If we had a choice between the beach or the mountains to go on vacation, we’d probably lean towards the beach. Laura could just sit with a chair on the oceanfront for days.. I would wear shorts and flip flops year round if it was socially acceptable! But when it comes to wedding photography, there’s something magical about rolling hills, morning fog, and cooler temperatures. We recently moved to Richmond, and one thing we are thoroughly enjoying is that both the beach and the mountains are less than two hours away!
Those magical mountain views were at highlight at our last wedding, along with the cutest couple, when we got to photograph Olivia and Daniel’s wedding day at The Inn at Willow Grove. We had previously met Olivia a few years back when we were hosting our church’s small group at our Newport News home. We didn’t really get to know them then, but over the past several months, we have really connected with this wonderful couple, and were sooo looking forward to their wedding day!
The weather was perfect! Warm enough for the mountains, and hazy enough for that oh so perfect natural filter we drool over. Their wedding was so apparent how ready and excited these two were to marry each other. Both of them welled up with tears at their first look, and then again sharing their written vows. Even their gifts they exchanged were so personal thought through. Both of them had written small novels that they shared about their time together and their time to come. Let me tell you, we didn’t have enough tissues in our emergency kit to handle all of that!
Their wedding size was on the smaller side, but the love and excitement from everyone there rivaled the biggest weddings we have photographed in the past. We were lucky to have a few minutes with just Olivia and Daniel before their reception. We headed up to the hillside at the top of the venue, squeezed through a fence and took some of our most favorite mountain photos of all time! Such a stunning couple on the perfect day, surrounded by so much joy. Congratulations Olivia and Daniel! Your day was absolutely amazing, and we hope you are enjoying the beach and the mountains of Hawaii!
see more of Olivia and Daniel (engagement session)
The Creative Team
VENUE | The Inn at Willow Grove
CATERER | The Inn at Willow Grove
FLORIST| Ginger and Blooms
BAKERY | The Inn at Willow Grove
DJ | Cam DiNunzio
CEREMONY MUSICIAN | Mark Holt
BRIDAL SALON | Tiffany’s Bridal
HAIR + MAKEUP | Studio321
VIDEOGRAPHER | Michael Lemly
RENTALS | Gibson Rental’s
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