Danielle and Mike’s Independence Golf Club wedding was a wild, wonderful time! From the minute I saw the bridesmaids step off their bus, I knew they were ready to get the party started. And party they did – dancing the night away, riding in golf carts, and popping champagne with their best friends!
These two both went to JMU, but it wasn’t until post-grad that they got to know one another. When Danielle started a new job as an accountant, she immediately recognized Mike (her new BOSS!) from college. After spending too many hours together at work, they started dating and the rest is history.
I loved that their mid-September Independence Golf Club wedding day was equal parts fancy AND fun. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous light blue gowns and their bouquets had pretty pops of coral. Danielle sported classy Bella Bella bridal pumps for the ceremony, then changed into customized Converse for the reception. Their cake was a traditional white wedding cake, but they did something different for favors: scratch-off for the lucky guests.
Danielle also gifted each of her bridesmaids a pair of pink Vans sneakers to change into for the reception, so they had no excuse not to be on their feet! Not that they would have wanted an excuse – the dance floor was packed and poppin’ all night with help from Level Up Entertainment.
This was such a fun one, and I’m so glad I got to capture all the action. Thank you, Danielle and Mike! Cheers to the Chelenas!!
VENDORS: Venue: Independence Golf Club | Venue: Estate at Independence Golf Club | Florist: One Sweet Day | DJ: Level Up Entertainment | Hair: Transformation Artistry | Makeup: Avenue 42 | Gown: Lovely Brides Exclusive Lovers Society Gown | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Shoes: Bella Belle | Men’s Attire: Indochino | Transportation: TNT Limo & Executive Sedan/ Winn Transportation | Save the Dates: Minted | Invitations: Papeterie Fine Stationery & Gifts
Sara and Vignesh’s big day was one of the most unforgettable weddings of my career! They honored both of their cultures with double the ceremonies and double the fun!
Sara and Vignesh first met at work. They kept it platonic and professional, but when Vignesh broke the news that he was transferring to New York City, Sara was heartbroken. She visited him shortly after his move and had the best weekend of her life. They ate, drank, and packed everything they could into that long weekend. The rest was history – they’d see each other every two weeks, exploring all the cities Vignesh would move to during his two-year work rotation. They eventually settled down together in Richmond, and he proposed on their getaway trip to Asheville, NC!
We celebrated Sara and Vignesh at King Family Vineyards with back-to-back Hindu and Western ceremonies! One of the coolest parts of my job is getting to witness wedding traditions from other cultures. I was so grateful to be part of such a beautiful experience, especially for two incredibly kind, wonderful people like Sara and Vignesh!
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Narayanaswamy! May your future be as full of love and blessings as your wedding day was!
VENDORS: Venue: King Family Vineyards | Florist: Harmony Harvest | Dessert: Cake Bloom & Carpet Donut | DJ: Squared Away Entertainment (Matt Chambers) | Hair/Makeup: Avenue 42 | Gown: The One Bridal Salon | Catering: Bollywood Bistro & Exchange Events | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie| Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Rings: Lindsay Leigh Jewelry | Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Transportation: Albemarle Limousine | Invitations: Kara Ann and Co. | Western Ceremony Officiant: Dave Norris| Hindu Priest: Hindu Center of Virginia (Kannan Iyer) | Planner: Night and Daye Events (Sarah-Daye McDougall) | Favors/Gifts: Virginia Cookie Co.
Kris + Taylor’s story has sounded like a fairytale from the very beginning! Taylor’s mom met Kris – the boy who lived downstairs at her new apartment complex- while Taylor was out of town. She talked him up to Taylor and encouraged her to introduce herself, to which Taylor replied “if it’s meant to be, it will be.” And it WAS.
After lots of small talk along their identical running routes, Taylor invited Kris to join her and her parents at an NC State football game. He said yes, and eventually, she would too – when he proposed in front of a castle in Switzerland!
The stars aligned yet again for their wedding day. All week, the forecast had called for 100% chance of rain the entire day. I woke up the morning of the wedding begging God and Mother Nature to give us a break, and my prayers were answered!! We embraced the rain and winds when we needed to, but the timing was always perfect. We got plenty of gorgeous, rain-free portraits outside, and had plenty of fun inside. The reception was insane.. from the decor and florals executed by the most amazing planner and florist, plus the entertainment from the wedding party and the band, to rainy nighttime portraits and still going for the sparkler exit in the rain… all I can say is, it was an unforgettable night!
Congratulations sweet friends! Thank you for allowing me
VENDORS: Venue: Wrightsville Manor | Florist: Designs by Dillon | Band: BOUNCE! | Hair/Makeup: Beauty Crew Mobile | Wedding Gown: Sareh Nouri | Reception Dress: Retrofete | Catering: Spoonfed Kitchen | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale| Rings: Diamonds Direct | Men’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Invitations: Minted | Officiant: Vanessa Ervin | Videography: Light Cannon Films | Planner: Alex Noble – A. Noble Events and Design
Emily and Brian (aka Brantley) grew up in the same hometown without ever knowing one another; their moms even worked together! It wasn’t until Emily went to meet Brian’s friend that she was introduced to him. Brian later invited her to a party where they really connected, he called out of work the next day so they could spend it together, and from that point on they were inseparable!
Two years into dating, Emily’s mom requested a family trip to Anna Maria Island, Florida. She had vacationed there as a kid and wanted to go back one more time. Brian knew he wanted to propose on the vacation, so he asked Emily’s dad for his blessing three months in advance and then got down on one knee at the perfect moment while on their trip. How cute!! I love the sentiment behind the location and the romantic setting.
Emily and Brian’s Williamsburg wedding was full of surprises. From storms that rolled in right after their ceremony (amazing timing), to being forced to chug Smirnoff ices during speeches, they took it all like champs and laughed the whole way through!! When the rain lightened up just before dark, we escaped for portraits down by the water. We were blessed with the most epic sunset, and I’d like to think Emily’s mama in heaven had something to do with it 🙂
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Brantley! It was such a joy to be a part of your day!
VENDORS: Venue: Amblers House on the James | Planner: Wedding Co of Williamsburg | Florist: Flower Cupboard | Dessert: Cindy’s Cakery; Carrot Tree Kitchens | DJ: Astro Entertainment | Hair/Makeup: Brittney Tawney/ Nikki Phillips | Gown: Truly Yours Bridal | Catering: The Catering Company| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Birdy Grey | Jewelry/Rings: Olive and Piper | Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: Minted; Cardinal and Straw | Videography: Reagan Studios (Keith Reagan) | Officiant: Phil Murdock | Rentals: Big Top Entertainment | Favors/Gifts: Sip Hip Hooray