Let me start by admitting that this wedding had all of my favorite things: a sweet, wonderful couple in love; the awe-inspiring, beautiful colors of fall; and plenty of soulful, sincere belting of Aretha Franklin’s Respect.
I’ve been looking forward to this wedding since getting together Loretta, Dave and fur-child, Foster the pup, for their engagement session this past spring. Few things make my job as wonderful as a couple who just fit together. Loretta and Dave met dressed in costume at a Halloween party, bonding (in their words!) over “a shared love of sarcasm and going to bed early.” If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is ;) After their first date the following week, they became inseparable, and here four years later, they promised to turn those four years into forever.
I’ve said it before, but Airlie Center holds a pretty special place in my heart. Before photography became my full-time job, I spent over a year working at this incredible property. Over 1,000 acres of gorgeous Virginia countryside, you’d have to be blind not to appreciate Airlie’s beauty all year long. But when fall rolls around, the location becomes a veritable fall wonderland, which is why I was so excited to arrive last Saturday and find that autumn had arrived for Loretta and Dave’s wedding day in full force. After their beautiful ceremony, we headed to one of my favorite (and slightly secret!) spots—the gorgeous rows of yellow maple trees on the edge of the grounds. Talk about high impact decorating! Loretta and Dave used the backdrop of autumn as the inspiration for their entire event, and I’m not sure if the day could have been any more beautiful. So please, enjoy a few highlights from L+D’s autumnal day!
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls
Oh Fall color, you make my job so easy.
The gorgeous, gorgeous dress. So perfect for Loretta!
These Kate Spade earrings that Loretta wore? Yes, please!
The first round of singing with Aretha ;)
Honestly, lady you are the cutest!
Daddy’s first look!
Looking so good, Dave!
One of my favorite programs ever!
Mr and Mrs!!
One good looking bridal party.
Loretta, you make a flawless bride!
!!! Golden hour, adorable goodness! Love these!
I do believe this was the smile that lit up Dave’s face when I asked him to go ahead and check out his wife ;)
You two are classic.
See what I mean? Pure golden magic.
Proof positive that this dress was made for Loretta!
Mmhmm, you two are perfect.
Foster the pup couldn’t be at the wedding, but his cake topper likeness was pretty spot on!
Congratulations, Loretta and Dave!! Huge thank you’s to the following vendors who made their day so magical:
Venue » Airlie Center
Wedding Gown » Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Men’s Suits » Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses » Little Borrowed Dress
Hair and Makeup » Creative Images Hair and Makeup
Florist » Shelley’s Floral Enterprise
Caterer » Airlie Center
Bakery » Eloise’s Pastries
Stationery Designer » Sarah Elizabeth Arts
DJ » Dub C DJs
Coordinator » Sweetface Events
Classical Guitarist » Andrew McEvoy
Cake Topper » Cherry Red Toppers
Second Shooter » Hannah Walczuk