Through my freelance photography career I can say I’ve been blessed with a few things. For the most part I’ve had wonderful clients who are friendly and relaxed and great to be around. I’ve also had the great pleasure of doing photography in some truly beautiful and incredible venues/locations.
Brandon and Jim’s wedding falls into both of those categories!
I was put in contact with Brandon and Jim because of a friend from my Virginia Tech days works for Brandon. After months of back and forth emails and long stretches of silence, we finally met in Ballston one evening and the two of them hired me! Even from our brief first meeting it was amazing how welcoming and friendly they were towards me, and those two characteristics would permeate throughout the whole wedding day.
The wedding itself took place at Early Mountain Vineyard outside of Charlottesville. The venue was incredible. I like to think my pictures will give you some kind of idea of how gorgeous it all was, but I’m not sure they do. From the old barns to incredible high ceiling reception halls with fireplaces on either side, the whole venue just screamed of a southern beauty and charm. Even the house where the couple got ready on the property had an old tinted mirror in it! We took pictures all around the venue before the ceremony, then headed back to the main building for a pre-ceremony cocktail hour.
That welcoming characteristic I got from my first meeting with Brandon and Jim really shown through during the “down” times of the wedding day. They set aside about an hour before the ceremony to have drinks and simply hang out with all their guests (while listening to one of two(!) live bands on the day). Their were so many smiles and laughter in just this short hour that it was impossible to not grasp just how happy everyone was for these two. After an hour or so, everyone was ushered to the ceremony location (which overlooked the beautiful country landscape).
The ceremony itself was touching and personal, featuring one of the groom’s sons prominently (and eliciting some tears in the process). If there was ever a wedding ceremony that felt like everyone was included and played a role in this relationship, it was this one. After the I Do’s and kisses, their were many hugs and cheers. Eventually everyone worked their way into the reception hall and the party got underway!
The reception had a little bit of everything. The couples son had a hand in designing the cakes that were prominently displayed on their dessert table (which tasted as good as they looked). There were some toasts, some more hugs and laughs, and then the second live band of the evening kicked off a whole lot of dancing! After everyone had their fill, the couple left to a sparkler exit and everyone left satisfied after seeing their friends unite in marriage!
Once again I tried to do in words what I should just show you. Hit up the photos below!
Thanks Brandon and Jim for allowing me to be apart of this wonderful day! Here’s to many happy years!
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