Mary + Rick

I know they aren’t for everybody, but I really adore seeing the photos of a couple’s first look. You can feel the anticipation and the excitement, and the pictures are just so sweet. Not only did Mary and Rick do a first look before their ceremony, but it allowed the photographers more time to get portraits of the couple and their wedding’s details. With only a few vendors, the wedding was almost completely DIY – Mary and her mother grew and assembled the flowers for the wedding, made jam for favors, created all the desserts, sewed all the linens for the tables, and sourced all the antiques used for decor. Rick also contributed to the favors by pulling inspiration from where he grew up – Hershey, PA, also known as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.”




Location: Waterford, VA

Photographer: Amie Otto of Amie Otto Photography

Venue: Old Waterford Mill

Caterer: Rochelle Myers Catering

Heirlooms/Extras: Kustom Keepsakes by: Rock a Buy Creations

Steph + Isaiah

Weddings by the water are somehow inherently romantic. While most have beach or by-the-ocean affairs, we’re beginning to see a bit of an uptick in the number of lakeside weddings. I love this! Lakes are an underutilized venue option. I hope this wedding, that of Isaiah and Steph inspires you to explore your local lakes. Isn’t this just so romantic, inviting, and warm?


Couple: Steph & Isaiah

Wedding Date: 06/2010

Country: United States

Photographer: Ampersand Photography

Reception Venue: Smith Mountain Lake – home

Cake Designer: Robert Clarkin cakes

Additional information about this wedding from the photographer: Isaiah & Steph did most of the wedding planning, decorating, and everything else all on their own (and with the help of tons of loving family and friends). The wedding was held in the backyard of a family friend (they have a gazebo right on the lake). Steph’s mom, sister, and aunts did the flowers, and friends helped her coordinate everything. The morning of the wedding all of Steph’s bridesmaids were out by the lake setting everything up and decorating. Isaiah & Steph have friends that own a bluegrass band, and they did the music during the ceremony and the reception. One friend made the cake, another friend made barbecue for the reception meal, and still another friend did her make-up. Isaiah searched for weeks to find the perfect ring for her, and finally settled on a 1920’s antique ring, which is absolutely perfect for her.


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