The Boathouse : Kaili + Aquil

 

I’m so excited to finally be able to share Kaili + Aquil's wedding on my blog. It was such an honor to have their wedding published by Muna Luchi Bridal. (Under the terms of the publication, I had to delay featuring the images.) The couple put so much attention into the details of their big day. I hope you find some inspiration for yours!

Aquil contacted me in January 2017...I'm always surprised when the groom is the one who reaches out to me. It shows what a prince these grooms-to-be can be...they truly treat their fiancées like royalty!

I first "met" Kaili and Aquil via video chat while the couple was enjoying a basketball game in my hometown of New York City - immediately I knew they were going to be awesome! Juggling busy schedules and planning a wedding from out of town, the couple wisely hired a wedding planner. For months following our conversation I worked with Richmond wedding planner Honey of Kim Moody Designs and the couple via e-mail. When the big day finally came, due to stellar planning and teamwork we got through the day without a hitch.   

The wedding day started at The Jefferson Hotel where the couple was staying. Some of my favorite pictures are of Kaili getting ready. This former Director and Instructor with SoulCycle, takes amazing care of herself to maintain her natural beauty and she was just glowing on her big day. 

Kaili dreamed of having a portrait taken on The Jefferson’s majestic Grand Staircase, however, the hotel was adamant that bridal portraits on the stairs is reserved for couples having their wedding at The Jefferson. Since Kaili was having a waterfront wedding that was not at the hotel we couldn't do a formal portrait. The hotel did agree to candid photos as the bride and groom exited the building. Listed by Forbes in 2017 as "One of the Finest Five Star Properties in the World" we (Hunter Henkel Photography and Honey of Kim Moody Designs) were determined to fulfill the couple's desire to be captured at The Jefferson Hotel without breaking any rules. So happy we were able to fulfill that request from the couple's must-have photos for their big day! Choreographing the photos at The Jefferson was just one example of the importance of having a second photographer during your wedding day, especially if your day takes place at multiple locations like Kaili and Aquil. Like most of my couples, they chose not to see each other before the ceremony. Up against 5 o'clock rush hour traffic on a Friday, my second photographer, Michael, left for The Boathouse at Sunday Park while my assistant, Rebecca, and I finished up with the ladies.

During the wedding day my team consists of a second photographer and a photo assistant. Each have very different roles. Rebecca helps me primarily with logistics that allow me to do my job as the primary photographer and stay on schedule. The Second Photographer captures a different perspective and moments that are occurring simultaneously, for example, the bride and groom getting dressed, or the cocktail hour which is when formal portraits tend to take place. 

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The remainder of the event-filled day went quickly. Starting with a beautiful waterfront ceremony, presided by Aquil's relative. Some quick showers following the ceremony forced us inside to do family portraits in one of the beautiful seating areas furnished by Paisley and Jade, AFR Furniture and lit by Lighting Professors. After dinner, it was a night of fun and camaraderie. The love Kaili and Aquil have for family and friends resonated in every detail. There were Georgetown sorority and fraternity songs enjoyed by college friends; Philly cheese steaks and a pretzel service, in an homage to Aquil's Philadelphia roots; Italian ice imported from Fredericksburg; and even a surprise birthday cake for Kaili's sister! The thought and love poured into the details was amazing. Aquil even got his soul train line! Not to be cliché, but it was a picture perfect day.

As a photographer, my job is to save these memories and preserve them...for personal memories and for generations to come...authentic documentations of one's life events. Sadly, in the fall of 2017 I learned Kaili's grandmother passed away.

  "My grandmother (who you captured in such a great photo with her hat on) just passed away last week and it has been a really, really hard time for me and our family. I am so appreciative of the photos and memories. Yes, I will hold on to them tight and hope for comfort. Her obituary photo was from our wedding and will always be a moment so special, now in her legacy. Thank you so very much. - Kaili”

"My grandmother (who you captured in such a great photo with her hat on) just passed away last week and it has been a really, really hard time for me and our family. I am so appreciative of the photos and memories. Yes, I will hold on to them tight and hope for comfort. Her obituary photo was from our wedding and will always be a moment so special, now in her legacy. Thank you so very much. - Kaili”

I truly have the pleasure of working with the most amazing couples and vendors and this wedding was no exception. I am so thankful to have been chosen as the wedding photographer for this amazing couple.

Video highlights provided by Brian from Profound productions

If you are getting married in the Greater Richmond area and need a wedding photographer, please email me. It would be an honor to capture your wedding with my team. Contact me today for details regarding my current offer for 2018 weddings - dates are limited!

Vendors

Event Planning, Design, and Florals: Kim Moody Design

Videography: Profound Productions

Cake: Ali's Little Cake Shop

DJ: http://djblendmasters.com Steve Anderson

Venue:  The Boathouse at Sunday Park

Invitations: The bride

Bride's Dress:  Pronovias 2017 Ankara Style, from Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC

Photobooth:  Richmond Photobooth

Makeup: Epiphany Beauty

Hair: Brittney Ross

Lighting:  Lighting Professors

Transportation:   Richmond Limousine

Violinist:   Tressa Gold

Furniture Rental: Paisley & Jade

Furniture Rental:  AFR Furniture

Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire:  Generation Tux

Italian Ice: Rita's Italian Ice, Fredericksburg, VA

Second Photographer: Michael Simon

Photo Assistant: Rebecca Wesley