Coleman & Shannon | Private Estate Wedding


Have you ever noticed in romantic movies that the guy looks at the girl like she is the only person in the world? It’s like every feeling he has for her just pours out of him through just a look. A great example is how Noah looks at Allie in The Notebook. Women watching this swoon and elbow their husbands to say “Why don’t you look at me that way?!?!” To which the men reply, “He is totally faking, he’s an actor. No one looks at their wife that way!” (That in no way resembles any conversations I’ve had with my own husband ;)) Well I’m going to bust that lie right here with today’s wedding because the way Coleman looks at Shannon is straight out of a great romantic love story.

I was not the only one who could see it, Shannon’s maid of honor thanked Coleman in her toast for how much he loved her friend, that she could see it when he looked at her. One of the sneak peek photos I posted to Facebook had the comment that you could see the love he has for her. The best part is how she lights up when he looks at her. Shannon you literally glow! So guys start brushing up on your “You are the greatest woman in the world and I will love you forever” looks and if you can’t figure it out give Coleman a call ;). Coleman I apologize if this gets you beat up by all your guy friends!

Shannon is a fabulous fashion and boudoir photographer up in Boston, definitely check out her work! Being hired by another photographer to capture their wedding is such an honor and adds a whole new level of stress to my shoulders. I had to tell myself that Shannon chose me for a reason and this was my job so just do the best job I could for her! Shannon is such a trooper, the week of her wedding we had flooding rains and up till the morning of the wedding were looking at the possibility of even more rain. Being a typical photographer Shannon had based her entire wedding timeline around the best light of the day so we were both crossing our fingers and praying for a miracle! I wanted to hoot and holler when I saw the sun start peeking out around 3pm! The clouds parted, the rain dried up and the sun shined down beautifully for the wedding!

So take a look at some of my favorite images from the day and see a real life love story! Congrats Shannon and Coleman, I know things were stressful but the wedding was perfect and you guys have such a great start to a wonderful life together with Cotton!




I was just slightly obsessed with these Badgely Mischka ruffled heels! So pretty shot on film 🙂 #filmisnotdead



Coleman looks pretty dashing in his tux, love the cufflinks



To see more of Coleman and Shannon’s wedding at a Private Residence in Stafford, Virginia, check out the slideshow below! (Click here if you don’t see the slideshow below)

The following wedding vendors contributed to Coleman & Shannon’s wedding:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Makeup: Krisann Kiley
Florist: Westwood’s Heaven Scent Florist
Cake: Fat Girl Cakes
Caterer: Bonnie Fincher
DJ: DJ To Go

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  • Jessica Garmon | PhotographerJune 12, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    This bride is an absolute doll! Beautiful work!

  • Rachel MayJune 12, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Such a pretty wedding! SO romantic!

  • Jaine KershnerJune 13, 2014 - 11:13 am

    what a gorgeous wedding & i love that she had her own ruby slippers!!

  • Connie ChangJune 13, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    that shot of them kissing in the field is divine!

  • MirelleJune 13, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! My favorite photos are of the bride with her hands touching in front of her dress, and of her hugging the groom from behind and looking down!

  • ValentinaJune 15, 2014 - 1:16 am

    I absolutely love that very first shot of them in the field! So beautiful!

  • Kel WardJune 16, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Such a beautiful couple and gorgeous photos! May they always look at each other like they are the only two in the world. <3

  • Nicole SpanglerJune 16, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Gorgeous Images!

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