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.
That same ability to envision what she hoped for in a business carries over to other parts of her life. She had high expectations (as she should) for a husband to one day spend the rest of her life with. Her dad shared that there were times he and her momma wondered if she would find someone that would meet such high expectations. Well, this past January, I received an email from Melanie sharing that she had found him!!! We were technically booked for 2020 but just happened to have the ability to add one more fall wedding date to the calendar and we were thrilled!!! We were thrilled to be a part of their story and thrilled to see an old friend! It’s just amazing to me how God allows connections and relationships to be built in all different parts of our business. If you had told me during our workshop together that we would one day have the honor of capturing such an important part of Melanie’s life down the road, I wouldn’t have believed you. She knows so many photographers and yet she chose us?! We’re so thankful!
Jonathan and Melanie’s wedding day was absolutely beautiful. The weather was incredible, the light was perfect, the timeline was amazing but most importantly, watching these two start their life together was inspiring and encouraging. They love one another in such a pure and joyful way…..they love the Lord wholeheartedly…. and their day was centered more around their marriage than the prettiness of everything…. which is how it should be. As Jonathan watched Melanie walk down the aisle, he was in tears… almost as if he was just in awe of what God had done and who he gets to spend the rest of his life with. I don’t blame him! Just wait until you see Melanie. She was stunning. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I can’t wait for you to see what I mean!
So, enjoy my favorites from this amazing day and forgive me, I blogged way too many. I realize this! I just had a hard time narrowing it down!! Congratulations Jonathan and Melanie! Michael and I are thrilled to have been a small part of such a big season of your life!! We love you both and we’re cheering for you!!!
Ceremony + Reception| The Grand Ivory
Dress Store | Chantilly Couture
Dress Designer | Jenny Yoo
Florist | Olive Grove
Planner | Ivory & Vine Events
Hair & Make Up | Meagan Bechtl Starr
Videographer | Candlelight Films
Cake | Candy Haven
Catering | Vestals Catering
Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie
Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux
Groom’s Bow Tie | Brackish
Invitations | Sizelove Letter Co.
Photo Backdrop | Tiana May Designs
View their Engagement Session HERE!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!