Katie & Owen ~ Married ~ Lexington, VA
Katie and Owen chose House Mountain Inn and Irvine Estate in Lexington, VA because of its breathtaking mountain views, and lavish gardens and it paid off the day of their wedding! House Mountain Inn and Irvine Estate are considered Shenandoah Valley's most premier Virginia mountain wedding destinations.
I always love photographing weddings at the BoatHouse at Sunday Park in Richmond, Virginia. the venue is beautiful and the staff is always helpful.
Ashley and Alex's wedding was no different!. A beautiful sunny day with a ceremony in the late afternoon gave us the chance to catch that perfect sunlight glow!
From the decision to host a breakfast-time wedding to the Lego decorations, every aspect of Ricky and Brian’s celebration in suburban Baltimore was a testament to their personality and relationship. The grooms delighted guests at their historic mansion venue with Godiva favors as well.
When the bride and groom are in a band what do they do at their wedding? They ROCK OUT! Caley Ross and Mark Fiscus
Caley and Mark were married at their Prospect, Virginia home this August and this was one of the most fun we have had a wedding to date!
So, I am super late posting this blog on this Maryland wedding but we were waiting to publish this because these images were submitted to another publication. :)
Snow was still on the ground when Ricky and Brian got married, but the love and happiness inside the Overhills Mansion was more than enough to keep everyone warm. The couple braved the cold for some elegant photos outside where they stood happily between the mansion's grand entrance pillars for some photos. The grooms both wore purple vests and bowties representing the color they had chosen for their wedding, while one wore a grey suit and the other wore a white one, creating beautiful contrast.
After the photos, Ricky and Brian were introduced to their guests as newlyweds and the reception began shortly after noon. They were joined by their two matrons of honor and several other attendants, as well as friends and family that were there to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives.
A tower of decadent cupcakes awaited the guests and acted as Ricky and Brian's cake for the wedding. Atop the cupcakes was a fantastic display of Ricky and Brian fending off the evil empire Stormtroopers with their handy lightsabres in a full Star Wars lego display.
Following the heartfelt “I Do's” and the rest of the ceremony, Ricky and Brian's guests attended a one hour cocktail party as I captured photos of the newlyweds. They held a red lego heart between them as they shared their first kisses as a married couple and couldn't help but beam from ear to ear as they had their photos taken. They made my job so easy!
Since this was a day wedding, everyone had said their well wishes to the couple and had left around 3PM, giving Ricky and Brian time to themselves to go for a romantic dinner and enjoy their first evening out as newlyweds.
Congratulations Ricky and Brian!
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Both the ceremony and following reception took place at the elegantly styled Kyle House in Fincastle, Virginia. The 1830s Victorian home provided a stunning backdrop to the days celebrations, as well as the photos I was able to capture as the day went on.
After the romantic ceremony, I was able to join Danielle and Brandon along with their bridal party to capture photos around the property and as the couple walked along the street to enjoy the day. We were able to capture lots of photos outdoors, the bridal party laughing and smiling the entire time, happy for the newlyweds.
Danielle and Brandon are kind hearted, fun loving people, and it showed on their wedding day. They had a large wedding party made up of two maids of honor, three bridesmaids, two best men, three groomsmen, and a flower girl. The chosen color was a beautiful teal that is reminiscent of the iconic Tiffany and Co. Jewelry bags and boxes. The men matched the ladies by wearing bowties made the same color as the ladies dresses. By the time I had arrived, everyone was buzzing excitedly about the impending nuptials.
As the reception began and continued on into the night at the Kyle House, Danielle and Brandon were constantly surrounded by their close friends and family wanting to wish them all the best on the first day of their lives as a married couple. They all ate a great meal, had some drinks and danced the night away in absolute wedded bliss.
Congratulations Danielle and Brandon!
Jessica and Jessie wanted a simple southern wedding that was attended by their closest friends and family, and on the day of their wedding they had perfect weather for their ceremony and reception at the Virginia Cliffe Inn.
Carrying a bouquet of dark purple and white flowers and dressed beautifully in a white gown with a small train and accessorized simply with a veil, Jessica joined her husband to be outside to exchange vows in a short ceremony in front of their family and friends. Each had two bridesmaids or groomsmen on their side, smiling happily for the couple. The bridesmaids wore a deep purple that matched Jessica's flowers, and the groomsmen wore traditional black suits with deep purple vests and ties to match the bridesmaids dresses.
