Ingrid & Oscar’s Wedding at Middleburg’s Salamander Resort

Ingrid & Oscar’s Wedding at Middleburg’s Salamander Resort

If you haven’t yet visited the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, when you go you’ll see vast expanses of horse trails in keeping with Middleburg’s tradition. Given Ingrid & Oscar both embedded their families’ traditions (Sweden and Netherlands, respectively) into their wedding celebration, it seemed a fitting place for the two of them to say I Do. Included too were so many adorable children we almost (almost!) had to remind ourselves to photograph the couple. Ingrid made it easy with her dress, veil and headpiece (all designed by her!) and looked absolutely radiant throughout their entire day. Enjoy a few of our favorite moments from the weekend’s festivities, and then check out their complete gallery. The password is Ingrid’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The fab team:
Reception venue & catering: Salamander Resort
Ceremony: St. John’s, Warrenton
Music: Bachelor Boys Band
Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Dear o&i,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:
Your children, nieces, and nephews. They couldn’t have been more fun, more true, and more kid-like. We loved the energy and emotions they brought to the day. The too-many-to-mention tender moments between you, Ingrid, and your sister and your mom. Your sister’s belting it out not only at your ceremony, but repeatedly at your reception, to the crowd’s roar of approval. The look of “Ok, I’m goin’ down!” on your face as your groomsmen slightly lost control of you in the air, Oscar, yet you kept that ever-present grin. Oscar, your toast of recognition to Ingrid’s father. There was nary a dry eye in the house.

Congratulations, you two! It was an honor to photograph your wedding.

xoxo…
…a&b

Kate & Andrew’s Wedding at Clifton Inn

Kate & Andrew’s Wedding at Clifton Inn

When we lived in Charlottesville and our newly engaged then-assistant Eric asked us where in town we’d marry if we were to do it again, we offered Clifton Inn, a place (and people) we adore. So it was nice to once again return for Kate & Andrew’s wedding (you might remember their fun Love Session in Georgetown) and celebrate with their welcoming families. It coincided with the last race of the Triple Crown, and the couple was surrounded by enthusiastic fans to watch as the last part of cocktail hour faded in the golden afternoon light. While their favorite horse may not have won, these two most definitely did with the heartfelt and tender toasts offered by their friends and family that evening. We loved spending the weekend with them, and you can relive those moments with their complete gallery. The password is Kate’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Enjoy!

The wedding team:
Venue, Catering & Cake: Clifton Inn
Flowers: Floral Images Design Studio
Tent Company: Skyline
Officiant: Family Friend
Hair & make-up: Studio 500
Ceremony Musicians: Terra Voce
Reception Music: Miguel with DJ D-Mac 
Stationer: Rock Paper Scissors

B’s faves of A:

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A’s faves of B:

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We’re so happy our wonderful assistant Karen could join us in Charlottesville for K&A’s wedding. Here are a few of our faves from her.

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Dear k&a,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:
Watching utter joy as the two of you saw each other for the first time in private that day, taking each other in without a care in the world. Just as you reached the altar, Kate, the look of true love and amazement in your dad’s eyes as he watched you just beaming in front of Andrew. The flowers you each presented to your mothers during the ceremony, not for the flowers’ sake, but for what they represented. The way you, Andrew, and every other man wearing a suit at your ceremony heroically fended off the hot Virginia sun, ignoring the weather completely to focus on your wife-to-be. The surprise, then determination, then triumph you felt, Kate, when you finally got Andrew’s ring on his finger!  The intoxicating smell of lavender when you ran through your guests gleefully tossing it on you after your ceremony. Your Mother’s beautiful and heartfelt toast, Andrew. While we don’t remember the words, we won’t soon forget the feeling we had listening to it. The golden butterfly that crashed your cocktail hour. When your dad, Kate, spoke during his toast of the first time he and Andrew talked, and of the long awkward silence (so funny!) At the very end of the night, Kate while your parents slow danced under the stars and you looked over with admiration, hope and love.

