New Kent Winery Wedding VideographyRichmond, Virginia

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and for Jeanmarie & Kyle, it was quite so. Their relationship was tested and tried but has come out strong and inseparable. With Kyle, being active duty in the Air Force, and Jeanmarie a Navy reservist – being together wasn’t always easy. Their wedding day was so incredibly special just knowing how much they have been through and how devoted they are to one another.

Kyle proposed to Jeanmarie on one of two mountains that overlook Eagle River, near the old town he used to live in in Alaska. I’ve always wanted to travel and see mountains beyond the ones we have in VA, so I googled Eagle River and wow! Talk about a dreamy, romantic engagement story! Doesn’t surprise me about these two.

The wedding day took place at New Kent Winery in Richmond, VA. With the ceremony site being in the barrel room (wine cellar), it was all the more intimate and unique. There were string lights and gigantic exposed beams up to the ceiling! Instead of writing personal letters as their vows for the ceremony, they both read excerpts to poems they both love. Their black lab fur baby, Ellie, was the adorable ring bearer — she just about stole the show!

With beautiful toasts made by the Father of the Groom, Best Man and Maid of honor, there were so many happy tears throughout the evening. Jeanmarie also gave two bouquets as a “dedication” to her new mother in-law and also aunt who have battled cancer. It was inspiring seeing the bride selflessly lift up two special people amidst the wedding celebration, and to give them her  appreciation for everything they are. What a beautiful, sweet family.

We were incredibly honored to record those special moments for Jeanmarie and Kyle. Congrats to the newlyweds!!

Vendors:
Reception Venue/Ceremony Venue: New Kent Winery | Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Schwarz from New Kent Winery | Photographer: Courtney Bowles Photography | Cake Baker: Pearle’s Cupcake Shoppe | Caterer: MOSAIC Catering + Events | DJ: Colonials DJs | Tux: Joseph A Banks | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Videographer: Rachael Curry Films

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

Upper Shirley Vineyards Wedding VideographyRichmond, Virginia

Recently graduated and bright-eyed for the future, they had no idea when they started their first job out of college in 2010 they would be meeting the person they would spend the rest of their life with!

Cass and Dave both graduated in the same class at the University of Mary Washington, but didn’t actually meet until their first day at their new job together. At work, Dave was the silly one, and Cass was the organized one who, as they put it, “actually got the work done.” Quickly, they became great friends and grew closer together as the years went on. When they were dating, Dave’s friends nicknamed Cass “The Rock” because she always balances his silly side. In turn, Dave inspires Cass to be more carefree – making them the perfect match together.

Driving up to Upper Shirley Vineyards on the wedding day had me feeling excited. Bright and clean pea gravel roads surrounded by crops and vineyards led the way to the venue, and with a warm-but-not-hot, breezy day – August doesn’t get much better than that in Virginia!

We were so excited Cass and Dave requested aerial coverage because this place is BEAUTIFUL from above! Upper Shirley Vineyards is situated on the James River across from a beautiful wildlife refuge site with lush greenery. It’s such a private, romantic, and peaceful setting for a wedding. With clean lines and southern architecture, Cass and Dave’s aesthetic perfectly matched the setting.

The ceremony was outside overlooking the water, with subtle acoustic instruments playing as guests started to arrive. Looking back, the ceremony was my favorite part of their wedding day because it matched them so well. They had fun quotes spoken by their aunt and uncle, one of which was from “When Harry Met Sally.” The officiant told the story of how they met, and then spoke a few words Cass and Dave had written about one another. Lastly, they wrote joint vows which they recited together in unison, which was SO fun and unique.

Everything about their wedding was carefully planned and put together. It felt like there were little bits and pieces of surprising entertainment that matched their personality in each part of the day. Best surprise of all – Dave’s band came out to play a set during the reception! Everyone loved it and it was a great performance at the end of the night.

We were honored to be a part of Cass and Dave’s celebration and to contribute a film that commemorates the exciting day it was! Special thanks to all of the amazing vendors involved that made their day so special :)

Vendors:

Venue: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Planner: Maggie Richard | Photographer: Audrey Rose Photography | Dress: Amy Kuschel from Annalise Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate from Bella Bridesmaids | Hair  & Makeup: Avenue 42  | Florals: The Proper Petal | Videographer: Rachael Curry Films | Rentals: Rent-E-Quip | Groomsmen Attire: Aspetto | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Band: Bachelor Boys | Officiant: Rev. Melody Porter | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Band: Bachelor Boys | Officiant: Rev. Melody Porter

The Woodlands At Algonkian Wedding Videography

It started with a humble prayer when Ruth was 14 years old. She asked her Sunday School teacher to pray with her – that she would find a godly husband when the time was right. As she waited patiently through the years, she wrote letters to her future husband. Little did she know there was a boy who’s parents in Barbados were praying for a godly wife for their son. 14 years later on March 5th, 2015, that same Sunday School teacher was led to introduce her to Jamaal. That day, God spoke to Jamaal’s heart that Ruth would be his wife. Fast forward two years and here we are – the day they are married!

A quiet Tuesday morning on the river with a light drizzle of rain, but not just any day…. The day that 14 year-old Ruth’s prayer was fulfilled for good! There were deer grazing the forests and sounds of crickets as I pulled up to the park. Even though it was lightly raining, I rolled my windows down as I drove in because there was something beautiful about the mist, fog, air. I spent some moments just walking and enjoying the scenery to capture. Later I came to find the beautiful Ruth getting all ready for the ceremony!

In the hallway, Jamaal waited with his friends before the ceremony. He never stopped smiling as he was waiting! I caught a moment with Jamaal to speak to the camera about how he was feeling, and he spoke from his heart as if he were talking to Ruth. Ruth did the same when she was done getting ready, it was such a beautiful moment!

But the moments that inspired me most were the speeches given by both sets of parents. Each described how God led them to pray for their son/daughter’s future husband/wife. They also spoke of the work of God in each Ruth and Jamaals life growing up. What great testimonies!

It was such an honor being able to capture the story of Ruth and Jamaal. I can only imagine the places they will go and things they will witness in their journey as husband and wife. Congrats to Ruth and Jamaal!

VENDORS
Reception Venue:
The Woodlands at Algonkian
Photographer: Brittany Drosos
Videographer: Rachael Curry Films
Cake: Tysons Cake
Caterer: Great Blue Heron
Band: The Original Moonlighters
Dress: Befitted Tailoring
Linens: CC Linens