Richmond weddings are not our normal settings for wedding days believe it or not! We LOVE Richmond! We live here and we want to shoot more in the area but we always seem to shoot everywhere but here! Well not this past weekend! This past weekend had the opportunity to shoot in our part of Virginia with people we love! When we first moved to the west end of Richmond after we got married, we met so many amazing families at our new church that helped us get started and acquainted with our new hometown. Michael was a high school youth pastor and so most of these families that we became close with had kids in the youth group! Michael now works full time with me but we still have such sweet friendships with these families!
The Wagners are one of those families. From the very beginning they were so kind and welcoming to us. We got to know their girls over the years and even though Corbin is older than her sisters and had moved away right when we moved to Richmond, we still had little opportunities to see her and get to know her over the last four years!
I can remember so vividly the night at youth group when Crossley and Abbie told me that Corbin was getting engaged… REALLY SOON!! They were squealing the whole time they told me about it! I can honestly say that Crossley and Abbie are two of the most excited sisters we’ve ever worked with for a wedding and that says a lot! They just adore their older sister and they couldn’t be happier for her!!!
Ricky and Corbin met years and years ago and over time, their friendship turned into a beautiful relationship. Ricky is actually the little brother of one of Corbin’s close friends growing up! They started dating and eventually moved to Alaska with another couple. That’s still home for these two and so when you see the cake topper, you’ll understand why it just had to be a moose! :)
Their day was perfect for them. Corbin wanted no rain and she didn’t want it to be HOT! It was a wonderful 48 degrees and the rain held off just enough for all of their portraits. I was chilly but the Alaskans said it was awesome!! :) We started the day by saying hi to Corbin’s parents when we walked into the church. Scott and Tyra were about to experience their first daughter getting married and I think it’s safe to say that there were a few nerves and a few tears shed. It’s such an honor to be behind the scenes on a wedding day with sweet friends like this. I cherished our role in this amazing wedding day and I can’t wait for you to see it!! Enjoy this beautiful Lewis Ginter Garden wedding… the first wedding of 2015!!!!Parents of the beautiful bride! Sister love! Love this! Dad’s first look was the sweetest…. One of my favorites!! Ceremony | Monument Heights Baptist Church Reception | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Florists | Coleman Brothers Flowers, Inc. Dress | AG Alterations Aksinia Bridesmaids | David’s Bridal Groomsmen | Men’s Wearhouse Bow Ties: Buffalo Jackson DJ | Choice Entertainment Coordinator | Janet Richardson Hair | Grace Under Foot Makeup | Faces by Joy Invitations | By Invitation Only Cake | Kalico Kitchen Catering | Meriwether Godsey Catering
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.
My review of the Canon EOS R6 after shooting a full wedding day is LIVE on Youtube! I was so nervous to use a brand new camera system for full wedding day… I had my Mark IV ready in my bag just in case… but thankfully, I never had to use it! I was really hoping that I would love it and feel comfortable with it….
This wedding venue may look familiar to some of you who have been following us for a while! I photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding a few years ago at this very same farm and venue!
Natural light photographers…. (flash photographers, we know how you would handle these scenarios and that’s awesome for your style! This is for the natural light folks!)
I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.
If you are like me and you’re a natural light wedding photographer, you may not love using the Canon 600 EX-RT flashes. But they are so necessary!