Charlottesville Wedding Photographer: Jennifer + John

The day I found out that our friends, Jen and John, got engaged, I distinctly remember turning to my John and saying, “Oh, I really hope they choose November 3 because then we could photograph their wedding!”. John gave me a little smile and a diplomatic “We’ll see”, but I was already plotting and scheming.:)¬†November 3 was the last Saturday that we still had available before we returned to the west coast, so there was still a chance that we could be there. True, I had no idea what they were thinking in terms of timing and seasons and all that, but a girl can dream, right?!

Fast forward a few days later and we’re on the Downtown Mall having breakfast and we run into none other than Jen and John. We’re catching up a bit and hearing about the engagement when Jen says, “Yeah, so we’re thinking about getting married in the fall.”

“Oh reeeaallllyyy,” I reply, elbowing John. “Have you thought about any dates in particular”?

“Actually, John and I are thinking November 3.” I really tried to hold myself together at this point, but let’s be honest, I totally let out a squeal and then proceeded to tell them that we would be photographing their wedding. Yikes. Manners? It’s a good thing we’re friends.:)

John and Jen were married at the beautiful and ever-s0-classic Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of former president James Monroe. Hurricane Sandy had blown through only a few days before, leaving in its wake a windy, chilly front, but nothing was going to stop these two. It was an awesome day!

When I walked in Jen was handing out gifts to her bridesmaids.

I love the moment when the bride slips into her dress and to see the pure joy in her eyes as she fixes her veil, but I will never forget watching my friend slip on her wedding dress and look more beautiful than any of us could ever have imagined.  

Outside John was with John (wow, this might start to get confusing) while the boutonnieres were been fastened and the ties adjusted. Speaking of ties, don’t you love this one?!

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Beautiful girls!

Love, love, love!

Our good friend, Karen, assembled all the bouquets. Don’t they look amazing!!??

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I love this shot of Jen and her father right before they walked down the aisle.

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There were smiles and tears all around!

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The cold wind burst didn’t feel great, but I love what they did with Jen’s veil!

Even though I’m completely biased, the ceremony was so happy, joyful and emotional.

Officially official!!

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Before we all headed to the barn to warm up, John and I wanted to spend some time with the newlyweds. When the wind kicked up, Jen just let her veil fly. I love this series!

A stroll through the garden…

Cuteness!

John, of course, gravitated toward the sugar when he first stepped inside the reception, but then again, who wouldn’t!? Check out these cakes!!

I love how Jen extended the green and purple fall decor into the reception area.

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Mr. and Mrs.!!!

John and Jen’s first task together as husband and wife….

Look at this teamwork!!

Victory!!

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Music played a big part throughout the entire ceremony and into the reception. I love how a bunch of the guests were involved!

Jen’s sister was the first to offer a toast to the newlyweds. Her words to Jen were so sincere and heartfelt.

John’s best man was next to take the mic.

John rockin’ out with his band…

Jen and John: We’re so happy for you guys! I can’t tell you what an honor and privilege it was for John and I to be there witnessing, celebrating, and documenting your day. We hope you have a wonderful first Christmas together and a blessed 2013! Love to you both!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Lindy Dimeo - December 22, 2012 - 3:51 am

Absolutely beautiful, Natalie! Thank you so much!

John Elder - December 22, 2012 - 5:20 pm

Beautiful pictures of an awesome event!

Cynthia Kaul Carter - December 22, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Beautiful! What a wonderful day!

Jane Paulus - December 22, 2012 - 6:00 pm

absolutely beautiful Lindy–many congratulations to you and the whole family—-Christmas Blessings!!

Jo Ann Colvin - December 22, 2012 - 7:02 pm

These are beautiful pictures of a lovely wedding.

Andrea Ross - December 23, 2012 - 2:44 am

Your wedding photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us. It was such a beautiful day and the couple was spectacular too!

Laura - December 23, 2012 - 9:44 am

Natalie, you have such a gift; you were able to convey the true spirit of love, community, and family expressed in the wedding weekend and experienced by everyone! Awesome.

From this mother’s heart – Thank You, Laura Williams-Kumpost

Sara Fletcher - December 23, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Love Love Love!!

Elizabeth Bailey - December 23, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Natalie did a great job documenting the emotion, the details and the fun of their special day! I am so very happy for this new couple. May God’s blessing be upon them throughout their married life.

Dana Leach Bowman - January 29, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Love your pictures Jen! sent you an email, too many things I loved about them.

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