Charlottesville Winery Wedding


Today we are sharing Andi and Rob’s Charlottesville winery wedding day that we shot at Trump winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It was a gorgeous day and an undeniably beautiful property. Charlottesville is just one of the most gorgeous places.. an amazing place to get married.. with beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, mountains, the works. And the weather was just perfect that day. It could just not have been more gorgeous. 

The entire family stayed at the Albemarle estate at Trump winery for the whole weekend and the weather weather was just spectacular the whole time. I’m sure they just had an amazing stay.

This wedding had so many fun, over the top details at this Charlottesville winery wedding.

Albemarle Estate, Charlottesville, Virginia

We started off by going to the Albemarle estate where the girls were getting ready.  Andi is a character.  She has such a big personality and was just herself all day – didn’t take anything too seriously.  I just loved her.

Despite her now husband trying to convince her otherwise, she jumped over a creek in her wedding dress during portraits.  Very carefree and fun loving. 

That was her personality the whole day. 

They had amazing details that we got the day started with. When a florist (Blue Ridge Florals) shows up with a bucket of loose flowers for me to shoot flat lays with, you know it’s going to be a good day. I always just love it when that happens and their florist had a huge bucket of blooms for me. So it was a good day from the start. 

Charlottesville Winery Wedding Vendors

We got to shoot all of the details just outside the bridal suite on a gorgeous terrace, on a beautiful day, with our sweet friend Michael Lemley who was their videographer.  

And Jenny, from Greenery and Grace, was their planner – and she always has everything laid out so perfectly that the day just flowed flawlessly. 

The guys were getting ready at the cottage just outside, but we did some getting ready shots inside of Albemarle estate because they just had the coolest rooms.

We could have been there for the whole weekend and not used all of the amazing portrait locations.  We did some bridal portraits in a gorgeous courtyard and then a few more with her bridesmaids outside the estate.  It was all so beautiful. 

They had a personal and laid back ceremony.  It was all really fun, lighthearted, and genuine. 

Ceremony was right outside the barn and pavilion, that overlooked a beautiful lake in the vineyard. And you could see the rolling hills it was also stunning.

The reception was great. They had a live band which is always so fun. A cigar and whiskey bar  was set up outside, which was definitely taken advantage of by a lot of the guests. There was a a fabulous cake and dessert bar and a whole candy buffet. They had the super fun and trendy neon sign behind the bar. 

Unique Wedding Exit – Helicopter Exit

But also, their exit was just insane. They did a sparkler exit. To make it even a little bit more exciting and over the top to fit in with this wedding day they had the cool sparkler machine with the flameless sparks. 

They are so fun and always so amazing to shoot.  It’s such a fun wedding detail that doesn’t really cost that much. It made their sparkler exit so much more fun. 

And then to make it even more incredible – they didn’t just get into their car, or have a limo, or a classic car rental. We walked across the parking lot to the helipad and they got in a helicopter.

I took off in the helicopter and took a tour around Charlottesville before returning to stay the night there. And I really just don’t think that you could have a more incredible exit than that.

Michael the videographer did a sneak of it and it was so much fun. We’ll post it here.

Sunset portraits, Charlottesville Wedding

We were able to take a few portraits with it during their sunset portrait time. I loved their sunset portraits because we got to take pictures of Andi in all the different versions of her dress. She had a gorgeous lace gown, but also had a tulle overlay, and beads that attached to the back. So they were really like three different versions of the convertible wedding dress.

She made for such a fun and laid back day.  We love you two, congratulations. Enjoy a few of our many favorites. 


  VENUE | Trump Winery
PLANNER | Greenery & Grace Events
CATERER | Harvest Moon
FLORIST| Blue Ridge Florals
HAIR & MAKEUP | FBJ Weddings
CEREMONY MUSICIANS | East Coast Entertainment: Kool Kats Jazz
RECEPTION BAND | Sam Hill Entertainment: The Dickens
OFFICIANT | Duane Hess
BAKER | Cakes By Rachel
VIDEOGRAPHER | Michael Lemley Films
TRANSPORTATION | Albemarle Limousine
EXIT | Skyline Heli
LIGHTENING | Lighting & Sound Co.
BRIDAL SALON | Isabel BridalGalia Lahav

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