On September 5th, I came across a post for someone needing a wedding photographer. I saw that I was free for the date so I reached out to see whether we would be a perfect fit or not. After a few messages back and forth we decided it was a good fit and decided to set up a time to eat and introduce ourselves. She warned me that her husband was a bit of a “jokester”, so I knew it was going to be a blast! Reminds me of what I think my wife probably tells people about me lol. I stuck to my tradition of picking Cracker Barrel for our dinner location.
During our dinner I learned so much about April and Adam. Adam is a Kingsport City fireman. My mind was blown when I heard he worked three days on and four days off 24 hour shifts. The longest I’ve ever worked is 16 hours so I couldn’t imagine a full day. April works for Bell Helicopter, which has her traveling all over the U.S and sometimes the UK. Their jobs often have them apart but they don’t let that interfere with anything. I heard about their incredible group of kids who connected right away when they met and how athletic the whole family is. When I first heard six kids, I figured I was going to have trouble with remembering names but I was wrong.
It was the big day so I headed down to Bristol Va to Warehouse 817. They were having their ceremony and reception there. Thankfully the rain from the previous day had cleared up and made it to be a beautiful Friday. It was my first wedding ceremony outside and I was excited! I met their children and instantly felt like I had made a connection with them. They were all very nice and welcoming. It was very entertaining spending the day with the whole family, something I’m going to miss. I got a few detail shots and got to know them a little better before the ceremony. We then headed to the rooftop where the ceremony would be held.
During the ceremony I was excited to hear that the Fire Dept. Honor Guard bagpipe player would be playing while April walked down the aisle. It was the first time I had ever heard a bagpipe and it was pretty cool. The ceremony was very sweet and that’s one of the closest families I’ve seen to this date. Everyone was so giddy and happy. After the ceremony we did some Bride and Groom portraits followed by family portraits. Adam and April’s kids had many funny pictures! I had the bride and groom kiss in front of them and told them to act over the top about it, and boy did they! A couple of the kids grabbed chairs and some of them made weird faces. It was definitely hilarious to watch! Everyone looked on point and knocked it out of the park.
Afterwards, we went downstairs for the reception. I got a few shots of everyone and did some ring shots while Adam and April ate. After that we did the cutting of the cake and first dance. It was an honor to meet their whole family and be a part of their special day. I really enjoyed hanging around the whole group all day and even talking Fortnite with Adam and Andrew, their two youngest children.
I’ll definitely be keeping Adam and April in my prayers when they are traveling and especially Adam as he fights fires and faces the other dangers involved. I’m excited for everyone to see these pictures and I pray our paths cross sooner than later. Also Warehouse 817 was a very lovely venue. I loved the rooftop ceremony location and the reception room was very spacious. I definitely recommend them if you need a small to medium sized venue in the Bristol area.
817 State Street
Bristol, Virginia 24201