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This wedding may have been one of the most personalized I’ve photographed. Susan and Stephen have an amazing array of interests, all of which they included in the detailed planning of this wedding day. But before I go into all of those little things, I want to say a word about this couple’s love. Their devotion to their faith and God is evident in their general ease. They both have this supernatural peace about them, and together they truly shine. I loved spending their wedding day photographing this love. It’s inspiring! On top of that, Susan MADE her wedding cake and her getaway dress. She made all of the bridesmaid dresses, which were “Tardis Blue.” [Any Dr. Who fans?] They played “old school” music to highlight their AMAZING dance skills. Yes, I was that girl trying to figure out if I was the only one NOT ballroom trained… Everything was a representation of the two of them and it made for such a unique wedding day! Enjoy!

Ceremony | Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church
Reception | Rose Hill Manor
Videographer | EMotion Pictures Inc
Florist | Rick’s Flowers
Cake | DIY
DJ | MSE Productions
Hair/Makeup | DIY
Gown | Sincerity from Ellie’s Bridal
Paper | DIY

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These two are getting married next year at the beach, but they wanted to do some engagement photos in Charlottesville, where they met while working at The Virginian. The day of their shoot, the sun was shining here in Richmond, but when we arrived in Charlottesville, it started to sprinkle. And it never really stopped. Halfway through the shoot, it REALLY started to rain. So we shot creatively, using the porticos and awnings of UVA’s architecture. But when it started to rain so hard that we couldn’t move, I offered to finish the shoot back in Richmond on a sunny day. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rainy day images… in fact, shooting when it’s overcast is some serious advantages and sometimes I pray for clouds during shoots.  But, let’s talk about the glow you get when the sun starts to set! I’m thrilled for these two and wish them the best!

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This was the first year, and if we’re honest, probably not the last, where Chad and I spent our anniversary apart. He was invited to attend a golf weekend with a group of guys. Who can turn that down? He works so hard, and I’m glad he got to have a weekend to spend time doing something he loves! I took myself up to Big Spring Farm to spend time with Jill and friends. Although I wish we could have watched the sunset over the mountains and eaten s’mores by a fire while watching for shooting stars TOGETHER, it was a great weekend for both of us!

I can hear it now, “You spent your anniversary apart?!” Yes. I’m just thank kind of wife, I suppose. I love to celebrate… everything. With food, specifically. So we went out to dinner [Thanks to my bride Lindsey!] to the Cheesecake factory a few days prior.

Next year, the big 5, I suppose we’ll do something CRAZY! Or not…

Here are just a few goodies from our wedding day! Thanks Adam Barnes for capturing our day!

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  • Lindsey

    Glad that you were able to enjoy the gift card!ReplyCancel

I’m so happy to share this session. Laura and Justin are just the type of couple I need during my busy October! They made me laugh the entire time! Laura is the type of girl who, as you can see, feels free to kick off her shoes and put her feet in the grass. And it’s so awesome how Justin just adores her. My time with these guys was so enjoyable –  their family’s property was not lacking “perfect spots.” Everywhere I turned, I saw another corner that they had to jump in front of for a photo. These guys are going to start off my 2015 wedding season just right!

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  • Ahh, her plaid shirt is just perfection! I love these!ReplyCancel

  • Marcy Brubaker

    Ali, These are absolutely breathtaking. WOW. I don’t know how they’re going to pick a favorite!!! They’re such a beautiful couple.ReplyCancel

This past Saturday, I photographed Lindsey and Justin walk down the aisle of their alma mater’s Chapel. I remember being so excited to book these two because of their choices in venues. They seemed to have a clear vision – family, history, wine. Nailed it. I’m always a sucker for the ceremony because it’s when things get emotional and meaningful, and although their ceremony was just that, their reception was AMAZING. They were only the second wedding to take place at the Jamestown Settlement, and I can’t figure out why! It is the perfect location – cocktail hour down by the ships, a short walk up toward the museum and you’re at a reception on the patio under the stars! Check it all out and leave these guys some love!

Planner | As You Wish Weddings and Events
Ceremony | Wren Chapel
Reception | Jamestown Settlement
DJ | Music Makes You Happy Entertainment
Lighting | James River Audio Visual Services
Hair + Makeup | Kristal Lane Hair and Make Up
Videographer | Garrett Radke

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  • Justin

    Ali, you did great! Thank you for everything. Hope you had fun with the photobooth.ReplyCancel

  • Terry (mother of the groom)

    Ali, the photos are beautiful!!! I’m looking forward to seeing all of them. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Ah!! Ali, this is gorgeous!! Love these, sweet friend!!ReplyCancel

  • […] celebrate… everything. With food, specifically. So we went out to dinner [Thanks to my bride Lindsey!] to the Cheesecake factory a few days […]ReplyCancel