Can I just tell you how excited I was knowing that I was going to be photographing a wedding at The Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan? The Mill at Fine Creek is an absolutely gorgeous venue for a wedding! Add a couple who is just as gorgeous such as Alicia & Drew and I was in heaven. When I first arrived I could not wait to start shooting. From the cottages, to the trees, to the beautiful ruins I was completely over stimulated and didn't know where to start first. I could have spent 5 hours just on the details alone. Since the wedding was only 5 hours I managed to pull myself together and head upstairs to the bridal suite. As I opened the door I was excited to see that the room was just as adorable as the rest of the cottage. Then I saw Alicia and was blown away by her beauty! She looked absolutely stunning. I didn't think she could possibly look any better and then she put on her dress. Alicia's dress was exquisite, she emitted so much elegance and radiance which fits her perfectly.
I was also excited to see her two sweet and hilariously charming daughters Anna and Reese again. Alicia & Drew chose to include Anna and Reese in their engagement session which is where we were first introduced. I knew after that session that they were going to provide me the opportunity for some fabulous images and I was anything but disappointed! Not only did they include them in the engagement session, but the ceremony as well. Anna was a bridesmaid along with Alicia's sister, Drew's younger sister and Reese was the flower girl.
Alicia & Drew could not have chosen a more perfect place for their intimate, quaint and romantic wedding! I was so excited that Alicia & Drew chose to do a "first look" before the ceremony. The look on Drew's face when he saw Alicia was priceless. The best part is when Alicia & Drew saw each other during the ceremony their wasn't a lack of excitement or surprise at all. You wouldn't have even known they already saw each other. Having the first look ahead of time also allowed us more time for bride and groom portraits. This was good seeing as it was an outdoor evening wedding and we were racing against the sun.
The ceremony took place in the ruins that were strung with globe bulb lights that made me feel as though I was walking through the back allies in Italy. Love was definitely in the air that night and everyone was filled with so much emotion. It was a beautiful ceremony and I have to admit I got a little teary eyed when Drew presented Anna and Reese each with a necklace followed by very touching words. Everything was perfect! Congratulations Alicia, Drew, Anna and Reese, I am so happy for your new family! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your event.
And now the groom!
The necklaces Drew presented to the girls!
It's almost time...
The girls were so excited and decided to surprise Drew with a "first look" of their own!
The real First Look
Get ready, these are gorgeous!!!
Get ready for some more gorgeousness!
Ending the evening with bubbles