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!
This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.
When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!
Maybe it’s just me…. but I feel like this fall is FLYING by! It seems like just the other day that I was sharing about three more KJ Students who are doing amazing things in their businesses! Well, this weeks marks the beginning of November and I have three amazing students to introduce you too!!!
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!