If you’re read any of my past wedding blog posts, you’d know that I am head-over-heels in love with capturing my amazing couples on one of the biggest days of their lives. I feel personally intertwined with these incredible people and my emotions gush on those wedding days! But sometimes, these weddings become extra personal, and that’s exactly what this wedding was to me.
I’ve known Kristen since I can remember. My family and hers grew up together, spending countless holidays together, and the yearly tradition of Christmas Day with each other! Kristen is like a sister to me, and I love her as I would my own sibling. I was absolutely honored (and giddy with excitement) to photograph her and her beau’s big wedding day!
I had never been to this part of Virginia before. The rolling hills turn into sprawling mountains and there literally is beauty in every direction you look. If you look high on one of the hills of Charlottesville, you’ll find Verulam Farm – 500 acres of working farmland that rolls through the natural twists and turns of the geography. Driving up the main driveway, you’ll crest a hill where a gorgeous mansion sits stoically among the mature trees. It’s flat-out jaw-dropping! The Sun was shining through those golden yellow leaves revealing a perfectly-manicured garden and prepared alter that overlooked the shimmering lake below. Y’all…IT. WAS. BEAUTIFUL!
Tommy, as dapper as ever, awaited his gorgeous bride at the alter, grinning from ear to ear at the first sight of her. Kristen glided down those weathered stairs looking like a Disney princess (seriously, she was stunning!). The weather was as perfect as it gets on this special day, and I’m so excited to share these photos with you all!
Kristen & Tommy – your wedding and reception was spectacular in every way possible! I wish you both the absolute best as the new Mr. & Mrs. McDonald! <3
Venue :: Verulam Farm
Florals :: Hedge Fine Blooms
Cake :: Sweet Haus
DJ :: Sound Enforcement DJ
Catering :: The Catering Outfit
Hair & Makeup :: Ave 42 Studio
Rentals :: Festive Fare Classic Party Rentals
Bride’s Attire :: Katherines Bridal Boutique – Casablanca
Bridal Gown Designer :: Allure Bridals
Bridal Shoes :: Badgley Mischa