Trader Wedding

I’ve been looking at Jody and her sweet daughter, Ava, through my viewfinder for many years now. But on August 9, 2014, I had the pleasure of documenting a very special day for the two of them: a wedding day. Jody and Ava spent the afternoon getting ready together: hair, makeup, nails…the dress, the shoes. They were like a little team, helping each other out as the minutes passed by. Later that day the two loaded themselves into a golf cart and rode to the ceremony where Ava then walked her radiant mama down the aisle to marry the handsome Mr. Gary Trader. The ceremony took place on the hill at Packsaddle Ridge, in the presence of friends and family from near and far. As the couple sealed their promise with a kiss, the evening sun entered it’s golden hour and the lush greenery surrounding the golf course begged to be their backdrop. The kind attendants carted us around the course and when we returned to the reception, the party was in full swing. The guests danced the evening away, shared laughs and made new memories.
bsomeIMG_1171 bsomeIMG_1188 bsomeIMG_1192 bsomeIMG_1206 bsomeIMG_1256 bsomeIMG_1255 bsomeIMG_1252bsomeIMG_1216bsomeIMG_1230bsomeIMG_1352bsomeIMG_1354bsomeIMG_1365bsomeIMG_1371bsomeIMG_1496bsomeIMG_1467bwbsomeIMG_1507bsomeIMG_1464bsomeIMG_1465bsomeIMG_1473bwbsomeIMG_1474bsomeIMG_1313bsomeIMG_1392bsomeIMG_1337bsomeIMG_1440bsomeIMG_1441bsomeIMG_1454bsomeIMG_1599bsomeIMG_1598bsomeIMG_1600bwbsomeIMG_1594bsomeIMG_1623bsomeIMG_1631bsomeIMG_1630bsomeIMG_1632bsomeIMG_1644bsomeIMG_1642bsomeIMG_1671bsomeIMG_1683bwbsomeIMG_1692bwbsomeIMG_1697bsomeIMG_1698bsomeIMG_1702bsomeIMG_1709cbsomeIMG_1722bsomeIMG_1728bsomeIMG_1731bwbsomeIMG_1734bsomeIMG_1738bsomeIMG_1796bsomeIMG_1769bsomeIMG_1754bwbsomeIMG_1813bsomeIMG_1823bsomeIMG_1827bsomeIMG_1848bsomeIMG_1963bsomeIMG_1417bsomeIMG_1991bsomeIMG_2004bsomeIMG_2000bsomeIMG_2003bsomeIMG_2021bsomeIMG_1967bsomeIMG_1921bsomeIMG_1937bsomeIMG_2147bsomeIMG_2170bsomeIMG_2132bsomeIMG_2073bsomeIMG_2035bsomeIMG_2061bsomeIMG_2057bsomeIMG_2078bsomeIMG_2212bsomeIMG_2206

Congratulations to you, my friends!

bsomeIMG_2172bw

Kirsch-Lilly

I recently met with Brittney and Jr at Bella Luna to talk wedding details. eee!  Before I knew it, we were knee deep in plans for a Richmond engagement session. Jr’s band, Driven By Chance, had a show in RVA and I was traveling to the area for a project, so it seemed like the best.idea.ever! And it was. The universe smiled on us that Saturday morning…the only Saturday since the new year without the threat of a snowstorm or a tornado. <–that really happened the day before the shoot. There were puddles and birds and blue skies and sunshine…all the teasers of spring. We packed our heavy coats in the trunk, dusted off our sunglasses and made our way to the always lovely, Belle Isle.
bsomeIMG_7599 bsomeIMG_7609bw bsomeIMG_7618bsomeIMG_7868 bsomeIMG_7631 bsomeIMG_7632 bsomeIMG_7643 bsomeIMG_7641 bsomeIMG_7688bwbsomeIMG_7692bsomeIMG_7782bsomeIMG_7667 bsomeIMG_7672bsomeIMG_7698bsomeIMG_7728bw bsomeIMG_7721 bsomeIMG_7749c bsomeIMG_7747bw bsomeIMG_7711bwbsomeIMG_7771 bsomeIMG_7763bsomeIMG_7826 bsomeIMG_7829 bsomeIMG_7807 bsomeIMG_7808bsomeIMG_7840 bsomeIMG_7852 bsomeIMG_7873

With tummies grumbling and the road home calling us, we grabbed a bite at Millie’s Diner and inched our way home. A unanimous decision to detour led us to Castle Hill where the light poured as golden as the cider.
bsomeIMG_7894bsomeIMG_7897 bsomeIMG_7910 bsomeIMG_7908bwbsomeIMG_7918bwbsomeIMG_7925 bsomeIMG_7934 bsomeIMG_7939 bsomeIMG_7995bsomeIMG_7998bsomeIMG_7956 bsomeIMG_7967bsomeIMG_7996 bsomeIMG_7975 bsomeIMG_7991 bsomeIMG_7987bsomeIMG_8018L-I-L-L-Y…incase you didn’t catch that. 😉

