Posted on Jan 03, 2015
Posted in weddings

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So, this is where Lindsay and I take a step back and wonder how we've been so fortunate.  If you've been reading our blog, then you only have to look one post below this one to understand.  We have many gifted photographer friends whom we both respect and admire, both around the city and the state.  To be included in this list, given the wealth of talent available, is truly a blessing.  We can't thank enough the industry professionals who work with the magazine who saw fit to nominate and award us.  We know that 2015 is already filled with some truly wonderful couples and future wedding days.  It's an honor to be invited to each and every one and hope we have the privilege to keep getting invited for years to come.

To close out this two part series of year end accolades, I present Part 2 of our Best of 2014 slideshow.  (make sure not to miss part 1!)

Enjoy the show and we wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year!

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Posted on Jan 03, 2015
Posted in weddings
ALIST_winner_2014 As is pretty typical for our lives as photographers, parents, and business owners, this year has been filled with wonderful events, trying times, and a little bit of beautiful calm on occasion.  And, as is typical, the year has flown by faster than we would have liked.  It was in the midst of our last flurry of Fall weddings that we got the call from Richmond Bride Magazine to let us know that we had been chosen as the top wedding photographers for 2014. Elated is a word you can use for what we felt after that phone call.  Thrilled.  Honored.  But more than that we felt a simple satisfaction.  Lindsay and I have been photographing weddings in Richmond for 10 years.  Through the birth of both children, a really trying economic downturn, and just your normal everyday affairs, we've built a business and a life we can be proud of.  From the very beginning of our life as wedding photographers we wanted to be known for our authenticity; that our images would reflect who we are and who our couples are.  We wanted the moments that we captured to be a reflection of more than just the trends of now, but rather something our couples would share happily through generations.  To be recognized for that by your peers, your clients, and the general public means more to us than is possible to explain. So as responsible photographers we'll try to do it the best way we know how.  With images. Here is Part 1 (it was simply too big for one slideshow) of our "Best of 2014".  It was impossible to include every image that we loved but this is a pretty good shot at it.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of the slideshow and another big announcement for Don Mears Photography. Happy New Year!  
Posted on Jan 02, 2015
Posted in weddings
While we've been enjoying a little weather break, I decided to put together a little them for our blog for the next two days.  Typically when the temperatures drop in to the "I'm not going anywhere near the front door" range I like to post a little sunshine, but I'm in the mood for some fantastic winter weddings.  In this case I'm focusing on two of our recent museum weddings.  The Marble Hall at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a Richmond classic.  There's an obvious advantage to working among the elegant architecture, but when you add in a little lighting and tasteful details it really brings out the best in the room. Enjoy all the heartfelt and fun moments in this beautiful setting with a classy and fun couple.                                                                                         Ceremony:  St. Paul's Episcopal Church Reception:  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - The Marble Hall Rentals:  DC Rentals Florals:  White House Flowers Cake Artist:  Appletree Cake Company Entertainment:  Mike Beene of Choice Entertainment Lighting Design:  Blue Steel Lighting Hair and Makeup:  Eddie Lewis, Salon del Sol Dress Designer:  Paloma Blanca Dress Salon:  Jeanette's Bride and Boutique Bride's Shoes:  Badgley Mischka Bridemaid's Attire:  J. Crew    
Posted on Nov 12, 2014
Posted in weddings
We are so happy to share this beautiful wedding, featuring Sarah, Jared and their wonderful families and friends. There's something special about ceremonies in a familiar setting to the couple, and the bride's home is certainly something familiar. Their lovely property was the setting and although the rain required a little adjustment to the plans (quick tent anyone?) it did nothing to dampen the warmth and beauty. After the vows were said and a few quick family portraits, we were off to one of Richmond's gems, Tuckahoe Plantation. We're particularly in love with the floral arrangements by none other than Tuckahoe's own Mary Edmonds and the floral and berry wedding cake from A Pimento. Enjoy the images and the beautiful fall weather!
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Ceremony:  The bride's family residence Reception:  Tuckahoe Plantation Event Planning and Design:  A Pimento and Tuckahoe Plantation Day of Coordinator:  Mauna Mullins Caterer:  A Pimento Tents:  Skyline Tent Florist:  Mary Edmonds Cake Artist:  A Pimento Ceremony Quartet:  Crescendo Entertainment:  The Winn Brother's Band Lighting Design:  Skyline Tent Makeup and Hair:  Liz Clancy Invitations and Programs:  Typecase Industries Calligraphy:  Meant to be Calligraphy Dress Designer and Salon:  Carolina Herrera Groom's Attire:  Brooks Brothers, Ledberry
Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Posted in weddings
You know we speak fondly of our home city of Richmond pretty often on this blog.  And while I promise not to dive in to the history that I love so much, I do think Alexandra and Tim would agree that their wedding is a prime example of what makes this city so fascinating.  On one end of their wedding day you have one of the most famous churches in all of the United States, the place where Patrick Henry coined his most famous quote.  And there are very few weddings held in this sanctuary so we always consider it a wonderful honor to be there.  On the other side of the day you have the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a world class art collection set in a very contemporary space and representing some of the best that new Richmond has to offer.  Very few cities have such an amazing diversity of space and architecture and we feel blessed to live and work here. Thank you to the Povlishocks and the Newells for a wonderful weekend and we hope everyone enjoys the images.                                                                                                           Ceremony:  St. John's Church  -  Reception:  The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  -  Event Planning and Design: LK Events and Design  -  Rentals:  DC Rental and Party Perfect  -  Flowers:  Mary Henry Designs  -  Cake:  The Sweet Fix  -  Entertainment:  In Full  -  Hair:  Spa 310  -  Makeup:  Emily Hudspeth  -  Invitations:  Paper on the Avenue  -  Calligraphy:  Mary Sue Sanderlin  -  Dress Designer:  Lea-Ann Belter  -  Dress Salon:  Jingles  -  Bride's Shoes  -  Kate Spade  -  Bridesmaid Attire:  LulaKate at Bella Bridesmaid  -  Groom Attire:  Evolution of Style  -  Wedding  Night Accomodations:  The Berkeley Hotel  
Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Posted in weddings
    It's pretty difficult for us to believe, but Lindsay and I have been photographing weddings for almost eleven years now.  You'd think there'd be a ton of nostalgia surrounding this profession, but honestly it's almost really difficult when your job is to be right there, in the present.   But if there's one thing that will take us back, it's getting the call from a family that you've come to know and love like the Snee family.   With three beautiful daughters, the Snees have made us a part of their clan by inviting us to be there for each and every one as they move in to the ranks of the married.  We still have one more to go (see you soon, Monica!), but now it's time to introduce you to Amanda and her new husband Zach.    Can't wait to see you all again, Snee family!                                                                                                                               Ceremony - St. Patrick's Church :  Reception - The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing  :  Flowers - Lasting Florals  :   Entertainment - Bill Gilliam of Choice Entertainment  :  Videography - Bill Gaff of Humanstory  :  Hair - Rituals Salon  :  Dress Designer - Pronovias  :  Dress Salon - Tiffany's Bridal  :  Bridesmaids Attire - Coren Moore from Bella Bridesmaids  :  Groom's Attire - United States Coast Guard      
Posted on Jun 20, 2014
Posted in weddings
To follow up on the Style Me Pretty post for Anne and Greg, we'd love to share a little bit more from their wonderful wedding.  If you've been following us for a while (and we hope you have or make it a new habit), then you know how much we love authentic moments.  Sure, sure.  Portraits are lovely and details are divine.  And when you have a wedding blog pick up your wedding they are clearly very interested in showing off the unique nature of the wedding planning, the flowers, etc.  Here at Don Mears Photography, population Don and Lindsay, we believe that the foundation of great photography is that one brief period of time when expression and circumstance come together to make something special. Enjoy!                                                                                                                        
Posted on Jun 18, 2014
Posted in weddings
We are so thrilled!  Style Me Pretty just posted this beautiful wedding at  River Road Baptist Church and The Dominion Club in beautiful Glen Allen, VA.  The flowers are by Tommy's Garden.  The cake is by Pearl's Cupcake Shoppe.  Anne's dress is from Bliss Bridal with the bridesmaids' gowns coming from Jingles Bridal Salon.  Anne's hair was done by Lauren at Hair Theater. You can find the full post here:  Romantic Virginia Wedding at the Dominion Club. The link to the Style Me Pretty image gallery is here:  Anne and Greg - Style Me Pretty Image Gallery If you love it (you know you do), click on any of the links at the top right of the Style Me Pretty page to post it to your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram pages. More wonderful moments from the wedding day are coming soon!    
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