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September 30, 2020

Virginia Farm Wedding

Bride and groom smoke cigars; dramatic wedding photography

Casey & Josiah’s Virginia Farm Wedding

When your dad owns a great looking farm, you have a farm wedding, that’s just how it goes. Casey & Josiah tied the knot this past weekend about an hour outside of Richmond, VA at Casey’s dad’s house, and it was such a delightful day. This was our first wedding complete with dinner and dancing since way back in March and it was so much fun.

The day started with Casey getting ready upstairs in the farm house and Josiah running around getting finishing touches in place before getting ready himself in the basement.

And this was truly an affair that shows it takes a village. A friend played the part of coordinator, Josiah manned the speaker system with other friends working the playlists, a cousin officiated the ceremony, and even the food was done by the family. There *was* some outside help though, so show some love to this farm wedding team too:

Hair & Makeup: Les Bourgeios Artistry
Florals: Bonnie Crater with Brady Street Florist
Wedding Gown: Fancy Frocks out of Myrtle Beach
Bridesmaid Dresses: Baltic Born
Menswear: Generation Tux
Rentals: Lane Special Event Rentals
Invite Design: Demi Johnson

And now for some images!

Blue and floral wedding details: invitation suite, blue wedding shoes, jewelry Wedding details from a farm wedding outside of Richmond, Virginia Wedding details from a farm wedding outside of Richmond, Virginia

How perfect is this sign on the door to the room the ladies were getting ready in?

This bride put a sign on the door of the room that she was getting ready in that made it clear the groom could not come in Bride gets ready in her father's house Mother of the groom fights back tears in the bridal suite Bridal makeup inspiration shot

Casey’s dad is going to find confetti under his bed in a year. Also, those PJs were the perfect bridesmaid gift. They were super comfy ones Casey found at Target (I think?) and then she customized them all with the ladies’ names.

bride and bridesmaids in comfy pjs while getting ready. The bride added the names to the PJs herself

The couple’s adorable dog Azula came up to say hi to Casey before she got her dress on 🙂

Bride's dog visits while she's getting ready Two best friends? Have two Maids of Honor. Or a maid of honor and a matron of honor Off the shoulder wedding gown

Mother of the bride dress inspiration

Azula was also outside overseeing the guys putting together finishing touches on the ceremony and reception decor, before they got ready themselves.

Groom gets things ready at this farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA Groomsmen gifts including socks, flasks, and old fashioned glasses sometimes groomsmen who don't wear ties regularly need a little help from their friends! Groom gets ready in the basement of the farmhouse

Once Casey was ready, she had a first look with her dad and then her step-dad, before a letter exchange with Josiah.

Bridal style - off the shoulder wedding gown, silk bouquet, fingertip veil Bride's first look with her dad Bride's first look with her dad Bride's first look with her stepdad

Josiah got led out with his eyes closed and then positioned with his back to Casey so they could read their letters to one another without Josiah seeing Casey.

Bride and groom exchange letters before the ceremony, without the groom seeing the bride Bride and groom exchange letters before the ceremony, without the groom seeing the bride Bride and groom exchange letters before the ceremony, without the groom seeing the bride

Bride and groom exchange letters before the ceremony, without the groom seeing the bride

Love these colorful florals!! And with Josiah’s tie? Perfection!

Details of this couples wedding florals - colorful silk florals for your wedding day

Casey also had a gift for her mom before the ceremony, and handkerchiefs always come in handy during emotional ceremonies like the one you’re about to see.

bride gives her mother a customized handkerchief as a wedding gift

I LOVED these dresses. If you’re on the hunt for velvet bridesmaid dresses, check out Baltic Born, because these were awesome.

Bridesmaid style: dark yellow velvet wrap dresses Bridesmaid style: dark yellow velvet wrap dresses

This is one of those classic “everyone is taking a different picture” pictures. Love it.

Bridesmaid style: dark yellow velvet wrap dresses Bridal style: off the shoulder lace wedding dress with a fingertip length veil

The guys told me they were going to do a champagne toast. Ba dum cha. But take a good look at those custom flasks Josiah got for his groomsmen. Those are such a great groomsmen gift!

Groomsmen "champagne" toast with Miller High Life, the Champagne of beers Groom and groomsmen toast with their custom flasks

Even after some Miller High Lifes and who knows how many flask sips, these guys still look pretty good.

Groom and groomsmen style: blue tuxes from Generation Tux Groom style: blue tux and floral tie from Generation Tux

Meanwhile, the reception space was ready and waiting for everyone to enjoy post-ceremony. Any couple who incorporates books into their decor gets bonus points from me. And since it’s 2020, you have to have your custom wedding hand sanitizer. (I laugh because if I don’t this year will drive me even more insane.)