Sumner Wedding

May the wind be at your back. …and in your face and up your nose and through your hair and…well, you get it. The day was windy, to say the least. When I arrived at the scenic Barn at Kline’s Mill, to the view of rolling hills and 360˚ blue skies all around me, the breeze grabbed a hold of me and nearly gave me whiplash – jolted me right into photo mode quicker than my morning coffee. Good thing, too, because I was in for a photographic treat of a wedding!
This wedding marks a record for me. It was just held on November 2…which means I cranked this sucker out in a whopping two weeks! That never happens…but I couldn’t help it really. The joy of the day was so contagious it followed me home. Plugging in my camera was like opening a really awesome gift. Catie and Daniel hosted their wedding like it was their job and everything was hand touched and personalized. From the homemade wedding arch to the table settings to the wedding dress worn by Catie’s mother and grandmother to the veil that has been worn by every female in Catie’s family to the superhero undershirts worn by the groom and his men. And from the white daisies in empty chairs representing the absence of beloved family members to the superman pin on Catie’s bouquet to memorialize her father to the soil ceremony combining soil from Catie’s hometown (Sterling, VA)/Daniel’s hometown (Blacksburg, VA)/and the town they met and married (Harrisonburg VA). The ceremony included communion served to guests by the almost-bride-&-groom and the wedding cake itself was made by Catie’s aunt!  And if that’s not personal enough for you, even the meal was catered by their local favorites such as Mr. J’s Bagel and Deli and Italian Touch which also happened to be the spot of their first date. AND they had a Kline’s Dairy ice cream station with singing and dancing dippers!  Their family and friends relaxed and mingled in place of the usual pre-wedding hustle bustle almost as if they were hired to show up and look happy and help out. Talk about a good group of people to be around…I was in the right place. It was great fun to watch this day unfold through my lens and I’m excited to share these images with you.
bsomeIMG_6181bw bsomeIMG_6222 bsomeIMG_6213 bsomeIMG_6226 bsomeIMG_6232 bsomeIMG_6247bsomeIMG_6261 bsomeIMG_6274bsomeIMG_6259bsomeIMG_6193 bsomeIMG_6203bw bsomeIMG_6198bwbsomeIMG_6210bwbsomeIMG_6307bw bsomeIMG_6304 bsomeIMG_6322 bsomeIMG_6328bsomeIMG_6427 bsomeIMG_6446 bsomeIMG_6447bw bsomeIMG_6442 bsomeIMG_6431bsomeIMG_6457 bsomeIMG_6459bw bsomeIMG_6461 bsomeIMG_6451 bsomeIMG_6432bw bsomeIMG_6468bwbsomeIMG_6487bw bsomeIMG_6488 bsomeIMG_6494collage bsomeIMG_6495bsomeIMG_6287 bsomeIMG_6337 bsomeIMG_6338bw bsomeIMG_6347bw bsomeIMG_6349 bsomeIMG_6351bsomeIMG_6291 bsomeIMG_6360 bsomeIMG_6362bwbsomeIMG_6295bsomeIMG_6367 bsomeIMG_6403 bsomeIMG_6381collagebsomeIMG_6370bsomeIMG_6405 bsomeIMG_6423 bsomeIMG_6416bsomeIMG_6393 bsomeIMG_6368bsomeIMG_6523 bsomeIMG_6550 bsomeIMG_6533bwbsomeIMG_6576bw bsomeIMG_6565bw bsomeIMG_6561bw bsomeIMG_6563bwbsomeIMG_6626 bsomeIMG_6617bsomeIMG_6736 bsomeIMG_6637bsomeIMG_6755 bsomeIMG_6655 bsomeIMG_6657 bsomeIMG_6662bsomeIMG_6771bsomeIMG_6715 bsomeIMG_6665 bsomeIMG_6693bw bsomeIMG_6774 bsomeIMG_6701 bsomeIMG_6711bsomeIMG_6766bwbsomeIMG_6724bwbsomeIMG_6729bsomeIMG_6750 bsomeIMG_6763bsomeIMG_6698bw bsomeIMG_6785 bsomeIMG_6789bw bsomeIMG_6816bsomeIMG_6823bw bsomeIMG_6860 bsomeIMG_6895bsomeIMG_6950 bsomeIMG_6968 bsomeIMG_6970 bsomeIMG_6912 bsomeIMG_6834bwbsomeIMG_6914 bsomeIMG_6924bsomeIMG_6384bsomeIMG_6930 bsomeIMG_6935 bsomeIMG_6934bwbsomeIMG_6989bsomeIMG_6982 bsomeIMG_6992bsomeIMG_7210 bsomeIMG_7217 bsomeIMG_6977 bsomeIMG_6978bwbsomeIMG_6997 bsomeIMG_7000 bsomeIMG_7001 bsomeIMG_7002bsomeIMG_7014 bsomeIMG_7022bwbsomeIMG_7029bw bsomeIMG_7015bsomeIMG_7093 bsomeIMG_7091bwbsomeIMG_7084 bsomeIMG_7087 bsomeIMG_7080bw bsomeIMG_7075bw bsomeIMG_7066bw bsomeIMG_7061bw bsomeIMG_7060 bsomeIMG_7045bwbsomeIMG_7096 bsomeIMG_7101bsomeIMG_7146 bsomeIMG_7145bsomeIMG_7150 bsomeIMG_7135 bsomeIMG_7125 bsomeIMG_7113bsomeIMG_7169c bsomeIMG_7170bw bsomeIMG_7176bw bsomeIMG_7184 bsomeIMG_7179bsomeIMG_7192bsomeIMG_7334bsomeIMG_7326bw bsomeIMG_7279bwbsomeIMG_7286bw bsomeIMG_7292bw bsomeIMG_7295bsomeIMG_7300 bsomeIMG_7435 bsomeIMG_7431bwbsomeIMG_7449bwbsomeIMG_7471bwbsomeIMG_7312bsomeIMG_6253bsomeIMG_7633 bsomeIMG_7496 bsomeIMG_7565bsomeIMG_7507bw bsomeIMG_7519bw bsomeIMG_7524bw bsomeIMG_7630bw bsomeIMG_7540bw bsomeIMG_7576bw bsomeIMG_7586bw bsomeIMG_7593bw bsomeIMG_7600bw bsomeIMG_7602bw bsomeIMG_7606bw bsomeIMG_7616bw bsomeIMG_7687bwbsomeIMG_7739bw bsomeIMG_7730 bsomeIMG_7723 bsomeIMG_7726bw bsomeIMG_7734bw

