How cool is it chatting up clients from a year ago to see how they’ve been doing and of course find out their favorite moments from their wedding that we captured for them? One year ago, DC-based Ben and Deena returned to Charlottesville, site of their alma mater at the University of Virginia, to tie the knot at the historic University’s chapel with follow-on reception at picturesque Veritas Vineyard. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year sometimes, and we always love hearing how much fun our clients have been having over the past year, and Ben & Deena were no exception.
This is kind of one of Deena’s favorites too (she was terrible at picking just 2). That 20 minutes or so before the wedding party showed up for pictures was a nice relaxing break from the craziness of the day and it gave us some time to calm down and just be with each other…which is kind of the point of marriage. This picture really sums up those 20 min.
I just think this is an awesome photo. We were a little confused as to why we had to go outside for another photo (since it was dark…and Deena was “gross” from dancing) but after seeing the result, I don’t know why we ever doubted you guys…you know, since you are professionals and everything.
[Editor’s note: Professionals, yes. Just like that valet in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ;-)]
I like this picture for 2 reasons: 1) It is just a gorgeous picture! and 2) This was taken during those precious moments of quiet that Ben and I had at Veritas, before all of our guests arrived. I don’t even think we talked very much, just enjoyed the dawning comprehension that we were there, and really married, and about to get to celebrate with everyone we love!
[Editor’s note #2: Deena, it’s one of our fave shots from your wedding as well! In fact, Veritas decided to use this among the hundreds, if not thousands, of wedding photos they had available to them to serve as the cover of their wedding guide. Congrats!]
Ok, so this picture was a little bit staged (the whole wedding party made us freeze, back up, and “stand like you were!”) but I think it’s such a great representation of the relationship I have with my dad. I guess “Dad and daughter” pictures are sort of a wedding staple, but I just love that he and I had little moments like this that happened so naturally throughout the day and were able to be captured.
[Editor’s note #3: Ok, so while we’d never, ever stage a moment (ever!), we’re not about to turn down an opportunity, nay, a command(!), presented by an adoring wedding party.]
Their joint favorites:
This is possibly our favorite picture of the bunch, and a lot of the reason why we picked Veritas as our location for the reception. We both love Charlottesville for its natural beauty, and we were really excited to have such a great picture to remember not only our wedding day, but also all of the fun times that we’ve had (and will hopefully continue to have) in the Charlottesville area over the years.
Without our knowledge, several of our close friends had decided to paint Beta Bridge for us the night before. Ben got a sneak peak before the ceremony, but Deena didn’t see it until this moment. There were a lot of wonderful surprises that weekend, but this was definitely one of our favorites. We were really touched by our friends’ thoughtfulness, and apparently we missed out on quite the painting party!
Congratulations, you two!