Farmington Country Club Wedding VideographyCharlottesville, Virginia

Suzie and Patrick…. How do I even begin to describe them? I love how the wedding day, and also the rehearsal dinner in this case, you can learn so much about a love story in a small span of time. For Suzie and Patrick, listening to bits and pieces of who they are individually and as a couple from family and friends, proved how madly in love they are to one another.

But looking back, that discovery for me happened when we recorded their letters on the wedding day. Both Suzie and Patrick unknowingly wrote to each other about the day of their engagement, and what monumental day it was. They both had tears of joy reading those letters to the camera. And I had tears of joy just editing and weaving it all together as one.

Not only is their love story beautiful, but the wedding day at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, VA, was just as romantic. It was the same place Suzie’s parents were married 33 years ago! It was also a special place to Suzie because she used to go there as a child and explore the grounds. When we were taking a few shots next to the old ice house, Suzie told us that she used to play in that very spot as a child. It was sweet seeing her with her new husband in a place that she had known for so many years, but now coming back as a different person and starting fresh memories together.

There was live music all evening, a beautiful sunset filling the sky and casting a soft light over the mountains, and loved ones full of joy for the newlyweds. It was a grand day, and I was incredibly honored to create a film that commemorates their story. But no matter how much goes into making a film or how beautiful the day may be, the people – the couple – are what shine through and make it truly, the most magical. And my heart is happy knowing they can look back and listen to those letter readings, or their vows to each other – for the rest of their life.

Congratulations Suzie and Patrick!

Vendors:

Venue: Farmington Country Club |  Wedding Coordinator: Just a Little Ditty | Photo: Jason Keefer Photography | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Florist – Floral Images Design Studio | Musicians: Bent Mountain Trio, The Adrian Duke Project | Stationer – French Penn Calligraphy (Alex O’Brian) | Dress – Ines Di Santo  | Event Rentals – Stone Gate Rentals and MS events | Lighting – Blue Ridge Lighting  | Videography: Rachael Curry Films

Tuckahoe Plantation Wedding VideographyRichmond, Virginia

It doesn’t get much more romantic than meeting across seas with the person you will spend your life with. For Emma and Will, they met in 2009 at the most romantic setting of all – La Rochelle, France. Even though they were both attending University of Richmond at the same time, they had never met prior to their trip studying abroad! Emma was actually dating someone else at the time, but Will developed a crush on Emma during their stay in France. Fortunately for Will, Emma broke up with that boyfriend 2 years later and immediately Will took his chance and pursued Emma. 😃

If meeting in France isn’t dreamy enough, their proposal gets even better! Will snuck Emma away on a celebratory getaway trip to Charlottesville, VA. They stayed at a beautiful farm and when he woke her up at sunrise, he proposed in the fields!

Ok, so by this point, Emma and Will’s story doesn’t seem like it could get more beautiful. But then! The day of their wedding!!! First, it took place at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, VA where they’re from. Tuckahoe Plantation is Thomas Jefferson’s childhood home — it is absolutely magical! The multiple gardens of vegetables, herbs, roses, zinnias — had my heart right then and there! The entire wedding was outdoors, so having abundant plants and beauty surrounding the landscape was an incredible atmosphere.

The ceremony took place among the rows of crate and myrtles in the back with the sun shining through. Emma is a 4th grade teacher and invited her class to the wedding!!! They all sat on blankets at the very front. It was absolutely adorable to see their reactions! Even more adorable was the ring bearer – Emma and Will’s little fur baby! She stole the show!!

The reception was also outdoors – on the front lawn with string lights and chandeliers overhead. No tent, no ceiling, just the moon and stars! I loved that all of their vendors were local to the Richmond area including the caterers who brought their very best pizza, tacos, doughnuts and more! It was a lively bunch of family and friends, so the celebration was a festive one! Especially with the live band creating a joful atmosphere. What a wonderful evening!

We were so honored to be there to capture the moments of their day, and wish them the very best. Congrats Emma and Will!

Vendors:
Reception and Ceremony Venue-Tuckahoe Plantation | Wedding Coordinator-Colleen Cook (CCS Events) | Photographer-Nicki Metcalf | Desserts-WPA Bakery, Pearl’s Cupcakes, Sugar Shack Donuts, Smart Cookie Kitchen | Florist: Photosynthesis | Caterer: Boka Taco Truck, Sourdough PIzza Co Truck, Growlers to Go | Musicians: Ninja Strings (ceremony, cocktail hour) and Klaxton Brown Band | Stationer: Wedding Paper Divas | Officiant: Ernest Irby | Dress: Rue de Seine Bridal (from Everthine) | Tux: Indochino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

 

Sorella Farms Wedding VideographyEvington, Virginia

They first met at a friend’s house to play board games. She was winning, so he flicked her game piece off the board, got up, and walked out of the room. The rest was history! They have been together for 10 YEARS since!!

