This weekend was a double header weekend for us. Some photographers don’t enjoy shooting back to back weddings but we actually don’t mind it at all. We have come to love getting a lot done in one weekend and then getting to take a weekend off later in the summer!! However, I will say that it is easy to love double headers when you’re working with awesome couples. I wish I had kept count of all of the times I looked at Michael on Ryan and Sarah’s wedding day and said “Gosh, they are just the sweetest!”. They truly are the sweetest couple you’ll ever meet.
We loved getting to know them at their engagement session and we were looking forward to their wedding day but we actually got to see them two days before the wedding when they stopped by the house to drop off a parking pass! (UVA is awesome… but not when it comes to parking! So thankful these two thought ahead!) They rang our doorbell and we got a chance to chat before the wedding day arrived and I just loved it! I never get to see brides right before their big day because things are normally just CRAZY! But this was such a fun surprise! Just to prove to you how sweet and thoughtful they are, they gave us gifts BEFORE we ever photographed their day! Like I said, they’re the sweetest!
Ryan and Sarah’s wedding day was inspired by Sarah’s scottish roots. I could have listened to her parent’s accents all day long! Family members flew in from Scotland and even Dubai! There was ivy incorporated into the bouquets and even the UVA chapel looked like it could have been located on an European hill side! Between the stone chapel and the gorgeous estate at Oak Ridge, this wedding was a DREAM! I kept yelling from behind my camera “I’m in heaven you guys! This is photography heaven!!”. It was true! You’ll see what I mean in a minute!
Ryan and Sarah’s love for one other is the kind of love that makes you want to go and hug your husband and tell him you love him. :) It’s radiant and it’s so genuine. Photographing their wedding day made me fall in love with my job all over again and I told them that! The cute thing was that Sarah was a bit weepy all day so on multiple occasions when I exclaimed how perfect their day was, she started tearing up all over again!! Ryan was there in true Ryan fashion with a tie-dyed handkerchief to dry her tears. :) Enjoy this beautiful Oak Ridge Estate wedding in the rolling hills outside of Charlottesville! It’s going to take your breath away!
Oh Sarah WOW!
Love this so much!
The University of Virginia Chapel fit their wedding theme perfectly!
This was followed by a lot of happy tears!!
One of my favorites!
Loved this time together in the field! I MAY have been on top of my car for this shot!
The weather was PERFECT for their open air reception!
Gosh I love this!
This is why slipping out for sunset portraits is an AWESOME idea!
Ha! Michael helped demonstrate the Scottish dances! I don’t think she knew he was the photographer but it sure was entertaining!
Dress Designer | Judd Waddell
Dress Store | Hitched Salon
Florist | Bloom By Doyle’s
Ceremony Venue | University of Virginia Chapel
Reception Venue | Oak Ridge Estate
Hair | The Soft Parade Salon
Makeup | Makeup Richmond
Cake | Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Catering | C&O Restaurant
Bridesmaid Dresses | Union Station
Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.
My review of the Canon EOS R6 after shooting a full wedding day is LIVE on Youtube! I was so nervous to use a brand new camera system for full wedding day… I had my Mark IV ready in my bag just in case… but thankfully, I never had to use it! I was really hoping that I would love it and feel comfortable with it….
This wedding venue may look familiar to some of you who have been following us for a while! I photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding a few years ago at this very same farm and venue!
Natural light photographers…. (flash photographers, we know how you would handle these scenarios and that’s awesome for your style! This is for the natural light folks!)
I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.
If you are like me and you’re a natural light wedding photographer, you may not love using the Canon 600 EX-RT flashes. But they are so necessary!