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Anna and Ethan Wedding (Lebanon Va)

I was tagged in a post a few months back regarding a couple needing a photographer for their wedding. I will be forever grateful that I was tagged in it. It has been an amazing journey with the two of them. After the first few messages we decided to go to Cracker Barrel to eat some good food and discuss all the details. It turned out to be a very fun double date as well!

Ethan and I thought the chicken and dumplings were amazing as usual. Anna unsure of what to order took a leap of faith and got the Lemon Pepper Chicken. I asked them a few questions to get to know them as a couple better. When I asked who made the first move Anna quickly said that Ethan did. However, she would quickly change her story lol. They agreed that it was Anna that made the first move and they told me about their amazing first date. Ethan said he knew right away she was the one after he saw how much she loved animals. While on their first date, at around 2am, they came across an injured deer in the backwoods. Anna wanted to stay with it until they called someone to come help. Ethan and I agreed that a woman who loves animals is often wife material. As the date was ending and we were parting ways, I knew I had just met a couple who I would enjoy working with.

The wedding day started off very hot and I hardly saw any clouds in the sky. I met Ethan's father Jeff at the reception while taking some detail shots. Let me tell you he is a character! He was also very charismatic. I knew right then and there that I was going to have a blast all day. After some detail shots of the reception I went to take some shots of Ethan and Anna. I caught an amazing moment between Anna and her mother. They had a personal moment as I was getting ready to take some pictures. It was very beautiful and reminded me of the great connection me and my mother have. It took everything I had to not cry with them.

The ceremony went very smooth and was so sweet. This was the first time I've seen a unity sand ceremony and I loved it. I loved what it represented and the beautiful colors. After the ceremony we stepped outside to do the Bride and Groom pictures. Ethan and Anna looked so adorable together and were radiating happiness. We got so many beautiful shots and Anna had a few funny ideas. After we finished getting all of the photos we wanted we rounded up the bridal party and the families for their formal photos. Let me tell you this Bridal Party was one of the best I've ever seen. No one dreaded the photos and everyone was so full of energy. We all had a blast. However, I was upset when I found out most of them haven't seen the show Friends! How can you not watch Friends lol! We all cut up with each other and got some really good photos, it was a win-win for everyone.

It was time for the reception so we headed that way to get some food and do a little dancing. This father and daughter dance was one of the most emotional moments I've seen in a while. David (Anna's Father) and Anna both cried. It was so sweet to witness this moment between father and daughter. It's really awesome to see that there are still fathers out there who really care and are not afraid to cry. After the dance they did a few speeches and Anna gave a very sweet speech to Ethan. She talked about how he was there for her and showed her what love truly was. Her speech was enough for Ethan to cry and she was ecstatic to finally see him cry lol.

This wedding and ceremony was one of a kind. I really enjoyed spending the day with Anna and Ethan along with their family. Their family was very kind and exciting to be around. The decorations were so beautiful and really matched the beach theme they were going for. I'm so blessed to have gained more friends and to have spent my time with such a loving family. Thanks for making this one of my most enjoyable weddings that I have took pictures of thus far. I pray that you both keep loving each other as Jesus loves us. Be quick to forgive and quick to love.

 

Tonya and Grady Wedding (Saltville Va)

I was blessed to have been a part of Tonya and Grady's wedding! They had a one of a kind family and group of friends. The reception was one crazy party but I better save that for later in this blog. The day started out cloudy and very humid. The weather was calling for rain but I prayed it would wait until after the wedding.

I started my day off by walking around the reception venue & ceremony venue taking detail shots. I really loved the Beauty and the Beast theme! Obviously, the fact that my favorite color is blue added to the appeal. They had many themed arrangements around the tables and down the aisle of the church. I could tell Tonya spent many days preparing all of the decorations. Everything seemed right out of the movie!

After I captured many of the detail shots the bride was ready, so I went to do a few shots with her. I captured so many touching interactions with her and her family. The flower girl and all of the bridesmaids looked great! The ceremony was about to start as everyone was slowly filling the church. Everyone was seated and the anticipation was finally over after many months of planning.

The ceremony was very intimate and focused on Christ. A few technical problems with the music couldn't stop this from being an emotional wedding. After the wedding I did some family portraits and then I took the bride and groom to do a few shots of just them. The kids and Grady love batman so they made sure to bring some batman masks. Everyone was laughing and having a good time. They even talked Tonya into wearing the mask for one picture lol. It started to get real dark as we were leaving and packing everything up to head to the reception.

As the bride and groom arrived to the reception everyone was cheering and excited to party! The reception started with dancing and Tonya and her father shared a very sweet dance. I then saw Tonya's mother and her son dancing, in which was a very beautiful moment. Everyone got their food and then they cut the cake. The DJ decided to change the flow of the reception and let me tell you it got wild lol!

Grady was asked if he would do anything for Tonya to which he replied yes; so he was asked to prove it. Tonya was seated in front of him so we all knew it was about to get wild! He did a little lap dance and everyone had a blast. It was very funny but also sweet. I could barely take photos because I was laughing so hard. I will have to post some in this blog so you can see! After that everyone did the cha cha slide in which I joined in. It isn't bad for a photographer to join in the fun is it? 😉

Near the end of the reception they played their worship song that the technical difficulties prevented at the ceremony. They played the song "So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong Worship. Let me tell you that there was not a dry eye in the room. I took a few photos and just joined in worship. Everyone got in a circle and just sang together. It was a very beautiful moment that I will remember for a long time. It was now time to pack up and leave. I noticed it had started pouring rain. I was very excited it waited for them but I also dreaded getting wet on my way to the car, but it was worth it.

Overall I want to say that I had an amazing day with them. I may have been there to do a service for them but I feel that a service was done for me. There was so many kind and loving people around me that it felt like my family. The kids were so kind and a joy to be silly with. The family and friends allowed me to join in and have fun with them. I will hold this wedding close to my heart and will be forever grateful to everyone I met.