Congratulations, you two! What an incredible joy for us to be a part of your wedding and we wish you have many years of enjoying sharing in each other’s life.

xoxo…
…a&b

Alison & Jasper’s Brunch Wedding at Farmington Country Club

Alison & Jasper’s Brunch Wedding at Farmington Country Club

Our first Summer wedding had us back in Charlottesville for a sunny brunch wedding for Alison & Jasper, who married close to Alison’s childhood home. These two were an incredibly gentle and quiet couple, and had decided to host their guests for a brunch along the lawn at Farmington Country Club. Many guests played the myriad lawn games, especially croquet, to wear off the abundant brunch buffet (including, of course, Oreo cookies). It was a fun, relaxed way to start the spring season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have been part of the celebration. Check out our favorite moments and details from A&J’s wedding, and view their complete gallery here. The password is Alison’s maiden name. Enjoy!

The wedding team:
Venue & catering: Farmington Country Club
Flowers: Whimsical Floral
Baker: Paradox Pastry
Officiant: Travis Crytzer
Hair & make-up: Studio FBJ
Stationer: Erica Jack
Gown: Oscar de la Renta

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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A few favorites from our talented assistant Karen:

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This moment of her brother watching his sister and other brother hug following the ceremony is among our absolute faves from the day.

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A man after our own hearts. Does anyone else think Oreo’s are part crack?! SO incredibly addictive!

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Dear a&j,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include: Your dog snuggled up in your lap while you got your hair and make-up done, Alison. Jasper, when you stretched out on the bed for a breather just before your ceremony was to begin. The near tears-of-joy your families each had upon your marriage when you all celebrated together afterward. Getting nearly everyone to play croquet despite the 90 degree heat and classic Virginia humidity. Jasper, that look on your face when you saw Alison for the first time in her pink wedding dress during your First Sight. Loved it!

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

Best of 2013 – Bill’s Faves of Anne’s

Best of 2013 – Bill’s Faves of Anne’s

Today we wrap up our favorite images (we somewhat randomly selected 25 each) among the nearly 15,000 we delivered to our wonderful clients in 2013. These are images Bill loves that Anne captured, vs. Anne’s faves Bill captured. We hope you enjoy them, reminiscing about each of the weddings (click on the link for each couple to see more). Have a great weekend everyone and we’ll soon be sharing a sweet and fun wedding right here in Colorado at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Alicia & Gio’s wedding at the Hay Adams Hotel

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Ashley & Kevin’s wedding at the Army Navy Club

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Cristin & Nima’s wedding at Veritas Vineyards

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Elizabeth & Ryan’s wedding at Woodbury Forest School

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Joy & Jerry’s wedding at Vail Mountain Resort

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Jenn & Mike’s wedding at Clifton Inn

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Lindsay & Charles’s wedding at Hotel Monaco
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Lindsay & Kyle’s wedding at the National Museum for Women in the Arts

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Laura & Tony’s wedding at The Barns at Hamilton Station

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Mary Beth & Chris’s wedding at Shrine Mont

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Misty & Roby’s wedding at the Mellon Auditorium

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Sam & Casey’s wedding at Panorama Farms

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Sheryl & David’s wedding at The Homestead

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Sarah & Jason’s wedding at The Homestead

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Tammy & Andrew’s wedding at The Mill at Fine Creek

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Best of 2013 – Anne’s Faves of Bill’s

Best of 2013 – Anne’s Faves of Bill’s

Before things really get cranking in 2014, let’s take a quick look back at some of our favorite moments and images from our 2013 weddings! It was so insanely difficult narrowing down our selections to just 25 (seemed like a reasonable number taken from the 14,983 photos we delivered last year to happy clients). Today we’re looking at some of Anne’s favorite images that Bill captured from the past year. Thanks so much for all our incredible, loving, and happy couples for sharing these moments so we could capture them!

