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  • Jordan + Katy

worked in the admissions office at CNU and one day she came home and said “You know Katy Ray right? Well she LOVES the blog!”.  What?! I was so excited! At that time… not many people knew about the blog and even fewer followed it! So when I heard Katy loved what I was doing, I was thrilled! Katy graduated, moved to Florida and worked for Disney and then met a boy, fell in love, got engaged and guess what…. she was STILL following the blog!! Yesssss. She emailed me with tons of exclamation points and capital letters and I was SO excited when I knew I was officially her wedding photographer!!! It’s so wonderful to photograph couples that

already KNOW my business! Katy has watched my business grow and change over the last few years and so now that it was HER TURN… she knew exactly what she wanted! Katy and Jordan are two amazing people and I fell in love with them during their engagement session. It was SO good that I had to do a part one/part two! I could have easily posted a part1/part2 for their wedding as well but I’m REALLY trying to get better at blogging less images and narrowing them down to just give you a GREAT overall image of their wedding day. If I showed ALL of my favorite portraits, we’d be here all day and your computer would crash. So! Anyway! This post is so much fun because their wedding day was so THEM.  Their reception was at the Historic Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Virginia and I was so excited for their portraits! Between this location and their classic style, I was in HEAVEN!!! They even made sure the theater lights were on for us to take pictures! Loved every minute of it!!


Before I let you go on and view their beautiful wedding, let me just say that I SO appreciate all of the sweet words and encouragement from their friends and family! I’m SO honored that you all were so excited to see these images and are such amazing supporters of my business! WOW. It makes the day so much easier when I know that there are guests that can’t wait to see these images!!! It also raises the bar. These needed to be super fun and creative and unique… I think we accomplished that:) You all can be the judge of that!!


Katy and Jordan I feel like I say this ALL the time but I really can’t thank you enough for choosing me to be with you on your wedding day. What a beautiful day it was and I had so much fun! Thank you for trusting me with your wedding day! Here’s a HUGE sneak peek of what’s to come in your full gallery!!!! Enjoy! Love you both!!!!!!!

Did anyone recognize that the necklace is hanging on the “12”…. and they got married on the “12th”….. Come on, I was trying to be creative here!!!

Ahh! Katy!! You look awesome girlfriend!

These are some of my FAVORITES from the WHOLE day…. and they were taken in a children’s nursery room at the church.  This is just proof that if there is good light…. you can get GREAT images no matter where you are!



First Look!



Ah!! A favorite for sure!

Super fun bridal party!

And now for the Theater!! woohoo!! Loved these next ones!

Look at their EYES! Their kids are going to be beautiful!!!:) Too soon? Sorry, I get carried way!

Jordan your model face is A-w-e-s-o-m-e! I think you’ve had some practice:)

This is SO Katy:)

Lights!! So glad they were on for us!!

Old abandoned lobby?! YESSSSSS.

Reception time!!! Katy’s handmade wedding details were TEAL and PERFECT!

Table numbers were just a deck of cards! Awesome idea!

They had the cutest ice cream bar with little tags that Katy learned how to make from a Wedding Wednesday post! Makes me happy!:)

Ha! Love them! I wish my job was a little more entertaining.

Wow Jordan… those faces! It’s like you’re an actor or something:)



The caterer gave them their to-go boxes in a little basket! Cute!



Ceremony | Branch’s Baptist Church

Reception | Historic Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA

Catering | Champagne Taste Catering

Bridesmaids Attire and Bridal Gown | David’s Bridal

Groomsmen and Groom Attire | Kenneth Cole, Mens Wearhouse

Ties | The Tie Bar




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