Mark + Emily

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She was greeted by all of her brothers and dad the morning of the wedding. They all had a chance to see her first. Tears were held back and a few were shed. This is just one of the beautiful moments of Mark and Emily’s day. Their first look, their gorgeous ceremony location, the fall leaves in their portraits, Emily opening her gift from Mark and freaking out… There are so many moments that stick out to me. This is our second to last wedding of the season and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest! Now I knew that Emily was going to be a gorgeous bride, but I was just in awe of her beauty throughout the day. Mark and Em are such a beautiful, joyful and spirited couple! You’ll be able to see this through their images! I can’t wait for you to view them!!

Their smiles couldn’t have been bigger and their excitement couldn’t have been more evident. Emily was so relaxed and stress free as a bride. It made the day so enjoyable and successful!! These two have SO many beautiful fall portraits of the two of them!!

As we walked around Monroe park and the Church Hill area in Richmond, I couldn’t help but watch them interact and think about how perfect they are for one another. Mark is so genuine and down to earth and Emily is energetic, vibrant and so lovable! I was convinced that we were almost the same person when she almost cried as she opened her gift from Mark! He surprised her with the 35mm 1.4 lens and she was in HEAVEN! I would have been in heaven too!! How fun is that?! Mark, you’re an incredible gift-giver!!!

Emily is an amazing portrait photographer and I’m beyond honored that she chose US to photograph her day. She could have chosen ANY of her photographer friends and somehow we made the cut! She spoiled us and all of her other amazing vendors so much. What a dream bride! Sometimes I don’t understand how we’re so blessed with such amazing couples. We’re so thankful!!!

Enjoy this gorgeous Richmond wedding! It may very well be a new favorite for you! LOVED working with Dear Sweetheart Events, Richard Green Entertainment and Amanda Veronee, what a “dream team”!!! Enjoy!!!!!

Amanda, this bouquet is AMAZING!  She called her colors “Azaela” and I loved them!!  This light was so gorgeous!! WOWWWWW!! Oh how I love this! Her dad and brothers had their own first look and it was priceless! Bridesmaids first look! His and hers gifts! Love this! He was just a tad excited to see her! Michael’s shot…. one of my FAVORITES!!! Love these smiles!  get it guys!!! You two make my job so incredibly easy!!! Another favorite! If only you could see all that was going on in this park during these portraits! :) Thanks Tyler for this wide shot!!!!  Such a beautiful church! MARRIED!!!!! Loved this one!!! Her parents have been married for 44 years and never had a first dance…. until this moment:)
Ceremony | Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Reception | The John Marshall Ballroom
Florists | Amanda Veronee
Dress | Rosalins Bridal
Dress Designer | Maggie Sottero
Groom | Mens Wearhouse
Bridesmaids | Bella Rosa
Groomsmen | Mens Wearhouse
DJ | Richard Green Entertainment
Videographer | Zach Robbins
Coordinator | Dear Sweetheart Events
Hair | Winning Image Salon and Day Spa
Invitations | Shannon Joy Paperie
Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
Cake | Sweet Fix
Catering | Homemades By Suzanne

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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