October weddings have become so popular and I was super lucky to have been chosen to photograph Jeanne and Daniel's beautiful...near sunset...ceremony at Libby Hill Park. It was my second ceremony there within a month. If you are looking for a relaxing and intimate spot to tie the knot, this hilltop vista overlooking the James River is perfect!
Jeanne and Daniel are teachers and the sweetest couple you could meet. Their registry was the perfect example of their loving and kind hearts. The only gift they asked for was for their guests to get down on the dance floor! And, if guests wanted to give a gift, Jeanne and Daniel encouraged their friends and family to donate to local Richmond organizations. Such as Art 180, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for Richmond teens to express their creativity; Richmond Conexiones, which fosters common spaces in southside Richmond for community programs; and The Podium Foundation, a creative writing after-school program in Richmond City Schools.
While Jeanne got ready at her friend’s charming house near Carytown, Michael, the second photographer, captured a few low-key shots of Daniel as he got ready at the couple’s apartment. I loved being able to unobtrusively document the camaraderie among the women as Jeanne got dressed. Once in her dress, Jeanne was absolutely stunning in her BHDLN wedding gown. Simple, soft and feminine- her dress was super flattering! Her bouquet, from Strawberry Fields, was sooo beautiful! A perfect fall bouquet – the colors, the talent it took to create such a floral arrangement and not one stem looked as if it had not just been freshly picked!
Before the ceremony, we stopped at Jefferson Park in Church Hill for Jeanne’s family portraits. What a fun bunch! Once at Libby Hill Park, the sun began to set and the ceremony started. Leading the processional were friends on their guitars. As Jeanne and Daniel said their “I Do’s” I was so impressed by how intently everyone was focused on the moment – the ceremony of two people they clearly loved.
At the conclusion of the brief ceremony I got to play with this attractive couple (that I am sure are breaking a few students' hearts) for a few minutes before heading over to The Valentine for a great party. I think the highlight of the reception, for me, was the father daughter dance. Jeanne danced to “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees with her dad and each one of her brothers! It was such a memorable moment for everyone. The laughs continued with the speeches, and I still crack up looking at everyone’s reactions in the pictures. In-line with the couples laid-back nature, MOSAIC’s (LOVE them!) provided some scrumptious pies after dinner instead of a formal cake cutting. The DJ (a relative of the bride’s) kept the crowd going all night.
Jeanne, Daniel…thank you so much for letting me share in such a joyful day. I wish you all the best as you embark on this journey together!