When you hear the words "wedding at a winery", rolling vineyards, wine barrels, and men stomping on grapes in the south of France come to mind. Well maybe not the French men stomping on grapes part, but Laura and Josh's wedding at New Kent Winery had everything you would expect at a venue like this. We were even treated to a beautiful horse drawn carriage for Laura and her dad to arrive on. For the week prior to wedding day we suffered 100+ degree heat and high humidity, and of course this was going to be an outdoor wedding! Through some prayer, finger crossing, and much positive thought the weekend of the wedding greeted us with high 80's and beautiful blue skies!......
.....Yeah that doesn't look like sunshine and smiles to me either. This is what was coming down a few hours before ceremony time and it had everybody on pins and needles.
While the downpour carried on at New Kent, Laura and her bridesmaids were getting ready at their hotel in Richmond. The lobby of the Westin had great textural elements for the dress shot and other details.
Thank you to whoever made the green light of the elevator come on. I really like the green twinkle in this shot haha!
Just 4 of the 9 handbags made by Dickie. Check out her website at http://justalittleditty.com/
Awesome cupcake cake by April Pillsbury from Frosted and Dipped. Check her out at www.frostedanddipped.com
While her friend Courtney watched on, Laura got her time in the makeup chair. One of the best parts of my day is watching friends and family support the bride and take a part in her wedding.
Laura is such a gorgeous bride!
The bridesmaids necklaces were custom made by Sola Biu. Visit her website at www.onyxfeatheronline.com
Back at New Kent, the dress was fitted and we were officially ready to start our day. With limited time and rain threatening, we got some bridesmaids' shots with these wonderful ladies. I love that Laura let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. I also love that everyone was able to keep a great smile and laugh even though the sky behind me was as dark as night with storm clouds.
Karen Roa, owner Aleen Floral Design, did a wonderful job with the bouquets and flower arrangements! Visit her online at aleendesign.com
Don't let the focused intensity fool you, Josh is an incredibly kind and fun guy to be around, and he is definitely a great match for Laura.
Just look at these dapper men! They could form a boy band or something, maybe a man band fits better.
I'm going to let the ceremony photos do their own talking for a while, but I will say that I think the rain and location made for a beautifully classic looking wedding. Enjoy!
Chris was the perfect umbrella stand during the ceremony, and he took his job very seriously!
Shortly after the ceremony ended, the skies opened up again and forced us to photograph our bride and groom indoors. New Kent's barrel room made a perfect backdrop for Laura and Josh's photos.
One of the other benefits of the barrel room is the low temperature and low humidity environment; it was a refreshing break from the heat and humidity of this rainy summer day.
The evening began to wind down with a little dancing.
We finally had a break in the weather and got a cart ride out to the vineyard for one last shot before the night ended. I think the clouds did a fine job of setting the mood and adding a cool blue cast to this image.
A sparkler send off to the happy couple!
The day was filled with fun, tears (both human and from the sky), and most importantly LOVE. We had so much fun being a part of this day! We hope you enjoyed the images from Laura and Josh's New Kent Winery wedding, please share this link to anyone of interest. Also feel free to leave a comment below, we would love to hear your feedback.
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