Alex & Challoner | Married!

We do a quick video chat with all our couples the week before their wedding.  Just to check in, and make sure we are all good to go.  Alex & Challoner answered our Facetime and I got a lightening fast, merry-go-round style view of their gorgeous property before Alex held up the phone in front of her and said hello.   These two were originally going to get married at Celebrations, a wedding venue on a lake in Midlothian, Virginia.  But one day Alex messaged me and said their plans may be changing.  They bought a property in Ashland.  A gorgeous, large property, perfect for a relaxed backyard wedding.  They decided to host the wedding at their home!
During our video chat, Alex brought up the impending weather conditions.  I asked what the rain plan was, and without skippin’ a beat, Challoner replied, “to get married”.  Which is just the absolute most perfect answer.  So many things can happen on a wedding day.  And sometimes you can forget in all the planning, and stress, and desire for everything to be absolutely perfect, that it’s not going to be perfect.  Something will go wrong.  Whether it’s forgetting the rings, or a cake being delivered late, or a rip in your dress, or a down pour seconds before the outdoor ceremony… but it’s important to remember that none of that really matters.  It’s the MARRIAGE that’s important.  It’s standing up, regardless of how dry your feet are, and promising your life to each other.  And it was nice to know that these two remembered that.
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  1. Cheryl Jones

    May 25th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Beautiful day and the best photos! Would highly recommend your photographers.

  2. Alexandra Crawford

    May 29th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Michael and Laura made our day more special than we could have ever imagined. We asked them to be our photographers because I knew Laura while we were in college together at CNU and I couldn’t imagine anyone but her and her joyous personality capturing our day. And of course their photos are GORGEOUS. They captured these beautiful moments in the POURING rain – literally pouring – and endless amounts of mud and dirt and hay. They worked endlessly the WHOLE day to make sure they captured all our moments. We honestly couldn’t be more happy with how the entire process, from signing the contract to this point has gone. Michael and Laura really are the best 🙂

  3. Megan Smith

    May 29th, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Beautifully styled wedding and photos! Love the dress and accessory photos of the bride and the groom. And the umbrellas. Love it all.

  4. Beth Pierpont

    May 29th, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I definitely would recommend this photographer! They didn’t skip a beat with the rain, flowing through picture taking and very creative! The pictures will bring vivid memories for a lifetime.

  5. Amy Arnold

    May 29th, 2016 at 7:21 pm


  6. Sarah Crouse

    May 29th, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I am so impressed with these pictures!!! Even with a muddy and rainy day, Michael & Laura made the photos look like a dream!! So lucky to have such a special day captured by such special people!!

  7. Terri Crawford

    May 30th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Beautiful day and wonderful memories!

  8. Marc Reiner

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    These are great! Who ever officiated was particularly handsome!

  9. Eric Anderson

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Lovely photos and a lovely wedding!

  10. Kelly Willett

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    A beautiful wedding of an amazing couple – so wonderfully captured!!

  11. Carrie

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    This was an absolutely beautiful wedding that was captured so perfectly by the photographers. Having the wedding on their property made the wedding even more special for Alex and Challoner; having such high-quality pictures is one way for them to always be able to relive this day! Even with the rain, their pictures are so vibrant, beautiful, and capture the genuine happiness of everyone celebrating with them!

  12. Brittany Freelin

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Gorgeous! Congrats!!

  13. Frank Blackmon

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    These pictures are amazing!! And the wedding was an absolute blast!

  14. Libby Wayne

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    The essence of these two young people is truly captured in every picture! I couldn’t help but smile and laugh, as I could probably figure out what they were saying to each other!

    Gorgeous pictures…beautifully staged!!!!

  15. Anne Aurelia Lewis

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    These pictures are beautiful!! So happy for y’all Alex and Challenor!! Great photographers!!

  16. Evan

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    LOVE these!

  17. Donna Woodbury

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Alex, her Husband, and the entire wedding party looked so great. These pics are so awesome as well. Congratulations Alex!!

  18. ashleigh smith

    May 30th, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    What awesome pictures! You all look stunning and the wedding looked like so much fun. LOVE IT!

  19. Erika

    May 30th, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    The pictures came out so beautifully! I love all the candid ones that capture how much fun everyone had. The rain didn’t dampen the day in the least! You both had such a lovely day! 🙂

  20. Emilio Marmol

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This pictures are absolutely beautiful! Each picture captures how much happiness surrounded the lovely couple.

  21. Austin McKim

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Awesome pictures! Congrats Crawford family!

  22. Austin McKim

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Awesome pictures! Congrats to the Crawford family!

  23. Lia

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Beautiful!! Congrats!

  24. Christina Sincere

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    These are gorgeous, the fun can definitely be felt through the photos! Congrats on your marriage, these will be wonderful pictures to look back on during all your anniversaries!

  25. Tricia Blackmon

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Congrats Alex and Rich! Beautiful pictures celebrating a beautiful couple!

  26. Lindsey

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    So pretty! Congratulations!

  27. Will

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos of a great couple! So happy for y’all!

  28. judy farrington

    May 30th, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Great photos, amazing wedding and beautiful bride
    The rain just made it more special. Miss all you kids. Beautiful pics

  29. Trey Flanagan

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Fantastic pictures of an awesome wedding! Everyone had a fantastic time.

  30. Molly Carter

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  31. Pat Shockley

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    The wedding pictures are truly beautiful! I particularly loved the pics of Alex, Challoner and wedding party, captured under that magnificent tree, umbrellas above each of them, and pure magic! We never noticed the rain, and the wedding pics absolutely sparkled of sunshine and wedding bliss!

