My 2017 wedding season started out with a bang!! Becky & Chris booked me over a year ago and we have become such great friends over the course of the last year! When Becky first emailed me about photographing her wedding, she practically wrote me a book about her story: how she and Chris met, and how they fell in love. I read their story on my phone, sitting on my couch, glass of wine in hand, and just cried. I knew I needed to email her back immediately (something I don’t do at 9:30 at night!) You see, she lost her daddy several years ago and had been wrestling with how to go on without him. The thought of dating, much less marrying a man without her daddy there to support her was more than she could handle at the time. I know I’ve shared this before, but I too lost my daddy (13 years ago) and the heartache that I felt through her story was so real and tangible to me. I felt an immediate connection to her and her story and I knew this would be a wonderful experience for us to share.
Chris and Becky met at college (JMU) and they became friends – but nothing more. Becky was going through the life change of losing her dad and Chris became such a great support for her. He patiently pursued her for over a year before they finally had their first date. They dated for 2 years when Chris decided to ask Becky to marry him. He proposed to her on top of Skyline Drive, in the rain, surrounded by both of their closest friends.
Becky and Chris were surrounded by those same friends, plus a lot more, on their wedding day at Big Spring Farm. Becky was absolutely stunning in her Hayley Paige Londyn wedding gown. Her bridesmaids wore a variety of blush, cream, and gold dresses. Their bouquets by University Florist of Lexington were full of white roses and greenery. Becky & her sister Amanda had special ribbon made with their family quote printed, “Just think, all this and heaven too.” The bouquets were wrapped in white and blush silk ribbon and Becky’s had a locket with pictures of her and her daddy.
Becky carried his handkerchief with her all day to catch the tears of joy (and there were a lot of those!) She and Chris shared a first look where they read their personal, intimate vows to one another. At the ceremony, Amanda, Becky’s sister, played a recording of the prayer their daddy said at her wedding just weeks before he passed. Everyone was in tears, including me behind my camera. That was one of the most special moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding ceremony. At the reception, drinks were served by the Cozy Caravan Club (the cutest thing in the world!!) In lieu of a father/daughter dance, Becky had her daddy’s friends play one of his favorite bluegrass songs while everyone danced in his honor. And her girlfriends sang an a cappella love song for them…they sounded like angels! This was one of the most sentimental, detail driven, beautiful weddings I have ever been a part of and I am so honored to have photographed it.
Venue | Big Spring Farm
Shoes | Anne Klein
Hair & Makeup | BooBoo Shears and Beauty Sense
Florist | University Florist
Printed Ribbon | The Lonely Heart
Wedding Planning | A Little Party Events
DJ | Music of the Times
Bar | Cozy Caravan Club
Donuts | Blue Ridge Bagels
Catering | Allman’s BBQ
Invitations | Carlson Craft
Second Shooter | Alex C. Tenser Photography