Late June weddings are known to be a little hot. Ty and Gabi’s day was no exception. It was a warm summer day for a beautiful Charlottesville wedding but it was also so beautiful. I don’t know what it is about Pippin Hill, but on warm, summer evenings, the light is just magical. It’s light and airy but also not too bright to capture the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains that are in the distance. Honesty, this will forever be one of my favorite portrait locations. I left Ty and Gabi’s day knowing that I was in love with their sunset portraits and as a photographer, there is no greater feeling!
This doesn’t happen at every wedding that we photograph, but I love it when the toasts end and I feel like I have a deeper understanding of who are bride and groom are. Gabi’s best friend and Ty’s older brother shared beautiful memories of the two of them that allowed me to feel like I knew them better. I learned that Gabi has been a romantic since she was a little girl and her wedding day has been something she has been dreaming about since she was really young. I learned that she is a little Type A and her organizational skills are unmatched. Then I learned that everyone knew Ty had found his match when they noticed he was face-timing Gabi for hours every night to watch Netflix together while they were long distance!! Now that’s commitment!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I scroll through other photographer’s wedding blog posts, you see pretty pictures and gorgeous couples, but you don’t really feel like you KNOW them. I’m thankful for couples who are friends and who allow us into their lives. We may only share one full day together but always leave feeling like we have made friends and have shared in a small but meaningful part of our client’s special day!! It truly is a dream job!
It was a pleasure working with Adam from Donavan Grove Events, as well as with our good friends from Ian’s Creations. It’s sad to say but this is our last wedding for a little while! We’ll pick back up in August! As you scroll through this post I think you’ll agree that this was a perfect way to end our shooting spree!!
Ty and Gabi, Congratulations!!!!!! We couldn’t be more excited for you two!!! Enjoy your wedding day from our perspective!
Gabi you are gorgeous! I’m obsessed with this “almost to the aisle” shot that Michael took! And Michael took this one…. And Michael took this one! He was killing it with his ceremony shots! And Michael took THIS one!!! He was on a roll!
Ceremony + Reception | Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Dress Store | Monique Lhuillier, Flagship Store NYC
Dress Designer | Monique Lhuillier
Florist | Southern Blooms
Planner | Donovan-Groves Events
Hair Stylist | Avenue 42 Salon
Make-Up Artist | Carolyn Thombs
DJ | DJ Tobler
Videographer | Ian’s Creations
Cake | Favorite Cakes
Catering | Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Bridesmaids Dresses | Amsale
Invitations | Just Paper & Tea
String Quartet | Encore String Quartet
Signage | Design Inklings
Event Rentals | MS Events
Crossback Chairs | Stonegate Event Rentals
Golden Runner | Second Yard
Check out Ty + Gabi’s Engagement Session HERE!
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!
This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!
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.