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As a Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, receptions are some of my favorite parts of any wedding day! The nerves and wedding day jitters are gone, and now you get to relax and let loose. Just like when planning the ceremony and details, I encourage you to plan your reception to involve things that you enjoy and aspects of your life/relationship that you want to highlight. It’s your time to celebrate your marriage and this new chapter in your life with the people that matter most in your life.

Keep scrolling to see my top 3 planning tips so you’ll enjoy your time at your wedding reception and have it documented, too!

Couple on dance floor of Charlottesville Wedding Reception

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University of Virginia engagement sessions are especially popular for fellow alum who have many cherished memories together at their alma mater. This was definitely the case for Hannah and Ryan, making UVA the perfect place to celebrate their engagement! We explored some favorite spots around the gorgeous architecture of the Rotunda and the gardens surrounding […]

newly engaged couple kissing in front of university of virginia

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Stinson Vineyards located in the Blue Ridge Mountains was the perfect spot for Charlotte and Jake’s fall vineyard engagement session. Charlotte and Jake are some of the kindest souls, and so perfect for each other. Throughout their relationship, they focused on strong communication being the foundation of their story. They had a conversation about what […]

man and woman walking

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When planning your Charlottesville wedding, our thriving small business community makes it easy for you to support local at every step! Of course the big stuff like catering and florals are typically local. But you can find the details locally, too! Have you thought of welcome gifts, wedding favors, or thank you gifts yet? I […]

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Charlottesville is known for its beautiful vineyards and mountain scenery, but we have everything from garden views to elegant rooftops, cozy inns, rustic barns and farms, and more! Below is a list of my favorite 25+ Charlottesville wedding venues. Having photographed 100+ weddings, I’m familiar with most venues in the area. So if you have […]

Ceremony view of Charlottesville mountains