November 2008


We just wanted to write a short note this morning to express our gratitude. The trust and faith each of you places in us to document who you are and capturing the relationships you have with your friends and family is something we think about often and, despite our fun side, is a responsibility we take quite seriously.

It’s not everyday that you get to do your heart’s calling as a career, and we’re eternally grateful to those who who have placed their trust in us to do so on their behalf. We sincerely thank each of you for enabling us to fill our hearts with joy, witnessing the love you express for one another. We honestly can’t think of a more rewarding profession than this.

A very happy Thanksgiving to you all, and if you’re on the road this holiday, we hope your travels are safe, enjoyable, and get you to your destination quickly.

We’re so excited to blog Laura & Scott’s gorgeous wedding today! They were married on an amazing Fall day in Charlottesville and celebrated in style with all their friends and family by their side. It was the first time in a while we had shot a ceremony in the University of Virginia chapel, and it was nice to return to the place that is held dear by so many of our UVa alum. Laura, wearing a fabulous Anne Barge gown, was lucky enough to have Scott’s mom, an incredible seamstress, add some beautiful embellishments that made an already elegant dress really come to life. As if that weren’t enough, Scott’s mom also made all of the bridesmaids dresses which tied in nicely to the brilliant fall colors around us that day.

During the ceremony, Laura had accidentally placed Scott’s ring on his right hand, and laughed about it afterwards while her mom was around. Her mom, Laura learned at that moment, had done the exact same thing at her ceremony many years before. So wild and talk about kismet! (There was a lot of personalization elsewhere in the day, too as Scott’s dad wore the vintage tux he often wears when playing in his band, and Scott’s brother took his sax out of its case during the reception for a solo with everyone swaying to the groove. Laura wore her mom’s veil and wrapped her grandmother’s hankerchief around her bouquet for safe-keeping.)

After the ceremony and family photos with the chapel as the backdrop, we headed over to the lawn with the happy couple. What a blast! Laura is absolutely stunning and Scott isn’t so bad himself! We had a great time and were just so touched by them. Seeing a couple so completely and utterly in love just makes us warm and fuzzy inside. It’s truly a beautiful thing.

The couple had arranged for a vintage convertible, quite the sweet ride, to take them from the chapel to Veritas Vineyard, where we’ve had a lot of fun lately both with weddings and hanging out with friends. In fact, Laura has enjoyed working at the winery part-time on weekends so the staff there was understandably excited to be a part of the action (many of them as guests this time instead of working the event)!

Perhaps the highlight of the evening’s entertainment wasn’t necessarily the band, The Moonlighters, which was really good, but Laura & Scott’s very lively choreographed (by the talented Robin Grimsley) first dance (complete with lifts). It was so much fun to watch and document, and everyone in the ballroom was amazed at their choreography. The cheering was loud and contagious! The gorgeous, soaring ballroom at Veritas was beautifully decorated by Finishing Touch and once again we tasted the ever-so-moist cakes of Teri Edwards of Cakes Unlimited. Have we mentioned how much we *love* what we do? :)

We had such a wonderful day with great weather and awesome light (such is the beauty of having a late fall wedding), and it was just so much fun to be a part of Laura & Scott’s wedding celebration. Thank you, both of you, for having us out to document your day. We absolutely loved it!

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Sometimes we can’t decide whose shot to include, so this time we both get one. Here’s Bill’s take on this moment…

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and Anne’s…

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So which one do you like better? ;-D

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And now, of course, some yummy eye candy…

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Clients whose weddings are coming up may want to take a quick gander at one of our favorite wedding blogs, that of Style Me Pretty (we’re also thrilled to be one of Abby’s Little Black Book picks!). We know how hard it can be to find just the right pair of shoes to go with your gown. A pair that compliments your style and that of your event, and that can be worn and danced in well into the wee hours. Check out their blog entry with shoe ideas, and here are a few of our own (including one from Lacey & Evan’s wedding back in 2005, whose shoes are highlighted on SMP.

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Yet sometimes, it’s better just to wear some fashionable flip-flops, as demonstrated here:

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It’s been the season for great light and wonderful moments! Like Amy & Erik’s wedding about which we just blogged below, I had some wonderful afternoon sunlight with which to do the third portrait session with James and Claire. The twins are now walking and gurgling and making all sorts of cute moves (and sounds). We all met up at Carter Mountain, where families for years have converged to pick peaches, apples, and pumpkins while in-season. Fall is especially popular for the farm’s warm, fresh apple cider and their apple donuts which, when served warm, are unrivaled. We played and explored in one of the nearby peach groves for a bit before returning up the hill to explore the pumpkins which compared in size to James and Claire themselves. To warm ourselves from the cool fall temperatures and blustery wind, we retreated to the barn for a quick donut treat. Yum! It was so much fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to see the twins grow over the year and love seeing them so playful and their personalities really starting to shine through. Thank you, Lacy & Josh, for bringing your family out for the session! It was great spending the afternoon with  you.

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Here’s the view from the barn of Charlottesville down in the valley.

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While at each of our weddings we’re able to capture some amazing moments with our clients, if you throw in the kind of gorgeous light we had on Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently for Amy & Erik’s lighthearted celebration, then words just can’t describe it (see below). The Boston couple met while Amy was working at a restaurant run by their respective attendants, and where Eric was a frequent patron. One miscalculated bill started them talking, and they eventually ended up at her parents beautiful home overlooking the bay for their wedding. Her dad had created the huppah under which they stood for their vows from a birch tree on the property. Its rustic feel was further enhanced by long strings of greenery and bright, fall-themed colors. 

Amy, glowing in a beautiful beaded Priscilla of Boston gown, was escorted by her dad from the house in which she grew up, down the steps toward the water and towards her husband to be, Erik. Amy’s aunt, an Episcopalian minister with a wonderfully free spirit, performed the ceremony, offering a personalized homily based on Song of Solomon as a fun surprise for Amy and Erik and their guests. Also, being on the water, a nice breeze came in and washed over the guests, making it amusingly difficult for their respective moms to light the candles in preparation for a unity candle lighting later in the ceremony.

After the ceremony, their guests picked up their place cards hung with miniature clothespins placed on ropes strung between two trees in their back yard by the pool. During cocktail hour, we went off with the two of them for some great portraits as the sun was setting. Amy’s dad had planted a large bed of cosmos flowers near the ceremony site, and we loved shooting around it and also on their boat dock, where the two were in a fun and playful mood. We had lots of company as well during the portraits. Erik’s engineering company makes 35mm lens mounts to the motion picture industry for use with movie cameras, so you can imagine how many additional colleague shutterbugs were around to help capture the great moments and fun portraits from the day.  

Shortly after the sun set, these amazing yellows, reds, and blues appeared in the sky over the water, and it seemed half of the guests emerged from the tent to photograph it–it was one of the most spectacular sunsets we’ve seen at a wedding. Later in the evening, after thoughtful toasts and even an impromptu solo by another of Amy’s talented aunts, Amy decided in lieu of a bouquet toss, to offer her bouquet as a gift to her grandmother who served as inspiration for her own wedding and budding marriage. It’s something we’ve seen at a few weddings over the years and it’s always touching to witness. Their cake, by Julie Bakes (what a cool name for a baker!), was not only beautiful, but moist and delicious too. Further into the evening, the catering staff lit a bonfire in the fire pit in the backyard, and at this point nearly everyone took a pause from the dance floor festivities to warm themselves and chat among the burning embers. It was a great way to end the evening, full of love and happiness, and it was such a pleasure to be able to document it. Congratulations, you two, and thank you for having us out!

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And of course, some fabulous Autumn-hued details:

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