- Jan 30, 2018 Ashleigh & Casey | Charlottesville Courthouse Wedding Photographer
- Jan 21, 2017 Amanda & Matt | Early Mountain Vineyards Wedding Photographer
- Sep 12, 2016 Daisy & Troy Charlottesville Courthouse Wedding | Elopement Photographer
- May 19, 2016 Sara & Zach Elope in Orange, VA | Charlottesville Elopement Photographer
- Jul 18, 2015 Gilly & Flash | Richmond Wedding Photographer
- Jun 2, 2015 Brandon & Marlena | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer
- Dec 16, 2015 Gabriel's Bar Mitzvah | Washington, D.C. Bar Mitzvah Photographer
- Mar 24, 2015 Isaiah | Bar Mitzvah Photographer
- Jan 11, 2014 NYC Bat Mizvah | Virginia Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photographer
- Sep 11, 2017 Megan & Kevin | Stone Mountain Vineyards | VA Wedding Photographer
- Jun 7, 2017 Lexie & Emily | LGBT Engagement Photographer
- Jan 16, 2017 Steve & Annie Engagement Session at Humpback Rocks and Raven's Roost | Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Photographer
- Aug 12, 2016 Cody & Mady Surprise Proposal at Stinson Vineyards
- Apr 14, 2016 Suzanne & Tim at Early Mountain | Charlottesville Engagement Photographer
- Feb 8, 2016 Elisabeth & Chet | Charlottesville Engagement Photographer
- Sep 24, 2015 Rachel & Austin | Charlottesville Engagement Photographer
- Jul 9, 2015 Kari & Chris | Engagement Photographer
- Jan 6, 2011 Dana & Radika | Engagement Portrait Session
- Family Portraits
- Jul 28, 2017 DelFosse Vineyards and Winery - Styled Shoot
- Jan 12, 2017 Amanda Maglione Photography Wins a 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award
- Apr 20, 2013 Marchesa Bridal Show in NYC
I love shooting Charlottesville Courthouse weddings so much! They are short and sweet, but each one is so different from the next! It’s so nice that they allow you to do the ceremony anywhere you want around the adjacent park. There are several nice spots, with different backgrounds. In this case, we chose to do the ceremony right in front of the historic Albemarle County Circuit Court, a half block from the Charlottesville Circuit Court. The red bricks and white columns…classic Charlottesville. This wedding was the beautiful coming together of two families, with 2 boys on one side and one boy on the other side. The 3 boys looked on as heartfelt vows were exchanged, with their arms around each other. This was a big day for them too - they were officially becoming 3 brothers.
I have a connection to Courthouse weddings, because my parents were married at a courthouse! My mom was wearing jeans from what I have heard! There are no pictures from their wedding, unfortunately. I would have loved to see pictures of them on that day. Just because you are doing a simple courthouse wedding, doesn’t mean you have to skip the photographer! Your kids will thank you some day! Even if you are foregoing the huge party, floral arrangements, DJ, catering, etc., that doesn’t mean you don't deserve to have photos of your ceremony and portraits just as beautiful as if you had booked that vineyard venue!
I have very reasonable special rates for courthouse weddings. Give me a call! I’d love to be there to document your big day for you! I would love to be the official Charlottesville Courthouse Wedding Photographer! In the mean time, please enjoy pictures from this charming courthouse wedding.
Driving up the mountain approaching Stone Mountain Vineyards for the first time, as the road keeps going up, up, up through the forest, it seems impossibly high up the mountain! When you finally come out into the clearing where the beautiful wood winery building stands up on stilts, you are hit with a view that is completely unrivaled! Over 1,700 feet high, Stone Mountain is one of Virginia's highest vineyards!
I met Megan and Kevin inside the winery, and I got to hear the story of how they met in college outside a classroom, and later at a Halloween party where Megan was dressed as Minnie Mouse! Together ever since, years later, Kevin asked Megan to marry him with a ring in a tiny glass slipper at Disney World (Megan is a true Disney fan!). This is one of the best parts of being a wedding photographer- getting to hear people's love stories at this exciting time in their lives. I'm so happy for these two, who are so clearly in love, and so thoughtful of one another. Wishing them all the best in their journey together!!! Check out these photos from their engagement session!
New owners of the winery, Jim and Deanna Gephart, have their own love story, and pouring themselves into operating a winery and vineyard after long careers in the federal government is a beautiful new chapter in their lives, and a dream come true for them!!
When I was invited to a styled shoot at the DelFosse Vineyards and Winery, I jumped at the chance, because I needed to go explore the venue for a wedding I am shooting there this fall, and what a better opportunity than to scout out the property while they had some gorgeous models, styled beautifully in wedding dresses from Sealed with a Kiss, and colorful floral styling by Good Earth Flowers!! Many thanks go to Adrienne Eichner for her organizing, planning, and styling this great event. I only had one hour there, but look at just a small sampling of photos I was able to get in that short amount of time there! What an absolutely stunning venue. Can't wait for my real wedding there in October!
Thank you to all of the talented vendors who collaborated on this shoot!
