When Jenny asked me to photograph her engagement to Chris, and then her wedding, I was touched. Not only is Jen a driving force behind one of the most successful wedding and event venues in Virginia (Stevenson Ridge), but her family has almost become a second family to me over the course of my photography career. Six years ago now, before Stevenson Ridge was officially doing weddings, Jenny hired me to photograph her brother’s wedding, and three years later, her sister’s. I’ve even had the privilege of creating some adorable portraits of one of their faithful dogs! I always have a great time at Stevenson Ridge, but after Jenny and Chris’ engagement session, I knew that their wedding was going to be such a beautiful reflection of the couple and their families, and I was not disappointed!
We start with a gorgeous ceremony site, hand built for Chris and Jenny, in the beautiful forest behind the Riddick House. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Jenny and Chris were banned from the ceremony site, and didn’t get to see it until their first look! The vintage beams made a gorgeous altar, and once Amanda Apple of Anthomanic put her finishing touches on the site, it was truly magical. While Jenny was getting done up by the talented Teddi of Bobby Pins and Blush, I could tell that she was anxious to see the love of her life, and the spot where they would say their vows. She didn’t have long to wait, as we quickly ushered her off to her first look with Chris, where I got to witness them take in the beauty of the day, and the site, and each other. I’ve said it before, but the first look is one of my favorite moments of the day. The ceremony itself was a beautiful, and intimate family affair. Chris’ son acted as his best man, and his daughter, one of Jenny’s maids of honor. Jenny’s brother walked her down the aisle, and her sister offered a reading. After portraits, we partied in the basement of the Riddick house, and enjoyed some delicious food provided by the catering crew at Stevenson Ridge, and wonderful entertainment by Richard Green.
But the best part about this wedding? Is that I get to see this happy couple and their families every time I shoot a wedding at Stevenson Ridge. Congratulations Jenny and Chris!
Engagement Photos at Spotsylvania Battlefield
Stevenson Ridge Wedding
Flowers by Anthomanic