Standardsville Wedding: Anna + Patrick (Part II)

Well, as promised, I’m back with more pictures from Anna and Patrick’s beautiful Lydia Mountain wedding.

So let’s start off with some shots of the boys….

So if you look closely, you can even see the gnats flying around! (Random, I know, but Patrick was very curious whether I would be able to capture them or not.)

So, I know this is shameless, but I can’t help but give a little shout out to my awesome husband. Oh sigh. I love him so.

Here are the lovely ladies….

Out for a stroll….

After the ceremony, I grabbed Anna and Patrick for some portraits of just the two of them. They were so sweet to watch, just soaking up the awesome reality that two had become one. So here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for….introducing husband and wife!!

Yay for grandparents!

The whole group!

After the ceremony we compiled all of the flowers together to make one giant bouquet. And of course everyone took turns holding it….

Patrick and Anna being introduced for the first time as husband and wife!!

And then the dancing began in all its glory… I have to thank my friend, Katherine Vance, for helping with these shots!

This is such a sweet shot of Anna’s dad giving his daughter over to Patrick. Wow! What a powerful moment.

Then Anna’s grandfather cut it….:-)

And then we all joined in for a show-stopping performance of the Virginia Reel.

Ah. Pretty girls!

And then the toasts began.

Wow. So I thought I would be able to get everything in two parts, but it looks like I’m going to have a part three as well. Be sure to stay tuned. You definitely don’t want to miss this pie cutting.:-)

Un abrazo,


Standardsville Wedding: Anna + Patrick

“So how does it feel to be MARRIED?,” I giddily ask Anna as I’m positioning her and Patrick for another portrait.

“It feels totally normal,” says Anna, as a smile of utter joy sweeps across her face.

Totally normal. What a true statement for this sweet couple. Now some people might interpret normal as a neutral, if not negative response to this question, but let’s look at it from a different angle.  I think by “normal” Anna meant that she couldn’t imagine life any other way, that, with Patrick as her husband, she felt like she could be completely and wholly herself, that she could know and be known. How many of us, myself included, spend so much of our lives trying to move beyond normal? We want the rush, the thrill of the chase, the high. We think that if things start to feel normal, then something has gone wrong. But there’s a simple beauty to normal, and really it’s where we most fully participate and experience what it means to love and be loved. So, thank you, Anna, for allowing me to experience the beauty of your normal and for giving me fresh eyes to see it in my own marriage.

Patrick and Anna were married this past weekend at Lydia Mountain, a breathtakingly beautiful destination in Greene County, Virginia. If you don’t remember these two love birds, click here and here to see the engagement pictures I shot of them at the UVA Gardens last month. The morning started off with a high-intensity game of ultimate frisbee and then the bride and groom and the wedding party were off to the cabins to start getting ready.

When I first arrived, I followed the signs to…

Anna was already busy getting ready. Such pretty curls!

Here is the youngest bridesmaid trying out the eyelash curler…

The dress! (Drum roll please)

And here is the final product…such a beauty!!

Here I told Anna to give me a little sass. Work it, girl.

Meanwhile, John was over in…

with Patrick, the handsome groom.

So sharp, Pat.

Back at Granny B, I was getting shots of Anna and her girls (which actually included me!) But first, the bouquet. I can’t help myself. She had a luscious bouquet of pink and white peonies. SWOON!

Then Anna’s mom arrived, and what a precious moment it was between mom and daughter.

A few more cabin shots of the bride….

Then we took Anna and her bridesmaids over to an open field for some more portraits. Anna you are truly breathtaking.

So this is only Part I of I don’t know how many! There is so much more to come. Please come back soon.:-)

Un abrazo y feliz viernes! (translation = you rock and it’s the weekend!)


MOM - June 5, 2010 - 2:50 am

Lovely, lovely pictures….and adorable couple. Can’t wait to see more.

Jen Kumpost - June 5, 2010 - 12:52 pm

These are phenomenal – breathtaking, exquisite, stunning! You’ve captured our sweet, priceless friend!! Wow, girl, you got skillz : ) Thanks for sharing!!

Jeannine Reese Novak - June 7, 2010 - 1:44 am

I looked at them again, and they all are special. I have a few favorites;
1. color; on the porch full length, Anna sideways The B/W below is cool too
2. color; close up of flowers/ring
3. color: Anna sideways full length in the field
4. color; half length, frontal, holding flowers
5. she and her 3 girlfriends….is great.

Susanna LaRochelle - June 11, 2010 - 7:51 pm

love them so much…thanks!!!

Charlottesville Portrait Session: The Campbell Family

So it’s Monday and I’m trying to figure out what it is about “Pomp and Circumstance” that always makes me choke up. Can any of you relate to this? I mean without fail, whenever those infamous notes begin to fill the air, you can be sure to find me somewhere in the crowd fighting back the tears. I honestly think I have cried at more graduation ceremonies than weddings! And any of you with graduating loved ones know that May is a busy month. I attended my brother-in-law’s graduation earlier this month, and this past weekend was UVA’s graduation and a few high school graduations.

