Details! Brides spend so much time laboring over every element that goes into their wedding, and it’s so wonderful to have a photographer who captures each and every one of those things as Aaron Watson Photography did with Jessica and John’s day.
This couple had such a lovely, outdoor event at Keswick Vineyards. Not only is their wedding beautiful to look at, but it also seems like their guests just were having fun! From corn hole to croquet, there definitely were a lot of activities to keep attendees of all ages entertained. John and Jessica’s whole event just goes to show that you can have an elegant wedding while keeping your guests in mind and keeping the air light and joyful.
I hope that you savor perusing this gorgeous wedding, and be sure to check out the credits rolled out at the end… what an amazing group of vendors. Enjoy!
Ah! Lynchburg is SO beautiful. One of my favorite places is Monument Terrace. I’m not exactly sure why, but it just is so Lynchburg. Plus, that location just has a lovely vantage point all the way down to the river. I so enjoy it when photographers just utilize the beauty of a city, and downtown Lynchburg has a plethora of nooks and crannies that are both familiar yet unique as each couple creates their own session with the city as its backdrop.
You will recognize such places as beside the Lynchburg Community Market, The White Hart, Percival’s Island, Church Street and Monument Terrace. So fun!
So, enjoy this engagement session of Kelcey and Daniel as you take a peek at some familiar places around the wonderful Hill City of Lynchburg as photographed by Annamarie Akins Photography.
So beautiful! It just goes to show that a walk through a lovely town along with pops of color and an outfit change can really add a lot to your engagement photos… of course kisses and lots of adorable smiles help, too.
Sometimes a wedding just transports you to a time or place and gives you the feeling that you are somewhere else, and this event does just that! To describe it as ethereal or as a princess and her prince just about sums it up. In the words of photographer Megan Vaughan Photography, “I’m not sure if I can explain to you how truly magical this wedding was, but I’m going to try! It was seriously like being in a Disney movie. He was in uniform, the handsome prince… she had her tiara and was the spitting image of a princess. They were both so ridiculously happy, you couldn’t help but be happy with them.” How sweet! And those sentiments truly shine through Kevin and Angel’s photos.
There are also such personal touches to this wedding, and we are allowed to peek in at such intimate times. Their first look, an exchange of notes and even sweet kisses before they say “I do”. Honestly, I used to be against (oh, yes, traditional me, who has been married for almost 20 years) the first look, but the more I see of it, the more I think it’s such a fabulous, sweet moment for the couples that choose to do so. How perfect! Angel and Kevin even sang to each other, and here is what Megan Vaughan had to say, “You guys… they SANG to each other! ‘When God Made You.’ And I’m not kidding, it sounded like they were playing a Disney CD. These two sounded absolutely perfect together. It was seriously so beautiful, and one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen at a ceremony. I’m pretty sure half of their guests were crying. I definitely got a little misty eyed!” So sweet!
Also, (if you would allow me to get personal here for a moment) I wanted to say a word or two about Megan Vaughan. She is a “newer” name among photographers here in Central Virginia, but I feel that her business is growing due to her integrity (and of course, her talent). My dear friend, Liz, second shot for Megan during this wedding, and Liz raved about Megan’s work ethic. I can’t wait to get to know her a bit better myself, so Megan, consider this your invitation to chat over coffee sometime soon.
Ok, enough of that. Enjoy this wedding, and I hope that you have the loveliest of days!
On your wedding day you want everyone to be there. Friends and family, young and old, it’s such a special day that everyone should be there to celebrate! So much time goes into planning everything… from favors to decor, most of what is decided is geared towards adults, but what about the kids? Creating a special area for them during the reception allows for the children to keep occupied, which can ease of mind for the parents, and it will overall make everyone at your event happy no matter their age. Take a peek at these ideas from a children’s table that was styled just for you to put your thinking cap on for your own event.
