Rebecca and Michael’s Wedding

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I know, this blog has been all baby lately and some of you are wondering if we still shoot weddings at all… indeed we do!  While warm weather months continue to be more popular for nuptuals here in Virginia, there’s a lot of opportunity in a winter wedding:  we’re still waiting for just one snowy wedding, we have yet to get snow once in over 10 years of shooting so its only a matter of time.  While it didn’t snow on February 11th, the date itself was significant and it was a perfect, mild winter day to get married.  Hailing from South Dakota, Rebecca wasn’t too concerned with cold anyway so we took all their portraits outdoors.  The couple met before the ceremony on the balcony outside Rebecca’s suite and sweet it was…

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The ceremony took place at historic St. John’s Church just a couple blocks from our home in Church Hill.  This is the spot where Patrick Henry gave his famous, “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech and the irony of getting married there has been pointed out once or twice by those more cynical about marriage than we are… we defend St. Johns as a truly special and beautiful place to tie the knot if not outright patriotic.  After getting ready and taking family portraits at the Jefferson Hotel, the crew arrived at the church a little early, giving us time to take a few photos outside the church and in the neighboring Mews: a garden tucked away in an alley just to the right of the church.

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Ceremonies at St. Johns are unique events that take you back in time and end with the church’s bell being rung by hand… we were surprised to see our neighbor Joe climb up into the balcony with us to perform the task!  After the ceremony it was off to the Jefferson and the couple took a sweet ride in a bright yellow Ferrari, the sound of its engine unfamiliar on our  historic streets…

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OK, only a photo geek is going to point this out.  See how Rebecca and her father, who are moving, are still and sharp in the photo while all the people in the audience, who are still, are blurry as if they are moving?  That would be my hubby’s technical prowess: he did a subtle pan from the balcony (moving the camera with Rebecca and her dad’s movement, creating the illusion that Rebecca and her dad are frozen while their surroundings are moving).  Totally cool trick and pretty hard to pull off successfully so I had to brag on him just a little…

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Everything about the wedding honored elegance and history, from Rebecca’s stunning lace dress to her bouquet modeled after her mother’s wedding bouquet.  Check out the swatch…

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Thank you, Rebecca and Michael, for inviting us to be part of your wedding.  Here’s a slideshow with our favorites from the day and if you would like to be be notified by email when all the photos are available online, click here.  Congrats!

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