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Branden + Briana

A Grelen Market Wedding | Gordonsville, VA

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It’s hard to describe just how much we loved this day. It was authentic and genuine and full of the best kind of emotion! Branden was in tears a large majority of the day and it melted everyone’s heart. My favorite part of their ceremony was when the priest explained that Branden wasn’t crying just because Briana looked beautiful, he had seen her dressed up before! Branden was in tears because of what it meant for his bride to be walking down the aisle to him. She was coming to commit her life to him… for better or for worse… whatever happens… her love isn’t going to change. After being married almost 8 years and walking through some pretty hard seasons of life with Michael, it makes me realize just how powerful those vows are.

Every couple will have valleys in their marriage where they have to cling to one another and remember the promises that they made. It’s not always perfect and pretty, but it is beautiful. Branden watched Briana walk down the aisle knowing that he would never face life alone without his companion and best friend. It makes sense why the tears flowed freely!

Branden and Briana were married in Gordonsville, VA and it was an amazing day! I found willow trees, old barns, mountainous backdrops, and rolling hills to shoot in! It was a photographer’s dream!! These two newlyweds were the ones who asked ME if we could get on the UTV and drive through the property to find just one more portrait location! I happily agreed and the adventure was beyond worth it!! I’m in love with the portrait from that part of the day!

Not only did I love the sweet tears and the amazing portraits, I also loved seeing one of our past KJ Couples and their families! Linsey and Jason were married a few years ago and that’s when Branden and Briana started following along with our journey on Instagram! Years later it was their turn to be the bride and groom, and we were so honored that they chose us to capture it all!! We absolutely LOVE the Sledge family and it felt like one big reunion when we were back in their presence. We laughed, cried (well, I cried) and celebrated right alongside of them Saturday evening, and the joy was palpable!!

I can’t wait to share these images and allow you to get to know this incredible KJ Couple! I have dozens and dozens of favorites!!! Enjoy!

Dress Store | ANN’S BOUTIQUE

Florist | COLONIAL FLORIST 

Ceremony Venue | ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER CATHOLIC CHURCH

Reception Venue | THE MARKET AT GRELEN

Wedding Coordinator |HANNAH DUBIT

Hair | Cindy Rose

DJ | KING STUDIOS

Cake | SWEETHAUS

Catering | EXCHANGE EVENTS

Invitations | ETSY

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— Katelyn

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