Charlottesville Wedding Photographer: Joy + Luther

There is a gentle, deep, quiet strength to the love that Joy and Luther share. It’s not showy, but it’s real. It’s not loud, but it permeates everything they do and everything they are. After photographing them on their wedding day at the ever-so-lovely Pippin Hill Farm, John and I both walked away rejuvenated, full of hope and with an abiding sense of gratitude for people in the world like Luther and Joy. And what a force for good and grace they will be as they go out into this world as husband and wife!! And because I am still reveling in post-turkey thankfulness and plenty, I couldn’t think of a better time to share these images with you.

I began the afternoon with Joy upstairs in the bridal suite. Whoever was hired to decorate this loft needs to come over to my house and give me some decorating tips. It’s like something out of a fairy tale! I was particularly struck by these black and white images of the lovely, lovely Joy…

Jeanne Cusick did a great job with Joy’s hair and make-up!

Joy, you are taking my breath away.

 Folks, this is our last First Look of 2012, and boy oh boy is it a doozie. Get your box of tissues ready!
Okay, so I had completely lost it by this point.
Once we all had composed ourselves a bit, we took advantage of this quiet little spot and the warm October light.
Both Joy and Luther have irrepressible smiles and are quick to make each other laugh. They are truly a *joy* to spend time with and to photograph!
Before the ceremony began we had a few minutes to grab some family photos….
…and then it was time for everyone to take their places.
Joy and Luther have such talented friends and family members! I love how the music was such a central part of their ceremony.
Directly after the ceremony everyone gathered around Joy and Luther to greet and congratulate them.
As guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the veranda, John and I enjoyed a few more minutes hanging out with the newlyweds…
Cutest. couple. ever.
A little first dance practice before the reception…
Now don’t get too carried away with all the shopping this weekend because you need to be back here, same time, same place, for Part Two! There’s a double helping of laughs and smiles with a side of happy tears, so grab another box of tissues and meet me back here for more heartwarming, wedding goodness!
Un abrazo fuerte,
Natalie

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