Abbie & Jeremy: Happy Anniversary!

We’re happy today to celebrate not just the Fourth of July holiday but the fun wedding of Abbie & Jeremy! You may have remembered from last week their celebration was featured in Wedding Planner magazine to boot. We’ve chatted over the past few months and have passed back and forth some great vacation ideas, and it’s been nice keeping in touch. We asked them recently if they wouldn’t mind sharing a few of their favorite images from their day, and here is what they had to say.

Our first year of marriage has been wonderful.  We had an amazing belated honeymoon in Buenos Aires and Patagonia in November.  My favorite photos from the trip is my profile picture on facebook.  On July 3, one of my co-maids of honor is getting married at a ranch outside Denver.  It will be a gorgeous wedding.  We’re spending an extra night at the ranch to celebrate our anniversary on July 4 – the perfect way to spend our first anniversary.  We couldn’t be happier.

Abbie’s faves:

Jeremy’s faves:

Joint faves:

Happy anniversary, you two, and thanks so much for letting us celebrate with you!

Abbie & Jeremy Featured in Wedding Planner Magazine

We’re very lucky, here in Charlottesville, to have a quality publication created to assist those planning a wedding in the city or one of our many beautiful surrounding counties, in Wedding Planner magazine. This is the third issue, and we are thrilled to once again have one of our favorite summer weddings featured in its pages. Abbie and Jeremy, planned a fun and whimsical 4th of July celebration last year at the lovely and popular King Family Vineyard that featured sunny florals by Pat’s Floral Designs, farm-to-table cuisine from Harvest Moon, short & sweet dresses from J.Crew, some DIY fireworks graphics and Vineyard Vines ties for the gents – especially fitting, don’t you think? Pick up a copy if for nothing else than to read their wild proposal story. We’re pretty certain it’s sure to be optioned for the movies any day now. The issues are free for the taking at a variety of area hot spots, so there’s really no excuse.

Oh, and come back next week, as we celebrate Abbie & Jeremy’s first anniversary with them!

Hillary & Jeremy: Happy Anniversary!

We hope everyone had a great weekend! We shot a wonderful wedding at a gorgeous brand-new Charlottesville venue (look to the blog for more in coming weeks) and relaxed with friends and their sweet, little boy on Sunday. (Of course, we couldn’t resist taking a few shots of him, as well, which we can’t wait to share soon, too.) Today we’re happy to celebrate the anniversary of Hillary and Jeremy, who were married at Veritas Vineyards one year ago. We reached out to them recently about their first year of being husband and wife, and of course some of their favorite moments from the wedding. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. We were quite busy after the wedding… adopted a dog and bought a house within three months of being married! We love being “parents” to our dog, Barley, and learning the ins and outs of being first time homeowners. We’ll be going to the beach for a quick get-a-way to a bed and breakfast to celebrate our first anniversary- and of course have the top tier of our wedding cake!

Hillary’s faves:

A memorable moment for me with my Mom and Dad right before the ceremony… a moment I had been anxious about, but that turned out to be special.

Love how peaceful and still this picture is… and how sweet Jeremy’s face looks.

I love this picture! It’s timeless and takes me back to all the nerves, excitement, and anticipation I was feeling at that moment… 

Jeremy’s faves:

I love this because I can see the happiness in Hillary’s eyes and the giddiness in her smile. Her face is expressing what I’m feeling. 

It looks like a fairytale shot with me being happy seeing her so happy.

I just remember how emotional this moment was. Catherine expressing how great of a person Hillary is and me feeling lucky to be married to her.

Their joint faves:

Our first moment alone… the excitement and reality setting in of what had actually just happened. We were officially married. 

A great shot of “us”. Just genuinely happy to be together- and surrounded by our friends and family.

A cute shot- spur of the moment- hadn’t rehearsed that moment- both looking coyly at each other… ready to get the party started!

Happy anniversary, you two! Thanks so much for sharing – we *love* your favorites, too!

xoxo,
…a&b

Liz & Scott’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn, Part 2

If you haven’t already, please check out the first half of the day for Liz & Scott, then get ready to par-tay! (Yup, been a long week.) ;-D

The Fab Team:

Venue: Holy Comforter Church and Clifton Inn
Catering & Cake Artist: Clifton Inn
Planner: Easton Events
Floral design: Jack Lucky Floral Design
Band: Gentlemen and their Lady
Make-up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair Stylist: Lucas with Bella Hair Studio
Videography: Ian’s Creations
Gown: Oscar de la Renta
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino Couture
Stationary: Epitome Papers
Calligraphy: Crystal Kluge

Another idea we just love and so did their guests – little Liz & Scott facts where hidden under the menu cards on each table. We saw lots of people laughing and sharing theirs with their table and others!

