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Jennifer & Jim were introduced through their mutual friend, Gretchen. The two met for the first time at Blue 5 for some cocktails. Jennifer was new in town and hardly knew anyone but Jim on the other hand seemed to know everyone! That night, Jennifer was introduced to several of Jim’s friends and family members that also happened to be there. A few days later, the two had a proper dinner date and then another date hiking to Devil’s Marble Yard. Three years later and here they are!

June 14 last year seemed to be a regular, crazy work day. Jennifer decided to stay a little later at work, making her get home even later. After stopping by the gym and then Fresh Market for groceries, Jim was texting her to hurry up and come home. Jennifer made it home and everything seemed normal around the house. Jimmy didn’t seem any different than his normal self. After an evening shower, Jennifer came down the stairs and found an envelope on the banister reading “Open before you come down.” The card in the envelope contained the most heartwarming and loving sentiments. She had no idea what was going on. After going down the stairs and turning into the kitchen, she noticed the lights were dim and candles were lit. Jimmy got down on one knee and reiterated some of the amazing words he had written in the card. He then asked Jennifer to marry him. Elated, surprised, and tingling with excitement, Jennifer said yes! Jimmy had bought a special bottle of “J” champagne to celebrate. The rest of the night was perfect!

Jennifer & Jim’s wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. The key colors for their wedding were blush pink and sage green with gold and silver metallics. These colors worked so well together! The church was breathtaking. After the ceremony, the couple opened a very special bottle of “J” champagne. It was the same kind that they drank the night Jim proposed. Jim had purchased both bottles at the same time and they had been saving this second one for their special day! After capturing some amazing shots of just the two of them, Jennifer & Jim arrived to their reception at the Patrick Henry Ballroom where they had their first dance to Chris Stapleton’s More of You. The rest of the night was so much fun spent with all of their loving family and friends.

Venue: Seth Davis with Patrick Henry Ballroom

Caterer & Cake/Desserts: Mark Baldwin with Blue Ridge Catering

Wedding Planner : Kellie Mintner with Allure Weddings & Events

Flowers: Mark Frye with Creative Occasions

Band: Klaxton Brown

Hair & Makeup: Lauren Metro & Cady Garst with Lash etc.

Photogrpahers: Patricia Giovannini & Jason Collins with Pat Cori Photography

Jessica and Alec have been such a joy to work with and I am so happy they chose me to be their wedding photographer.

Their details were elegant and rustic with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop.

While the day brought rain and caused them to move things around, they handled it all with grace and we really had a fun time improvising!

 Their day began with both of them getting ready at House Mountain Inn. Jessica wore a beautiful gown embellished with lace that buttoned down the back. Her bridesmaids wore elegant dusty rose colored, knee-length dresses. Jessica came up with a really fun way for them to all have a unique look by giving each bridesmaid a bouquet of different flowers that stayed within the color scheme. She and the florist then came up with the idea to make her own bouquet a combination of her favorite David Austin Rose and some of the flowers used in each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

The invitations they had done by Sable and Gray Paper company used the same dusty pink color and really reflected the feel of the wedding day.

I was so excited that they wanted to do a “first look”. (That is what we call it when a Bride and Groom are interested in meeting each other before the ceremony). While I work to capture the expressions when every bride and groom first meet each other, a first look can sometimes allow for a more intimate moment between the bride and groom when they first see each other  (though there can sometimes be a cheering squad hiding and watching from a nearby perch.) More and more couples have been doing this not only because they have that intimate moment alone before the ceremony, but this also allows them to do family portraits earlier and to enjoy their guests during cocktail hour.

I had Alec stand with his back to the stairs while Jessica approached him from behind and caught his reaction when he turned to see her. It was such a special moment between the two of them!

The ceremony was perfect and the covered Pavilion allowed for beautiful natural lighting that gave an outdoor feel to the wedding, while still being protected from the rain.

