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Wedmore Place Wedding


Wedmore Place wedding ceremony and preparations, Williamsburg Winery reception

I often refer to myself as a Williamsburg photographer, even though I live in Newport News just over the border. I just love all the wedding venues in Williamsburg and most are only 15 min. away!!! Big or small, Williamsburg Winery weddings and intimate ceremonies at Wedmore Place never disappoint and I was happy to be back for this May wedding!

Elyssa & Austin planned their Wedmore Place wedding ceremony and Williamsburg Winery reception from out of state so I did my best to help and offered references for almost everything to her mother who was acting as the coordinator. (The Winery requires every wedding to have a coordinator to help the day of.)

I started my day in the infamous Venetian Suite – the most impressive room at Wedmore Place with two floors, a fireplace, and unforgettable murals on the ceiling. Red walls, harsh lighting mid-day, and high ceilings always create a challenge when shooting there. But I have it down to a science and now use one off-camera flash to help preserve the natural look without taking up a lot of space.

There were about 20 close friends and family members in attendance for this intimate Wedmore Place wedding ceremony. And after discovering the challenges of being licensed to marry in the state of Virginia Elyssa and Austin were married in the courts first so Elyssa’s best friend could perform the vows at her May wedding. As you can see, the courtyard at Wedmore Place is PERFECT for smaller weddings and was even more perfect for the Italian feel Elyssa was going for.

Thanks to the smaller size, and no bridal party, we had more time to move around the grounds so I got to visit several of my favorite spots. The vineyard is always popular and looks different depending on the time of day, and the cellar always looks the same so I tried different angles and lighting to create unique romantic portraits for them.

So happy I succeeded 🙂 –

“OMG HEATHER THEY LOOK AMAZING!!! Thank you soo soo soo much!! Seriously, I am so happy!! We had the most amazing time and love the pics!” – Elyssa

Typically I insist on staying until the end of a reception for the grand exit or final dance, but Elyssa had no dancing planned so she had planned for me to leave after the cutting of the cake. But after her little brother broke the ice by dancing like no one was watching – she surprised us all with an impromptu first dance and father daughter dance and I am so thankful I was there to capture it for her. Then I stayed a few minutes late to get candid portraits outside the new reception space by the cellar – the perfect end for this small and intimate Williamsburg wedding.

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