Alicia & Gio’s wedding at the Hay Adams Hotel

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Ashley & Kevin’s wedding at the Army Navy Club

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Brooke & Phill’s wedding at the National Museum for Women in the Arts

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Cristin & Nima’s wedding at Veritas Vineyards

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Healy & Tim’s wedding at a private residence

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Jenn & Mike’s wedding at Clifton Inn

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Joy & Jerry’s wedding at Vail Mountain Resort

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Kaitlyn & Mark’s wedding at the Mellon Auditorium

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Lauren & Chas’s wedding at Fat Cat Farms

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Lindsay & Charles’s wedding at Hotel Monaco

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Laura & Tony’s wedding at The Barns at Hamilton Station

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Mary Beth & Chris’s wedding at Shrine Mont

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Sam & Casey’s wedding at Panorama Farms

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Sarah & Jason’s wedding at The Homestead

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Tammy & Andrew’s wedding at The Mill at Fine Creek

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Lauren & Chas’s Wedding at Fat Cat Farm

Lauren & Chas’s Wedding at Fat Cat Farm

Among the very last of our weddings this year was Lauren & Chas’s, who enjoyed an emotional and incredibly sweet ceremony officiated by Lauren’s childhood minister. We had been looking forward to their wedding ever since we shot their Love Session last Fall, and so throughly enjoyed ourselves that entire day! What a sweet (& kissy) couple. Don’t believe us? Well, see for yourselves! Oh, and then check out their online gallery. The password is Lauren’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The incredible team:
Ceremony venue: Christ Church, Scottsville
Reception venue: Fat Cat Farm
Florist: Beehive Events
Catering: Harvest Moon
Hair & Make-up: Emily Garbee
Band: Whiskey Rebellion

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Some lovely details:

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Dear Lauren & Chas,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:

Your kind words about us and our marriage being an inspiration for all couples on their wedding day. Lauren, your easy laugh and how your radiant smile could brighten a cloudy day. Your stolen kisses. How overcome with emotion you both became during your personal vows. Chas, the overwhelming look of pride on your dad’s face as he hugged you after your ceremony. Lauren, the broad smile on your dad’s face…all night long. Your delicious pies! Not really a moment there, but having a bite definitely was. All the boot kickin’ on the dance floor. That hug when you first saw each other that day; it was as if you’d never separate. Awesome.

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

 

Sam & Casey’s Wedding at Panorama Farms

Sam & Casey’s Wedding at Panorama Farms

We very frequently become friends with our clients if we didn’t know them before, and sometimes our clients start out as employees (as Eric did when he married Lora at Clifton Inn). So we were absolutely thrilled when our former production assistant, Sam, reached out to let us know she had recently gotten engaged to Casey. It was so nice gathering at the picturesque Panorama Farms just north of Charlottesville for their wedding, even if it was 87 degrees in October! As you can see, the happy couple kept their cool throughout their blissful day. Check out our favorite images from the day, then their complete gallery. The password is Sam’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The wonderful team:
Venue: Panorama Farms
Caterer: Harvest Moon
Baker: Sweethaus
Gown: Marisa Bridals
Florist: Sugar Magnolias
Ceremony music: Madison Trio
Band: Jebus
Make-up: Lauren Kelly
Hair: Bella Boutique
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lightforms
Stationery: Behold Designz

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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This kid had some mad moves.

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Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Loving these details:

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Dear s&c,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding include:

Maximizing your use of any breeze (or air conditioning, whatever the environment) to cool off before your ceremony. The laughter with both your bridesmaids and groomsmen throughout the afternoon. Nearly everything called for at least a smile. Your incredibly touching and tender First Sight. Seeing hot air balloons off in the distance after your ceremony. Your sister, Sam, serenading the two of you during your first dance. Your dad’s band playing tirelessly throughout the night. The quiet way you two slipped off by yourselves to feed each other cupcakes in lieu of cake (yup, we saw you!). The extreme close-up photo your dad took of you, Sam, and Casey during family portraits. Your hugs.

