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A Richmond Wedding at The Valentine

One of my most favorite days from the spring was spent with Madison & Josh. We got to meet up with the girls earlier in the day as they prepped at Quirk Hotel – a Richmond staple. It was such a laid back and fun day. The ceremony and reception took place at The Valentine Museum in Richmond just a few blocks from the Capitol. Everything about this day was colorful and rich. One of my favorite details is that Madison had a custom perfume she had created herself.  I am so thankful that we got to spend the day with them and make something truly special. These are some of my favorite images of the day. Enjoy!

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged. Spring and Summer kept me busy between weddings out of town and my kids being on summer break. I didn’t get a chance to blog each wedding, and so today I am starting to catch up and share some of my favorite moments from each of these beautiful days. We are going to start with a beautiful Lexington wedding!

A Lexington Wedding

I was lucky enough to get to travel all across Virginia for these beautiful weddings and spring and summer. From Lexington, to Virginia Beach. I got to be in Northern Virginia and Richmond. It has been so amazing to experience so many beautiful venues, and sharing in these days with amazing people has made it all the better. I’m looking forward to Fall wedding season and I will get to see so many more places and people. I’ve gone back and reflected on galleries in between making albums and getting some folio boxes out. I love being able to look back and still feel the same emotion of what I saw when I captured these moments.

Today I’m sharing a beautiful wedding at House Mountain Inn, nestled in the mountains of Lexington. It is beautiful and I can’t wait to be back there later this year for a Thanksgiving Wedding! Elise and Ricky – thanks for having us be a part of your day. We bypassed the rain and the clouds in the sky gave some beautiful drama to the images.  Every time I go back through these, I find new ones I love and I get to remember how awesome you two are!

 

 

 

It’s been a while since I blogged and I can’t wait to share some amazing weddings with everyone! I had the pleasure of being with Emily and Loren for their big day which started in downtown Lynchburg at Tresca on 8th. We were able to capture some beautiful images of Emily getting ready and then we headed out to Alta Vista for a beautiful wedding ceremony. This wasn’t just any wedding ceremony, this was the same church that both Emily’s parents and grandparents were married in. How wonderful and unique is that? It was such a beautiful day and I loved being around all their family and friends to celebrate with them.

When I first met up with Emily and Loren for the first time, they were so wonderful and kind and I couldn’t shake this amazing feeling of gratitude I got from being around them both. We met downtown at The White Hart Cafe and it was there when it struck me how lucky I am to have such amazing people like them trust me to photograph their wedding day.

I loved every part of this day and I can’t wait to be back at Tresca! Wedding season is in full swing and taking place all over Virginia. This weekend will be so much fun as we travel to Pembroke, Virginia and follow that up with a beautiful wedding in Norfolk, Virginia. Stay Tuned!

A Lynchburg and Alta Vista Wedding

As I start to prep for all my amazing 2018 weddings, I have been spending some time going through weddings I haven’t had the chance to get up on the blog yet (yes, I elected to take a break from social media and am slowly getting back to it). Alex and Blair had the most gorgeous October wedding in Virginia Beach at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club. I always enjoy traveling back to the beach. So much has changed since I grew up there and it offers a great opportunity to see my sister and best friends who all still live there.

When I first connected with Alex and Blair for their engagement session (see it here!), I knew their wedding was going to be something special and I couldn’t wait for their big day. Although they both grew up on the East Coast, they relationship started out on the West Coast. When I got to the Hilton where they were getting ready, Alex was so calm and absolutely elated for her day. Blair surprised her with flowers delivered to her suite and when I took her gorgeous Pronivas dress out of the garment bag, my jaw dropped, it was so perfect. I loved spending the day with their family and friends and I got to learn even more about them. Alex’s mom had even made a hand stitched hanky with their names on it. So much thought was put into every aspect of the day.

It was a perfect day from beginning to end. We were able to curate the perfect timeline for the day and it flowed effortlessly. Moving into reception the fun really took off and it was so much fun to watch everyone having such a fabulous time. The feeling was so romantic, intimate and warm. Bounds of greens and florals by Isha Foss Designs were the perfect touch. a beautiful cake by Incredible Edibles and amazing lighting from Blue Steel really took it to another level. I am so excited for everything ahead of them.

Alex and Blair, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful wedding. It is one I will remember forever.

