Virginia wedding in the mountains, shot on medium format and 35mm film

I loved photographing this sweet Virginia wedding in the mountains. This couple’s day was full of joy, beauty, celebration, friends and family. One of my favorite parts of the day was photographing the bride getting ready in her parents’ home. I loved seeing all the family photos hanging on the walls and sitting on the tables—so many beautiful black and white photos from her childhood! Nothing can compare to the timeless look of black and white film, and it was really sweet for me to be shooting maybe that same film on her wedding day, too. I guess it was just neat to know that this bride’s wedding photos will fit seamlessly in with those other family photos, you know what I mean?

I also loved the surprise the bridesmaids had for the bride (that sweet memory book!). I loved how relaxed and laid back the day was. I also really enjoyed photographing all those little moments—their wonderful first look, the flower girls sitting at the front of the ceremony, the bride’s joy as she walked down the aisle and her veil snagging when she walked back down the aisle, the second line to the reception site, and how all the guests just took off their shoes when a HUGE storm hit and flooded the tent. It was so muddy but no one seemed to mind, everyone was just delighted to be there celebrating. It’s just so imperfectly perfect. I feel it’s really such an honor to be the one to document such special, special days, and I’m already looking to the year ahead with anticipation and excitement!

Images captured on the Hasselblad H1 & Contax 645 with Fuji 400 and Ilford 3200 and XP2 films. Processed by Richard Photo Lab.