At the end of a dirt road Taylor and Jeremy read their vows to one another. Jeremy recalled driving Taylor home from Track practice when they were in high school and making her listen to a country song about a dirt road. He joking reminded her of the irony of them saying "I do" at the end of a dirt road as the smell of fresh cut hay filled the air.
Their wedding day was filled with sentimental pieces of their families history. Taylor wore a pair of earrings that her grandfather gifted her grandmother. Those same earrings were the ones that Taylor's mother wore on her wedding day. Three generations have worn these earrings.
As a part of her bridal shower, Taylor asked that her guest bring a broach for her. She turned them into her bouquet. Every person that brought her a broach was represented in their wedding and she carried them with her.
Their wedding was held at Beliveau Estate Winery outside of the Blacksburg, VA. And their day was filled with so much joy and I was honored to be a part of it.
A couple of weeks ago, I got to hang out with Layla and a photographer friend of mine, Jasmine. We got together to shoot just for fun and it was so nice. We walked around Nesselrod on the New in Radford, VA to just take pictures. The expected weather that weekend was a snow storm but instead, we got a beautiful day.
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.
Planning your wedding is stressful and there are so many different “projects” and task to think through. Not only are you planning and dreaming of tablescapes and decor, but you also have to think about when everyone needs to be ready, what time should the ceremony start, and so many little details that it can seem overwhelming.
A well-planned timeline for the wedding day will make things so much smoother the day of. As a photographer, I love getting to collaborate with wedding planners and brides to ensure that everything runs efficiently the day of. While wedding day timelines should be about getting everywhere on time and starting certain portions of the day when you are supposed to, it should also maximize the time you have with your photographer.
This is a long one guys, but it is one of my "most asked questions". Brides, it's hard to think about all the little pieces, but that's why I'm here.
It's your wedding day, the day that you've been dreaming about and planning for so long. Your hair is perfect, your makeup is flawless and you are about to walk down the aisle. Your guests are waiting and ready to witness the start of your marriage. You've invited them there to be present as you say "I do" and to support you along this journey. While it is your day, you want to make sure that your guest feel included and can take part in your ceremony.
I'm not saying that you have to give each of your guests a job to do, but there are a few simple tips that will make your guests feel involved. This also goes hand-in-hand with ways to make your wedding ceremony photographer-friendly. Let me explain with a little more detail.