We couldn’t be happier that you have found each other and so honored you chose us to capture these memories for you. Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

 

Ashley & Kevin’s Wedding at the Army Navy Club

Ashley & Kevin’s Wedding at the Army Navy Club

We’re pretty excited to be sharing the last of our Fall weddings over the next few weeks, starting with tons of laughter and grooviness on the dance floor at Ashley & Kevin’s wedding. Their smiles were so incredibly infectious, and we all had a blast with them. Take a look at a selection of some of our absolute favorite images from their day, and then their complete gallery. The password is Ashley’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

The wonderful team:
Ceremony: St. Marys Church
Reception: Army Navy Country Club
Baker: Pastry Xpo
Gown: Martina Liana
Florist: Vert Tige
DJ: Chris Laich
Hair and make-up: Andrew Chreky Salon
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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A couple of awesome captures from our assistant Karen:

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And certainly some lovely details:

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Dear a&k,

A few of our favorite moments from your wedding are:

Your bridesmaids trying out their new opera gloves & shades, with champagne in hand. How emotional you were with your respective moms just after you saw each other for the first time that day.  “Victory” in the air when one of your groomsmen successfully collected all the bridesmaids purses. The way your mom peeked around the door at you and your dad, Ashley, just before walking down the aisle. Sneaking a peek at your newly installed rings during your ceremony.  How your entire wedding party embraced your Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme while entering your reception. Party, party, party, wow your dance floor was packed all night! Ashley, your fleeing after giving Kevin a good dose of cake across his face.

xoxo…
…a&b

Mary Beth & Chris’s Wedding at Shrine Mont

Mary Beth & Chris’s Wedding at Shrine Mont

When you’re in love with not only the couple, but their families, it makes documenting the wedding day that much richer. We had known Mary Beth’s family from back when her sister married (thanks to the recommendation of Andrew & Julie) and while sadly we were already commissioned on her date we all kept in touch. When Mary Beth and Chris decided to tie the knot at a peaceful place very close to her heart, we were thrilled to be able to photograph it all for them, even without air conditioning and with a smidgen of rain. 😉 What’s a few rain drops between friends, anyway?

So take a look, and when you’re ready for more, you can see the complete gallery. The password is Chris’s last name and is case-sensitive (this one might be a spelling test for you too!).

The fabulous team:
Venue: Shrine Mont
Planner: Janice with Bellweather Events
Catering: Harvest Moon
Baker: Cakes by Rachel
Videography: Ian’s Creations
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lightforms
Florist: Countrypolitan Events
Band: Walrus
Calligraphy: Lydia Buschenfeldt
Gown: Modern Trousseau

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Some lovely details:

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This was so incredibly funny. Mary’s tweets are like that, and who knew this would appear in the Washington Post just before the wedding?

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Dear m&c,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:

The way the sunrise shone straight through the early morning fog. Mary Beth, your look of intrigue when you heard your dress was “going on a field trip.” Don’t worry, it was chaperoned. Your families’ infectious energy, not just for one moment but during the entire day. The way Ann reached out and touched your arm, Chris, as Mary Beth began walking down the aisle. The kids during your ceremony (too many individual moments to note–it’d fill a small book). That you shrugged off the small amount of rain in favor of marrying at your favorite spot. The way you held hands all through the ceremony. S’mores! Again, not really a moment per se, but boy were those tasty.