Farm wedding reception set up under at ent Farm wedding reception decor: books, silk flowers, and hand sanitizer, because Covid Farm wedding reception decor: books, silk flowers, and hand sanitizer, because Covid

The ceremony backdrop was gorgeous! Those florals are lovely, and the windchimes hung off to one side were a family memento. Always include special touches like that.

Farm wedding ceremony details. Hay Bale Feeder Wedding Arch Farm wedding ceremony details. Hay Bale Feeder Wedding Arch

Groom smiles as he walks into the ceremony Best man looks over at groom's reaction to bride walking down the aisle at this farm wedding

This was such a beautiful moment. Casey’s dad walked her from the house to the start of the aisle, where her stepdad was waiting, and Casey walked the rest of the aisle with him.

Father of the bride hands her off to her stepfather, so her stepfather can walk her down the second half of the aisle Groom watches as bride heads up the aisle with her stepfather Wood sign at start of ceremony location Farm wedding ceremony inspiration Bride and groom emotional vow exchange Bride and groom emotional vow exchange Bride and groom emotional vow exchange Bride and groom emotional vow exchange Bride and groom emotional vow exchange Bride and groom ring exchange with hay bale feeder wedding arch behind First kiss at DIY farm wedding ceremony First kiss at DIY farm wedding ceremony

I really love bubble exits! From the reception or the ceremony.

Bride and groom recess down the aisle to bubbles after their wedding ceremony

Bride and groom recess down the aisle to bubbles after their wedding ceremony

Also, at the end of the recessional, the newlyweds took a shot with their friend who was coordinating the day. What an awesome first thing to do together.

Bride and groom take a shot together at the end of their wedding ceremony Bride and groom take a shot together at the end of their wedding ceremony

I love what’s happening in this photo. Josiah is so genuinely excited to be showing off his new ring to his friends and just as excited is the guy showing me who just got married.

Groom shows off his new wedding ring to groomsmen

Here is a testament to the importance of photos though. Casey’s grandfather passed away recently, but she still wanted a photo with her grandparents together. I can’t imagine what’s going through her grandmother’s mind, but I’m sure some of it is happy memories of their time together.

Bride and groom pose with bride's grandmother who reacts emotionally to holding a photograph of her recently deceased husband Family Formals at a farm wedding Family Formals at a farm wedding Wedding party style inspiration: yellow velvet bridesmaid dress from Baltic Born and blue suits from Generation Tux

Plenty of wedding party shenanigans with this group.

Wedding party style inspiration: yellow velvet bridesmaid dress from Baltic Born and blue suits from Generation Tux

And the ducks even joined the party, sneaking up on a cocktail set on the ground when someone had to join a group photo.

Ducks take advantage of a cocktail set down by a groomsman during portraits

Bride and groom wedding portraits at a farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA Bride and groom wedding portraits at a farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA Bride and groom wedding portraits at a farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA Bride and groom wedding portraits at a farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA Bride and groom wedding portraits at a farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA Bride and groom wedding portraits at a farm wedding outside of Richmond, VA

When I’m setting up a night shot, I like to grab another couple at the party to stand in while I get my light set up. These two are getting married themselves before too long, so they were the perfect guinea pigs for the blue hour in front of the corn field shot.

Couple poses for a dramatic portrait at blue hour in front of a corn field Bride and groom pose for a dramatic portrait at blue hour in a cornfield at their farm wedding

When we were walking back from the corn field, Azula was hanging out in front of the house, so I asked if Casey & Josiah wanted a photo with her. They said yes, but Josiah pointed out that it wouldn’t be fair to their cat if they left him out. And so Josiah ran off to the couple’s Camper to scoop up the cat.

bride and groom pose with their cat and dog

By that point, it was time for toasts, which were full of laughter. These two know some funny folks.

speeches at a tented wedding reception on a farm in Virginia speeches at a tented wedding reception on a farm in Virginia speeches at a tented wedding reception on a farm in Virginia

That is a giant cinnamon bun, not a really weird cake. Apparently it was delicious!

Bride and groom cut a giant cinnamon bun instead of a cake

Party time!!

break out some glowsticks for a fun wedding reception wedding reception dancing

Slow down the party a little for some parent dances…

parent dances! Bride dances with her dad and her stepdad

… and the couple’s first dance. That projector in the background is showing Josiah lip-syncing this song back when the couple dated as teenagers.

Bride and groom's first dance with projection of groom lip-syncing behind them Cigars for the groom and wedding party

I love a good cigar shot.

Groom and his friends enjoy a cigar at the wedding reception bride and groom smoke cigars at their wedding reception - dramatic wedding photography, creative wedding photography Fun dance floor at a wedding reception

A glow stick exit to “end” the night. But this crowd definitely kept partying.

Glow Stick Wedding Exit Glow Stick Wedding Exit

That’s it for this farm wedding. All the congrats and love to Casey & Josiah and their friends and family 🙂


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