One such graduation, The Covenant School’s class of 2010, was where I met up with the Campbell family to take some portraits of their graduate, Luke, and the rest of the family. Now Luke is not just any graduating senior. He actually was a former student of mine! I taught him Spanish when he was in 10th grade, so you can imagine my excitement and pride watching him receive his diploma!

The graduate….

Luke was such a good sport as I had him standing, sitting, standing and getting all paparazzi on him.

So after Luke and I were done getting J.Crew model shots :-), we brought the whole family together for these….

What a blessings to have both sets of grandparents there to celebrate!

Now here are some proud parents, and rightly so.

I love this next one of Dad with his two sons.

Proud brother and mom.:-)

Campbells, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this momentous occasion in your lives. Luke, best of luck to you next year in North Carolina!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Un abrazo,


Michelle - May 24, 2010 - 2:23 pm


These are great! I love them!

Charlottesville Engagement: Anna + Patrick (Part Two)

Wow, I can’t believe that it took me an entire week to get back to the blog! I’m sorry for the delay, but this past week was insanely busy. Actually, I spent the latter part of the week in New York City for my brother-in-law’s graduation. Okay, so I love NYC. Not that I would want to live there, but for a visit, it’s awesome. I mean there’s just so much to absorb, not to mention that it’s home to American Ballet Theater, which would be reason enough for me to love it.:-)

So hopefully you had the chance to check out Part One of Anna and Patrick’s sweet engagement shoot. As promised, I’m back with a second installment. More gardens, more loveliness, more cuteness. Need proof? Check these out….

Anna – Pretty as a peony!

Patrick and Anna – I hope that you’ll always make time to stop and smell the peonies!

So I know this next one isn’t of Anna or Patrick, but I just love the fact I was actually quick enough to snap a picture of this cardinal before he flew off into the trees.

Anna and Patrick wanted to practice their model walks a little bit. I had no doubt they knew how to work it in front of the camera. 😉

Patrick is ready for marriage! Just look at that resolve.

Here is the happy couple on the steps of their new home. Not really, but hey, totally could be.

So cute, you guys.

Haha. So this picture behind the gate actually turned out!

Patrick’s Abercrombie & Fitch shot. You know you love to pop that collar!

Love this one!

Patrick, who is actually part monkey, shows off his primate skills.

Anna and Patrick – You two just make our world a little sweeter! Thank you for trusting us to get these shots of you. I hope you will treasure them for years to come. I can’t wait for the big day!

Un abrazo fuerte,


Jeannine Reese Novak - May 17, 2010 - 1:03 pm

So cute! I love that Patrick can be silly and playful! Natalie, you’ve captured their love in these beautiful pictures!

Charlottesville Engagement: Anna + Patrick

The last day of clinic was winding down at L’Eglise Baptiste Siloe in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. All Anna knew was that there was going to be a party for the Haitian health workers and American volunteers before they parted ways the next day. However, behind the scenes, Patrick had something else up his sleeve! Before Anna knew it, Patrick was in front of her on his knees, asking her to marry him. And of course, with hugs and kisses on top, she said yes.:-)

Now for most of you, popping the question in Haiti, seems like one of the most unlikely places, but for Anna, there really wasn’t a more perfect place. Anna has been visiting the same church and clinic in Haiti since she was two years old. In the last few years, she has developed a program to train health workers to care for and monitor the health and well-being of the people in their community. It is truly remarkable work and a testimony of God’s love and faithfulness.

On top of all of this, John and I are blessed to call Anna and Patrick friends. Dear friends. John and Patrick have been friends since middle school, and Anna and I became close friends while we lived as roommates after college. We are so excited for this couple – they are amazing, and even that is an understatement.

So last Saturday we headed over to the UVA Grounds and Gardens for Anna and Patrick’s engagement session. These Gardens are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen, especially in the spring. In fact, this is where John and I had our engagement pictures taken. So we just garden hopped and had a great time hanging out, talking and shooting!

Oh, and so I also failed to mention that both Anna and Patrick are undiscovered J.Crew models!

The next garden we went to had these beautiful irises in bloom. Although Patrick claims to be shy and self-conscious in front of the camera, we are not so convinced. You can’t fool us, Patrick. We know you’re a total ham!!

Okay, now for reals.

For this next series we headed over to this great climbing tree next to the Rotunda. Both Patrick and Anna love spending time outdoors, so this was a perfect spot to get some shots of them. Are they not the cutest couple, or what!? I can’t wait for their wedding later this month!

Don’t ask me what Patrick is doing here.

I know I left you hoping for more Patrick and Anna adorableness, and guess what, you’re in luck! This is only Part I. Check back in a few days for the second series.

Un abrazo,


Jeannine Reese Novak - May 10, 2010 - 11:43 pm

Our favorite is the pic fourth from the bottom.
Happy Day!

Peggy LaRochelle - May 12, 2010 - 2:00 pm

These are the best. Natalie, you’re amazing!!Waiting for the 2nd installment…

Cristian Go - June 9, 2016 - 11:50 pm

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