Craig & Jessica :: wedding

When Jessica told me her wedding date, I knew we were pushing the season. Because I do almost all natural light photography, I try to schedule only events that take advantage of the gorgeous spring, summer, and fall seasons. Of course, you never know what will happen. The day you expect to be perfect in June may turn out to be rainy. Early March may be the epitome of Spring or surprise you with a snow shower. Or like this year, a Virginia wedding in October makes you think of glorious autumn leaves and this year it was cold! Yet Craig and Jessica’s November 30th wedding was a balmy 65 degrees on a sunny afternoon. And did we ever make the most of it!

Jessica and Craig chose to do their first look session at her house close to Harrisonburg. From there we traveled to the historic section of Staunton. Our first stop was the Miller House, now a private residence, but earlier a bed and breakfast where Jessica worked. A few miles further West we drove into Gypsy Hill Park. Jessica slipped into a cute pair of tennis shoes and Craig bent to tie them as she held her lovely skirt out of the way. David and I followed them up the hill at breath catching speed. Had she not been dashing up the hill WITH her handsome fiancee, Jessica could have modeled for the Runaway Bride! A few shots at the top of the hill where Craig popped the pivotal question months earlier and then on to downtown Staunton where we found a delightful golden tunnel, picturesque doorways, and an old train station.

Their wedding was vintage elegance personified! After a beautiful ceremony that included darling little flower babies being pushed down the aisle in a vintage carriage, gorgeous violin music, and a surprise song to Craig that Jessica recorded at a local studio earlier, guests were ushered into a warm reception absolutely overflowing with beauty. Every table centerpiece was a unique collection of antiques and dried floral arrangements. A vintage chandelier added ambience to the bridal table and a gorgeous hand-crafted wreath drew everyone’s attention toward the buffet. Grilled chicken, fettuccine alfredo {made with homemade noodles, I might add}, steamed broccoli, garlic bread knots, and a lovely salad with celery seed dressing. From the handmade after dinner mints to the perfect spice of mulled cider, it was perfection, beauty and happiness. But the best part of the day by far was seeing Craig and Jessica so happy to be together!

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Craig and Jessica, it was pure delight to share your wedding day! Thank you for the honor.

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