Parks Wedding

I first met Kara and Chris when I was photographing Cassie and David’s wedding. They were this sweet couple at a guest table that asked me for my business card. Fast forward a couple months and we’re sweating our bums off in the middle of a Linville cow field in the June sun. You won’t pick up on the heavy humidity or feel the body heat radiating under layers of wedding attire or even notice the sweat beads gathering around their foreheads.  In fact, they may not have even noticed. I’m convinced Kara and Chris felt no discomfort at all during that day. They were just two happy young lovers in love. The kind of love that beams brighter than the June sun? Absolutely. I am so happy I was involved in this local wedding. Cheers to many more beaming years!
bsomeIMG_7780 bsomeIMG_7824bsomeIMG_7879 bsomeIMG_7798collage bsomeIMG_7806bsomeIMG_7895 bsomeIMG_7896bwbsomeIMG_7853bw bsomeIMG_7866bwbsomeIMG_7969bwbsomeIMG_7987 bsomeIMG_7937bwbsomeIMG_7964 bsomeIMG_7918collagebsomeIMG_7910bw bsomeIMG_7926bsomeIMG_8262collagebsomeIMG_8041 bsomeIMG_8038bw bsomeIMG_8009bwbsomeIMG_8016bsomeIMG_8010bsomeIMG_7919collagebsomeIMG_8094bw bsomeIMG_8103bw bsomeIMG_8136bwbsomeIMG_8159 bsomeIMG_8208 bsomeIMG_8210 bsomeIMG_8217 bsomeIMG_8219 bsomeIMG_8224bsomeIMG_8187 bsomeIMG_8199bsomeIMG_8237bsomeIMG_8270bw bsomeIMG_8277bsomeIMG_8293cbsomeIMG_8315 bsomeIMG_8314bwbsomeIMG_8307collagebsomeIMG_8329bw bsomeIMG_8336bsomeIMG_8356 bsomeIMG_8345bw bsomeIMG_8353bwbsomeIMG_8364bw bsomeIMG_8377bw bsomeIMG_8393collagebsomeIMG_8402bw bsomeIMG_8407bw bsomeIMG_8409bsomeIMG_8414bw bsomeIMG_8417bw bsomeIMG_8439bw bsomeIMG_8455bsomeIMG_8466 bsomeIMG_8468bwbsomeIMG_8479bw bsomeIMG_8481bw bsomeIMG_8498collagebsomeIMG_8560 bsomeIMG_8853 bsomeIMG_8827 bsomeIMG_8922 bsomeIMG_8953 bsomeIMG_8954

Copyright © 2013 · Photos by Brandy Somers. All Rights Reserved · friendlycitylens.com & brandysomersphotography.com. This material may not be copied, downloaded, altered, cropped, reproduced, or printed without express written consent. Thank you for respecting my creative property.