I used to book 10-13 weddings a year while working a full time job. After a few years I realized that I was getting burnt out. I still loved the wedding industry and serving my clients, but I was balancing a lot.
Since then I decided that while I love shooting weddings, I didn't love the stress of working full time and shooting weddings as HGP. Through the years, I've always been a second shooter. I came to realize that I don't need to be the primary shooter. I love being able to serve other photographers on wedding days! I strive to make the wedding day easier for the primary shooter; carrying bags, keeping track of the timeline, calling out family names during family formal time, fluffing dresses, you name it...I've probably done it.
I've been blessed to shoot with so many photographers over the years. I've tagged each of the main photographers from each wedding, so please make sure you head over to their pages and check out each wedding.
Last summer, my friend Karyn asked if I wanted to shoot a fall wedding with her at Big Spring Farm in Lexington,VA. Yes please, sign me up!
It was the perfect fall day you guys... no clouds, the temperature was ideal and there was a beautiful pop of color coming from the trees. Hannah and Owen were married next to the pond surrounded by their family and friends, and their pastor sporting a unicorn t-shirt under his sports jacket.
I loved their sense of style, the mountain-themed wedding invitations, the long dresses the bridal party wore, and most of all... I loved all the fun and excitement that they shared with the people that mean the most to them. They shared communion not just between the two of them, but with anyone who wanted to come up and take part. It was such a special part to their ceremony.
My favorite part of the day though would have to be couples portraits. I mean just look at that photo to the left, see how they are looking at each other? Swoon! They walked through fields of tall grass for us, stood on top of rocks only a step away from being in the pond for us, and they threw leaves in the air for us. Hannah and Owen definitely were a dream to work with.
To see more of their beautiful mountain wedding, head over to Karyn Johnson Photography's blog.
To some snow is a joy, but not it's not a necessity to everyone. We'll take a 60 degree day and sunshine for this gorgeous styled shoot complete with rosemary pear champagne, a cookie display and personalized place settings for each guest. The tablescape nods to the famous song "Winter Wonderland" with rustic sheet music and the cake topper shares a sediment from the song with "Oh we're happy tonight". That's the real story here...this couple is excited to be love, they don't need snow because they have each other. Historic Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg was the perfect backdrop with rustic fence work, large white colonial style house and expansive grounds. To only was this a styled shoot, something else amazing happened. Dressed in a gorgeous long sleeve gown the "bride" walked with her "groom" down the hill where her daughter step outside holding a sign. Stunned she looked over and her "groom" was knelt on one knee. He asked her to be his real-life bride!? Click here to see their proposal!
A huge thank you to all of the amazing vendors who contributed their time and effort in to making this a success.
Morgan and I both followed each other on social media for a quite some time and at a wedding I shot last spring, she walked up to me and introduced herself and Aaron. After that, Morgan and I met for dinner at a Mexican restaurant and I swear we could have talked all night.
These two are seriously the sweetest couple. As Aaron pointed out, about 7 months ago (that number slightly shocked me, who can believe 2016 is already moving so quickly...am I right?) we shot their engagement portraits down in John's Creek...a.k.a. God's Country. If you live near Blacksburg, you must drive out there at least once...the valley, the mountains, the fresh air. You won't be sorry. I loved getting to spend time with just the two of them for the engagements and then with their friends and family on the wedding day.
Morgan and Aaron took a few moments before their ceremony began at Auburn Baptist Church to pray together. And what a sweet moment it was. Hidden from the guest and hidden from each other, but holding hands and praying. After their ceremony the guest traveled to the Little River Bluegrass Barn to celebrate in a beautiful old barn with a silo on one end and huge stained glass window on the other.
Their guest were able to enjoy not one but TWO cookie bars, an ice cream bar (complete with every topping you could think of) and a popcorn and pretzel bar. Let me tell you, it was the sweetest of dessert tables.