It was so much fun photographing these two! I had such a blast, their family and friends were all so easy to get a long with and I loved being a part of their day! Thanks so much guys for allowing me to photograph your wedding. Here are a few of my favorites as well as a bit about their wedding in their own words!
WHERE IS YOUR WEDDING/RECEPTION AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE LOCATIONS?
The ceremony will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Salisbury. The address is 2341 Winterfield Rd Midlothian Va 23113. Originally we were going to have it at Manakin but due to our number of guests we have changed locations. It’s a beautiful traditional church which is what we both wanted.The reception will be at the Hilton at Short Pump. I loved the ball room and the space it will give us to have the fun reception we want.
WHAT WAS YOUR THEME OR STYLE AND WHY?
I don’t think we ever really chose a theme- we just wanted everything to be classy and still fun at the same time!
WHERE DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR DRESS AND WHAT LEAD YOU TO THE ONE YOU CHOSE?
My mom and I went to Celebrations Bridal in Lynchburg because they carried the designer I like the most. I was completely against a ball gown until about 7 dresses in my mom surprised me with her pick. I put it on and loved it, especially once I chose my veil too! My mom and I both cried a little bit and we knew that it would be my wedding dress! It was a great time shopping for my dress with her and I love that she chose it!
DESCRIBE YOUR SHOES AND WHY YOU WENT WITH THEM?
My shoes are yellow satin peep toe pumps with a little bow at the toe. I always said I didn’t want white shoes and since yellow is my favorite color and our accent color, I thought they’d be perfect. They’re gorgeous and I can’t wait to wear them!
WHERE THERE ANY OTHER PIECES OF JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES FOR YOU, YOUR GROOM, BRIDESMAIDS OR GROOMSMEN THAT YOU DECIDED TO INCORPORATE?
We both graduated from Tech in 2010 and are huge hokie fans so I thought it would be cute to incorporate a few Hokie items without being over the top. My bouquet will be wrapped in maroon and orange ribbon.I also have two rings, one from my mom’s mother and one that belonged to my dad’s mother who passed away before I came along. Both of these will be pinned inside one of the pockets in my dress.
WHO IS DOING YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP AND WHAT IS THE LOOK YOU ARE GOING FOR?
My hair will be done by Kim Kasey and my make up will be done by Cecelia Clark. I just want to look elegant without looking overdone. My hair will be pulled back either in a low bun or in a low bunch of curls.
DID YOU HAVE ANY WEDDING FAVORS AND WHY DID YOU SELECT THEM?
We were lucky enough to find purple and white swirl lollipops and had “L” stickers made to put on them. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so we wanted something that would satisfy that but guests could keep for later if they wanted to.
WHO DID YOUR FLOWERS AND WHAT WAS THE LOOK THAT YOU WANTED WITH THEM?
Strange’s is our florist. Joe’s mom majored in horticulture so she was a tremendous help on the flowers. I think my biggest vision was to just have something simple and classy, and nothing too big. My bouquet is yellow calla lillies and yellow orchids which will match my shoes and like I said before, the base will be wrapped in maroon and orange!
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CAKE, WHO CREATED IT AND WHAT DID YOU DO TO MAKE IT UNIQUE
Bakers Kitchen is where we ordered our cake. Joe and I both helped to choose the design. It is four layers, two lemon and two strawberry. The layers are round and will be iced with buttercream. On top of the cake will be yellow gum paste calla lillies and a few will be placed down the cake. Each layer will have the tri dot design to give it some texture and pearl beading will cover the seams. I am so excited about this cake!
WHAT DID YOU DO FOR FOOD & DRINK AND WHY?
We chose a plated dinner and an open bar for our reception. There will be four passed hor devours during the cocktail hour and a wine service while dinner is being served. We didn’t want our guests to have to stand in a buffet line or take turns getting food. We thought the plated meal would be the easiest way to serve everyone at the same time.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO BE GO ON THE HONEYMOON & WHY?
We will be flying to Rivieria Maya Mexico the day after our wedding. Joe’s parents gave us their time share in Cancun to trade for whatever we wanted and we chose Riviera Maya. The resort is called the Grande Luxxe and is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never been out of the country so I am very excited to enjoy the beaches and the near by Mayan ruins!
I love her sunny disposition on life. Even when I’m in a bad mood and do not want to laugh, she can just smile at me and my mood instantly changes.
His unwavering love. Despite how stubborn or frustrating I can be, he’s always there wrapping his arms around me and making me smile. He’s my ultimate comfort and he makes me better in every way.
David Abel is the owner of David Abel Photography & specializes in Wedding Photography with a very clean and timeless style. David Abel enjoys espresso, woodworking, and has an obsession for lions. Based in Richmond VA David Abel travels both nationally and internationally for weddings. Those few hours when he is not working he spends with his two crazy cats and the love of is life Kristy.