October 7, 2012

nate + amy | virginia wedding photography



To be honest, during my time in Guatemala, I didn't know if I wanted to be a wedding photographer. I hadn't shot one in a while, so I was kind of on the edge about how I felt.

Shooting Nate + Amy's wedding changed everything about that. Every doubtful thought, every hesitation, gone. I remembered that THIS was what I wanted to do. THIS was my job and I loved it. Every tear, every happy smile, every time they held hands and laughed. The moments, the memories, the way it all simply was.


I had the absolute privilege to second shoot for the ever fab Kristen last Saturday. And Nate and Amy did not disappoint.





I spent the beginning part of the afternoon with the gentlemen. This funny, outrageous, classy group of gentlemen. 




"Dude, you've gotta do it dramatically! For the picture!"






The guests started to arrive. Love love love this shot. Grandparents are the best. 


Holy smokes this location was amazing. 




This couple, we have to pause here, have been married for 65 years. I talked to them for a little bit and I really benefited from that short conversation. People who have been married for a long time have lots of wisdom. And this sweet couple was no exception. 








They were waiting for the ceremony to start, and Amy was supposed to pull up any moment. The groomsmen were all like, "Okay okay. We'll stand behind you. DON'T PEEK." 


And then she came. Her beautiful self with her fluttery nerves and adorable laugh. 







I think in this moment, when they see each other, something happens. Not magic. Not fluttery feelings. But real true gasps for breath and heart-wrenching love. I've never experienced it so I don't know for sure. But just seeing people in this moment makes me think that there is something deeper and more powerful than just shallow smiles and feelings. 





And they are married! And they walked out of their own ceremony before it was over. Funniest moment of the day by FAR. 















The light was unreal during the cocktail hour. 





They are so precious. 






Happy wedding day you two lovebirds. 

21 comments:

Oriana said...

ellie, these are STUNNING. you have such a talent. xo

Abbie said...

love these. can't believe you second-shot for kristen! that's awesome :)

i can't wait to see more of your wedding photography work. you'll be SO good at it.

love ya! <3

Meredith Sledge said...

So beyooootiful!

madison kate said...

these are fantastic photos, ellie. every single shot. just lovely. you captured this day perfectly. so real. and full of happy.

Kiley Marissa said...

THIS IS AMAZING, YOU are amazing, Kristen is amazing, weddings are amazing. okay I'm done. but seriously you're super amazing and awesome and oh my gosh I love weddings. hahaha.

Amelia Sutton said...

Ellie, Ellie, Ellie! YOU ARE SO FABULOUS. and these photos? amazing. seriously, when I read Kristen's blog post last week, I (tried to comment but internet went out & didn't...) thought that if she hadn't said you second shot, she'd have done the whole thing herself. You've done an incredible job with this wedding & I'm so excited to see more from you in the future! xoxo

Sarah said...

I have a thing for little details so I got stuck on the bin of flip flops, WHAT WERE THEY FOR??? I have no doubt they had a point and the whole time I kept looking to see what it was!

Ashley said...

Wow! Just...wow. These are absolutely gorgeous. Looking through them brought tears to my eyes. Just stunning. And I am not just saying so because I am your mom :) ( although I am, and I am very proud of you!)

Madison said...

These photos are GORGEOUS Ellie!! You did such a great job. :)) ahhhh, weddings are so beautiful.

Hannah Nicole said...

SO proud of you. This is a beautiful wedding and you wrote some words that really matter. Love it all. :)

abby said...

These are SUCH GREAT photos. You did a GREAT GREAT job. Really.

Grace Taylor said...

I must say, Ellie, you've really outdone yourself. You're destined to be an accomplished wedding photographer. Loooovelovelove.

Rachel Greene said...

ELLIE! THESE ARE FANTASTIC! Kristen was blessed to have you as her second shooter. The quality is incredible, the light, everything! Way. to. go. You ARE a wedding photographer. No doubt :D

Rachel Clarke said...

Good grief kid. You're going to take over the world with these mad skills. For real. You've grown by leaps and bounds! Beautiful job.

Golden Wedding Stage said...

Awesome Photography!!it adds more excitement to see the weddings..

Jocee said...

fantastic! i love these so much.

Morgan said...

The last photo. perfection. adore. all of these are uh mazing. superb job! love your photog style!

Julia Mary said...

So lovely, all of it!

carlotta said...

DEFINITELY my favorite wedding of yours ever. lfksldjflsdkfjsldkjfskdfj I cannot handle it. Look how far you've come since you second shot at a grocery store! ;) you are amazing.

Olivia said...

nice! love the guys peach sneakers- casual, yet dressy! :)

Simply me said...

Gorgeous pictures great work!!!!