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I wanted to start this blog post in a different way. I have always wanted to share with you all exactly how BLESSED we feel to do what we do. It is such an honor to be able to participate in one of the most sacred, emotional, romantic, and poignant moments of someone’s life almost every weekend. Sometimes people ask us if we ever get tired of shooting the same thing over and over. The answer is: no!! It is never the same, never boring, never dull. We have seen quiet passion, exuberant love, big loving families, small intimate circles, wild dancing, amazing anniversary dances, first moments that take our breath away, and more tears than we can count. I (Kimberly) still cry at almost every wedding. Really. I do. Ask John. Sometimes it’s because of a look that a Mom is giving her daughter, sometimes it’s the walk down the aisle, the specially written vows, or the Dad who face crumples as he gives his daughter away. Sometimes it’s a song. Sometimes it’s just the overwhelming love showering the entire room. But it always happens, and when it happens I feel blessed and thankful again and again.

This wedding captured the essence of what I was trying to convey above. John and I fell in love with Luella and Monte from the very beginning. They have such a light around them and as soon as you get to know them you realize it’s that they are just soooooo in love. They radiate love. That sounds corny but it’s so true.

Meet Luella. She is kind, beautiful and has a great laugh. She was calm all day and couldn’t wait to marry Monte.

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Meet Monte. He was quiet and handsome and so in love with Luella. He also had an amazing sense of humor…(note the cardboard cutout in lieu of a missing brother!)

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Some details of their day:

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How cool is this church…see that skylight, a photographers dream!

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This was our first foot-washing. It was such an amazing testimony of their love beautifully and humbly portrayed.

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The getaway car!
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The Wedding Party:
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There were so many portraits of them that we loved we just couldn’t narrow it down any more than this!
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The epitome of Luella…how can you not love this girl!!
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They had all sorts of games to keep guest occupied at the reception! It was so fun!
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First Dance:
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This was an open mic time that they had for their guests to wish them well or say a little blessing or tell a story…they are certainly loved by many!
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The sparkler exit…just awesome.
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We love you guys! I wish we lived closer so we could see you more often! Thank you for blessing us with your day. Blog readers stay tuned…you have not seen the last of this fab couple!

Last but not least…the slideshow….

YAY! We’re Blogging!

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe all of the great images we have yet to post for 2008.. so much catching up to do.

I have been so excited to share Amanda and Gabe’s images with all of you. Some of the shots here are so great and we are just so attached to them artistically. We know you will enjoy them. Images like these come from very special and loving people. These images are barely posed, we told them where to sit but they made the rest happen. It was so beautiful just seeing them enjoy each other’s presence so much that being photographed was hardly on their minds. This makes for BEAUTIFUL, easy to take photos, and a beautiful relationship.

These Guys we’re married at the UVA Chapel and the reception was held at Alumni Hall.

Were were so happy to have been there.

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Good ol Thomas Jefferson personally endorsed this union.

Pre-ceremony portraits.
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Post-Ceremony Portraits
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The Details
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The Reception
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OK, so waaaaay back in April, Kim and I went to Long Island to shoot this awesome wedding. I really enjoyed myself because I got to know Patrick over the phone most of the year and it was nice to finally get to photograph his wedding. This is a message to all you future grooms out there, it is possible to help plan parts of the wedding… Choose a good photographer! ha! No really, Patrick was a cut above. And seriously people, could Tana be any more beautiful or well poised? She was so elegant!

These two were so in love! When that happens Kim and I have an easy job. Getting good photos of them was so fun and we hardly had to offer any direction at all. What you see in these photos is just their love shining through. They were so comfortable around each other that photography was a breeze. The entire day was packed with beautiful things and happy people. The lighting was fun and different as well. I hope we get to shoot at this location again [The Bourne Mansion].. We love NY Vineyard country.

Preparations.
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I just love the light from that window.

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Portraits…
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This has such a cool, James bond old time feel.. if there is such a thing.

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Such a cool venue.. this place was off the charts.

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Photographers dream eyes. Like gemstones.

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Speaking of Gems.

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Ha! this is their dog.. he just hung out with us.. So cool.

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Ceremony…
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That is a happy man… He was just oozing with joy all day.

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I actually did not see those tears it was so dark.. the camera saw them.. Booo Yaa!

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If any of you are wondering what love looks like..

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Cool angle.. we normally don’t get this close during a ceremony, but if there is nowhere else to go and the Officiant lets us… well there you go.

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this is why I was so close.. no room up front. Yes thats 20 people.

Details…
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Reception…
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I love the bouquet catch pose!

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Yes.. their last name were Sun and Cloud. How did we end up with Sanderson? That’d be a weird cookie.
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What a fabulous April wedding. (yes, April, we’re so behind on blogging weddings it’s crazy) Anyway, this one was full of love, life and special surprises. Kim and I were so honored to be there and to see people from all over the globe come to witness this special occasion. They were married in Charlottesville in a quaint little church.. but the party was held at the awesome Reception Hall at Kings Family Vineyards and Polo Ranch.

The details were so cool from the Lanterns to the Lemonade we had so much fun capturing every detail.

Preparations
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Such a cute moment.. thats the good stuff.

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Kimberly nailed this moment.. so sweet.

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I loved this church.. Lots of light. Intimate.

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Check out dads expression… Thats just awesome… Ping must have felt so blessed at this moment.

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Both Ping and Mike were very emotional.. I felt bad cause I went shutter crazy on these moments. I don’t think they noticed.

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Portraits..
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We took most of the portraits in the Polo field to take advantage of the Blue Ridge mountains.

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Reception…
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And as always, the sideshow.

A long time ago it was hard to imagine being a father, now I can’t imagine it any other way. I feel ridiculously blessed by my children and particularly challenged to be the best father I can to them. 1st off, let me point out that I have no idea how to do this, but as I stumble through these years in what feels to me a reckless attempt at providing with a selfish plan to stay at home with them, I can’t help but feel an overpowering sense of joy and accomplishment as we pass each milestone.

“Fatherhood” it’s a mystical and curious thing to me, I feel convicted by the term, and not only just to be one to my children. I believe that as a man I am responsible to be a father figure to all the children I come across.. especially boys. Boys need their dads, every decision I make as a dad gets sent through the “what would my dad have done filter” in my mind. Its amazing to me what he was able to accomplish with my sisters and I, my mind is filled with moments when my dad helped define us, I think about them everyday. Its crazy to finally walk in his shoe…God was I oblivious to his love and sacrifices. I did notice some things though, I always noticed his strength, his work, his humor and his intelligence. I hope that even though I may spend my days photographing girls in white dresses, that my sons will somehow experience the same thing… especially the pride.

Boys need this… not all boys have fathers though. This is painfully sad to me and has helped me realize that as a man, we have a responsibility to all boys to be a “father figure”. Men, if you have children.. or not. Think about the children in your life, odds are there are quite a few. Take notice of them, because they take notice of you. Give them a good filter by which to guide them through what looks like a challenging future for our kiddos. Sounds hard… but it’s ultimate.

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