Turner Wedding

This wedding is shot from the perspective of a bridesmaid. You see, when your baby sister asks you to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, you get puuumped. And when she asks you to be her photographer and “snap a few photos” of her special day, you don’t take her literally and you come prepared. So there I was: hair, makeup, dress, heels…and camera. My sister was a beautiful bride. Marrying her high school sweetheart, she couldn’t have chosen a better match. Kim and Justin are two genuine people with a real love. They’re a team. Love like theirs is a beautiful thing and I can’t wait for them to give me lots of nieces and nephews (heehee) and make many years of memories, together as a family.
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photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

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photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

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Miller Wedding

On their wedding day, Nicki and Travis surrounded themselves with the trees of the Shenandoah Valley, the vines of Cave Ridge Vineyard, gray skies of late spring and lots (and lots) of friends and family. A few mid-day sprinkles refreshed the mood and the day carried into evening as guests danced the night to a close.
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Bishop Wedding

On the day of their wedding, Kimberly and Greg meandered the same farm land without catching a glimpse of each other pre-ceremony. They were equally giddy and pleasant, eager to see each other and say their vows under blue skies. The wedding took place on a family friend’s farm in Linville, Virginia. Kimberly and Greg created a very thoughtful event that was a comforting representation of the two of them. Their day was complete with hand-touched goodies like dried flower bouquets, bow ties made by their friend Morgan, a beautiful painted watercolor tree/guestbook by their friend Marcia, a precious mini wooden bride and groom set painted by the groom and centerpieces made with tree bark collected by the bride and groom on their many hikes together. Even our post-ceremony couples photos included a hillside hike that made them both beam with joy. (Yes, the bride was happy about hiking up her wedding dress and tromping through dirt. That’s because she is awesome.) But it wasn’t just the decor that had personal meaning, they had a ceremony duet by Maggie and Jordan, who both attend their church, a ceremony led by the bride’s step father, a solo by the groom’s father, hand-churned apple cider that turned into team effort, dinner by local favorite A Bowl of Good, a cake baked by the bride’s uncle and iced on the spot and live music by local band Many Nights Ahead to keep the reception lively.

From start to finish, guests smiled and hugged and celebrated their joy. To close the evening, everyone gathered outside while the couple attempted to light a paper lantern as the wind gusts picked up. There on that hill in Linville, we all stood together under millions of stars as the groom’s father began singing “This Little Light of Mine”…and all the guests joined in. It felt very symbolic to hear this beautiful sound coming from their loved ones, surrounding them, in the complete darkness.
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And of course….a few of my favorite sillies!

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Hartsell Wedding

I arrived at Barren Ridge Vineyards a few moments before the bride and groom. And I’m glad I did. Otherwise, I would have missed the arrival of the soon-to-be-wed couple who casually strolled in the back door, wedding dress in hand, wind blown hair and beaming, relaxed contentment settled into their eyes. At first sight of their freshly decorated tables they both became vocally excited and thrilled that it was here. Their wedding day was finally here.  They rushed to different rooms to change and in a few short moments they were embracing and celebrating once again. The wind carried the time away as we wandered around the hills and vines of the vineyards with a Dalmatian in tow. Their family joined and later their friends and before we knew it the sun left the sky and guests enjoyed an epic first dance, a wonderful gourmet meal, smooth wine, toasts, stories, and lots of dancing. Congrats and cheers to you both, Amy and Kelly!bsomeIMG_0830 bsomeIMG_0823 bsomeIMG_0816 bsomeIMG_0808 bsomeIMG_0813 bsomeIMG_0854bsomeIMG_1025bsomeIMG_1030 bsomeIMG_0872bw bsomeIMG_0878bsomeIMG_0888bsomeIMG_0898bsomeIMG_0895bsomeIMG_0906bwbsomeIMG_0905bsomeIMG_0920bsomeIMG_0926bsomeIMG_0935bsomeIMG_0799bsomeIMG_0955bsomeIMG_0957bsomeIMG_0947bsomeIMG_0951bsomeIMG_0949bsomeIMG_0938bsomeIMG_0940bwbsomeIMG_0963bsomeIMG_0971cbsomeIMG_0968bsomeIMG_0978bwbsomeIMG_0986bsomeIMG_0984bwbsomeIMG_0983bwbsomeIMG_0995bsomeIMG_1009bsomeIMG_1016bsomeIMG_1006bsomeIMG_1151bsomeIMG_1156bsomeIMG_1130bsomeIMG_1137bsomeIMG_1062bsomeIMG_1107bsomeIMG_1119bsomeIMG_1125bsomeIMG_1159bsomeIMG_1163bsomeIMG_1145bsomeIMG_1174bsomeIMG_1188bsomeIMG_1194bsomeIMG_1196bsomeIMG_1186bsomeIMG_1201bsomeIMG_1209bsomeIMG_1212bsomeIMG_1236bsomeIMG_1244bsomeIMG_1280bwbsomeIMG_1289bsomeIMG_1302bsomeIMG_1448bsomeIMG_1572bwbsomeIMG_1577bwbsomeIMG_1445bsomeIMG_1584bsomeIMG_1695bsomeIMG_1679bsomeIMG_1713bsomeIMG_1618bsomeIMG_1642bsomeIMG_1675bwbsomeIMG_1745bwbsomeIMG_1580bwCupcakes & Cake: The Cupcake Company | Dress: Kathleen Temple, Tailor | Custom knitted shaw: Knitting Savant |Caterer: TASTE. | Florist: Joy Shank Coakley of The Weekend Florist | Venue: Barren Ridge Vineyards

 

 

Jen and Shawn

Jen and Shawn’s friends and family gathered and filled the yard of a family home just outside of Harrisonburg on a very fall-like September Saturday. Brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles chipped in to help with to-do lists while kids ran and screamed and laughed. The cows watched the day unfold as the grey skies turned to blue and two lovers became one family. It was a perfect backyard gathering complete with mason jars, barbecue chicken, glow sticks, soft blankets and a glowing fire. Cheers to you, Jen and Shawn….and to many more lovely evenings, just like this one.
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Benjamin and Kenneth

It’s refreshing to witness love. The kind of refreshing that wakes your arm hairs up. The kind that wells your eyes with tears. The kind that makes you feel that part of your heart that sits dormant through your daily routine. Ben and Kenny are refreshing. Their love is real and inspiring. During the ceremony the officiant took several deliberate moments to ask guests to let their thoughts and worries go. To be there with each other and with the grooms. She insisted. And for an undetermined amount of time, I forgot I was there to photograph a wedding. Love was so present as their family and friends stood to reach out their hands in acceptance as Ben and Kenny proclaimed their love. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful experience there on Sunnyslope Farm. Many congrats to you, Ben and Kenny…may your celebration never stop.bsomeIMG_3397 bsomeIMG_3390 bsomeIMG_3401bsomeIMG_3890 bsomeIMG_3406 bsomeIMG_3408 bsomeIMG_3417 bsomeIMG_3465bsomeIMG_3863bsomeIMG_3845bsomeIMG_3904bsomeIMG_3458bsomeIMG_3441bsomeIMG_3442bsomeIMG_3444bsomeIMG_3445bsomeIMG_3460bwbsomeIMG_3467bwbsomeIMG_3480bwbsomeIMG_3481bwbsomeIMG_3484bsomeIMG_3500bsomeIMG_3494bsomeIMG_3511bsomeIMG_3514bsomeIMG_3531bsomeIMG_3523bsomeIMG_3526bsomeIMG_3554bsomeIMG_3557bsomeIMG_3556bw