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I’m looking back on Kristin and Lindsay’s wedding at Lydia Mountain Lodge, near Charlottesville, and there were so many memorable moments, it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, they had a bounce house for the many kids at their wedding- that was one of the first things they mentioned when I had my first phone call with them - they wanted the kids to have fun. It was a destination wedding for everyone, and they all stayed in cabins on site at Lydia Mountain.
Lindsay and Kristin told me they never had any grand visions of how their wedding day would be, they just wanted everyone to have a great time hanging out. They didn’t care too much about all of those cliche wedding photos you see- close-up shots of rings, dresses hanging by themselves on a tree…they cared about documenting the people and the day as it unfolded, and capturing all of the fun.
Snubbing tradition, Lindsay and Kristin got ready together, in their rustic cabin. They normally don’t wear any makeup…but wanted to wear a small amount of makeup for the occasion. Endearingly, they tried to decipher some makeup instructions they had found on the internet - what goes on first- BB cream, CC Cream, or Foundation?… and followed them step by step, stopping every once in a while to pick up a walkie talkie to joke around with other guests on the premises. This whole process was extremely adorable.
After they each were suited up, and looking super fly, we headed out for some pre-ceremony portraits.
One thing Charlottesville area weddings do well are ceremonies with Blue Ridge Mountain backdrops, and this venue did not disappoint in that respect. If I’m not mistaken, Lindsay and Kristin walked each other down the aisle, to the epic strains of the JURASSIC PARK THEME SONG. (Also, their reception dinner tables were named after different dinosaurs.)
After the ceremony, the party got started, and the camp fire was blazing outside the barn reception room. The kids were having a ball…marshmallows were roasted, toasts were made…I witnessed an impromptu taste test performed between the classic canned beer brands Modelo, Busch and Miller Lite… As the night went on, inexplicably…a NARWHAL showed up in costume, the brides SHOTGUNNED a beer and there was a RAUCOUS singalong to none other than CELINE DION. So, yes, people, this was a wedding I will never forget. Cheers to you, Kristin and Lindsay, for the good times and good stories!!!
When I arrived to shoot this Charlottesville Courthouse wedding, there was a real buzz in the air - this couple was so excited! I even believe I heard one of them say "Are we really doing this?!!!" The bride was wearing an adorable white lacy romper, which reflected her free spirit. First, we went downstairs in the courthouse to fill out paperwork, which sounds mundane, but I really enjoyed shooting this part! The old files room was so cool and retro looking, so I got a few quick shots of them in there. Then we went over to Court Square Park and they chose to do the ceremony under a pretty little Dogwood tree that was just blooming. After the short and sweet ceremony, we did some portraits around the park and courthouse, some photos with their parents, and then we took a short walk down to The Pie Place on the Downtown Mall for a piece of pie. I loved that they did that as their little celebration, in lieu of a traditional wedding cake cutting.
“Why should I buy a wedding album when I’ll already have the photos as digital files?”
It’s a question I get all the time.
Think about it. What are your photos REALLY doing for you by sitting on a hard drive in your closet?
Imagine this: It’s 30 years down the road, and your sweet grandchildren come running in asking to see pictures from your big day. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down with them and flip through the pages of a beautifully designed, archival-quality album?
What happens years from now when you finally unearth those dusty hard drives, only to discover that the technology has changed and you can no longer access your files?
It’s a reality with which I’m familiar.
The fact is, maintaining physical prints of your favorite wedding photos is extremely important, and albums represent one of the best ways to do so. Not only do they look great and provide a convenient means for viewing, but—if taken care of—they can last forever, becoming treasured family heirlooms that span generations.
Some couples I work with elect not to purchase an album when choosing their photo package. They swear they’ll get around to making their own one day. But they rarely do. Life gets crazy, and kids and jobs take hold—not to mention the fact that producing these things takes patience, skill, and a WHOLE lot of time.
My albums use the traditional “silver halide” photographic process, which results in a classic look that you’ll never achieve on consumer sites that employ standard ink-jet printing (which tends to age badly and fade). The pages of my albums are thick, rigid and feature lay-flat construction.
I also offer a number of customizable options to achieve precisely the look you want: Choose from silver, gold, or black gilded edges, and take your pick of cover materials—from virtually any shade of leather you can imagine to Japanese silk.
Two of my wedding packages contain albums: The Premium Album (Zook Book) Package includes a 12" x 12" Zook Book album, with 90 photos included, and the Lustre Book Album Package includes a 10" x 10" Lustre Book album, with 75 photos included.
When you sign up for a wedding package that includes an album, you get a break on the price of the album. For those of you who want to buy an album after the wedding, I’ve included a la carte pricing as well. Under the pricing, check out some of the options available for each book. There are many, making each album a truly custom affair.
So to summarize, if you’re getting married soon, please do yourself a favor and BUY THE ALBUM! They are the best way to tell the story of your wedding day. They look and feel great, and they’re sure to outlast any technology that may not be around in the future.
I promise, you’ll never be sorry.
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