Monthly Archives: July 2009

Nathan and Christina’s Engagement: Burke Lake Park – Burke, VA


The dense trees inside Burke Lake Park offered us shelter from the rain, so we were able to shoot Nathan and Christina’s engagement portraits with pleasant cloudy lighting.  They will be getting married in January at the lovely Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA.



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Ryan and Ashley’s Wedding: Mastropietro Winery – Berlin Center, OH

Ryan and Ashley’s unforgettable wedding weekend goes down in our books as the largest wedding party in history.  Sixteen bridesmaids, including three maids of honor, thirteen groomsmen, a flower girl, a ring bearer, and bride & groom made their way down the outdoor catwalk of Mastropietro’s winery in Berlin Center, Ohio.

Everyone had a big laugh over Jason and Ryan wearing the same shirt on rehearsal day.  Great minds shop alike, haha….

The cake which was baked by Ashley’s cousin… tasted amazing.

As some of you in the area may remember, it rained like crazy that early afternoon.  Torrential downpour.  Sideways rain.  Everyone felt a bit uneasy about moving over 450 guests under a tent for the ceremony…. but wouldn’t you know… that the rain finally subsided a few hours later, and the rest of the day proved to be a gorgeous one.  Ryan and Ashley really lucked out!

I think that the highlight of the whole day was the photo booth that Ryan surprised Ashley with at the reception… everyone had a lot of fun with it.


photographer and groom... same shirt?!

Around 12:30 PM

Around 12:30 PM

rollin' up to Mens Warehouse in style...

It's too bad that they couldn't walk out wearing their suits.

Do you think the ladies will dig this look?

Do you think the ladies will dig this look?

aww... so lovely...

uh oh.... wait for it...

... and splat!

... and splat!

Here's to new family.

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Tim and Melissa’s Engagement: UVA – Charlottesville, VA

Tim and Melissa are both two beautiful US Air Force officers who are going to be tying the knot in October at King Family Vineyard in Crozet.  Being that they are stationed apart, we were lucky to get the two of them together for an afternoon engagement session before Tim’s flight back to Texas.   Their engagement portraits were shot at the lovely UVA Rotunda.


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Pete and Jen’s Fourth of July Wedding – Charlottesville, VA


Pete and Jen’s wedding celebration was all about being together with loved ones in a relaxed backyard atmosphere, complete with lemonade, iced tea, BBQ and fried chicken.  What a wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day!  Their intimate wedding was shared amongst their family located at a private residence in Charlottesville that morning at around 10 AM.  The morning was a quick paced one… after the ceremony, Jason and the group dove right into portraits.  Immediately following were the toasts and cake cutting (Chandler’s Bakery), followed by a scrumdillyumptious lunch catered by Belmont BBQ and Wayside Chicken.


Mom and Pete!

Pete and his mom.

Jen and two of her bridesmaids.

Pete's brother provided lovely music for ceremony.

Pete's brother provided lovely music for ceremony.


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Billy and Sarah’s Wedding: The Inn at Old Virginia – Staunton, VA

I always enjoy the groom activities on the day of the wedding.  I have been fortunate to shadow grooms in numerous ventures, from golf outings, skeet shooting, frisbee golf, Halo tournaments, posh shaves at The Grooming Lounge, to even just hanging out in their PJ’s.  Our wedding season of 2010 has a couple of exciting outings lined up to include deep sea fishing and segways in the city!  To bring you back to Billy and Sarah’s wedding weekend, they decided to have their entire ceremony and reception at the Inn at Old Virginia in Staunton.  This Bed & Breakfast inn was a perfect choice for Billy and Sarah, for they had envisioned a simple yet elegant country setting.  This Inn furnished these amenities, complete with rolling hills, pastures and cows.

Saturday morning after a healthy and wholesome breakfast, Billy and a few other adventurers (myself included), hopped in a carpool up to Humpback Rock off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We hiked about a mile up to the top (thank goodness for that wholesome breakfast), and savored a breathtaking view overlooking the Shenandoah Valley and ridge lines of the Blue Ridge.

Later that afternoon, Billy and Sarah’s ceremony was held in the back yard of the main house in front of lush rolling hills.  After the toasts and cake cutting of the reception, I don’t think Billy and Sarah ever left the dance floor until the night was over.


At the top of Hump Back Rock.



Beautiful bride Sarah.

Billy's brothers helping each other out with the tie tying...

Billy's dad seems to have it down.

The cake was locked away in an air conditioned atrium until it was time for cake cutting.

We were trying to find a pitchfork, but the only thing we could find in that barn was a pole digger...

We were trying to find a pitchfork, but the only thing we could find in that barn was a pole digger... and an axe.

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John and Lindsay’s Engagement – JMU Arboretum – Harrisonburg, VA


I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think John and Lindsay may have taken us to a burger joint in Harrisonburg whose burgers are better, if not just as good as Riverside Lunch in Charlottesville.  That place is called Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, and maybe they’re so good because that’s all they serve.  Well, there’s fries and deep fried Oreos, too.  I had ordered an Oreo, but never got around to eating it.  I felt like I needed a gurney after eating there, but everything was soooo good.  This is where John, Lindsay, Jason and I all went to eat after shooting John and Lindsay’s engagement portraits.  We started inside their lovely home that John had finished building recently, and then we all headed to JMU’s Arboretum.  We look forward to their wedding next year in May, which will be held at Lindsay’s father’s magnificent property in Great Falls, VA.




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Jamin and Katie’s Wedding – Carter Center of Worship – Bridgewater/Crosskeys Vineyard – Mt. Crawford, VA


Jason and I met Jamin and Katie last year in April when we photographed Katie’s cousin’s wedding, Molly.   Molly and her husband Ryan were married in a beautiful historic church in Fort Defiance, literally just minutes away from her parents (Mr. & Mrs. Halterman) home where Jason and I stayed overnight.  We all jokingly named it the Halterman B&B.  So…., guess where we stayed this time?  It was like a family reunion all over again.  I woke up at the crack of light to document The Jamin Open, at the Lakeview golf course in Harrisonburg.  Last year Katie’s dad carted me around the course to shoot the guys teeing off and having fun at Ryan’s Open, while this year it was Molly’s dad who drove me around from group to group.  A big, big thank you to both dads.

Jamin and Katie had a lovely ceremony at the Carter Center of Worship in Bridgewater and an absolutely gorgeous reception in the courtyard of the Cross Keys Vineyard in Mt. Crawford.  The weather was at its best again, and that made the dancing and celebrating out under the starry night sky so divine.




The Groom.


The Jamin Open fun bunch.



Katie.... lovely bride to be.


A happy day for Katie's mom.

This maid of honor shares a little secret on how to break in a new pair of heels in a jiffy.

This maid of honor shares a little secret on how to break in a new pair of heels in a jiffy.




Here she comes!



Chillaxing after golf.













Father Daughters dance








The night felt perfect.




Katie's dad is gettin' down.



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