Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | McKinley + Matt

One thing about John and I that you might not know is that we love our wine. White wine. Red wine. Rose. We will drink it all. We especially love Spanish wines (surprise, surprise), but we also love the wines that we have tasted at many of our local vineyards in and around Charlottesville. One of our new favorite vineyards is Pippin Hill Farm. We not only love the wines, but the view and decor rival no other. If you live in Virginia, especially if you live in Charlottesville, and have never seen this place, it is so worth the trip! Last month I accompanied Jen Fariello to McKinley and Matt’s gorgeous wedding at Pippin Hill. This venue was the perfect backdrop for their elegant affair. As always, Easton Events knocked everyone’s socks off with their attention to detail and fine sense of style. Here are some images I shot of the tables and reception details.

Pat’s Floral Design does it again. Take a look at these fabulous, one-of-a-kind boutonnieres.

I started out with Matt and his entourage capturing some of the key moments and conversations.

Here’s Matt looking extra sharp in his grey suit and cornflower blue tie.

After a while, I brought Matt and his groomsmen outside for some portraits. Here’s a shot of all six brothers!

The whole gang. Now that is a wedding party!

What did I tell you about the view?! Simply breathtaking.

The youngest members of the wedding party waiting for their debut…

When I walked into the bridal suite (a gorgeous upstairs loft), I found McKinley’s maid of honor making last minute changes to her toast and the beautiful bride watching her guests arrive.

I love this next series of McKinley and her father. These are the moments that I live for!

A few shots of the processional…


My angle of the kiss.

Directly following the ceremony, the guests were ushered to the patio and lawn area where the enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Back inside the ballroom, every inch was decorated to the nines.

McKinley’s father was the first to offer a toast to the newly weds.

I just love this image of McKinley. Doesn’t she look absolutely dreamy and elegant?

Then it was Matt’s brother’s turn…

The perfect image to end this post…


Happy Friday! I hope you have a fabulous weekend.:-)
Un abrazo,

Featured: Charlottesville Wedding Blog

These last few days here in C’ville have been grey, grey, grey. I can’t complain too much because it hasn’t been that cold, but the sun hasn’t peeked out, not even once. On these sorts of days, I like nothing more than to thumb back through some of our summer weddings and reminisce. As I look through the images of brightly colored bridesmaids dresses, outdoor ceremonies, glasses of lavender lemonade and summer flowers, I can almost feel the sun’s warming rays. I think Claire Goodman, the mastermind behind The Charlottesville Wedding Blog, was feeling the same way when she posted Allie and Adam’s wedding on her blog yesterday. Boy was that wedding a sight for sore eyes. Thank you so much, Claire, and congrats to Allie and Adam!

Scottsville Senior Photographer | Jennie

It’s always good to come home. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel (especially back to hometown San Diego), but I’m always anxious to get back to my bed, routine, and, of course, my sweet husband. It’s always best when John can come along, but, alas, he had to work his day job, so I was left to travel solo. After all this build up,  you’re probably wondering where I went! Well, I was in San Diego for my sister’s engagement party as well as for PartnerCon, a photography workshop/conference hosted by Pictage. I had never attended a PartnerCon conference, and I’m so glad that I went! I learned so much and came away with so many ideas that I want to implement in 2012! Yay for inspiration and improving! I promise there will be another post including pictures! (Wow, that’s a lot of !!!)

Anyhoo, the real reason that I am blogging today is because I fell head-over-heels in love with Miss Jennie, a 2012 graduate, during our senior session out at this Scottsville farm. Don’t get me wrong, I love shooting around UVa and in Charlottesville, but it’s also exciting to try someplace new. When I arrived, Jennie greeted me with a big smile and a pair of two-steppin’ cowgirl boots. Let’s just say she rocked our session. After climbing on hay bails, jumping fences, making friends with the horses and four outfit changes later, this is what we have to show for it….pretty fine, if you ask me.:-)

Happy Friday, Veteran’s Day and 11.11.11!

Un abrazo,


Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | Emily + Tom, Part Two

Welcome back! Yesterday we featured Part One of Emily and Tom’s classy Charlottesville wedding. As if that wasn’t lovely enough, right after the ceremony we had a few more minutes with the bride and groom, and the light was just absolutely dreamy!

The whole gang.

Back under the pavilion, the tables were all gussied up for the guests to arrive. I love the organic centerpieces mixed with the granny smith apples and navy blue touches. 

Both Emily and Tom met and graduated from UVa, so in true Cavalier spirit, they named their tables after meaningful places on Grounds.

Take a look at this cake! Great work, Tammy Knock.

As the cocktail hour started to wind down, Emily’s dad was the first to offer a toast to the newly weds.

Next up was Emily’s maid of honor

Lastly, the microphone was handed to Tom’s best man who did a great job relaying some of their shared adventures.

After toasts, 20 South served up a delicious meal for all.

After dinner, Tom and Emily made their way to the dance floor for their first dance together.

Of course Emily’s dad also had his opportunity to dance with his daughter.:-)

And then everyone else joined in… (even the fairy).

Thanks to Jason Paige of Celebrity Radio DJs for picking all the right tunes that kept the party going!

Emily and Tom: You both go together like peanut butter and jelly, like spaghetti and meatballs, like chocolate and peanut butter. It’s easy to see, but it doesn’t happen everyday. Thank you for making us feel so welcome, and for allowing us to be a part of your big day! We wish you both all the best!
Un abrazo,

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | Emily + Tom

If I hadn’t been teaching at the time, I definitely would have gotten married in the fall. Fall is, by far, my favorite time of year to call Virginia home, and October is the prime month. This year John and I had the treat of shooting Emily and Tom’s wedding (remember their lovely summer engagement session at UVa??) on the first day of October. It was the quintessential fall day, crisp and full of color.

The day began for me at Emily’s parents’ home as she and her girls were getting ready. When Emily showed me her her Monique Lhuillier dress and Badgley Mischka shoes, I squealed with delight.

Beautiful jewelry!

The finishing touch…

Meanwhile, John met up with Tom and his groomsmen as they were finishing up getting ready….

Em, I know you don’t love having the camera pointed at you, but, dang girl, you are so gorgeous!

A stunning view + gorgeous bride =:-)

Emily’s dad came outside to admire his daughter on her wedding day.:-)


Emily and Tom opted for a “First Look” which we set up on the long, tree-lined road that leads you into Ash Lawn-Highland. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot!

Man, do I love this moment!

I absolutely adore this series!

Emily and her best girls…

Tom with his best man and Emily with her sweet flower girl.

What a sharp group!

Work it, ladies.

A little UVa shout out…

Emily and her dad right before he walked her down the aisle…

It’s official!

Don’t stray too far! Tomorrow we’ll have more from this lovely Ash Lawn-Highland wedding, complete with romance, mountain views, reception details, and lots of dancing!

Un abrazo,


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