We’re thrilled today to celebrate the first anniversary of Alisa & Brian. They headed back to Veritas to celebrate their first year of wedded bliss so we were able to get together for lunch on Friday to catch up a bit and of course to chat some about their wedding. Here’s what they had to say:

My favorite pics capture the beauty of that day. From the time I walked down the aisle, arm in arm with my amazing parents to the time Brian and I walked back up, hand in hand, married, underneath the pink sunset that I had always dreamed about (and i think sent especially for us by my Oma). It was an incredible ceremony and incredible moment.

Brian’s favorites represent 2 very important parts of the day that he will never forget. That moment of seeing each other for the {first} time overlooking those stunning blue ridge mountains(Thanks Anne for the BEST idea EVER!) and seeing our hand made huppah for the first time. They were the crux of that fabulous day.

From them both:
We think the vineyard shot really captures our wedding and all that we what we hoped and dreamed of and more. It’s exactly what we envisioned. Gorgeous fall in the blue ridge mountains surrounded by vineyard – how can you get any better than that??? That is our happy place. We also both love the image of Brian’s head in the forground, waiting for me walking towards him. Both looking straight ahead at each other.

Finally, I think the last picture of us in our “surprise” getaway car, captures the fun we had during that unbelievable party! I couldn’t believe it was over, but I remember that being a pretty awesome way to say goodnight to our friends and family!

Update on our life: “From Honeymoon to Babymoon”
It’s been an eventful year to say the least. We’ve grown together in supporting one another through hard times and now through the best and most exciting time of all: awaiting the arrival of our son, due in January. We are beyond thrilled and cant believe how how blessed we’ve been in one short year. We will never take that for granted! Attached is a picture of us on our “babymoon” in Key West.

Oh, and of course we couldn’t get away without taking a shot with our phone of the happy couple:

It was so great seeing you again last week, you two and we can’t wait to meet your baby boy soon! Congratulations!

We hope everyone had a great weekend! We shot a wonderful wedding at a gorgeous brand-new Charlottesville venue (look to the blog for more in coming weeks) and relaxed with friends and their sweet, little boy on Sunday. (Of course, we couldn’t resist taking a few shots of him, as well, which we can’t wait to share soon, too.) Today we’re happy to celebrate the anniversary of Hillary and Jeremy, who were married at Veritas Vineyards one year ago. We reached out to them recently about their first year of being husband and wife, and of course some of their favorite moments from the wedding. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. We were quite busy after the wedding… adopted a dog and bought a house within three months of being married! We love being “parents” to our dog, Barley, and learning the ins and outs of being first time homeowners. We’ll be going to the beach for a quick get-a-way to a bed and breakfast to celebrate our first anniversary- and of course have the top tier of our wedding cake!

Hillary’s faves:

A memorable moment for me with my Mom and Dad right before the ceremony… a moment I had been anxious about, but that turned out to be special.

Love how peaceful and still this picture is… and how sweet Jeremy’s face looks.

I love this picture! It’s timeless and takes me back to all the nerves, excitement, and anticipation I was feeling at that moment… 

Jeremy’s faves:

I love this because I can see the happiness in Hillary’s eyes and the giddiness in her smile. Her face is expressing what I’m feeling. 

It looks like a fairytale shot with me being happy seeing her so happy.

I just remember how emotional this moment was. Catherine expressing how great of a person Hillary is and me feeling lucky to be married to her.

Their joint faves:

Our first moment alone… the excitement and reality setting in of what had actually just happened. We were officially married. 

A great shot of “us”. Just genuinely happy to be together- and surrounded by our friends and family.

A cute shot- spur of the moment- hadn’t rehearsed that moment- both looking coyly at each other… ready to get the party started!

Happy anniversary, you two! Thanks so much for sharing – we *love* your favorites, too!

xoxo,
…a&b

Happy Friday, everybody! Today, we get the pleasure of celebrating a recent wedding that coincidentally also happened on a Friday. Congratulations to Valerie and Jared!

First off – the FAB team that helped make this day a reality for this adorable couple:
Hair & Makeup: Elan
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero
Venue & Catering: Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Baker: Cakes Unlimited
Officiant: Mike Teeter & Ellenann Mach

Ready for more? You can view the complete wedding gallery here. The password is Valerie’s maiden name.