Venue: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
Venue Host: Adrienne Albers
Event Planner/Stylist/Director: Adrienne Eichner
Floral Styling/Coordinator/Table Arrangements: Good Earth Flowers
Jewelry: Andrew Minton Jewelers
Bridal Gowns/Veils/Scarf: Sealed with a Kiss
Cake: SprinkleSpark, LLC
Models: Jason Elliott, Katt Marie and Jennifer Hendrickson
Makeup Artist: Yisell Santos-Bustamante
Hair Stylist/Floral Designer: Passionate Prince Designs
DJ/Lighting: Nate Clancy
Pastries: Albemarle Baking Company
Invitations/Menu/Placecards: Calligraphy by Kalika
Painted Globe/Hangers: Limefish Studio
Signage: Bride and Joy
Lexie and Emily chose Charlottesville, Virginia’s unique IX Art Park for their engagement photos. I knew we would have fun there since there is so much to explore in the way of weird, wonderful public art. There are some park-like areas with long natural plantings and grasses, and some urban looking areas with giant murals and interactive sculptures. There’s a big wall there saying “Before I Die I want to….” and below that, lots of lines and chalk for people to write their hopes and dreams. Each time I visit IX, I love to see what the latest visitors have written on those lines. I thought it would be a great ice breaker to start the session with Lexie and Emily writing out 3 things that they wanted to do before they die- I told them to pick one thing they want to do for themselves, one thing they want to do for the other, and one thing they want to do together. You can see what they wrote in the pictures below!
These two were so fun and easy to work with. They were super comfortable and relaxed, and a little bit giddy! They were always being funny and making each other laugh, and always smiling! They got engaged at Disneyworld, and they brought some Magic Kingdom and Epcot mugs they bought there which we played around with at one point in the shoot.
When Lexie and Emily first contacted me about doing a fall engagement shoot, they asked if I was LGBT-friendly. And I replied “Of course I am! (And I hate the fact that you have to ask me that question at all.)” For the record, in case anyone wants to know, I love lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, transgender people, and I love cisgender people too. I love all people. Everyone must be true to themselves! And Love is Love. I’m a big supporter of Marriage Equality. It was a very happy and historic day last year when gay marriage became legal in all 50 states. And now amazing, joyful, devoted couples like Lexie and Emily can be legally married to match the commitment they have already made in their hearts.
Amanda and Matt were married at Early Mountain Vineyards on a hot, gorgeous day in August. Amanda loved sunflowers, so they were a big part of the day. The bouquets and centerpieces were filled with sunflowers; the wedding arbor was dripping with them; and the bride wore a single sunflower in her hair. I also noticed she had one cute sunflower painted on one of her manicured nails, and I may have even spotted a small sunflower tattoo at one point! When I realized that Early Mountain had their very own sunflower garden, I knew we had to take a walk through it after the ceremony during our portrait session. The light was perfect at that moment, just before sunset, with light streaming through the flowers. Matt and Amanda were so happy together, having just said their vows.
One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer is that I get to immerse myself in someone else's world for a day. I get to exist among someone else's family and friends, I get to hear their inside jokes, see them dance with their friends to their favorite songs, and I often witness some very private and touching moments. It is such a privilege. Listening to the heartfelt speeches, as well as seeing the way Amanda and Matt interacted with their family, friends and each other, I got the picture that these are two very exceptional people - and I left that night feeling inspired by them.
A favorite moment: While Amanda was having her makeup done in the cottage with her bridesmaids and family, Matt had a young nephew deliver to her a wrapped box full of letters he had written to his bride- not just one, but at least five letters. Each was sealed in an envelope, marked different things like "Open if you're feeling nervous". "Open if you think I'm silly". I was seriously impressed!! These two have really found something special.
Wedding Planner: Tart Event Co.
Officiant: Brook Hedge (family friend) and Gay Lee (weddingpreacherforhire.com)
DJ: DJ Dirty Hands
Bridal Shop an Bridal Gown Designer: Absolute Bridal & Formal
Bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo
Makeup/Hair: Charlottesville Makeup Artist
Grooms suit: Calvin Klein
Flowers: Flowers from Harmony Harvest Farm Florals (arranged by bridal party)
Catering: Mill Valley Barbecues
Cake: Krecek Kakes
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Rounton Farm
Wedding and Engagement Rings: Tiny Jewel Box
For their engagement shoot, Steve and Annie wanted to revisit the area where Steve had proposed. Earlier last year, they had planned a hike up to Humpback Rocks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and when they reached the top, Steve proposed! Months later, their engagement session with me was on a sweltering hot day in August, so we decided not to do the full hike to the top. Instead, we did photos down by the Humpback Rocks Visitors Center, where we found areas full of wildflowers, cool old fences, an old cabin, and plenty of nice places for photos. Then for sunset, we drove ten minutes up the road to Raven's Roost Overlook for some epic mountains photos! Annie had worn flat sandals - a must if you are shooting at the overlook! Thanks to Annie and Steve being very willing to try my suggestions, we got some really exceptional shots. Standing on top of the wall at Raven's Roost, as well as climbing down around the wall is not for the faint of heart! And to get those photos of them immersed in wildflowers...they had to brave some poison ivy which was way too close for comfort, but they climbed over the fence, and got out of there without any poison ivy outbreaks, thank God!! Besides their adventurousness, their love for each other made these photos truly special- I could really feel the love they had when they looked into each other's eyes.