 

An East Coast West Coast Love Story

If you are recently engaged and planning a Virginia wedding contact me for more information on wedding photography and open dates for 2018 and 2019. I love meeting new couples and getting to know your story so we can create beautiful, authentic images of YOU!

Elizabeth Seidel, Virginia wedding photographer,  located in Lynchburg, VA serving the greater Virginia area including Hampton Roads, Richmond, Charlottesville and Roanoke and beyond.

When wedding season wrapped up for me in late November, I was so excited for prepping for 2018. I had purposefully not booked any December weddings because I wanted to really be able to enjoy the holidays with my family and make some memories. It was the first Christmas without my mom, and I wanted to make sure I was present in the moments for my own kids. I had three December weddings the previous year, and this year I was going to slow down. Well I did slow down, I actually broke my elbow in early December and that really set me back. Christmas came and went and it was wonderful to be with some of my family over the holiday here in Lynchburg. I enjoyed that time, and (I think/hope) my kids appreciated me being more domesticated over the holidays. My intention was to really enjoy the break and hit the ground running in January.

Then January rolled around and I was caught in this relaxation of not checking instagram and not posting much about the business. Typically, for a wedding photographer, January is a slow month, and prep month, a catch up on all the other things I didn’t do earlier in the year that I could do now month. But for me, I stayed in the mindset of making time for my family. And I did. And it was absolutely wonderful. Of course I was doing day to day things like emails and contracts, sending albums and prints out – but I took a much needed break from social media. I took a step away and it felt good to not be tied to getting posts up. I didn’t find myself aimlessly scrolling through the black hole of instagram and comparing my life (and my images) to all the other amazing people out there who actually hadn’t slowed down posting on social media. I love facebook and instagram and absolutely see their value, but I am now taking the stance of they are not vital to me. What is vital to me is actually investing in real relationships and conversations in real life. So, I’m writing this post to pull my boot straps back up and get back to the social media grind. I also wanted to share a little bit about what I’ve been up to in my hiatus.

a lesson in family and why photos are important

I took time to be with my Dad and we continued on a project we’ve been working on since before my mom passed. We are archiving all our family history in photos and getting the images up online to be able to share them easily with everyone. I like to think that basically my Dad facebooked our life before there was such a thing. I think I get a large part of my passion for documenting life from him. He ALWAYS took photos of us. He always set up the camera and ran to hop in the photo at the holidays. He had us stand outside on the front porch steps and take our first day of school photos. I feel so proud that I have such an amazing collection of images of my family growing up. The good and the bad is remembered in those images, and it really hits me in my heart how grateful I am for them. Which also leads into the power of prints and the power of portraits. My mom was the one that had us get into the studio and have professional portraits taken and WOW, I love those too. I am a strong believer in portraits and I am so excited to be investing more time into getting into the studio and capturing people as they are.

For those interested, we used an Epson FastFoto which will definitely made the daunting task of archiving hundreds (maybe thousands??) of photos much easier. Originally, we had started as far back as we had images for. We started on my Dads side and these are some of my most favorite images. This set of photos is my paternal Grandmother and her mother. I love how the photographers name is debossed into the print. Good ol’ A.L. Jameson from Alexandria, VA. My Grandmother (the baby) was born in 1917, so I imagine these were yearly portraits spanning from 1917-1919. This to me solidifies so much of how I already feel about portraits. The story of my grandmommy’s life starts here. Her mother (just like my mother) prioritized having professional photographs taken, and 100 years later, we still have them.

I plan on sharing more about this project in a different blog post, but I really wanted to share this to remind everyone of the importance of having your images PRINTED. I said it. PRINTED. In your hands for you to hold and love. So much of our life is caught up in the digital world. We owe it to ourselves to have prints of our loved ones. To tell the story in our home, not online. I myself realize how hard it can be to get things printed when the easy of the internet is at our fingertips, however, if you walk into my home, you will find prints hanging on my walls and I love and value them beyond any image on my facebook or instagram. Photographs are for printing. I’m tossing in this iphone photo I took of some of my professional portraits from when I was younger. I am so thankful to have these.

I’m hoping to start getting more beautiful people into my studio over the next month and capture the beauty I see in them. If you are interested in a studio session – email me here! I would love to hear from you and create a session with you!!