We started out the morning at the Charlottesville City Courthouse, where a retired sheriff’s deputy performed their “official” wedding ceremony, lasting all of three minutes and beginning with the officiant telling Jared, “Repeat after me…’You’re probably right.'” Ha. Ha.

Back out to Veritas for the afternoon’s festivities and a ceremony for family and friends.

First sight!

There were other frames as part of the sequence below we’re not showing. Let’s just say the hound felt free to snoop around a bit.

Say it with us now. “Awww…..” The little girls loved Valerie’s veil.

Love the look Valerie is giving her dad.

Can you see why so many people get married at Veritas? Crazy beautiful.

Just married!

The favors were egg cups (Jared’s first Christmas gift to Valerie, along with Ritter Sport chocolate from Germany) filled with personalized M&M’s and the colors corresponded with which table you sat. So unique!

This might be the best mother-son dance shot we’ve gotten this year. Love that joyous smile!

How cool is this? Instead of a traditional guest book, they took a photo of themselves and had a puzzle made out of it. Their guests signed the back, and they’ll frame it in glass on both sides to enjoy one or the other as they see fit. 29 is an important number for them, as they were married on the 29th of the month, followed the next month by Valerie’s birthday on the 29th, and then of course Jared’s the month after that on yes, the 29th.

Dear v&j…

While the Twitterverse or whatever it’s called was agog over that Other Wedding happening across the pond, we were lucky enough to celebrate with the two of you and your families. One of the best things a client can do for their wedding is to simply be themselves, enjoying the day as they see fit – thus letting us capture you being you. Well, you did all that and more. It was such fun meeting you at the local courthouse the morning of your celebration to watch as you tied the knot in the state’s eyes (in your respective college tees!), then getting together later in the afternoon for your first sight out amid the vineyards overlooking Afton Mountain. The “watch” dogs were their own special kind of welcome committee for especially you, Valerie, as you both walked back up to the dirt path. It seems that white dresses serve as some sort of specialized canine magnets.

Kids always serve as lighthearted entertainment at weddings, and the little ones at yours were no exception. Your casual nature and joy on your wedding day made everyone (including us) feel calm, relaxed and above all, cherished and special. Your smiles were huge and your tears were real. We truly enjoyed documenting the tight bonds you have with your respective families, and the warm-hearted thoughts they had for you both made it clear how much you were loved. You literally lost yourselves in moments throughout the day and we absolutely love that we were able to be a part of it all. It was incredibly clear to all involved – this was meant to be.

Thank you, and congratulations! Here’s to 29 years together and beyond!

xoxo…
…a&b

We’re delighted this morning to celebrate the first anniversary of our dear friends Erin & Bryan. We touched based with them recently to ask about their wedding and their experiences as a couple since, as well as to share with us some of their favorite images from their celebration. Enjoy!

Saturday morning blueberry pancakes with our bulldog, Sukie, crossing the finish line after running a half-marathon together, flipping through wedding photos late at night,  fitting into each other perfectly, driving to Harris Teeter at 1 AM just to get eggs so that we could satisfy our toll-house cookie craving,  snorkeling through the baths in The British Virgin Islands, laughing about our idiosyncrasies, biting into a cupcake on the street corner in NYC, roaming the streets of Beacon Hill, dancing to bluegrass music in Asheville, playing frisbee in the park on Sunday afternoons, starting our book collection, figuring out “our” side of the bed, discovering bacon lollipops at Founding Farmers in DC,  watching Sukie take her first steps in the ocean at St. Simons Island, and knowing that we’ll wake up next to each other in 70 years…still in love, still learning about each other, and still as excited about the future together as we are today.

Here are some of their favorite images:

Erin: This was the first time that I was walking into the Veritas on the wedding day & I was able to see everything all together.  My mom strung all those origami cranes by hand, and it took her forever!  I couldn’t believe how amazing everything looked. I loved how you captured my reaction – I was in awe.

Erin: I love this photo of my grandmother.  My grandmother is French and always gives me the best advice on marriage.  She once told me that when you’re married, the most important thing is to never take one another for granted…I remember that everyday. (erin)

Bryan: This guy was one of our football teammates and was always the life of the party. This is one of his standard moves at each wedding. We always said that if anyone of us had one million dollars, we’d pay him an annual salary to hang out with us.


Both: This photo is our all-time favorite.  I remember Bryan just whispered in my ear, “forever, babe…just me and you.” We were completely lost in this moment. (It’s one of our all-time favorites too!)