Each champagne glass for the toasts had a hibiscus flower in it. Freaky cool!

Scott’s mom reacts to his toast.

Liz’s parents during Scott’s toast.

Scott’s family watchs his dance with his Mom.

Party time!

Poor guy’s shoe flew off with such force we don’t know if he ever found it. Great catch, Annie!

Some of the best advice we’ve ever heard given to a couple is to quietly go off, take a moment to step back and take it all in. We were thrilled to be able to capture that moment when Liz & Scott did just that.

Haha, check this out, then look at Scott’s reaction in the frame below.

Late night…

G’night!

Congratulations again, Liz & Scott and thank you for inviting us in to share your day with you!

Liz & Scott’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn, Part 1

Happy Friday, everyone! Ok, so Friday’s may just be known around here as “real wedding day” in season, but we’re sure we’ll find some time to come up for air and will have some fun FAB Finds for you soon. In the meantime, you don’t mind seeing some gorgeous recent weddings, do you? Nah, didn’t think so. 🙂

First, though – OMG, is it hot enough around here for you? Well, we hope you’re either somewhere with abundant air conditioning or preferably, sipping a chilled adult beverage poolside somewhere. Reading this of course then, on your favorite tablet or laptop. Regardless, we’re so thrilled today to share with you Liz and Scott’s touching wedding celebration out at the elegantly casual Clifton Inn. (You didn’t miss their super sneak peek of some of favorite details from the day, did you?) Enjoy some of our favorites from the first part of the day, and tune in later this afternoon for part 2 – the celebration to end all celebrations!

Want more? Check out the complete wedding gallery here. The password is Liz’s maiden name.

Seriously. I die. (Yes, this is, Anne, but I think Bill kinda liked it, too. 😉 ) Love, love, love Liz’s dress and even more seeing it on her! Wow!

Yes, please.

Scott and his family react as they listen to a song his dad composed just before his passing. It was never recorded until just recently when done as a surprise for Scott on his wedding day. Learning the story brought tears to our eyes, too.

Where’s Scott? Hee, hee…such a cool shot, Bill!

This is the best in helpful groomsmen. Actually holding a beer to your mouth so you keep your hands free to waive no mas!

The Route 11 potato chips were very popular with the guys! Eat Local. 🙂

Stunning…that word is not even adequate to describe how radiant Liz looked.

Beautiful vintage white Packard to take Liz and her parents to the church.

One of Bill’s favorite shots of Anne’s…

And one of Anne’s favorites of Bill’s from the day.

We love Dads and bouquets, what can we say.

Liz’s equally gorgeous sister. Yup, it clearly runs in the family, but it actually extended to her entire bridal party and “ladies in waiting”.

Love the pop of green against their black dresses.

And LOVE this idea – Liz had her Mom and Scott’s carry miniature replicas of their wedding bouquets! How sweet is that?!

LOVE this look Liz is giving Scott at the start of the ceremony.

A well documented kiss….

And exit! Two-fisting the camera action. That’s one talented guest.

Just Married!

Of course, it started pouring down rain just before Liz & Scott arrived back at Clifton in a sleek, silver Jaguar, but their incredible staff had her covered.

Yummy letter press invitations from Epitome Papers. Yes, we said yummy. Don’t judge. It’s been a long week. 😉

The ladies had monogrammed vases for their bouquets at the reception.

Finally, a break in the rain…and just in the nick of time for their walk down to the tent!

Yes, Scott just did that. Seriously! So sweet. 🙂

Dear l&s,

Weddings are, by definition, emotional events our couples and their families. And it’s those displays of emotion that really drive us, that nourish us, that give us the primary reason to do what it is we do–capture them in all their intimate beauty. Some weddings just shake us up inside, and we well up with gratitude for the ability to document it all, preserving the fleeting moments for generations to come. Yours was the epitome of all this, starting with that look of excitement from your friends and family, Liz, looking in on you while getting your make-up done, to Scott–listening for the first time to that song that your father composed just before he passed. Combined with your toasts that evening and your families’ reactions? Well, being there to witness that is a precious thing indeed. We got a just a sneak peek at what was to be when we did you engagement portrait session, and loved it all.

