Year in Review, Part Two: 2011 Wedding Highlights

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful weekend ringing in the new year with friends and family. This is the first year that John and I have been in Charlottesville for New Year’s, so we did it up right by having dinner and playing Settlers of Catan with good friends and then heading out on the town to get our dance on at Zocalo. Of course, we stayed out too late, but we had a blast.:-)

Before this week slips away from me, I wanted to get back to our wedding highlights from last week. We’ll start with our final June wedding from this past year…

Morgan and Michael were married this past summer at the UVa Chapel and then held their reception at Farmington Country Club.  John and I loved so many aspects of this wedding, so it was really hard just to choose just a few. I particularly love these first two images because they really speak to what was most important about this couple’s wedding day: the relationships. Morgan is really close to her grandfather, and the fact that he was able to play the bagpipes at her wedding was so special to her.

A few other favorites from their day…

Erica and Tom were married at the UVa Chapel and then held their reception at Alumni Hall – a true Wahoo wedding!! These two images were taken just minutes after becoming husband and wife. They had just exited the church and I ran after them with my camera. They had started to walk down the path together and I yelled out “Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Howard!”. When they turned around they both had these ear-to-ear grins of pure joy. Such a great moment!

Robin and B-J were married at Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, VA and then held their reception at Richmond Country Club. Robin is a complete romantic at heart and just all girl. B-J is a true southern gentleman. Together they are the perfect match. When we got to Richmond Country Club after the ceremony, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and then sun was beaming down from directly overhead. I typically shy away from harsh light and do everything I can to find some shade, but as I was looking around trying to find this (in the middle of a golf course, might I add!), I glanced back and saw this image taking shape before my eyes. Click. I pressed the shutter and these two have been some of my favorites ever since.

This is an example of why John and I love it when our couples choose to do a First Look. John and I were overjoyed when Kelly and Adam told us that they wanted to arrange to see each other in one of the UVa Gardens before their ceremony at the Chapel. I love these two shots that John got just moments after Adam had turned around to see Kelly for the first time. Priceless!

Jennifer and Saul were married at Veritas Vineyard this past September. It had poured all day up until the time of the ceremony, but just as the guests started to arrive, the storm passed and the sun began to peek through the clouds. There is just something magical about the light right after a storm.

Emily and Tom were married at Ash-Lawn Highland this past October. Both are just so easy to be around and really care about others. They were definitely nervous about being in front of the camera, but as you can see from this photo, they didn’t have anything to worry about. I love shooting along this fence at Ash-Lawn (well, actually, I like fences in general), but I especially love that they’re completely present and absorbed in the moment and not even worrying about the camera.

Cayla and Kevin’s wedding was our last wedding of 2011. We loved the fact that they wanted to take advantage of the colorful, fall foliage and start their day off with a First Look. Don’t the colors look amazing against Cayla’s red hair??!! Here are a few of our favorites from their November wedding…

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of our favorite shots from our 2011 weddings! Thank you again to all of our brides and grooms who put their trust in us to document their big day. We feel so honored to have been there! Now don’t be a stranger because next up is our Year in Review for portraits! See you soon!

Un abrazo,

Natalie

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