Emily and Chris came to us through our good friends Alex and Paul, who’s wedding at Maymont in Richmond was featured on our blog a little while back. Getting to meet and know so many wonderful people and then have them share us with their equally wonderful friends is one of the joys of photographing weddings. It’s like becoming part of a many-branched family tree that welcomes you to some of the some of the most important events of their lives time and time again.
For this beautiful couple who so clearly loved each other, we traveled up to a venue that I’d never had the pleasure of photographing, the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Just like the wedding itself, the conservatory was intimate and inviting, and filled with little surprises through every doorway. Emily’s grace and Chris’s humorous and caring personality worked its way through the entire event and set the tone for the evening. It was truly a pleasure to be there. Thank you so much to the Marcus and Dunn families for making us feel so welcome. Also, thank you to my good friend Rob Garland for stepping in to help out with the wedding. It was much more fun than it had a right to be with you there.
There was so much done and seen during our eight days in the Pacific Northwest that I’m not going to attempt to explain or summarize it. I just want to leave you with a few impressions of our time there spent in downtown, the surrounding parks, the ferries, sea kayaking and biking/hiking the islands. I could have spent a month there and still there would have been guilt at all the things I didn’t get to do. In my head, I’m still there. I love you Richmond, but you have a serious suitor for my affections. Enjoy.
and…New Year’s Eve Part Two! Another thing that makes winter weddings very different for a photographer is there’s very little sunlight to work with. In fact, this wedding didn’t even get started until the stars were out and the moon was on its way up. It’s hard to imagine that when we’re in the midst of the longest days of the year. It’s certainly much easier when nature serves up a heap of partly cloudy skies, but there are so many other wonderful images you can make when forced to look at things a little differently.
On to the party with Rachel and Matt! We with a little first look at the Jefferson Hotel, followed by a quick portrait at 1st Presbyterian to catch the very end of twilight. Then it was a visit to a place near and dear to the couple’s hearts, Cafe Caturra, where they spent many hours together over coffee and a fire place. Then back to the ceremony and on to The Boathouse and Rockett’s Landing. For the second NYE in a row we were treated to an incredible party with a great group of people. Not bad at all.
As always we thank our colleagues that make the wedding day a success: McBride Events, The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing, Mosaic Edibles, The Mixing Bowl, Alan Boyle with Choice Entertainment, and The Cordial Cricket.
It’s typical for us to be wistful about the seasons that just passed as we’re entering the thick of the current one. Summer is finally and rapidly coming to a head and the humidity is rising, so our thoughts are turning to one of our favorite wedding seasons: winter! Sure, we love fields of daisies and sunny afternoon ceremonies as much as the next photographer, but winter affairs just have a flair and feel that can’t be compared. And other than Christmas Eve, not a strong traditional day for weddings, I can think of no better winter holiday than New Year’s Eve.
So, with that I give you a two wedding set from New Year’s Eve, starting with Tori and Jarrett at Ebenezer Baptist Church and The Jefferson Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Part 2 is coming very soon!
As you might expect, since it’s June in Richmond, we’re in the thick of another busy wedding season. You know Lindsay and I love everything about the wedding day and the events that lead up to it, but sometimes you do like a little bit of something unexpected. When Mike called me up to say that he wanted me to be there when he popped the question to Emily, I was thrilled. I’ve done this a few times before (I want more!!!) and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of his anxiety, followed by her elation, all wrapped up in one of the tenderest moments you’ll see between two people. Mike could not stop smiling nor could Emily stop crying for a very long time.
Now, the funny part of this for me is the acting that Mike and I had to do to set it all up. There were several phone calls, a studio meeting, and then of course the cat and mouse game on the big day as I stayed close, but not too close. Mike was making sure he was giving all the right signs without giving away the game. While I was playing “random duck photographer” he was playing Mr. “this is just a normal date in Byrd Park”. So, I threw in a photograph of my “work” at the beginning. Several duck photographs and what looked like a very cute conversation between them, he stood up and went to one knee. Perfect.
Congratulations to you both, Mike and Emily. Thank you for letting me be a witness to the beginning of a pretty special journey. Enjoy!
I can’t imagine that, in the past ten years, any of our couples escaped my speeches about the importance of true moments on their wedding day. It’s not that we don’t love portraits. We absolutely do. It’s just that they are completely different animals. As much fun as portraits may be, the foundation of great wedding photography is (in our oh-so-humble opinion) pure moments. And if you keep your eyes, and your mind, open then you can find all sorts of fantastic moments walk right in front of your lens. But they’re only there for a second and then they’re gone. How about a moment like when the flower girl, who wouldn’t walk down the aisle during the ceremony, suddenly finds her courage when left to her own devices…
We were delighted to find out just a few days ago that the wedding blog Love and Lavender had picked up Jane’s and Andrew’s wedding for publication. For many reasons we have been excited to share this wedding with you, not the least of which is the fantastic apple theme that runs through the entire affair; from the desert table to the settings to the entire venue itself. Add to that a very happy ring-bearing-dog, a gorgeous spring day in the foothills of Virginia, and a lovely collection of friends and family…well, you can see why it’s about time this made it to the blog!
A big thank you to the following friends and colleagues: The staff at Castle Hill Cider, Lindsay Averette Kennedy of LK Events and Design, Champagne Taste Catering, Tommy’s Garden, lighting from MS Events, Classic Party Rentals, The Empty Pocket Band with Sam Hill Entertainment
We’ve known for a while that Lisa and Mike had the chance of popping up on Style Me Pretty, so we had to hold back their wedding until we heard the word. Well, the day is finally here and we’re so happy to share their wedding with you. We’re not ones who thinks that the details of the day should overshadow the real moments, but it was pretty hard not to notice all the well planned and elegant choices throughout the event. And it was such a beautiful and very Richmond type of day, as well. The getting ready at the Jefferson led to St. John’s at Stuart Circle with a wonderful finish in the new wing of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The link to the Style Me Pretty Article is here: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2013/04/11/richmond-wedding-from-don-mears-photography/
Special thanks to McBride Events, Floraculture, Mike Beane of Choice Entertainment, The Jeff Decker Band, The Buttercream Bee, Emily Hudspeth, and Paper Freckles for their always wonderful efforts in making the day for Lisa and Mike a success.