Virginia Wedding Photographers | Best of Weddings 2018

As another year comes to a close, we are shocked to be writing this blog again and recapping another wedding season. This year marks our 4th full wedding season as a husband and wife, Virginia wedding photographers and each year just keeps getting better and better. 2018 flew by in the blink of an eye, but we did manage to capture a few memories for our couples along the way. We were honored to be a part of 12 couples wedding days and we’re so thankful for everyone of them. Only 4 of our weddings this year were local, while the rest of them were across the state of Virginia, with one amazing trip to Callawassie Island, South Carolina. We delivered more images to our clients than ever before and spent more time fostering those relationships than we have in the past.

When we found out we were expecting a little one last year, we knew that we wanted to take on less weddings this year so that we wouldn’t be spending too much time away from him during his first year of life. As inquiries came in, we prayed about each one to make sure they were the best fit for us before saying yes. We were so thankful for all of our couples that we said yes to this year because they, more than any other year, truly became friends of ours along the way. They watched us become parents for the first time and watched as our little man grew throughout his first year of life. They congratulated us during each milestone and cheered us on along the way. Almost every single one of them asked us, on their wedding day, how Isaiah was doing and said how much they enjoyed seeing photos and videos of him online. The encouragement and support from our couples throughout this year has been so important to us.

We are so thankful that we are in the business of capturing memories and building relationships with people; not just making money. While wedding photography obviously helps support our family, the relationships that we’ve built with our clients are some of our favorite relationships in our lives. We are so blessed that God has chosen us to capture beautiful memories for our clients and build real friendships with people we otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we LOVE our job. We’re so thankful God has tasked us with it.

Though I could continue to go on about how amazing all of our 2018 clients were, here is our look back on yet another amazing wedding season with our Rowlands Photography couples, starting with some of our favorite bridal detail images.


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bride and groom getting ready at callawassie island wedding south carolinabride getting ready at hermitage hill farm by virginia wedding photographersbride and groom getting ready at vineyard estate at new kent winery weddingarmy officer groom getting ready at 718 venue in fredericksburg vabride in bridal suite at 718 venue by fredericksburg virginia photographer


From emotional first looks to reading letters from one another on opposite sides of a door, these special moments of a wedding day are always some of our favorites to capture for our couples. These moments are raw, unrehearsed, and real. These are the memories you remember, 50 years after your wedding day.


son hugging his mom on her wedding day emotionalbride and groom exchange letters on wedding day by virginia wedding photographersbride reads letter on wedding day at estate at white hall weddingemotional bride and groom read letters at callawassie island wedding by sc wedding photographersbride cries while reading letter on wedding day at hermitage hill farm by virginia wedding photographersbride and groom hold hands around barn door at chesapeake va weddingemotional bride and groom read letters around door at vineyard estate at new kent winerybride and groom hold hands around door at hermitage hill farm wedding by waynesboro wedding photographeremotional bride and groom first look at sugar mill ruins callawassie island weddingbride prays with bridesmaids at chesapeake wedding by hampton roads photographersfamily prays for bride and groom at vineyard estate new kent winery weddingbride walks down stairs at estate at white hall vineyard wedding


In minutes before our couples become husband & wife, there is so much anticipation. Some grooms cry, while others are able to hold it together. No matter the reaction, the ceremony is beginning and they are both in disbelief that they are finally here, exchanging vows and rings, and about to become husband & wife.


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The wedding party is where the party actually starts!

We’ve got to hand it to our couples when we say that they choose the best people to surround themselves with on their wedding days. We have met so many amazing bridesmaids and groomsmen this year. So much love for these couples and so many devoted friends that will do anything to make sure their day goes off without a hitch. Not to mention, check out how well they all clean up! We really had a blast with every wedding party this year.


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Our brides and grooms this year were SO attractive! Now, we know it’s their wedding day and they are dressed to the nines for the occasion, but we really feel like each and every one of them had a glow about them. We found ourselves saying over and over again about our brides that they were “made to be a bride.” Every one of them was drop dead gorgeous. And the grooms cleaned up so well too. We loved the time we got to spend on portraits for each of them. Our couples are notorious for making our jobs too easy.


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Their first portraits as husband & wife! Our favorite time of the day! This is when our relationship that we’ve been building with them really shines because we often don’t have as much time as we would like to do portraits for them. As we run through our normal, expected poses, we love when we catch them in their natural element, just flirting with one another. It’s such a sweet time and try to capture just how giddy they are to finally be Mr. & Mrs. We love our couples so much and a part of us is really sad when this time comes to and end because we know that the end of their wedding day is not far behind.


bride and groom in garden at maymont park wedding by richmond wedding photographersbride and groom at vineyard estate new kent winery by virginia wedding photographersbride and groom on bridge at sugar mill ruins on callawassie islandbride and groom on swing at estate white hall vineyard wedding by virginia wedding photographersgroom kisses brides forehead in open field at hermitage hill farm and stable weddingbride and groom at breaux vineyard wedding by virginia wedding photographersbride and groom at historic post office wedding by hampton roads wedding photographersbride and groom on rainy wedding day at historic st lukes church in smithfield virginiaarmy officer groom and bride hug at 718 venue wedding in fredericksburg virginiabride and groom pose under chandelier at hilton garden inn wedding in suffolk vadouble exposure of bride and groom with moon at richmond weddingbride and groom hold each other during south carolina weddingbride and groom laugh together at estate white hall vineyard wedding bride and groom with veil at smithfield virginia weddingbride and groom kiss at country chic wedding in chesapeake virginiabride and groom walk at sunset at hermitage hill farm weddingbride and groom hug at estate at white hall vineyard weddingbride and groom laugh outside of red barn at vineyard estate at new kent winerybride and groom kiss with sunset sunflare behind them at breaux vineyard weddingbride and groom sit on lounge couch at 718 venue weddingbride and groom watch sunset at south carolina wedding by sc wedding photographergroom kisses bride in stable at hermitage hill farm by virginia wedding photographersgroom leads bride down staircase at hermitage hill farm wedding


Is it really the end of a wedding day if you don’t have a grand exit? Sparklers, bubbles or birdseed, it doesn’t matter. These moments are always so fun to capture for our couples because you see the true excitement they feel and the faces of their friends and family surrounding them as they send them off to start their new life together.


groom kisses bride under sparklers at grand exit at new kent winerybride and groom kiss during bubble exit at maymont park richmond weddingbride and groom hug under sparklers at chesapeake virginia weddingbride and groom laugh during grand exit from suffolk virginia weddingbride and groom kiss under bird seed exit from smithfield weddingbride and groom kiss under sparklers at breaux vineyard wedding bride and groom kiss under street lights in fredericksburg virginia


We had the best 2018 because we had the best couples. Though we will miss them all dearly, we can’t wait for 2019 and all the new adventures it will bring!

Your favorite Hampton Roads Virginia wedding photographers wish you a happy New  Year, everyone!

Blessings,

Michael & Chelsea

rowlandsphotography.com

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Want to see other Best of Weddings blogs from past years?

Best of Weddings 2017 | Rowlands Photography

Best of Weddings 2016 | Virginia Wedding Photographers

Best of 2015 | Virginia Photographers


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