By coincidence, Tenee’ and Mike both are originally from Stafford, VA (now live in Florida) and went to high school just a few miles down the road from where I went to school! Tenee’ and I were able to meet up a year before the wedding for a Starbucks date since we were in the same area. Not only do we have Stafford in common, but Tenee’ is a fine artist professor! Not that that’s my job, but I’ve always dreamed of teaching a few college classes one day. So talking to her and getting to know her was so much fun!

The day of the wedding, there was such a peace at Sorella Farms. The steady breeze gently carried the changing leaves to the ground, and the light was absolute perfection. The unique, handcrafted charm of Sorella Farms matched Tenee’ and Mike so well. You could not have asked for a more perfect day!!

With Tenee’ being an artist, the design for decor and florals was STUNNING! There were flowers hanging from the barn’s beams, antique suitcases with vintage clothes, antique china, and my favorite, the dessert table 😃 Macaroons on handmade cake stands decorated the table around the amazing cake by Angela Hudson.

The thing I loved most about their wedding day was the constant flow of happiness and emotion from Tenee’ and Mike. With Tenee’ coming down the aisle (to Jurassic Park’s theme song!!), Mike lost it! It was the sweetest thing I’ve seen. Even with being together for so long, there was not a moment they weren’t over the moon for one another in sheer bliss.

We had such a wonderful day with them, and were so honored to be a part the celebration!

Vendors:
Venue: Sorella Farms c.1827 | Photographer: Megan Vaughan | Cake: Angela Hudson  | Hair: Bodyworks | Florist: Bloom by Doyle’s | Caterer: Cater This! Events  | DJ: B Psi Entertainment |Dress Designer: Sottero & Midgley | Dress Boutique: Vocelles | Tux: EXPRESS for Men | Bridesmaid Dress: JJ’s House | Event Rentals: Crimson Magpie

Bluemont Vineyard Wedding VideographyBluemont, Virginia

 

Luke and Rachel’s story and togetherness is so lovely, genuine, and meant to be. It’s been one of those weddings where I knew going into it I would be crying the day of because of how sweet they are. The letters they wrote to one another sum up just how romantic their love is, and might make you shed some tears even if you’ve never met them in your life! A line from Luke’s letter to give you insight into these two: “And now I know I loved you long before I said the word, before I knew what it meant, and long after language stopped being enough to express my feelings for you. For our love beyond love. And when I realized that, I realized that Rachel, you truly are my soulmate.”

They met the winter of 2011 at an ugly-sweater Christmas party. Both of their friends begged them to go with them, eventually they agreed. When arriving to the party, Luke asked a friend to introduce him to people there. When Luke looked around the room as to who he wanted to meet, his eyes landed on Rachel, pointed her out and said “I want to meet her“. Sounds to me a lot like love at first sight 😃 They exchanged numbers that night and had their first date the next night! When you’ve met the one, there’s no time to lose 😉

When I received an email inquiry from Luke, I immediately knew these two were special. He said that he wanted to surprise his fiance with wedding videography for their wedding!! How adorable!! If that wasn’t sweet enough, one week later he told me that his brother actually called him and said, without even knowing Luke was surprising Rachel with videography, that HE wanted to gift them both with wedding videography! What a return in blessing!!!

The day of their wedding was nothing short of pure bliss. There was excitement in the air as we drove up to Bluemont Vineyard. A bright, sunny day with gigantic views of luscious vineyards, orchards, and surrounding mountains. What better place to celebrate two special people as this romantic venue!! There were tears of joy in every special moment of the day – the First Look, ceremony, speeches, even the dances!

We loved being a part of their sweet day and were honored to capture all of the memories made that day!

Vendors:
Venue: Bluemont Vineyard | Coordinator: Amy Thunnel / Bluemont Vineyard | Photography: Nugen Media | Cake: Cakes by Marida | Florals: Rick’s Flowers | Caterer: Savoir Fare Limited | DJ: Norman Voss | Dress: Enzoani Blue | Tux: Men’s Wearhouse | Videography: Rachael Curry Films | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie