Posted on Apr 19, 2016
Posted in weddings
We love all of the gorgeous wedding inspiration that the ladies over at Tidewater and Tulle share on the regular - if you've never visited their blog it's definitely one to check out! We are thrilled that our recent collaboration with Fete Weddings was featured there.  Click over to this link for all of the details: Our inspiration shoot on Tidewater and Tulle A peek at some of the fabulous ideas this inspiration shoot incorporates:  
Posted on Apr 14, 2016
Posted in weddings
Many couples find themselves wishing for more time and space to focus on one another and only their nearest and dearest, and holding a smaller ceremony is one way to do just that. Kate and Justin held a beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony in early spring in the timelessly beautiful courtyard of the Commonwealth Club. With only their closest family and friends in attendance, the excitement of the day was focused on one big thing - their love for one another.  The opportunities for capturing true emotion are so rich during these special gatherings and it makes being part of them one of our favorite things. BUT never fear party lovers - these two also have plans to throw a fabulous party in celebration of their marriage, getting the best of both worlds! We can't wait to be there with them once again later this spring for "part 2" of their celebration.  Until then, here is a peek at their wedding day.              
Posted on Jan 16, 2016
Posted in weddings
zelenko-astrop-blog-header If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I don't stray far in to the personal aspects of being a wedding photographer.  I like to keep things even and make it about the people and the places; the things that make the wedding day happen and make our couples happy.  Besides, Lindsay and I lead perfectly normal and happy lives for photographers and studio owners.  We work our tails off, we raise our two beautiful daughters, and we enjoy our play time.  So...what's to say? It has been twelve years since Lindsay and I shot our first wedding together and 400 weddings later we're still at it, still loving every second of it, and can't wait for the next twelve years and more.  We do often wonder, Lindsay and I, how we can keep up the energy to shoot a very demanding wedding schedule each year, often travelling multiple weeks of the year and sometimes shooting two or three weddings in a weekend.  For those that think wedding photography is easy, one work day a week, money, I would love to buy you lunch and give you a short 17 hour talk about what goes in to running a successful wedding photography studio :) So what makes it worth it?  The answer is...couples like Sarah and Dan. When you get to know two people like we did them, get to know their families, their's easy to see how even at the end of a busy year we look forward to the Saturdays.  The Zelenkos and the Astrops, starting with Sarah and Dan of course, were incredible from start to finish.  When you truly feel like a member of the family on the wedding day, it's so much easier to capture all the emotions and hilariousness.  It all happens right in front of you, all around you, and you just have to keep your eyes open and smile while you nail great smile after great cry after funny dance move.  It's a shame that I can't share everything we did for them that day, but I hope you enjoy what's here all the same.                                                                                                                                                                
Posted on Jan 04, 2016
Posted in weddings
rosenzweig-keane-blog-header Lindsay and I had remarked to each other on several occasions this past year at how amazing our couples were in 2015.  From start to finish, weekend after weekend, we just simply had fun.  Effe and Brian were one of those couples from this past year and a prime example of why this has been one of our favorite years.  First, they had that combination of quirky and happy that you live to work with.  And that charm and personality was also present in the guests and especially the families.  Secondly, when you're spending the better part of an entire day with people, mixed with the already intimate nature of photographing people, it's lovely to feel welcome.  Effe and Brian made us feel like part of their family in a way that not only  makes the photography that much easier, but actually better.  Last, but certainly not least, you have the always stunning Mt. Ida Farms.  While I would have photographed these two in a cave by candlelight, it certainly helps to have that perfect late Fall sunset over the mountains of Charlottesville, Virginia as a backdrop. Enjoy these selected moments from the day.