But, of course a very cloudy day seemed to have a sky that just broke open with a huge downpour just as we were returning to Clifton Inn from the church, delaying things in the gardens for your portraits, but no worries. You took it all in with grace and happily gave us time to create some sweet portraits for you both in Clifton’s lush gardens. We didn’t think it could get any better, but then we got to see your tent. Wow. You and Augusta created a space of such warmth, joy and excitement for the evening to come. Those lanterns! Oh. My. Gosh. So beautiful and unique – we’re pretty certain once everyone arrived, they completely forgot about the rain. We know we did. And, little did we know, just how much your guests would not let a little clouds and rain get them down, because they got down on the dance floor that night. Whoo. Did they get down! And we’ll be honest – we might have feared for our feet at just a few times (darn those Death Heels), but it was so totally worth it.

Watching you quietly head outside the tent later that evening to sit back and watch as your family and friends celebrate was for us a “Yes!” moment. It was so nice capturing that unscripted, completely real moment for you and we just love that you stopped to take it all in. Thanks so much for providing such beautiful, poignant, emotional moments throughout the day–thank you for simply being you. For your trust, and your friendship. Congratulations to you both!!

xoxo…
…a&b

Coming up next…the big celebration!

Valerie & Jared’s Wedding at Veritas Vineyard

Happy Friday, everybody! Today, we get the pleasure of celebrating a recent wedding that coincidentally also happened on a Friday. Congratulations to Valerie and Jared!

First off – the FAB team that helped make this day a reality for this adorable couple:
Hair & Makeup: Elan
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero
Venue & Catering: Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Baker: Cakes Unlimited
Officiant: Mike Teeter & Ellenann Mach

Ready for more? You can view the complete wedding gallery here. The password is Valerie’s maiden name.

We started out the morning at the Charlottesville City Courthouse, where a retired sheriff’s deputy performed their “official” wedding ceremony, lasting all of three minutes and beginning with the officiant telling Jared, “Repeat after me…’You’re probably right.'” Ha. Ha.

Back out to Veritas for the afternoon’s festivities and a ceremony for family and friends.

First sight!

There were other frames as part of the sequence below we’re not showing. Let’s just say the hound felt free to snoop around a bit.

Say it with us now. “Awww…..” The little girls loved Valerie’s veil.

Love the look Valerie is giving her dad.

Can you see why so many people get married at Veritas? Crazy beautiful.

Just married!

The favors were egg cups (Jared’s first Christmas gift to Valerie, along with Ritter Sport chocolate from Germany) filled with personalized M&M’s and the colors corresponded with which table you sat. So unique!

This might be the best mother-son dance shot we’ve gotten this year. Love that joyous smile!

How cool is this? Instead of a traditional guest book, they took a photo of themselves and had a puzzle made out of it. Their guests signed the back, and they’ll frame it in glass on both sides to enjoy one or the other as they see fit. 29 is an important number for them, as they were married on the 29th of the month, followed the next month by Valerie’s birthday on the 29th, and then of course Jared’s the month after that on yes, the 29th.

Dear v&j…

While the Twitterverse or whatever it’s called was agog over that Other Wedding happening across the pond, we were lucky enough to celebrate with the two of you and your families. One of the best things a client can do for their wedding is to simply be themselves, enjoying the day as they see fit – thus letting us capture you being you. Well, you did all that and more. It was such fun meeting you at the local courthouse the morning of your celebration to watch as you tied the knot in the state’s eyes (in your respective college tees!), then getting together later in the afternoon for your first sight out amid the vineyards overlooking Afton Mountain. The “watch” dogs were their own special kind of welcome committee for especially you, Valerie, as you both walked back up to the dirt path. It seems that white dresses serve as some sort of specialized canine magnets.

Kids always serve as lighthearted entertainment at weddings, and the little ones at yours were no exception. Your casual nature and joy on your wedding day made everyone (including us) feel calm, relaxed and above all, cherished and special. Your smiles were huge and your tears were real. We truly enjoyed documenting the tight bonds you have with your respective families, and the warm-hearted thoughts they had for you both made it clear how much you were loved. You literally lost yourselves in moments throughout the day and we absolutely love that we were able to be a part of it all. It was incredibly clear to all involved – this was meant to be.

Thank you, and congratulations! Here’s to 29 years together and beyond!

xoxo…
…a&b

Liz & Scott: Super Sneek Peek: Clifton Inn Wedding, Charlottesville

We’re back in office today after spending two incredible days in beautiful Orange County VA on the Orange Wedding Tour. Of course we took a few pics, so we’ll have more on that soon, but while we’re hard at work on Liz & Scott’s beautiful Clifton Inn wedding, we just couldn’t wait to share some of their fabulous details. Huge props go to Augusta and her incomparable Easton Events crew, Jack H. Lucky Floral Design, Albemarle Vintage Limousine and the amazing team at Clifton for helping to make a rainy Saturday in Charlottesville, absolutely shine. More to come soon!

