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!    
Posted on Jun 05, 2014
Posted in weddings
A.J. and Diane came to us after we shot A.J.'s sister's wedding on New Year's Eve a couple of years ago.  Click here to check that one out, too.  It's always great to see familiar faces and it's certainly an honor getting invited back to work with the family after the first wedding.   Lindsay and I were also excited to be returning to the beautiful Ebenezer Baptist Church in Jackson Ward.   An underrated part of being a wedding photographer is getting to experience first hand the foundations of many communities, its churches.  Richmond definitely has its share and few bring more rich history than this one.  Following the ceremony, it was off to another Richmond foundation; the Jefferson Hotel and its newly renovated Empire ballroom.  To the Jackson and Satlzburg families, we want to say thank you again for having us and we can't wait to work with you again.                                                                                           Ceremony:  Ebenezer Baptist Church Reception:  The Jefferson Hotel Event Planning and Design:  McBride Events Florist:  Ultraviolet Flowers Cake: The Jefferson Hotel Entertainment:  Dwayne Washington of Choice Entertainment and The Katz Band Lighting Design:  Blue Steel Lighting Hair Stylist:  Spa 310 - Maya Rickards Makeup:  Makeup by Eva Dress Designer:  Vera Wang Dress Salon:  Saks Jandel Brides Shoes:  Jimmy Choo  
Posted on May 30, 2014
Posted in weddings
Ahh, moments.  In a world full of snapshots and snapchats, I think a great moment captured well means all that much more.  It's not that I don't love camera phones and all the things that come with it.  I use mine every day.  The convenience is staggering compared to a point and shoot or the full professional rigs we bring to our weddings.  It's just that when it comes to an image that really brings you back to a point in time, fully and without any need to think, there's no substitute for being there, being ready, and having the right gear. So, with Kate, Davis, and the desire (as always) to find those perfect moments it was all a little too easy.  You see, I've known these two for a while now.  Of course it was an honor to be asked to shoot their wedding, but more than that I knew their personalities would make for some great stuff and quite a bit of it.  Check it.  You'll see. Enjoy.                                                                                                   Ceremony:  The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Reception:  The Bolling-Haxall House Catering:  Cateraide Florist:  Vogue Cake:  The Mixing Bowl Entertainment:  Horizon Hair and Makeup:  Salon Del Sol at The Jefferson Dress:  Watters Salon:  Jingles Bridal Shoes:  Badgley Mischka
Posted on May 20, 2014
Posted in weddings
                                                                                                    Ceremony:  Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Reception:  The Country Club of Virginia Rentals: Prop Shop and Classic Party Rentals Flowers:  Pandora's Posies Cake:  Cakes by Graham Entertainment:  Sound Nation Lighting Design:  Blue Steel Hair and Makeup:  Alison Harper and Co. Dress Designer:  Jenny Lee Dress Salon:  Kleinfeld Shoes:  Jimmy Choo Bridesmaid's Dresses:  Bella Bridesmaid      
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