You may recognize Stephanie and Robert from their Dominion Valley Country Club wedding I photographed earlier this year or their gorgeous engagement session on the Virginia Tech campus! These two have become near and dear to my heart over the past year or so, sharing a deep love of photography and all things Harry Potter!
Now, if you’re looking at these pictures and wondering to yourself, “aren’t bridal portraits just supposed to be the bride?”, you would normally be correct! Typically they are photographed before the wedding day and, as such, the bride-to-be does not want to be seen by her fiance so she is alone! Even if they are doing a first look with one another, it’s still a tradition to keep it a surprise for that exact moment. And to be honest, this is exactly what Stephanie and I planned to do! But as the weeks crept closer and closer to her wedding day, it looked less and less like her dress was going to be ready due to required fittings; the schedule was completely out of her control! Stephanie is the absolute sweetest bride of all time and apologized over and over for having to change our session, but honestly, I’m even happier with the way things worked out! I got another chance to catch up with both her and Robert post-wedding day and hear all about their honeymoon to Costa Rica. And when it came time for shooting in those tall grasses, we didn’t have to fear her dress getting a bit dirty before the big day – we were able to have her run, sit, lean without a worry in mind!
Enjoy these beautiful, light-filled images from our sunrise session in the lovely Virginia countryside!
Some of the dream team who made their wedding possible was also able to get back together for this shoot!
Makeup | Angela Sutak
Bridal Boutique | Jeanette’s Bride Boutique
Dress Designer | Impression
The session was photographed on a Pentax 645N with Fuji 400H film. The film was scanned and developed by Richard Photo Lab.