Blue Ridge Mountain Views

Leesburg, Virginia

 

 

Photography + Cinematography | Reel Film & Photo | @reelfilandphoto

Photography (second shooter) | Christina Anne Photography

Venue | The Oak Barn at Loyalty | @oakbarnva

Event Planner | Just the Letter Events

Floral Designer | Mini Rose Farm | @minirosefloral

Hair | Kait Jones Bridal Hair | @kaitjonesbridalhairllc

Makeup | KDJ-MUA | @kdj.mua

Beauty | DC Bridal | @dcbridal

From the Photographer

When we heard the story of a couple whose wedding photographer lost their wedding photos, we knew we wanted them to be part of our styled shoot. Jen and Eddy were left with no wedding photos, and no refund after an unfortunate photography mishap, and we were inspired to come alongside them and bring our best work to make sure they’d leave with an album of breathtaking shots. My spouse, Kevin, and I, the owners of Reel Film & Media, had one month (and not much of a budget) to pull together this styled shoot. We knew we wanted it to be holiday boho chic, with warm golden and amber tones, and we knew we wanted it to be a joyful day, and a gift to Jen and Eddy.

 

A few days out, the weather forecast showed 100% chance of rain. We had 6 vendors lined up to join us, all of whom had committed to be part of making our vision so. We went back and forth: wondering if we should change the date, concerned about the weather, and instead, we collectively decided to cross fingers and go ahead with it. We showed up with coffee and snacks to share on a crisp Sunday morning at The Oak Barn at Loyalty, a glamorous barn overlooking the mountains. Vendors started to arrive shortly after us, and it was becoming real. Christina Anne Photo as a second shooter and K Scarry as the planner with Just the Letter both got right to work with setting up details to transform the space. We had two other couples join us alongside Jen and Eddy, and we watched as Michelle with DC Bridal, Karina Dar Juan makeup artist, and Kait Jones Bridal Hair, worked with each of the brides to bring their hair and makeup dreams to life. Next was Mini Rose Flower Farm. They showed with bold arrangements, hand tied bouquets, and beautiful flower crowns to tie it all together.

 

Finally, the grooms arrived and we got to watch their first looks all over again: and they were just as stunned at their brides that day as they were on their wedding days. Their chemistry, joy, and love made our jobs easy. 6 hours flew by, and a full memory card later, we called it a day. As we were packing up, Kevin and I caught each other’s eye as we both realized: it did not rain one drop. We shared a champagne toast with the couples and vendors, exhaled a sigh of relief, and went home to start editing. Jen and Eddy now have a full album of wedding photos. We have forged strong relationships with the other vendors, and are committed to fortifying one another as a community trying to navigate being wedding vendors in 2020. This styled shoot was one for the books, it was meant to be!