Lora and Kyle’s June 18th wedding day couldn’t have gone more smoothly. It was the most beautiful day with puffy white clouds and a blue sky and a little bit of a breeze in the shade, which in June in Virginia, is unheard of. The girls got ready in Moody Hall – the same building where the reception would be held – and I couldn’t get over the beautiful architecture! I shot all detail shots outside on the patio! Lora’s twin sister, Taylor, helped put together a ribbon with family heirlooms to tie onto the bridal bouquet. I loved that family touch!From left to right: Step great grandmother’s gold and whalebone pin from Alaska, locket with a photo of Great Aunt Lora who the bride is named after, handmade floral pin made by Lora’s great grandmother, and a hummingbird pin from her grandmother.
When I first started talking about wedding day photos with Lora she told me that she really wanted their first look captured during the ceremony. Due to some restrictions in the chapel I told Lora that I wasn’t going to be able to capture that moment as well and I didn’t want to promise something that I couldn’t deliver. After we discussed it further, she agreed to share a first look with Kyle before the ceremony to capture that first moment together, privately, and then have time to take photos with the bridal party! What I love about the first look is capturing the true emotions between the bride and the groom when they can see each other, hug one another, maybe cry, and share quiet time together without the eyes of an entire audience of guests. They can be themselves and have a moment of peace before all the wedding day chaos!
So happy!!So in love with Lora’s gorgeous bouquet!Washington & Lee and VMI (Virginia Military Institute) are right next to each other so we were blessed with gorgeous architecture at both places! We wandered over to the grounds in front of the chapel to take portraits and shots with the bridal party!
One of my favorites!You guys look stunning!The happiest bride!!
So pretty, Lora!Kyle and his groomsmen! His younger brother, Joe, and his best friend & roommate from VMI, John.
My signature bridesmaids flower shot!
I love this shot with the chapel in the background and all the greenery!
How cute is this chapel?! Seriously!? Let’s dive into the history for a minute… When Robert E Lee became the president of Washington College in 1865 he noticed they needed a meeting place. It started being built in January 1867 and was completed in June 1868.
See those two paintings? They are both ORIGINAL pieces of art! The painting of George Washington (left) is the first portrait he ever posed for when he was 40 years old. The painting of Robert E. Lee was painted 34 years after his death from a series of photos.Shots from the balcony!It’s official! Mr & Mrs Kyle Volant!
Funny story about family photos… it was really bright in front of the chapel but I really wanted to get some family shots in front so I waited for a massive cloud to block the sun and shuffled the family quickly to get my shots before the sun peeked back out!
Love this photo!Ladies & gentlemen… the NEW Mrs. Volant!All the happy parents and step-parents!One of my favorite photos!! Gorgeous!Just a photo of a window – because I was obsessed with them! haha!I had the pleasure of meeting Lora and Kyle’s family and close friends at their rehearsal dinner the night before and made new friends! I met this sweet family and I already have plans to see them when I’m in Texas in November for a wedding! How cool is that?!
The guests headed back to cocktail hour outside on the patio while Lora and Kyle and the rest of the bridal party hid away for their own cocktail party before being introduced into the reception.
Snagged this one of John in the back room before the bridal party was introduced into the reception… I had to. haha!
After dinner, Lora and Kyle snuck outside for a few photos in front of the VMI parade ground… WORTH IT! There wasn’t a person in sight!I can’t get over how beautiful these photos are!Picture perfect!
Golden hour glow!
We headed back inside for toasts, cake cutting, and parent dances. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place!After the parent dances – there was a special dance to Kyle’s parents who were celebrating their own wedding anniversary! So sweet!
Kyle’s little brother had some moves!Everyone got on their feet for the Wobble!
Sweet father/daughter moment!VMI friends!Moody Hall, lookin’ good!
Thank you Lora and Kyle for a wonderful wedding weekend! We had so much fun with you!
I couldn’t have done the day without my fantastic second shooter, Clara Ann Photography!
Thank you to the rest of the amazing vendors who made Lora & Kyle’s wedding day so fantastic!
Dress: Urban Set Bride
Alterations: Claudia Villegas, Seams Alterations
Bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew
Tuxes: Urban Set Groom
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Catering: VMI Catering
DJ: Kevin Scott
Cake: Kitty Falls, Lexington, VA
Flowers: University Florist
Hair: Caitlin Heizer, Lexington, VA
Makeup: Tracey Lackey, Intimate U
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