Jinny & Phil’s BEAUTIFUL winter wedding at the Granary in Harrisonburg, Virginia will forever be a special one. Before I touch on it- I want to backup to how I met my dear bride. Jinny & I go way back to my college years. We lived together and experienced the beautiful up’s and down’s of life. During those “downs” she would constantly pray with me, even into the wee hours of the night. I will forever be touched by that. I will never forget her birthday surprise for me. I am love peanut butter and when I find a brand I like I am LOYAL. I walked into the kitchen and there sat a pyramid of at least six jars of my favorite peanut butter with bows on it. As silly as that sounds – I cried. I cried because this gal loved me for every inch of me, even when I wasn’t being my best self. She will forever go down as one of those many people who encouraged my walk with Christ.
When Jinny asked me be her photographer I was overjoyed. I knew it was an event I had to be a part of. We had lost touch for some time but once we rekindled, it was like time had never passed. She shared her beautiful story of how God brough her and Phil together and how, their son Noah, was born. I could not wait for their wedding day.
The day came and friends and family gathered for this special occasion sharing so much laughter and joy. The ceremony was lit with hanging light and candles creating extremely intimate and sweet atmosphere. As Jinny walked down the aisle in all her glory I teared up. I teared up when she and Phil worshiped during music. In fact – there wasn’t really a moment throughout the day that I didn’t tear up. Congrats Jinny & Phil! Your wedding was something very special.
Dress Designer – Morilee, Hair – Verde Salon, Florist – Alyse Crumley, Rebekah Marafino, Ruthie Clark, Venue – The Granary at Valley Pike Farm Market, Day of Coordinator – Johnna Wilson, DJ – Nathan King of King Studios, Videographer – Samuel Cooper, Dinner Catering – Valley Pike Farm Market, Groom & Groomsmen – Classic Tuxedos, Linens and Rectangle Tables – CVR Rentals, Invitations – Etsy Shop – Designtwentyfive, Officiant – Pastor Lisa Kim
Kali & Jesse’s wedding day at the Historic Mankin Mansion was one of those rare fall days thats delightfully warm and beautiful! The Historic Mankin Mansion is one of those venues that has so many neat, hidden spots and beautiful add ons that when you arrive you are just at an “aww” of it’s charm. I was not only excited about the beautiful day God held out for them but this couple is just the sweetest. -Just so laid back and so kind. They are the ideal couple that you want to hang out with on a Sunday and watch football, which is EXACTLY how they met. Funny right? Kali’s friend invited her to come over to watch some football with her and her “friend”. Little did she know it was a set up. Don’t you love those things? Turns out it was a set up that would last a life time. These two hit it off and were inseperable. Fast forward a little later and Jesse told Kali that her Christmas present was to go to Vegas (I want one of those presents!). Jesse surprised her with a trip to Sedona where he got down on one knee at Cathedral Rock and asked her to marry him. That is a dream. The next day these two finished out their beautiful trip as an engaged couple viewing the Grand Canyon.
Ceremony & Reception | Historic Mankin Mansion
Event Designer| Maggie’s Misc
Florist | Vogue Flowers
Makeup | Cameron B Carson
Dress Place of Purchase | Urban Set Bride
Designer | Maggie Sottero
Groom/Men Attire: Urban Set Groom
Hair | Courtney Koehler and Tiffany Browning
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Designer | Jenny Yoo
Officiant | Doug Bowman
Catering | Butler’s Unique Catering
Cake | Kakealicious
Second Shooter | Dre Pliodzinskas
I was so excited to spend some time with Katie & Seth at their engagement session at Sunny Slopes Farm in Harrisonburg, Virgina. I have known Katie since college (which feels like a million years ago) where we worked together at Texas Roadhouse. Katie’s upbeat, driven personality always inspired me and we became good friends. Fast forward years later and Katie moved up to NYC, moved back, and just so happen to meet the man of her dreams online. CRAZY RIGHT? Never in a million years did she expect to fall in love with an engineer and be so happy. Seth compliments Katie in so many ways and I couldn’t be happier for their blossoming love. The first date went a little like this –
“Seth and I met on Match.com. He contacted me and we spent the entire day messaging each other. He found me on Facebook and after finding out we were both normal people (haha) we decided to go on a date. It was Dec. 22, 2015 and he was on his way home from Louisa to Shepherdstown, WV. We had our first date at Union Station in downtown Harrisonburg. He was on his way home with his Austrailian Shepherd (Sadie). He brought her on the date because he was going home and had to. It was cold out and his truck was the perfect temperature so she was safe. His parents think he’s crazy and tease him for bringing her but he had no choice. I loved Sadie so it helped to have her around. We went to the Artful Dodger after and then right before he left he gave me a quick peck on the lips. It was so cute! We talked until after Christmas and then he invited me to spend New Years with him. Our second date went really well! I remember after 10 days he asked me what my ring size was and after 10 months he proposed at Union Station with roses! He brought my parents to the proposal which was perfect.”
I couldn’t be happier for my friend and her amazing fiance. Their engagement session was one of those unforgettable ones where I felt charged by their love. On the drive back from Harrisonburg to Richmond, I thought about the session and how blessed I felt; to see the beautiful mountains, animals, and to just simply witness the sweet love between Katie & Seth had me feeling recharged. I feel incredibly thankful to be in an industry where I can experience these things.
I was so excited to spend some long awaited time with Julia & Dre at their engagement session at the University of Richmond after we had to reschedule their first session. The original session was unfortunately planned on Hurricane Matthew’s visit and the winds were insane! Thank the Lord we switched things up because we had the most perfect day ever. All good things come to those who wait, right?
There is nothing like a sunny, fall engagement, especially on the University of Richmond campus. This is one of Richmond’s gems with its lush greenery, and gorgeous lake! I was already excited to step foot back on that campus when Julia & Drew asked me if they could bring their Goldendoodle, Daisy. I was quick to say, “OF COURSE!!!”. Most people know, I love dogs, but no I – REALLY LOVE DOGS. I’m pretty obsessed with my own and every one I see on the street. Playing with Daisy at the this session was a treat!
The University of Richmond, here in Richmond, Virginia, was where this sweet couple met and knew that this would be the perfect spot to have their engagment session. We spent some time down by the lake (I still don’t know how Daisy didn’t go after the geese) and near the kazeebo. As the sun was going down a little early we finished up near the Cannon Memorial Chapel. If you have never seen this historical chapel, make sure you put it on your bucket list. The architecture and wooden doors are beyond stunning and the gardens, ahhhh, beyond prefect. If you walk around to east side there is a columbarium that surrounds another gorgeous garden. It’s almost a secret garden in the city! Julia & Drew you were a joy to be around! Can’t wait for your wedding! Maybe you’ll consider letting Daisy be the flower girl??
Look at her- she even smiled for the picture!
Julia’s necklace was the perfect edition to this sweet session!
You can’t go wrong with a chapel and love 😉
Planner | Bryce Carson with Robert & Co. Events