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Annie & Mike | Valentine Museum Wedding

Valentine Museum Wedding

This wedding was a first for me, it was my first Jewish wedding!  I had a blast shooting alongside Mike Topham again and was so thrilled to find out the couple were incorporating some traditional elements into their wedding.  I photographed the signing of the ketubah and my first Hora dance!  I was so excited that I texted David right after to say I photographed my first Jewish chair dance!!!  I had to come home and look up the proper name for it!

Mike and Annie had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Valentine Richmond History Center located in Richmond Virginia.  The wedding took place in the back garden area and they were married under the chuppah.  I spent most of the day with the bride and bridesmaids doing what I love, I wandered around the museum to find some fun spots to photograph Annie’s dress and shoes.  Before the ceremony Mike and Annie signed their ketubah hidden from each other view by sheets.  It was fun to be at the other end of the room seeing each of them separated only by that sheet.  Annie stood back hugging her maid of honor while Mike signed and you could feel the excitement in the air.  It was a truly beautiful moment that I was thrilled to document.

Annie was glowing as she walked down the aisle with her brother.  Despite some interruptions from the local rescue squad sirens they exchanged their rings, Mike stomped the glass and everyone cheered!!  I think my favorite part of the night was the Hora dance.  There were only heavy wrought iron chairs around the garden so Annie wasn’t sure if they would be able to do the dance but some brave burly guests grabbed those chairs and hoisted her and Mike high in the air!  They danced and cheered and I ran around like crazy getting photos.  It is moments like those that are why I photograph weddings, I love the excitement and happiness!  I wish Mike and Annie a lifetime of happiness and excitement, Mazel Tov!

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