Rachel & Edwin | King Family Vineyards Wedding

King Family Vineyards Wedding

I don’t think there could have been a more perfect day for Rachel and Edwin to get married!  The gorgeous backdrop of King Family Vineyards provided views of the Blue Ridge mountains with perfect fall weather, a stunning wedding venue in Virginia.  When I arrived Rachel was having her make-up done by the fabulous Kristen of GoGo Gorgeous Makeup, she was already stunning as she sat by a window in her little black cardigan.  The teal wall behind her and the light coming in from the window made me want to shoot there all day!!

I headed off to shoot her details of the day and found myself squealing in excitement as I pulled out her birdcage veil and the most adorable ring box I’ve ever seen!  Rachel’s bouquet was done by my favorite florist Amanda from Anthomanic Florals and it was beautiful.  I loved how the orchids draped down, perfectly elegant to go with a perfectly elegant bride.  The invitations featured Rachel’s mom’s calligraphy, such a beautiful and personal touch.  I loved how much her family participated in the day to make it so special, Rachel’s sister in law made the cake and during the reception we were surprised with a musical performance by the bride herself along with her brother and dad!

I think Rachel and Edwin had one of the most picturesque ceremonies I’ve ever photographed, the beautiful blue sky with the rolling mountains was spectacular!  In the time I’ve known them I’ve always been struck but the little things Edwin does to take care of Rachel.  During the ceremony when he noticed her tears he reached into his jacket and handed her a tissue.  It is the small gestures I believe that show your love for someone and I see those small gestures between Edwin and Rachel.  Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day and capture your memories!  I wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy!

To see more of Rachel & Edwin’s wedding at Kings Family Vineyards, check out the slideshow below!

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The following wedding vendors contributed to Rachel & Edwin’s wedding:

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Kings Family Vineyards
Photography:  Melissa Arlena Photography
Catering:  Glorious Foods Catering
Makeup:  GoGo Gorgeous
Florist: Anthomanic Florals
Cake: Elissa Pennington
DJ:  Blue Tips Rhythm Revue
Officiant:  Patrick Dennis from Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg, Va
Invitations:  Calligraphy by Joan Pennington

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