As much as I love the classic DC architecture and iconic venues that typify my work, I can never quite get over how stunning Charlottesville is! It’s the perfect location for a wedding, and as soon as we pulled up to Keswick Hall, I could 100% understand why Ian & Clara chose it as the backdrop for their wedding day. The stunning property, the sweeping view, the intimate feel to it all- it was so lovely!

The day began in Clara’s quaint bridal suite where she got ready with her four bridesmaids- no chaos, no calamity, just a peaceful morning. After slipping into her tulle and satin wedding gown (with the most darling back detail!), she opened Ian’s gift- a custom book written out just for her, with poems and the lyrics to their song. It was then that it seemed to hit Clara, and the weight and joy of the day made itself known with a few excited, happy tears. The nerves settled as soon as they saw each other, though- hands stopped trembling, smiles came easily. Once they say each other, everything felt just as it should be.

Ian & Clara, it was such an honor to capture your wedding day! I know how much you’d both been looking forward to Sunday, and seeing your joy as it all came together was a privilege. I’m so grateful you all trusted me so implicitly to document your day. I hope you’re throughly enjoying Hawaii!

Details-
Venue: Keswick Hall
Coordination: Dear Sweetheart Events
Florals: Dear Sweetheart Events
Dress: Vera Wang, via Saks Jandel
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids: BHLDN
Groom: Calvin Klein
Hair & makeup: Carl Ray
Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats

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Ian & Clara | Charlottesville wedding photographer

October 27, 2016

  1. Abby, this is AMAZING!!!!

  2. Jean says:

    Wow! Gorgeous photos! The back of that dress is stunning and so is the bride wearing it!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE her dress! The front & back are both beautiful, & it just fits her like a glove. The bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous too. I particularly love the picture of the bride with the older man who I assume might be her grandfather.

  4. Alicia Lacey says:

    I always love seeing the way you photograph couples on their wedding day; I feel like I learn so much about them just by the way they interact in their photos because they are so natural and comfortable with you! These two look so in love!!! And…. that dress in unreal!

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