Deb from Funny Face Photography told us a little bit about the shoot itself:
Everything in this shoot was designed to appeal to kids. The colors were very bright, and pretty much everything on the table the kids could play with. There was a special wedding coloring book, bubbles, stickers, fun glasses and masks that the kids could decorate as well as treats and candy. Pretty much everything on the table the kids could play with or eat, and we just tried to make it fun and engaging for them. Skittles and Starbursts were used as decor and for eating, and the colors worked perfectly with our theme! The candies along with bright flowers, confetti and colorful ribbon was also used to add a festive feel.
Take a peek at this lovely idea fest for your youngest guests…
Wasn’t that adorable? Now that you have some ideas flowing, here is a list of some simple things you can do at your own reception:
- Create a space on its own just for the kids. Don’t worry about adhering to your wedding theme, but make sure that the area is bright and happy!
- Use kid-friendly furniture that is just their size.
- The children are guests, too, so keep fun “adult” elements like table numbers, place settings and flowers so the kids feel grown up, too.
- Including a fun “to do” game of I Spy gets the kids looking around and checking things off of their list during the event. Here the game was laid in waiting at each place setting.
- Adults love candy buffets, and it’s safe to say that children will, too!
- Kid-sized favors (here they used drink mixes) make a fun take-home gift, which will allow them to further celebrate the wedding at home as a fun reminder.
- Goofy get-ups like glasses and such can make for a fun time… especially if paired with a pint sized photo booth.
- The idea of a coloring book centered on the wedding is such a fun idea! It also makes for a fun keepsake and activity all in one.
- Crafts are always a great hit for the kids. Just be sure to enlist the help of someone either hired or a teen niece or nephew to help watch the children.
When a bride envisions an outdoor wedding there is pretty much only one thing that can thwart her plans… rain! Ok, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like can also wreak havoc, but precipitation is definitely the most common threat to using the outside for your ceremony. For Abby and Ryan, their wedding day included rain, but fortunately, their venue was able to switch everything to be inside, which turned out beautifully! Their photographer, C Tyler Corvin Studio, said, “It rained all day which forced everything inside. Even with the rain we still got some great sunset photos while it was still raining.”
Abby and Ryan reside in the Hill City of Lynchburg and are both also actively involved with Freedom 4/24, which is a locally based ministry that raises awareness and funds to combat the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of women and children. Check it out here.
Abby was able to fill us in on their love story leading up to the wedding…
Ryan and I met on July 17th, 2011 at a bonfire being held at a friend’s home. I was new to the church we both eventually worked for and was invited to the gathering to meet some other young people. I remember Ryan as “the really tall guy dressed like an athlete who insisted on shooting an airsoft gun at other people indoors.” Ryan remembers me as “the girl he had to get inside so he could see if I was actually pretty or if the light of the bonfire was playing tricks on him.” You’ll have to ask him what his final determination was.
He proposed at an overlook on a short hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Lynchburg, VA, where we had a our first date in 2011. The setting was beautiful… his wonderful sister and brother-in-law had been there just moments before us setting up lanterns, candles and sprinkling popcorn (my all time favorite food) on the stone floor to set the scene for him to “pop” the question (get it?). Ryan said the most tender things about love, marriage and us before getting down on his knee and presenting the perfect ring to me in marriage. I was a mess. Shaking, crying, confused about which hand an engagement ring goes on, I flubbed out some sort of “yes” or nodding-type motion, and we were officially engaged!
Take a peek at the loveliness of their day. There are so many details to soak in!
- Photographer - C Tyler Corvin Studio
- Floral Designer - The Arrangement Company
- Bridesmaids’ Dresses – David’s Bridal
- Cake – Coffey Cakes
- Catering/Venue – West Manor Estate
- DJ – DJ Barry Tosh
- Flower Girl Dress – J Crew
- Gown – Church Street Bridal
- Groomsmen Suits – Joseph A Banks
- Hair/Makeup – Sarah Kline
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