Hints of the color Jessica and Jessie had chosen for their wedding could also be found around the reception, including deep purple candles and on their four tiered cake and individual cupcakes with whipped purple frosting.
Before the reception, we had time to get some great photos outside of the Virginia Cliffe Inn and the surrounding gardens. It was so easy working with Jessica and Jessie to capture the joy and love of the day, each reflected in not only their faces but in the ones of friends and family present as well.
Following the reception the newlyweds had a romantic send-off with sparklers that dazzled in the night sky and created a beautiful way for the couple to exit from their exciting and love-filled day.
Congratulations Jessica and Jessie!
Amanda and James are a fun loving couple and on their wedding day, touches of their playfulness could be found everywhere. Amanda chose a beautiful flower patterned wedding dress with a small, scooping train with a small rhinestone belt accent, but it were her bright pink Converse high tops that stole the show. The floral bouquets were multi-colored and the bridesmaids all wore orange dresses that were all styled differently for every girl.
The first of April was a little chilly by the ocean for photos, but the couple happily dealt with the temperature as we took photos with a sunset as the backdrop, the wind sweeping the reeds in the sand only adding to the stunning detail.
Kings Creek Marina provided a great location for other photos earlier in the day, and the couple enjoyed a bright and sunny day at the waters edge taking photos with their wedding party, all laughing and smiling. The bright blue of the marina's exterior only added to the photos with a pop of color against Amanda's white dress and James' grey suit.
At the reception, touches that represented Amanda and James could be found all over, from a little Lego diorama featuring the couple outside of a house, to a large J + A that was done with differently colored Lego pieces as well. Even their cake featured an adorable Lego bride and groom, and had orange colored Lego pieces made of fondant circling the cake. There was even a fantastic sundae bar for guests to partake in before taking to the dance floor and joining the newlyweds as they danced the night away with their wedding party.
Congratulations Amanda and James!
It was a beautiful day for Sherri and Tyler's wedding, and it made the first look pictures we took at the Fort Story lighthouse all the more memorable for the couple who was doing a nautical themed wedding. Tyler couldn't keep the smile off of his face the moment he saw his beautiful bride for the first time and capturing the images at the lighthouse and along the white sand beach made it all the more magical.
Following a lovely ceremony at the Chapel of the Good Shepard, where Sherri and Tyler tied a nautical rope to symbolize their love, we were able to capture more photos with the newlyweds and their families, as well as their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The groomsmen all proudly supported their favorite teams with cufflinks on their suits, and Sherri beautiful bouquet of flowers had subtle accents, such as a bow with rhinestones nestled amongst the flowers.
At the Shifting Sands Beach Club in Virginia Beach, the nautical theme of the wedding came into full effect, and it was elegantly done. Guests could leave a 'message in a bottle' for the newlyweds with paper and ribbons to tie the notes provided; a compass provided directions to table seatings as well as a memorable keepsake, and the newlyweds sweetheart table was dressed with a stunning arrangement of flowers and draped in a navy blue and white tablecloth to tie in the nautical theme.
The couple, both members of the military, cut the cake and spent the rest of the night mingling with their closest friends and family, about 70 people, as they danced the night away in celebration of their first day as husband and wife.
Congratulations Sherri and Tyler!
As a wedding photographer, we are all looking for ways to get our images out to the public so that they may be seen.
Social media plays a huge part when it comes to showcasing and advertising our photography. If you are a photographer and think that you can not benefit from social media and posting your images in every place possible, think again!
This engagement session I did a few month ago in Downtown Portsmouth, Virginia for Noelle and Keith was recently published in Black Bride Magazine.
Not only am I honored for the featured but amazed at how this images was picked up by the magazine.
Keith had shared this image on his Instagram page and tagged Black Bride Magazine and Crystal Image Photography.
Within minutes, it was picked up by Black Bride Magazine, the couple was contacted for more information about their Vintage Themed Engagement session and it was published!
If you're a photographer and looking to get your name and images out there, post and publish away on social media you never know who may be looking to showcase your images.
Noelle and Keith's wedding is this New Year's Eve in Virginia Beach and I can not wait to see what awesome images you capture of these two!
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Crystal Vandegrift is a wedding photographer covering Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.