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

 

Elizabeth & Ryan’s Wedding at Woodbury School

Elizabeth & Ryan’s Wedding at Woodbury School

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to highlight one of our wonderful couples and their wedding. Today is Elizabeth (“Zibby”) and Ryan’s turn, whose wedding  we enjoyed along with their closest friends and family, at a place near to Zibby’s heart, Woodbury School. It’s where she grew up, the daughter of school faculty, and where the two of them met as teenagers. Enjoy all these great moments captured throughout the day, and then look through their complete gallery. The password is Elizabeth’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The talented team:
Venue: Woodbury School
Planner: Meghan Streit of Shindig Weddings
Florist: Southern Blooms
Caterer:  Harvest Moon
Lighting and tent: Skyline Tent Co.
Band: Soul Expressions
Baker: Favorite Cakes
Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors
Calligraphy: If So Inklined

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Some lovely details:

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Dear e&r,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:

That look of utter bliss on your face, Zibby, as you held hands and read the letter from Ryan just before your ceremony. The look of pride on your mom’s face, Ryan, as she helped put your cufflinks on and watching your dad assist with your tie to get just the right knot. The moment you shared with your sister, Zibby, just before joining your parents to walk down the aisle. It reflected years of tight sisterhood and untold stories. Your three flower girls! It seemed like every time we turned around one or more of them were exuding extreme cuteness. Those tight hugs you got from your grandparents right after the ceremony. The smiles on their faces went on for miles. Your tenderness, except for that bout of playfulness during your cake cutting. The video slideshow of the two of you growing up as you danced with your respective parents.

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

Tammy & Andrew’s Wedding at the Mill at Fine Creek

Tammy & Andrew’s Wedding at the Mill at Fine Creek

You might remember the creative departure one from T&A’s wedding we posted a short while ago, and the rest of Tammy & Andrew’s wedding was just as thoughtfully beautiful and a whole lot of fun. Please enjoy a selection of some of our favorite images from the day’s festivities! Here’s where you can see the complete gallery.

The wonderful team:
Venue & catering: The Mill at Fine Creek
Florist: Mary Henry
Baker: The Desserterie and Cakes by Graham
DJ: Choice Entertainment
Make-up: Salon del Sol
Hair: Imago Salan
Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan Calligraphy

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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This is why we buy 1D camera bodies. No cameras were harmed, but a black eye was close!

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Tammy plays the best air sax ever during their opening flash mob.

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Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Ok, so seriously, how cute is Amelie? We might have taken as many photos of her as we did of Tammy.

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Dear t&a (or a&t depending on who you talk to),

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:

Your flash mob dance, which surprised and delighted every single person watching and started off with the Harlem Shake. The quiet, yet fun moments before the ceremony between Tammy and Amelie. Amelie’s perfect rehearsal of her welcome to your ceremony, followed by a solid case of…nerves? That every time we looked at you both, you were so completely comfortable with one another, smiles on your faces. The look, Tammy, of utter contentedness on your face as you gazed at your dad, nervously looking forward, just before your processional. Andrew, the nervousness and confidence Tammy was for you, all rolled into one, as she walked through the Mill’s doorway toward you, minutes from becoming your wife.  Knowing yourselves well enough to design your own ceremony, complete with letters of advice and love from your wedding party.

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

Sheryl & David’s Wedding at The Homestead

Sheryl & David’s Wedding at The Homestead

Today we’re back with another fun wedding at The Homestead! It was so cool to have back to back weddings there the same weekend! Today we’re featuring the second wedding, that of Sheryl & David, who enjoyed a quiet and sweet ceremony before their big party in the resort’s gorgeous Crystal Ballroom. Enjoy a select few of our favorite moments from the day, then view their complete gallery here. The password is Sheryl’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

The wonderful team:
Venue and catering: The Homestead
Coordination: Gail Arnott with The Homestead
DJ: Bill Gilliam of Choice Entertainment
Florist: Gillespie’s Flowers

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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And of course, a few sweet details from their day:

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We’re totally digging these ambient light shots from our fantastic assistant Karen:

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Dear s&d,

Our favorite moments from your celebration include:

Just how heartfelt and even tearful the toasts to you were, and how they described you as a couple to a T. The gentle comfort of your relationship and how you interacted with one another. The dance you shared with William, the Homestead’s maitre’d, Sheryl, in recognition of him “calling it first” with your wedding, even years ago. The tender and emotional moment when your dad saw you for the first time in your wedding gown, Sheryl. The understated humor you all showed when signing your marriage license. And of course, hitting golf balls in your wedding attire.

