Archive for January, 2018

Posted on Jan 19, 2018
Posted in weddings

When Lindsey first contacted us about photographing her wedding, it seemed too good to be true.  On one side we had a lovely bride, born and raised in Richmond, from an amazing family getting married in two classic Richmond institutions, River Road Baptist and the Jefferson Hotel.  On the other side we had a handsome Houston native – a celebrated and successful Iowa Hawkeye and NFL football player.  We had only chatted by phone before they booked and, on paper, it was the kind of wedding you dream about as a wedding photographer.  Soon after, as we sat down to chat about the wedding plans in TJ’s restaurant just off the historic Jefferson hotel rotunda, I realized I had drastically underestimated our luck.  Here was a charming, funny, and sweet couple who clearly loved each other and I knew it would be a fantastic wedding day by every measure.  And…It was 🙂

And I’m not the only one who thought the same.  We just picked up the most recent copy of Richmond Bride to find that Lindsey and Charles had been featured in the January edition.

Congratulations to the Davis and Godfrey families and thank you for making us feel so welcome on your wedding day.


Ceremony:  River Road Baptist

Reception:  The Jefferson Hotel, Grand Ballroom and Empire Room

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals

Cake Artist:  The Jefferson Hotel

Florist:  Buckingham Greenery

Band:  The Katz Band

DJ:  Eric Cunningham with Debonaire Entertainment

Lighting Design:  Blue Steel Lighting

Dress Designer:  Pnina Tornai




Posted on Jan 15, 2018
Posted in weddings

Great events and weddings rarely, if ever, need an introduction.  I’d like to think that our work does the storytelling for us.  Still, it’s nice to put a few words down to frame the day…give you a sense of what took place or perhaps a hidden piece of information that enhances how you enjoy the image.  For example, it would be hard for you to know, unless you know these two or their families, that we’ve spent a good amount of time with them over the years through several weddings and various shoots.  You couldn’t know that we’ve come to love working with them, hanging out with them, and enjoying these remarkable days with them.

And you couldn’t know how thoroughly touched we were to receive a letter from Emily and David after the wedding telling us what the images and the experience meant to them.  At the end of a long year for Don Mears Photography that included moving to a new studio for the first time in nine years.  In addition to the many events and weddings, it is both touching and refreshing to be reminded of just why we still love what we do.  It’s about more than just images.  It’s the trust people feel inviting us in to their families for a time and letting us tell their story.  And it’s the gratitude we receive for creating something they and generations to come will cherish.

With their permission, I’m going to let their words and then their images tell the story.  I couldn’t possibly say it better.


“Dear Don and Lindsay,

Thank you so much for our special prints and flash drive, but most of all thank you for your beautiful work on (and before) our wedding day.  Starting from our engagement photos all the way to our last kiss in the getaway car, you made our memories turn into something we will treasure forever.  Lindsay, those bridal portraits were such an amazing day for me and my mom, and we will pass those photos down for generations.  Don, your work on our wedding day was just incredible.  Thank you both for helping us feel at ease and for getting us through the craziness of that wedding weekend.  There are so many photos we’re obsessed with, and they are all over our house.  We love the shots of our parents looking happy, our grandparents having a great time, the kids being kids, and so many moments of joy and happiness with  people we’re obsessed with.  I wanted to personally thank you for the image when you caught of me and Dave having a very real moment leaning against the bar.  He’s always there for me even when I’m overwhelmed, and you caught that on camera in a way words never could.  Thank you!  We’ve loved working with you guys and will look forward to seeing you at receptions in the future!  Thank you so much!

So much love,

Emily and Dave”