What a privilege it is to not only witness two friends getting married, but to also be asked to photograph their wedding! We are so happy for J.J. and Helen. It was a day of kisses, tears, mustache tattoos, sunshine and getting married by a mayor! Their beautiful and intimate celebration was shared with their family at the breathtaking Inn at Little Washington.
From the outside, The Inn at Little Washington seemed like an unassuming and modest little country cottage. This was our first time at the Inn, so we arrived nearly and hour and a half early to recon. Our jaws just dropped to the floor when we walked inside the main Inn. Jason sputtered something about being lost inside a mafia movie. I felt as if I was in a Lilliputan fantasy world…. every room was so uniquely lavish, yet at the same time possessed a comfortable and unpretentious feel. I was totally enchanted with every room I visited, from the romantic and silky guest dining area to the blue velvet walls of the corridor next to a lounge room of wallpapered…. monkeys.
Swedish Fish... yum-yum!
JJ and Helen bid their guests farewell...
The room with monkeys galore!
J.J., Helen and Inn proprietor Patrick O'Connell
Ben and Emily have been friends since the sixth grade, but they started dating a couple of years ago. Now this school teacher and police officer will be getting married on September 26th at Old Trail in Crozet. I spent a late afternoon with them and got a few great shots of them on Emily’s parent’s vast property that included rolling hills, endless trees and meadows.
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Meggy has given meaning to the phrase ‘barefoot bride’ as she waltzed down the aisle beaming at her newlywed husband Ronaldo, eye to eye… side by side, and not wearing any shoes. The setting of their marriage took place in the front yard of Meggy’s grandmother’s house in the sleepy, historic town of Bermuda Hundred. I was surprised to find out that the vast body of water that ran along her yard was the James River. Jason and I frequently go tubing on the James in Scottsville during the summer.
Anyhoo, their wedding was a delight. Everything from a rehearsal dinner at Kabutos Japanese House of Steak in Midlothian (the Hibachi chef launched a piece of chicken in the air for me to catch with my mouth, but instead got stuck on my forehead), running through cornfields, and watching two families of two different cultures (Ronaldo and his family are Brazilian) bond together by the magic of interpersonal love.