Jackie and Ben tied the knot in front of their friends and families at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Richmond, Va. After fun photos along Monument Ave, we headed over to their reception at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. However, Jackie and Ben didn’t make just any entrance… They surprised their guests (who had been conveniently given streamers and lured out on the balcony for a photo by the ever talented Dean Hoffmeyer) with a grand entrance by boat! A night of dancing ensued, capped by Billy Joel’s Piano Man as the final song of the evening, which was played as Jackie and Ben danced in the middle of a circle of their guests. This awesome couple treated their guests to beautiful wine stoppers (which Ben made by hand, as he demonstrated during their engagement session) as well as many other thoughtful details, all pulled together flawlessly by Lindsay Averette at LK Events and Design. The streamers came in handy once again for their exit as they sped away in Ben’s truck, cans in tow and all! Following are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
ceremony: First English Evangelical Lutheran Church
reception: The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
coordinator: LK Events and Design
cake: Cakes by Graham
DJ: Mike Beene at Choice Entertainment
second photographer: Dean Hoffmeyer
When I got a call from Oneida saying that she and Jonathan had decided to move the wedding up 4 months, cut the size of it drastically and change locations, all so that they could afford to take a dream honeymoon to Rome, I was all for it. Thanks to my bias for Italy, where I happened to grow up, I was in and ready to help make it happen for them any way I could. In the end, their wedding was perfect. It was an intimate family affair, filled with love for this beautiful couple. Oneida and Jonathan beamed the entire day, starting when Oneida broke the news at Envy Salon that they are also expecting their first baby! Between getting ready at Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel, the reception at The Boathouse and colorful touches like the flowers by Flower Girls, I had my pick of gorgeous photos to shoot. Oneida and Jonathan’s family and friends were naturals in front of the camera with just the right mix of playfulness and emotion. In between blowing bubbles and writing notes for Oneida and Jonathan to read every year on their anniversary, Oneida’s father played beautiful guitar music for his daughter and new son-in-law and Jonathan’s father gave a moving toast to the happy couple. I feel privileged to have documented this wedding between 2 people who so obviously adore each other. I wish both of them and their growing family much continued joy and love!