As soon as we pulled up, Tori’s dad met us at the door and welcomed us. He mentioned that there were bad storms over Blacksburg that were moving our way and we all hoped for the best. Surely these pop-up thunderstorms would miss us, right? As I was working on shooting details, the thunder started. Tori was nervous. Everyone in the room could tell that she was nervous and rightfully so. It was her dream wedding day. She has worked so hard to plan this celebration and their ceremony was supposed to be outside overlooking the mountains!!
I reassured everyone that surely this storm would pass over quickly. After all, it never thunders for hours and hours unless you’re in the midst of a hurricane! The rain started to come down. It started as sprinkles but then quickly turned into a downpour and we were all a little worried. Sheets of rain started coming in sideways under the porch and we made a game plan to get the bride up to the ceremony area to wait it out. As soon as we made it to the top of the hillside, the rain died down and the sun actually started to peek through the trees! It was so fitting that the bridal party entered the ceremony to “Here Comes the Sun!”. It was a wedding-day-weather-miracle! Not only did the rain stop just in time for the ceremony to take place, but it also dropped the temperature by ten degrees and brought some lingering cloud-cover so that no one had to squint.
I feel like the weather on Logan and Tori’s wedding day was such a representation of life. There will be storms but the sun always comes back out again. The longer I photograph weddings, the more I fully understand the beauty of this celebration. It’s not just getting a new last name or a new title. It’s obviously not about photos (even though I think they are a TOP priority!). It’s about making a covenant to do life side by side with the person you love the most…. no matter how hard it gets. I’m so excited to see Tori and Logan start on this new adventure together as husband and wife. Their beautiful day was just a small piece of all of the beautiful adventures they will experience as husband and wife!
We love this sweet family and we loved being the ones capturing the beginning of their story!! Enjoy my favorites from their beautiful, mountaintop wedding!
One of my favorites!
One of my favorites!The over cast skies allowed us to really see the mountains!!! So thankful! This light!
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Braeloch on Glenburn Farms
Dress Store & Designer | Tiffany’s Bridal
Florist | Lindsey Ann’s Florals
Hair & Make Up | Michelle Tuck
DJ | RSP Entertainment
Cake | Aprille Kelly
Catering | Mission BBQ
Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie
Groomsmen Attire | Studio I Do
Invitations | Zazzle
Favors | Koozies
View their Engagement Session HERE!!
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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!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.
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.