We’re absolutely thrilled for you both and wish you much joy and happiness. Congratulations!

xoxo…
…a&b

Sarah & Jason’s Wedding at The Homestead

Sarah & Jason’s Wedding at The Homestead

Happy Friday! We have the first of two Homestead weddings for you today. The first is an incredibly sweet couple, Sarah & Jason, who enjoyed a quiet first sight with each other before doing their portraits. There was a brief rain delay due to a passing cloud, but it dampened nary a spirit, and we all ended up celebrating outside after a few minutes. Have fun perusing our favorite moments from the day below, then see their complete gallery here. The password, Sarah’s maiden name, is case-sensitive. Have a great weekend!

The wonderful team:
Venue and catering: The Homestead
Coordination: Gail Arnott with The Homestead
Band: The Jangling Reinharts
Florist: Gillespie’s Flowers
Calligraphy: Terry Quentrill
Gown: Provonias
Hair & make-up: The Homestead

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Just a wee bit of rain showers before the main event. No one was in a hurry with such views.

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At last, the skies cleared…

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And in true Virginia fashion it may have been a little warm and humid that day…

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Love, love, love the unicorn head on Rick, the bandleader, after the evening’s festivities had officially ended. There was still more partying to enjoy, of course.

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Our wonderful assistant Karen was also shooting a we bit that day and came up with these rockin’ shots:

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Notice how adept Jason is at not only dipping his new bride, but holding his Corona at just the right angle to avoid spillage? Masterful.

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Some sweet details:

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Dear s&j,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day include:
Sarah, it seemed your dad and Jason coordinated their thoughts and actions when your dad tripped up a bit over your vail, then when Jason did the same thing as you two walked up to the tower immediately after your ceremony. The way, with champagne in hand, you were completely unperturbed by the rainfall just before your ceremony. Your first dance! That was some serious energy and fun there, with many surprises for your guests. The stories your siblings shared about the two of you over the years were uproariously funny and at times very poignant. Wee ones dancing together, with the occasional stolen kiss (or at least attempted). A capella, Sarah. And that’s all we’re going to say about that. 😉

xoxo…
…a&b

Healy & Tim’s Wedding at a Private Virginia Estate

Healy & Tim’s Wedding at a Private Virginia Estate

Each of our clients’ weddings have a distinct feeling to them. It’s the bond that connects those loved ones–family and friends–with each couple. Healy & Tim had a distinct feeling to theirs as well and if we had to come up with select descriptive keywords, we might say relaxed, bright, and Maker’s Mark. Definitely can’t forget the Maker’s Mark. It’s safe to say everyone there had a great time, and we were thrilled to capture all the incredibly fun (and funny) moments throughout the day. Take a look at our favorites, and when you’re ready, peruse their complete gallery here. The password is Healy’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

The fab team:
Venue: Healy’s family home
Coordinator: Dawn Bainbridge
Florist: Janie Medley
Caterer: Catering Concepts
Tent and Lighting: Big Top Entertainment
Band: Burnt Cienna
Video: Tangerine Media Group

Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Last, but not least, we have some eye candy for you:

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Dear h&t,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding include…

The easy-going, nothing’s-going-to-bother-us attitude throughout the day. Your stylist’s t-shirt (and your grandma, too, natch)! When your ring-bearer approached one of your guests during the processional and presented her with the ring pillow, instead. The childhood excitement on the faces of your friends as they all watched the fireworks display. All the love-inspired signs placed throughout the tent, serving as thoughtful reminders for your friends’ own relationships. And finally, your guests really showing the playground spirit of sharing with that bottle of Maker’s.

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b