SnapHappy Booth Photos From Cristina & Adam’s Wedding

They were livin’ it up in the SnapHappy photo booth at Cristina & Adam’s wedding! (See Part 1 and Part 2 of their blog post from last week if you missed it!) Adam’s mom brought a wide variety of fun props personalized for the couple–too bad no one used them ;-).

Are you a Holland Photo Arts client and want the booth for your wedding? Drop us a note and we’ll make it happen.

Taylor & Rob: Happy Anniversary!

Happy Monday everyone! Today we celebrate Taylor and Rob’s first anniversary. We knew we’d have a blast with them at their wedding when we first shot their fun engagement session, and of course the day went on with such emotion. We were once again reminded of why we do what we do. Here’s what they had to say about their past year together as well as some of their favorite images from the day.

Overall, it’s hard to put into words what our first year of marriage has meant to us.  Simply put, we have loved living together and traveling together to new places like Italy, London and Spain.  However, what we’ve enjoyed most of all has been becoming a family of our own.

A true Father of the Bride moment!

We love the private nature of this moment.  The rest of the day was a lot of moments shared with others, but this moment, our First Look, was solely for us.

We’ve just taken our vows in this photo, making it one of the first shots we share as a married couple. I love how the arch way mimics the shape of my dress!

Whenever we see this picture, we always think of our future children because we look like kids in it!  

We both just love this picture, as it truly captures the sheer joy we both felt on our wedding day.

This is one of Rob’s favorite pictures.  He’s watching me get ready for the reception.

 We were not one of those bride and grooms who did not eat at their wedding.  In fact, we enjoyed every second of ours, sitting down for our entire meal, savoring our favorite wine, mingling with all our guests, and dancing the night away!  I like how this picture captures that.

As we departed for the night- headed to Italy for our Honeymoon!- we left via golf cart, since golf is a favorite hobby of ours.  This picture captures Rob accidentally running over the Father of the Bride, and it makes us laugh every time!

Erin & Bryan: Happy Anniversary!

We’re delighted this morning to celebrate the first anniversary of our dear friends Erin & Bryan. We touched based with them recently to ask about their wedding and their experiences as a couple since, as well as to share with us some of their favorite images from their celebration. Enjoy!

Saturday morning blueberry pancakes with our bulldog, Sukie, crossing the finish line after running a half-marathon together, flipping through wedding photos late at night,  fitting into each other perfectly, driving to Harris Teeter at 1 AM just to get eggs so that we could satisfy our toll-house cookie craving,  snorkeling through the baths in The British Virgin Islands, laughing about our idiosyncrasies, biting into a cupcake on the street corner in NYC, roaming the streets of Beacon Hill, dancing to bluegrass music in Asheville, playing frisbee in the park on Sunday afternoons, starting our book collection, figuring out “our” side of the bed, discovering bacon lollipops at Founding Farmers in DC,  watching Sukie take her first steps in the ocean at St. Simons Island, and knowing that we’ll wake up next to each other in 70 years…still in love, still learning about each other, and still as excited about the future together as we are today.

Here are some of their favorite images:

Erin: This was the first time that I was walking into the Veritas on the wedding day & I was able to see everything all together.  My mom strung all those origami cranes by hand, and it took her forever!  I couldn’t believe how amazing everything looked. I loved how you captured my reaction – I was in awe.

Erin: I love this photo of my grandmother.  My grandmother is French and always gives me the best advice on marriage.  She once told me that when you’re married, the most important thing is to never take one another for granted…I remember that everyday. (erin)

Bryan: This guy was one of our football teammates and was always the life of the party. This is one of his standard moves at each wedding. We always said that if anyone of us had one million dollars, we’d pay him an annual salary to hang out with us.


Both: This photo is our all-time favorite.  I remember Bryan just whispered in my ear, “forever, babe…just me and you.” We were completely lost in this moment. (It’s one of our all-time favorites too!)

Mandy & Laurence: Happy Anniversary!

We’re happy today to celebrate the anniversary of Mandy & Laurence, who married one year ago today in an intimate ceremony with twenty or so family members at the beautiful Clifton Inn. Congratulations, you two! Following are several of their personal favorite images from the day.

Plus a couple of our personal faves from the day. This celebratory moment is immediately following their ceremony.

Their escort cards were cutouts of birds which, if you balanced them just so, could sit atop wine glasses. 🙂