  32. Joy bilinski

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    What a dreary wet day, and yet despite Mother Nature the wedding was just wonderful. These pictures are absolutely beautiful and they show just how beautiful a rainy day can be. Great photography and photographer. She sloshed thru mud and rain and got spectacular pics.

  33. Jill fox

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Love everything about this post! Congrats!!!!

  34. Jeremy

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Looks awesome!!

  35. Becca Boyea

    May 30th, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. If it weren’t for the umbrellas, I never would have guessed that it poured!

  36. Rhonda Toussaint

    May 30th, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Gorgeous photographs of a splendid day! Wow!!!


    May 30th, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Alex and Challoner, congratulations on your absolutely gorgeous wedding. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate your union, but really I’ve seen your relationship through every stage and I’m confident that you two are meant for each other. I wish you all the best ❤

  38. Audrey

    May 30th, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Beautiful pictures of such a gorgeous wedding!! Congratulations you two!

  39. Aaron Davenport

    May 30th, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    looks like a lovely ceremony and great photos! good luck choosing wish y’all all the best

  40. Rachel

    May 31st, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Fantastic shots of some charismatic people – love it!

  41. Kate Larkin

    May 31st, 2016 at 4:25 am

    These are all so beautiful and so fun! Alex is stunning and as for Challoner…there is just something about a man in uniform. Happy, happy happily ever after, Mr. and Mrs. Crawford!

  42. Patrick Barefield

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:20 am

    An excellent wedding with wonderful photographers. Captured each moment perfectly, even ones I don’t recall.

  43. Thomas

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:22 am

    An amazing group of photographers, well done!

  44. Louise Divis

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Captured the moments so perfectly feel like I was sharing the day with Alex and Challoner. What a perfect capturing of wedding day memories. Wish our photographer had done the same for us.

  45. Bethany

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I’ve always had a couple crush on Alex and Challoner, but now I have one on Michael and Laura too! This day was perfect!

  46. Erin Comerford

    May 31st, 2016 at 8:26 am

    What a special day!! Thanks Michael and Laura for capturing the treasure of that day through all the rain drops! You guys rock!!

  47. Julie

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:05 am


  48. Tori and Ryan

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:07 am

    OH my goodness these photos are just beautiful and perfect!!! We are so happy for you!!

  49. Kit Crawford

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:12 am

    The wedding day was nothing short of amazing, beautiful, and wonderful! And the photos show the love and happiness Alex and Challoner have for each other as well as how much they are loved by the people who shared that great day.

  50. Cathy Reiner

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:30 am

    What a wonderful time in your life! Michael & Laura were able to capture so many special glances and moments. Dad and I love you two very much.

  51. Erin

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Love love love these pictures Alex!! You are such a beautiful bride, and I’m so glad I got to see all your wedding pictures after many months of counting down through insta haha. My favorite is definitely the whole bridal party laughing with the umbrellas and flowers. Adorable!

  52. Joy

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! Congrats Alex!

  53. Stephanie

    May 31st, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Congratulations and beautiful photos!

  54. Jacqueline Thornley

    May 31st, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations! The photos are lovely and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

  55. Laura Little

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Love these pictures and this couple even more. I was so sad I couldn’t make the ceremony and these pictures let me feel like I was there, if only for a minute 🙂 Love you Alex & Rich!

  56. Gayle Oliver-Plath

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Gorgeous pictures — they made me feel like I could have been there! Congrats to the happy couple. Your feelings of joy are clearly shining through. All the best to you both!

  57. Laura Little

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Love these pictures, and this couple even more.

  58. Allison

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    So beautiful! What a wonderful day!!

  59. Spencer

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Love them! Congratulations!

  60. Natalie Small

    May 31st, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    So happy for you Alex, and Challoner! And what beautiful photos of your special day!!

  61. David H

    May 31st, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Congratulations, you two! Beautiful photos!

  62. Nikki

    May 31st, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Congratulations to the two of you!! These pictures are so beautiful!

  63. Ashley

    May 31st, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Congratulations! Best wishes for a happy marriage 🙂 your photos are gorgeous!

  64. Kim

    June 1st, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Truly cannot get over how amazing these photographs turned out.

    The weather presented so many challenges for Michael and Laura, yet they shot the Crawford wedding effortlessly…all while laughing and making everyone feel comfortable. Thank you both-congratulations Alex and Challoner!

  65. Ian Sonia

    June 1st, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Such a beautiful day! I need the recipe for those speciality drinks 🙂

  66. Wilson Bever

    June 1st, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Michael and Laura were fantastic photographers! I was the DJ for this wedding and got to observe a lot of their behind the scenes work and they were always right where they needed to be. There are very professional and so dedicated to their work. By the end of the wedding they were both soaked with rain because they were dedicated to getting the perfect shots even if it meant getting wet!

  67. cammie little

    June 1st, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    these are so wonderful! congrats, guys! so happy for y’all!

  68. cammie little

    June 1st, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    these are so wonderful! congrats, guys! so happy for y’all!!

  69. Bob Flanagan

    June 1st, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Such a great event full of laughter and good humor. I thought everything seemed to have its place and showed that you will weather through. We wish you years and years of happiness together.

  70. Wayne Fishell

    June 2nd, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Such beautiful pictures! Congratulations to you both – it looks like a wonderful time was had by all!

  71. Meg

    June 4th, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    beautiful photos!!

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