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Back in February, I blogged about Paul & Shanessa’s awesome engagement portraits that we captured at Town Center in Virginia Beach. Well, I had the pleasure of working with them again for their wedding on July 26th, 2014 – which also happens to be my wedding anniversary. But don’t worry, my wife was perfectly OK with me having booked a wedding on our anniversary (I guess it’s that kind of understanding that comes with being married for 11 years).
Much like my wedding, they had an intimate ceremony and reception, complete with great music from DJ Taylor Haycox. They even played a few games, the first of which caused me to lose my belt! It was a scavenger hunt where multiple players had to gather items from around the room. They would start in their chairs, the DJ would announce the item, and they had to get up to find it and then return to their seat – if it wasn’t already missing. The last person who didn’t have a seat was knocked out of the round until only two players remained. One of the items he called for was a man’s belt, and mine got taken! The last item called was a piece of toilet paper, so one guy ran out of the room to get some from the bathroom, while the other gentleman just took some tissue from a lady’s purse. Well, the crowd didn’t agree that the tissue paper was good enough, so the guy who ran to the bathroom ended up winning the prize: a $100 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Virginia Beach!
Another great part of this wedding was watching Shanessa’s daughter dance away the day! She requested song after song from the DJ and was leading the way with all kinds of great dancing. It was really fun to watch her gettin’ her groove on the dance floor. I had a great time working with Paul and Shanessa on
their our wedding day – LOL! They’re a beautiful couple with a beautiful family and I wish them many years of happiness and wedded bliss together!
Have a look at Torin & Ched’s pictures below. Go ahead, I’ll wait… did you see anything different? I don’t know, maybe a friggin’ 6-foot bow saw?! This was my first wedding with a log cutting ceremony, a German tradition where the Bride and Groom demonstrate overcoming their first obstacle together as husband and wife. They most definitely worked together and had that log cut in half in about 3 minutes or less!
Way to go, “Team Torin-Ched” (that has a nice ring to it)!
All kidding aside, Torin and Ched are a beautiful couple to work with and they had a wonderful Chesapeake Bay wedding in Virginia Beach. We had only ever met via Skype to discuss their wedding plans and my services, so I sort of had an idea of what they looked like, but I didn’t know that Ched was so
short down to earth – haha! She was truly graceful in her wedding gown, and she was all smiles throughout the day. She didn’t even seem phased by the fact that her veil was caught by the wind and came off as she walked down the aisle.
Torin was just as laid back, too. His affection for Ched was evident throughout the day, especially as he watched her come down the aisle, listened to her vows, and as he danced with her. Their reception was a lot of fun, and seeing as how both the father-daughter dance AND the mother-son dance were abruptly interrupted for more upbeat songs, it was clear that this was a party for everyone! And since Ched is a teacher, she had several of her students take part in the big day, so it was really fun to be around so much joy and laughter.
I really enjoyed working with Ched and Torin and I wish them many, many years of happiness!
…Plus, I now have a bow-saw team if I ever need to cut down a tree!
Vickie & Chris had a Sandbridge Beach wedding on May 17, 2014 in Virginia Beach surrounded by their friends and family. Anyone can tell that this couple is madly in love with each other. Vickie’s smile is so genuine that she exudes happiness, and it’s obvious that Chris would do anything to show his love for her.
Pastor Rachel commented in her opening remarks how, upon meeting Vickie and Chris for the first time, she asked them about how they met. Rachel said it was the first time that both the bride and groom cried as they recalled their love for each other. It’s a sweet little story and I think their wedding pictures show how happy they are to have each other in their lives.
My favorite picture is the one with the sandcastle in the foreground. It’s actually a very small sandcastle but I knew that if I used my wide-angle lens close enough that I could get an abstract view of Vickie and Chris embracing each other on the beach. I also tried to get a reflection of them walking on the shoreline, but a big wave came and got them a little wet. But as you can see in the picture below, they just laughed with each other and I kept shooting.
To finish out their wedding package, they also decided to have a family portrait session a couple of days after the wedding. Due to time constraints we had to move the session up to the middle of the day, which isn’t ideal because the light is more harsh at that time of day on the beach. But we still managed to get some great pictures on the sand and under the pier.
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This was my first Williamsburg Winery wedding and I sure hope it’s not my last! LaTonya and CJ were married on May 12, 2014 in the vineyards of the Williamsburg Winery… at sunset. Yes, it was as romantic as it sounds and they were surrounded by all their family and closest of friends.
My absolute favorite part of the day was shooting down in the wine cellar with LaTonya and CJ. I love contrasting the bride against a dark and moody background with lots of texture. We didn’t have much time, so I went right to work photographing LaTonya. It’s funny because I was so ready to begin working down in the cellar (where I’ve never even been before) that CJ said something like, “Wow! You just came up with that shot out of nowhere! How did you do that?” I just told him it was instinct. When I see a location with the right mix of texture, dimension, and mood I just look for the light or add my own (in this case, I used both the available light and my off-camera flash gelled to match the tungsten light). The results are stunning, if I must say so myself.
I’m so grateful that LaTonya and CJ took the time out of their day to help me create these beautiful moments. I tell all of my couples that if they want something a little more special than photojournalism then it’s important to make the time throughout the day to create fine art portraits like this. For LaTonya and CJ, that meant they had to miss part of their reception for about 15 minutes, but it made all the difference to their wedding photography.
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