Posted on Jun 20, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on May 06, 2014
So this little gift dropped on our electronic doorstep recently. Our good friends and past wedding couple, Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, were featured in this past weekend's edition of the New York Times because of their amazing flair and choice of vintage hats as a them for them and their guests. Check out the link to the article and here are a few pics from their Manhattan engagement session and Mankin Mansion wedding. Have a wonderful warm and sunny day! New York Times Article
Posted on Apr 25, 2014
Ceremony: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Reception: Tuckahoe Women's Club Catering: River Breeze Catering Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Flowers: Stems and Whims Cake: Hinkle House Bakery Entertainment: 10 Spot Lighting Design: Blue Steel Lighting Bridal Salon: Bridal Elegance
Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Sometimes you just luck in to a day like this, but I'd like to think it wasn't luck that Catherine and Steven found us and asked us to be their photographers. Lindsay and I have been at this photography thing for a while now and we are constantly asked about "bridezillas" and crazy wedding day stories. The truth is, we really don't have any of those stories. That kind of friction happens when you end up with couples that don't match their photographer. When you put your real work out there, you're putting your personality on display. So, when you come to this blog our to our website, you see who we are as photographers and as people. Because Lindsay and I are such sticklers for authentic moments and allowing every couple to just be themselves, I think we attract folks that "get it". We work with people who enjoy us and vice versa. That way, the images are just an extension of the relationship. Great relationship = great images. Easy math :)