Nina + Matt

When Nina and I met 4 years ago, I was working on a farm in rural North Carolina and she popped in for a little while to serve with us. I remember marveling at how cool, hip, and kind she was. Fast forward to a few months ago when I was SO HAPPY to get a message from her asking about wedding photography! They brought me up to Virginia to hang out with them for a few days in the super sweet little town of Ashland, just north of Richmond. The morning of the wedding I got to explore the town a bit and found a delicious little cafe to sit and make a plan for the day. 

One of the things I loved about Nina and Matt's wedding was how special the ceremony was to both of them. A lot of times the reception steals the show, but for them, the intimacy and intentionality of each aspect of the ceremony was what they wanted people to experience the deepest on their wedding day. They had an Anglican service, with scripture readings, prayers, worship, and blessings. They didn't even let not one, but TWO rowdy trains stop them from having a peaceful moment with the Lord to begin their marriage. The reception was lively, and beautiful, with wonderful food and a whole lot of dancing. They also had bubbles and games for all of the kids who attended, so of course I spent some time documenting all of their hilarity. 

I loved every minute of Nina and Matt's wedding, and wish we lived closer to each other so we could hang out! The only downside to destination weddings is that you eventually have to go home, and part with all of your new friends. Thank you both SO MUCH for your kindness, and I can't wait for you to see the rest! 

Andrew + Ariel

Andrew and Ariel are two of the most peaceful humans you could ever meet. Their wedding day effortlessly floated along, and even though it was a scorcher of a day, they were content to just know they'd be married by the end of it. The Cumberland House is a gorgeously revamped historic venue right next to downtown Jackson. Everywhere you look you see beautiful exposed brick and ivy, and a million little details to catch your eye. And don't even get me started on the white washed bridal suite. Incredible. Cumberland House owner Kathi Leatherwood, was such a gracious host, and made us all feel right at home! 

I adore shooting weddings for friends for a lot of reasons, but let's be real - - I'm just there for the dance party and Anna Witham's little bites of potato heaven (see picture below). This weekend reminded me yet again why I love what I do. Enjoy this preview of what is to come!!