Jackie and Gilliam were married last weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Although very wet and rainy, their day couldn’t have been any more special. Something about rain on a wedding day just adds an extra element of romance and intimacy. Luckily, we dodged some of the rain to take portraits outside and I am so thankful for that! Dreamy soft light and a groom carrying his bride’s train are just a few of my favorite things.
The bridal party got ready at The Commonwealth Club before getting in a trolly to head to the ceremony at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Sometimes on a wedding day, I walk into a full on dance party going on and other times, my brides and grooms are more relaxed and enjoying a peaceful morning of pampering. Well Jackie and Gilliam are two of the gentlest, classiest, and most polished couples I have had the pleasure of working with. It was no surprise there was such a sense of calmness amongst all the bridesmaids and groomsmen that morning. Jackie and Gilliam were also so sweet and calm when it came time for their first look. I try to allow as much privacy as I can during this time to really allow my couples time to embrace each other. After months, sometimes even years of planning, this moment is everything! It was absolutely heartwarming the way Gilliam looked at his beautiful bride and held her close as her eyes filled with tears.
The emotions continued throughout their ceremony as they committed themselves to each other in the presence of their closest family and friends. With winter weddings, the majority of all the photos are taken during the first half of the day, while there is sunlight. So after the ceremony, we finished up with family formals before heading back to the club for the reception. My jaw hit the floor when I walked into the ballroom and saw where guests would be spending the remainder of the evening. From the ivory and emerald green linens, to the floral centerpieces and every little detail in-between, this reception space was absolutely spectacular. As the dinner bell rang, guests made their way to their tables. The evening was full of delicious food, dancing and entertainment. One highlight of the night was the reverse anniversary dance. It was so neat having the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents and the new Mr. and Mrs. Hughes all doing a dance together.
I feel so honored to have been there to capture all the special moments from the day that I hope Jackie and Gilliam and cherish for many many years to come.
I hope you two are enjoying your time in Thailand!!
Venue and Caterer | The Commonwealth Club
Planner | Greenery + Grace
Hair and Makeup | Elle Style
Florist | Tommy’s Garden
Cake | Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
DJ | Eric Herod
Special thanks to my second shooter, Chelsea Schmidt