Katherine and Christopher's Vintage Vineyard Blacksburg Country Club Wedding in Blacksburg, VA
Writing "Katherine" and "Christopher" is weird to me because this is Chris and Kat! My (new, obviously) brother and sister in-laws! Feel free to read the million other blog posts I've written about these two and how much Erik and I love them, but this is the post I've wanted to post for a long time. Their WEDDING.
Honestly, it's a really strange thing to photograph the wedding of people you know and care about. On the one hand, you can boss the groom around and make fun of him when he doesn't know how to properly do a "first look" and you get to spend the "getting ready" portion of the day in shorts and a t-shirt instead of your formal outfit (that was surprisingly wonderful!). On the other hand, sometimes you want to just stop and savor the day instead of looking around for the best light and trying to coordinate a crazy bunch of bridesmaids and groomsmen. So I tried to balance those things.
The best thing I did to achieve that balance was to ask for help. I usually shoot weddings alone. I've never felt like I needed a second shooter. But for this wedding, it was a MUST. Marek from Marek K Photography graciously volunteered at the VERY last second when unforeseen circumstances prevented my original second shooter from helping. I was so grateful he was there, not only because he's an awesome photographer who cancelled his weekend plans to help me, but because he literally handled the reception on his own with no problem at all. So almost all those photos are his. Sometimes I couldn't resist and took a picture even though I was "off duty." Habits are hard to break.
The wedding itself? Well, it was perfectly Chris and Kat. We were surrounded by the beautiful mountains of their college town at the Blacksburg Country Club. There were lawn games, wine bottles, and superhero cuff links. They wrote their own vows, which were simple and sweet and to the point and just utterly them. All day we kept asking them what they wanted to do about _____ and they both kept saying they just didn't care. This wedding was about getting MARRIED not about anything else. And it was wonderful.
Guys, I hope you love your photos as much as I do :)
Everyone else, I apologize for all the pictures coming at you right now. It's really hard to narrow down pictures when you love them all.
Thank you to all the incredible vendors and helpers who made this wedding happen!
Venue | Blacksburg Country Club Coordination | Mary Heavener Catering | Blacksburg Country Club Floral | Fiftyflowers.com DJ | Matt Meeder Officiant | Jonathan Tagg Cake Artist | Grrreat Cakes Makeup and Hair Artists | Studio 700