Posted on Apr 28, 2015
Posted in weddings
Do you want to know how fast fourteen hours can go?  Shoot an all day Indian wedding and you'll find out soon enough.  There isn't just one thing that goes in to the festivities that makes the time fly as it does.  There's the food, of course, which Lindsay and I look forward to soooo much (lamb korma and kheer are on the "trapped on a desert island" list).  There are the big, fun, friendly, and warm families of many generations that make sure everyone is attended to (which usually means fed very well!).  And, of course, there's the reason we're all there - the intimate and intricate ceremony followed by non-stop dancing.  So if you're ever invited to an Indian wedding, run - don't walk, to get your RSVP in the mail and go. In addition to the Shah and Enein families being a joy to work with, Dee of McBride Events and Roshni of Le Reve Creations were absolutely spot on throughout the day.  We hope to see you both again very soon.  For a list of all the incredible vendors that made this wedding beautiful, scroll to the bottom of this post. P.S - Yes, the outfits, the traditions, and the absolute wealth of moments available all the day and evening make for a wonderful collection of images, too.  You know, since this IS a photographer's blog I thought I might throw that in :)   shah-enein blog header                                                                                                               Ceremony Venue:  Hilton Short Pump Reception Venue:  Hilton Short Pump Event Planning and Design:  McBride Events Catering:  Lehja Rentals:  La Reve Creations Flower Design:  La Reve Creations Cake Artist:  Baker's Kitchen Entertainment:  Dynasty Entertainment Cinematography:  Dev Patel Photo Lighting Design:  La Reve Creations Hair Stylist:  Tasneem Shaikh Make Up Artist:  Tasneem Shaikh Bride's Shoes - Reception:  Stuart Weitzman Bride's Attire - Reception:  Sahil (New Jersey) Groom's Attire - Reception:  John Varvatos Rings:  Michele Mercaldo
Posted on Feb 18, 2015
Posted in weddings
  Ahh, another snowy winter in Richmond, VA and I could not be happier.  Between the sledding, the hot chocolate, and warming toes by the fire this has got to be one of my favorite times of year.  So, even when the city seems to have gone to sleep during this wintry affair, the Mears household is bustling.  Between trips to the dryer to fish out snowball fighting gloves, I thought I'd share this beautiful snow covered wedding with our lovely and hilarious couple, Erin and Brian.  You can see so much of their personalities in the details of this day.  One you'll probably miss due to some wonderful catering work is the "cake".  You see Erin and Brian are not fans of the traditional flour, eggs, and frosting so they opted for three layers of artisinal cheese.   It was very them and very delicious, but the cutting did take a little bit longer!  And a big thank you to Elizabeth of Events by Elizabeth Palmer and Jake from The Lighting Professors for transforming the elegant memorial hall of the Holocaust Museum in to a truly stunning reception venue.  Of course, Bill Gilliam of Choice Entertainment kept the crowd moving as he always does.  It really does make our jobs as photographers so much easier when you get to work with some of the best in the area.   So whether or not you decide to stay huddled up inside or go flying around our snow covered city, enjoy a few images and we'll be back soon! Oh, and if you missed's the article from Richmond Bride that featured Erin and Brian.  Go take a look!                                                                                         Ceremony:  St. Bridget's Catholic Church Reception:  The Virginia Holocaust Museum Event Planning and Design:  Events by Elizabeth Palmer Lighting Design:  The Lighting Professors Catering:  Champagne Taste Dessert Table:  The Sweet Fix Florals:  Flowers by Zoie Entertainment:  Bill Gilliam with Choice Entertainment Invitations:  Papeterie  
Posted on Jan 16, 2015
Posted in weddings
And now part 2 (the finale!) of our museum series takes us to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  Sadly, this will be one of the last weddings at this historic institution as it transitions to public ownership.  However, we were thrilled to be there with Kate and Bobby for elegant, but certainly rocking, evening.  This early winter wedding also included an historic sanctuary, the chapel at Gonzaga College High School which is a hidden gem in the Capital.  Our dear friend Ryan Michael Hayes of Blue Canary Events was on point as always and the band, A-Town A-List out of Atlanta, GA was just fantastic. Enjoy! humpton-brown-blog-header                                                                                         Ceremony:  St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church Reception:  The Corcoran Gallery of Art Coordination:  Ryan Michael Hayes of Blue Canary Events Design and Decor:  Design Foundry Catering:  Main Event Caterers Cake Artist:  Andrea Falletti of Fancy Cakes by Leslie Florals:  Philippa Tarrant Floral Design Hair and Makeup:  Alison Harper and Company Entertainment:  A-Town A-List with Sam Hill Entertainment
Posted on Jan 03, 2015
Posted in weddings


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!


%d bloggers like this: