Upper Shirley Vineyard Wedding

We just photographed Jennifer and Ben’s beautiful Upper Shirley Vineyard wedding just outside of Richmond. 

It is one of my favorite wedding venues. We don’t shoot there enough. The staff there is wonderful. Their property is gorgeous. There’s a beautiful getting ready room for the bride and the groom. The ceremony space is absolutely perfect. As is the back up location because they have beautiful porches surrounding their building. It’s right on the James River and it’s got to be the closest vineyard to Richmond. 

When you have an Upper Shirley Vineyard wedding, it’s typically a little later because they do have a vineyard and restaurant that’s open.  So on wedding days they close a little early and the full property of Upper Shirley is available of the wedding. 

I could talk about so many things. I loved about this wedding, but let’s just touch on a few. The first is that they worked with the Wedding Company of Williamsburg. Laura was there planner and she just did in an absolutely amazing job with this Upper Shirley Vineyard wedding. She was so fantastic to work with.

Another thing I loved about this wedding day was that Ben has three daughters. And I just think they did such a good job including them throughout the wedding day. They had matching dresses to all of the bridesmaids and actually walked down the aisle with Ben for the ceremony. 

The four of them walking down the aisle was my favorite part.  They four of them walked to the end of the aisle then stopped and broke out sunglasses and danced down the aisle.  It was so fun and hysterical.  I loved it so much. 

Then another was that after Jennifer and Ben shared their vows to each other – Jennifer had also written vows to the three daughters.  It was just such a sweet moment and such a nice way to honor them during the wedding.  I just loved it. 

The weather was so perfect – and we were able to have photo time with them right on the water with the gorgeous light.  Then celebrated the rest of the night with a huge party. 

Enjoy a few of our many favorites from this Upper Shirley Vineyard wedding. 

Congrats you guys! 


The Creative Team
VENUE | Upper Shirley Vineyards 
PLANNER/COORDINATOR | Laura Hartley, Wedding Co of Williamsburg 
CATERER | Upper Shirley Vineyards
FLORIST | Black Creek Flowers 
DJ | DJ Solomon Sadowsky, Black Tie Entertainment 
HAIR & MAKEUP | Cam Carson & Co 
VIDEOGRAPHER | Profound Wedding Films 
BRIDAL SALON | Studio I Do Virginia Beach 
OFFICIANT | Bryan Dugas, Heights Church 
LIGHTING | Lighting Professors

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