portraits outside before heading to downtown Staunton.

Sallie and Josh held their reception at the American Hotel in downtown Staunton. I have done several weddings at the American Hotel and it is one of my favorite venues for many reasons. I love the exposed brick and the light that pours in the windows in the evening. I also love the easy access to downtown for portraits! Every wedding I have photographed at the American Hotel has had a different reception layout so it always feel just a little different each time. Sallie and Josh opted not to serve cake at their wedding and instead had an ice cream truck parked right outside. Smiley's Ice Cream Truck is bright red and full of fun and unique flavors. They told me I "had to try some" so I did and it was in fact amazing! They made custom ice cream bowls and spoons to feed each other their favorite dessert. I love when couples think outside the box and come up with ideas for their wedding that are true to what they love and enjoy!

Take a look through all the wonderful images captured during this spring church wedding filled with all the details, love, and emotion you could imagine on a wedding day!

Vendor List

Second photographer: Nvision Photography

Flowers- Flowers by Rose

Ceremony venue- Augusta Stone Church

Reception venue-  American Hotel and Banquet

 Ice Cream- Smileys Ice Cream from Mount Crawford

Wedding dress/bridesmaid dresses/groomsmen outfits: Amanda's Touch

Food- Country Cookin

Hair and make by High Tech Salon- Sam Halterman (make up) and Brittany Davis (hair)

Invitations-  Etsy

Rings- (bride) Christopher Williams

 

Josalyn & Dustin The American Hotel | Staunton Wedding Photographer

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

 

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

50's Inspired Styled Wedding | Staunton Wedding Photographer

This session highlights so many things that I love about photography! First, I love all things vintage! I love the outdoors and shooting near water because the light is amazing. I also love working with and supporting local vendors which is really what a styled shoot is all about. Take a look at this gorgeous styled wedding that was featured on Glamour and Grace!

I met with Liz from Gaie Lea to discuss putting together a styled shoot that showed how beautiful her venue is during all seasons. This shoot was actually done during the fall but it would also be the perfect spring or summer wedding concept.  We both wanted to focus on the 1950’s which is when the venue was built. We wanted to highlight the use of family heirlooms and using items from your mother’s wedding. I decided a casual picnic theme would be perfect by the water, but still keeping a sense of elegance and formality from the 50’s. We stayed very true to the era in terms of wardrobe, hair, and make up. We used all original 1950’s family heirlooms for the styling, most of which belonged to the venue owner’s own mother and grandmother.  Other vintage props were supplied by Valley Heirlooms.

Sara Kite from The Faded Poppy styled the shoot. She always find the most amazing vintage pieces and did such a great job combining them with the family pieces we borrowed from Gaie Lea. Sara, and her adorable puppy Charley (seen below) designed the perfect tablescape and reception setting. Sara has such a creative eye and can work with any vision. Sara also created the retro inspired bouquet. This petite bouquet comprised of a soft palette mix of locally sourced blooms including cream mums, peach roses, white limonium and fresh sage & thyme sourced from Gaie Lea's herb garden.

We had a team of three doing the hair and makeup. They matched the true style of the 1950's so perfectly. Omar De Leon Molina owner of Omar's Hair Salon did a wonderful job styling our models hair. The before and after was simply amazing. Veronica Vargas from Glamorous Makeup and Hair by Judith Veronica did a beautiful job defining the look with the glamorous red lips and minimal, but bold, Sophia Lauren eyes. Make up was such an iconic part of 1950's fashion and Veronica portrayed that perfectly. 

The wedding dress, named  Betty, was custom designed by wedding dress designer Greta Kay. The dress is fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and full tea length skirt. It features hand-beaded alencon lace on tulle. The shoes which can be found at White Dress by Greta Kay were the perfect accessory to this dress.

 I decided I didn’t want to use a traditional cake so I decided to use pies which were very popular in the 50’s and went along with the picnic theme. Paris Cake Co. supplied pies in two sizes and they were both beautiful and delicious!

For jewelry I visited the new owners of H.L. Lang & Co.,  a jewelry store that carries estate and other fine jewelry. They owner and her mother chose original 1950’s pieces that were perfect for the shoot. They chose a red colored stone for the engagement ring, graduated pearls, and a beautiful pin. This theme was so much fun to plan to see through. Everyone involved had so much fun researching the era and finding fun ways to incorporate traditions and era specific details.

Photographer: Christy McKee Photography www.christymckeephotography.com

Venue: Gaie Lea Staunton, VA http://www.gaielea.com/

Styling: Sara Kite, The Faded Popppy www.thefadedpoppy.com

Florals: The Faded Poppy

Wedding dress, shoes, and wardrobe styling: White Dress by Greta kay www.whitedressbridals.com

Jewelry: H.L. Lang & Cohttp://hllang.com/

Pies: Paris Cake Company http://pariscakeco.wix.com/erinn#!

Vintage Rentals: Valley Heirlooms http://valleyheirlooms.com/

Hair: Omar’s Hair Salon (no current web page)

Make Up: Veronica Vargas https://www.facebook.com/Glamorous-Makeup-Hair-by-Judith-Veronica-LLC-599549603554721/