Katie & Jimmy | King Family Vineyards Wedding

I have been looking forward to this King Family Vineyards wedding ever since I met Katie and Jimmy last summer at their consult!  They attended a wedding I had shot the year before so it was great that they already knew how I worked and they got to see it first hand.  When Katie told me she wanted to get married in her hometown of Charlottesville I was so excited!  I love driving out towards the mountains and getting the beautiful blue ridge in the background of my photos.  Katie and Jimmy were going back and forth on the ceremony site still, they knew the reception would be at King Family Vineyards but Katie had her heart set on being married in her family church.  She was concerned about the lighting though, as with most churches it was pretty dark.  I assured her not to worry about the lighting, if she wanted to be married in her family church then that is what they should do!  We did decide to do the family formals and portraits at King Family Vineyards since it would be a beautiful backdrop.  So just a note for future brides if you have your heart set on a place to get married but you are worried about the lighting just talk to your photographer and make sure they can handle it.  Shooting the family formals at your reception location is a great compromise to allow for those beautiful natural light images!  King Family Vineyards is one of my favorite venues, they are set in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the reception room is beautiful!  I love the accent of wine barrels stacked to the ceiling.

Katie and Jimmy have been a dream to work with!  From the first consult to their engagement session and the flurry of emails over the last couple months nailing down the timeline they have been so easy going.  I knew after their engagement session we would have amazing portraits and I was right!  The weather was perfect and we even got a chance to sneak out at sunset for a few more images.  I LOVED Katie’s dress!!!  She had a beautiful lace piece that snapped in over her shoulders and created a gorgeous keyhole on her back.  Plus her train was super easy, it was one hook!  Jimmy and the guys looked very dapper in their suits and the flower girl was adorable!

Katie and Jimmy have the kind of love for each other that is visible to anyone around them.  As Katie walked through the church doors Jimmy took one look at her and started choking up at the altar.  She was stunning and I’m sure they were both excited that the day was finally here to become man and wife!  That joy overflowed throughout the day not just from Katie and Jimmy but their family and friends as they celebrated this great love.  A great marriage is supported by friends and family along with a lot of laughter and love and Katie and Jimmy have that in spades!  I wish them a lifetime of happiness, love and above all laughter!  Now onto the photos!!

Katie and Jimmy are dentists and they gave out toothbrushes as their favor complete with little tags in the shape of teeth!  

To see more of  Jimmy & Katie’s wedding at King Family Vineyards near Charlottesville, Virginia, check out the slideshow below! (Click here if you don’t see the slideshow below)

The following wedding vendors contributed to Jimmy & Katie’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Mark Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: King Family Vineyards
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Cake: Cakes Unlimited
Catering : Harvest Moon
Ceremony Florist: Plantscapes Florist
Reception & Bouquets Florist: Harvest Moon
DJ: Patrick Critzer
Coordinator: Kellie Elmeraji

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