Leah + Hunter

A Classic Commonwealth Club Wedding | Richmond, Va

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The day started with bubbly personalities and bubbly drinks in the historic Linden Row house in downtown Richmond. I walked in, found Leah and then one by one I met her amazing bridesmaids. From the moment I met them all, I knew this was going to be a fun day, not lacking any energy! I loved the way this day started…. however, it got even better the moment dad walked in.

Leah wasn’t in her dress yet, she just had on her robe and her hair and makeup were done… but he still couldn’t hold it together. It was perfect. It was a reaction that brides dream of and hope for on their wedding day from their dad. The getting ready continued and dad patiently waited in the foyer until it was time for the official “first look” with his girl. The moment came and the tears flowed from everyone. What a beautiful thing it is to have such a sweet and tender relationship with your family, especially with your daughters.

I watched these interactions continue throughout the entire day. Teary glances, big emotions, so much excitement…. it was perfect. Hunter’s note that he wrote Leah was one of the best I’ve ever heard (and I’ve photographed over 300 weddings!). Her dress was stunning and so “her”. The weather was unbelievable. The light throughout the day was exactly what I wanted. It was overall just a perfect day and it was such an honor to be there. Covid made Hunter and Leah’s Commonwealth Club wedding a little different than they imagined but it was absolutely wonderful. They got married in front of 48 family and friends and then in September, we’ll celebrate with them again at their large scale reception!!

Leah sent us home with gifts for each one of our kids and I can’t explain how much that means to us. The greatest joy of our business is getting to create sweet relationships with our couples and their families. I remember being so worried that being a mom would make our brides not able to connect with us in the same way because I was going to be in a different season than them but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are blessed with brides who adore us and our children…. so much so that they send us home with three different bunnies for Evy, Graham and Rhett! You should have seen Evy’s face when I showed her that we brought her a PRESENT! Best thing EVER in the eyes of a four year old!!!!

As you scroll through this day, get excited because you’ll get to see these two again in the early fall!!!! Hunter and Leah it is such an honor to be the ones trusted to capture this exciting season of your life!!! Your love for one another and deep care for your family and friends was such a gift to experience this past weekend. What a beautiful new chapter you have started! We’re so happy for you!!

Ceremony | Saint Bridget Catholic Church

Reception | The Commonwealth Club

Dress Store | Urban Set Bride

Dress Designer | Lillian West

Florist | Petals & Twigs

Planner | Hannah Marie Events

Hair | Elle Style Studio

Make Up | Cameron Carson

Band | The Bachelor Boys Band

Videographer | The Herrintons

Cake | The Mixing Bowl Bakery

Catering | The Commonwealth Club

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations | Paper On The Avenue

Save the Date Artist | Megan Carn

Alterations + Veil | Fariba Bridal Alterations & Designs

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