Dustin & Meghan’s Huntington, WV Wedding

Dustin and Meghan dated for seven years. (That’s a while!) They had planned on a shorter, but still reasonably long, engagement – until it worked out in their schedules to get married this October. So in the middle of the summer Meghan decided to plan a wedding in three months – all while living out of town. Let’s all give Meghan’s mom a virtual hug right now.

Lucky for me, Meghan had heard about me from a couple friends, and when we met to talk about photos I liked her right away. You know what else I liked right away? Her engagement ring. It is stunning. I don’t even have words for how much I like it (nice work, Dustin.)

Because they both lived out of town, and because of the tight timeframe, I didn’t actually get to meet Dustin until the day of the wedding. He was so incredibly friendly, and I think he may have hugged everyone at the wedding. And I will always appreciate a groom who tears up when he sees his bride for their first look. And I will love him forever when he tells me to NOT photoshop out his red eyes in the photos. (See exhibit A below for a similar scene when she walked down the aisle).

This wedding could NOT have been more fun, including complete enthusiasm from the wedding party for portraits. They were the best.

Dustin and Meghan – I don’t even know how to say thank you for having me document your wedding day. It was a complete joy. I hope you enjoy your sneak peek.

Be sure to school down to the bottom of the post for more images in the slideshow. 

 

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Brandon & Ashley’s Burnsville, NC Wedding

I’ve known Brandon for a few years. He’s thoughtful, driven, and cares deeply about his community. So much so, that upon completing graduate school he founded a non-profit organization in Southern West Virginia to help bring job opportunities and training to underserved communities. Not your average 20-something. And Brandon was content being single. Until he met Ashley, that is.

Ashley worked for a foundation that helped fund nonprofits, so she and Brandon met through work – brought together by a love for their community and serving those communities through hard work and providing opportunities. She  is equally driven, is passionate about her work, and definitely goes after what she wants. Which, fortunately, included Brandon. After just a few dates with Ashley, Brandon was smitten. I knew he was in big (but good) trouble.

So Ashley has packed her bags and headed north to Wayne County, WV to change the world right alongside Brandon. And on the most beautiful September day in Burnsville, NC they climbed the hill on a horse farm and got married on the steps of a quaint chapel. Then we headed to the historic Nu-Wray Inn for a laid-back, fun reception to celebrate with food, drinks, cake, dancing, and plenty of laughter.

Brandon and Ashley – I could not have been more thrilled to document your day. Truly – what a gift!

Be sure to watch the slideshow at the end of the post for even more photos. 

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John & Stephanie’s Huntington, WV Wedding

John and Stephanie’s wedding was sweet, full of family and friends, and the uniting of a faith-filled couple who were obviously crazy about each other. And by crazy about each other, I mean totally and completely smitten. Sometimes when doing wedding portraits you really have to work with a couple to get genuine interaction between them that doesn’t feel staged or forced. Not these two – they are head. over. heels. And it doesn’t hurt that they both have the biggest smiles I might have seen on a couple.

I hope these photos did the affection you feel for each other justice, and I hope in ten, twenty and fifty years from now you can look back on theses with the same amount of giddiness you obviously felt on your wedding day. Thanks so much for having me shoot your wedding, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

As always, be sure to watch the slideshow at the bottom of the post for even more photos. 

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Ally & Jeremy’s Poca, WV Backyard Wedding

A few years back, I photographed a wedding for the very sweet Julie & Jeremy. This was long before I had a blog, and because they were the first couple whose wedding I photographed where I didn’t know them before they hired me. I remember being so, so nervous about pretty much everything photography related during that time. I also remember their sweet friend Ally, who was in Julie’s wedding and even came to a meeting with them when we were planning for the wedding photos.

Then a couple years ago, Ally started working at Teays Physical Therapy Center, one of my oldest design clients. I got to see her every couple weeks or so, and just this past winter had the opportunity to photograph her immediate family during the rare occasion that all her siblings, nieces and nephews were in town at the same time. We had a blast, and I really enjoyed getting to meet all of her family

So when Ally asked if I would photograph she and Jeremy’s wedding, I was practically giddy. It was a little full circle moment in my professional life when I got to take a photo with she and Julie, now serving as Ally’s Matron of Honor, at Ally’s wedding. I also want to tell you that it has been such a joy watching Jeremy interact with Ally’s son Braxton. As someone with two amazing step-parents myself, I cannot make it through a ceremony where children are involved without shedding a tear. It has warmed my heart to see these three come together as a family, and I cannot wait to see how they grow together in the coming years.

Ally and Jeremy – thank you, thank you, thank you for asking me to document your day. I hope you enjoy these photos for many, many years!

(There are even more photos in the slideshow at the bottom of the post, so don’t miss it!)

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Erica & Ben’s Winfield, WV Wedding

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to photograph Erica’s brother and sister in law’s sweet wedding in Huntington. So it’s always heartwarming when I get to work with former couples again. Then during our first meeting, Erica reminded me she had participated in a small group I facilitated during my Master’s degree internship. And then when I got to her wedding I realized I knew half her bridesmaids already. Guys – I LOVE it when that happens!

But back to Ben and Erica. A few months ago when I photographed their engagement session, it was obvious these two were crazy about each other. As they should be – they are both kindhearted, gentle, sweet people who are very well suited to each other. Like many of the couples I worked with, they opted for a first look before the ceremony and Ben’s reaction could not have been sweeter. I have enjoyed so much working with the both of you and your families. Their wedding was at Winfield Baptist Church and the reception was at Little Creek Country Club in South Charleston, which is a stunning location for photos. Thank you both so much for the opportunity to work with you on your wedding day. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

Don’t forget to watch the video at the end for even more photos from Ben and Erica’s wedding.

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