Ashley & Richard | The Lodge at Stevenson Ridge Wedding

The Lodge at Stevenson Ridge Wedding

I was so excited to be back out at Stevenson Ridge just the other week for Ashley and Richard’s beautiful wedding!  Just as I was rolling in I checked the radar and there was a HUGE thunderstorm rolling in but it made me very excited because I finally got to shoot a ceremony indoors at The Lodge!!!  I have been dying to shoot a wedding inside since they first opened, the gorgeous beams and rustic chandeliers give it such an elegant feel.  Plus I could see a hole in the thunderstorms on the radar so I was 90% sure we’d be able to get outside later for photos.  Being in the AC wasn’t a bad deal either since outside it was about 100 degrees and super humid.  Just a tip for brides make sure you love your venues indoor backup location just as much as the outdoor one, Stevenson Ridge is a great Virginia wedding venue that has two awesome options and I don’t think brides are missing out on anything by having their ceremony indoors.

Ashley and Richard are such a gorgeous couple with 4 beautiful kids!  I met Ashley briefly last year while I was still pregnant with Will and she had 3 of the kids in tow.  I was amazed by how she had it all together while I was internally freaking out about how I would handle just one!  As we chatted leading up to the wedding Ashley let me know that photos of the kids at the wedding were very important to them.  I loved how the kids were such a part of this joining of two families.  I think the kids had a blast that day, I’m pretty sure they had to be pried out of the photobooth!  One of my favorite moments of the day was when Richard did a father daughter dance with both his girls.  I was literally sobbing behind the camera it was so sweet.  I was hoping that it wasn’t noticeable since I tried to keep my camera up in front of my face but several guests came up later commenting that they were glad they weren’t the only ones moved to tears!

Ashley and Richard thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding day photos!  The kids were adorable and I had so much fun catching them just being kids.  I hope you enjoy the images and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and laughter!

To see more of Ashley & Richard’s wedding at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania, Virginia, check out the slideshow below! (Click here if you don’t see the slideshow below)

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The following wedding vendors contributed to Ashley & Richard’s wedding:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Catering : Caroline Street Catering
Cake: Fat Girl Cakes
Florist : Anthomanic
DJ : DJ’s in the Burg
Video: MJK Video

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