Kelley & Joe’s Wedding at Mount Ida Farm – Part 1

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Kelley and Joe are an amazing couple and we were so honored to be a part of their wedding at Mount Ida Farm! I had spent some time with each of them separately, photographing the moments before the ceremony. As they waited for 4:30 to come, Kelley upstairs and Joe downstairs, they read the notes that they had written to each other. I will never forget the emotion and excitement they had. They were about to get married and they couldn’t be happier! The ceremony by the lake was absolutely gorgeous and there was a beautiful sunset after cocktail hour which was perfect for their wedding portraits! Enjoy some pictures from the first half of the day and get excited for part 2 coming soon!


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Charlottesville Wedding Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography
Venue: Mount Ida Farm
Florist: Sugar Magnolias
Officiant: Jose Gonzalaz
DJ: Bill Gilliam of Choice Entertainment
Cater: Harvest Moon
Wedding Cake: Beth’s Cake Cottage
Makeup and Hair: Judy of Bristles Hair Salon
Invitations & Programs: Itty Bitty Press
Bridal Gown: Caryn’s Bridal
Bridal Gown Designer: Casablanca
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Rosa
Groom’s Wear: Bella Rosa
Audio and Lighting: MS Events
Guitarist: Thomas Coleman
Vocalist: Sandy Rawlings

Laura & Matt’s Jewish Wedding at Pippin Hill – Part 2

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Laura and Matt’s wedding was a non-stop celebration! Easton Events helped in beautifully decorating the reception with navy blue table clothes and red floral centerpieces. I thought the colors were perfect for a fall evening wedding. Candles hung from the centerpieces, creating a classy yet cozy atmosphere. After the toasts, dinner, and cake cutting, it was time for the hora, a traditional Jewish wedding dance. It always makes for fun photographs! Everyone had the biggest smiles on their faces!

The rest of the night was just as energetic. The band, Attraction, was amazing and kept everyone dancing until the very end! Aaron and I were so honored to be a part of Laura and Matt’s wedding and we are so excited to share some more of our favorites pictures from their day!


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One of my favorite parts of the night was the kickball game. Laura and Matt first met by playing in the same kickball league so their teammates thought it would be fun to bring a ball and some bases and play on the dance floor!

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Charlottesville Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography
Officiant: Rabbi Jake Rubin
Wedding Coordinator: Libby Woodward of Easton Events
Wedding Band: Attraction
Wedding Cake: Favorite Cakes
Makeup Artist: Lora Elaine
Hair Stylist: Lucas Schaefer
Invitations and Programs: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld
Wedding Dress Designer: Judd Wadell
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Wear: Calvin Klein
Rentals: Festive Fare
Transportation: Groome

Laura & Matt’s Sunset Wedding Ceremony at Pippin Hill – Part 1

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Laura and Matt had an amazing sunset wedding ceremony at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards!  It was such a special day that I know they will never forget. Their Jewish ceremony was filled with lots of meaningful traditions including blessings from their parents and grandparents, sharing wine from the same cup, and ceremoniously stomping on the glass. I loved that Laura and Matt’s parents showed their love and support by standing beside them as they got married. As the sun went down and the sky turned orange, Laura and Matt made promises to each other that they knew would last a lifetime. The ceremony ended with a perfect kiss at the end of the aisle!

The reception was equally as amazing! We can’t wait to show you the beautiful table decor and all the special moments throughout the night on tomorrow’s blog post, but for now enjoy a few of our favorites from the first half of the day!


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 Before the ceremony, Laura and Matt signed the ketubah (left), their marriage contract. Their ketubah was a beautiful limited edition piece of artwork.

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Matt is an aerospace engineer so it was only fitting for him to have some pictures taken in his maverick suit.

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Love the bridesmaid’s dresses and their beautiful bouquets by Pat’s Floral Design.

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We love it when couple choose to have a first look before the ceremony!

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Laura and Matt signing the ketuvah.

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They got married under the chuppah, a canopy symboling the home the couple will build together.

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I loved the sign that read, “As two families are becoming one, we ask that you choose a seat not a side.”

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The ceremony on the lawn at Pippin Hill was beautifully illuminated thanks to Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting!

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Charlottesville Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography
Officiant: Rabbi Jake Rubin
Wedding Coordinator: Libby Woodward of Easton Events
Wedding Band: Attraction
Wedding Cake: Favorite Cakes
Makeup Artist: Lora Elaine
Hair Stylist: Lucas Schaefer
Invitations and Programs: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld
Wedding Dress Designer: Judd Wadell
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Wear: Calvin Klein
Rentals: Festive Fare
Transportation: Groome