Their reception was equally beautiful with great details including centerpieces created by the bride and her friends. The gold, bronze and copper painted mason jars and wine glasses held an assortment of dusty rose flowers. Their wedding cake was made by a friend of theirs and it had four flavors: dark chocolate with raspberry filling, carrot cake with buttercream, almond cake with blackberry filling & vanilla bean with blueberry filling. Yummy!!!

Jessica and Alec surprised everyone with a special choreographed dance to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison. They hadn’t told a single soul about it so there was definitely a WOW factor! Jess mentioned that the dance lessons from Enzo Esposito for her and Alec were one of the most fun parts of the wedding planning. She said it was like having a guaranteed date night once a week leading up to the wedding! And talking to him helped a lot in planning their Italian honeymoon!

A few days before the wedding I remember Jessica calling me all worried. She had been looking at the weather forecast and it was calling for rain. We talked about them bringing their rain boots and I told her that if they were willing to play, there was no rain that would stop us from playing! And thanks to the staff of House Mountain Inn that helped us stage it, we were able to capture a beautiful shot in the rain, with candles surrounding them on the beautiful staircase of the venue. We even have a fun videoclip of Jason & I setting up the lighting for this shot right here! 🙂

Throughout the night the dance floor was full of guests there to celebrate their big day with them, and I am so honored to have had the chance to capture it for them!

Jessica & Alec’s testimony.

Venue: House Mountain Inn

Catering: House Mountain Inn

Flowers: University Florist

Cake: Charlotte

Invitations: Sable and Gray Paper Co.

Makeup: Lash Etc.

Videography: Michael’s Video

Photography : Patricia Giovannini & Jason Collins with Pat Cori Photography

We started the day off with getting ready at The Cambria Hotel. Everyone was relaxed and enjoying the morning. Carmella’s dress was beautiful and that top (that she got on Amazon!!!) just made it even more unique.

We then went to Braeloch. Which is where their ceremony and reception took place. All the decorations, centerpieces and hand lettered signs were done by Carmella herself!

The sunset was one of the most beautiful I have ever had the pleasure to photograph, as you can see in the pictures.. And to top everything, their first dance, (“The time of my life”),  was a huge hit! They choreographed it like the movie “Dirty Dancing”.

Anyone who knows Carmella & John knows that they are the perfect couple. Not only they are beautiful inside and out they are playful and funny! Carmella has one of the most captivating smiles I have ever seen! She can light up a room! And John is such a gentleman. They were definitely meant for each other.

 

Hotel: Cambria Suites
Venue: Braeloch
Wedding Planner : Ode to Joy Events
Caterer:  Pumpernickel Pickle
Videography: Michaels Video and Wedding Cinema
Makeup:  Lash etc.
DJ: Mark Taylor for Master Taylor Entertainment
Photography: Patricia Giovannini & Jason Collins with  Pat Cori Photography

When I first started doing photography professionally, I began shooting mostly children, family, and senior sessions. I then started working with couples doing engagement sessions and weddings and I just fell in love with it….

Every wedding is so different and unique.

I get to know each couple and have the honor to tell their story through my images. There is so much that you can tell with every little detail captured. The best part is getting to work with people of different ethnicities and religious affiliations. During this wedding, Jason & I didn’t put the camera down a minute! Even though we knew what was going to happen, everything was going on so fast and we were scared to miss a moment! It was a really special and touching ceremony!

Planner : Cherish the Moment, LLC
Ceremony Venue: Shantiniketan Temple
Reception Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: HazelBea Catering
Cake: Evie’s Wildflour Wedding Cakes
Flowers: George’s Flowers
Salon: Lash etc.
DJ: Sunny Singh
Lighting : Lighting Ninja Inc. We Control Shadows.
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Photographers: Patricia Corigliano Giovannini & Jason Collins for Pat Cori Photography

I am in my office, editing and finishing up my last weddings of 2016 and it’s starting to snow.. It gives me such a great feeling of relaxation. There is a warm meal cooking in the oven, I’m drinking a cup of coffee while I’m getting work  done, all while there is this peaceful silence outside.

So while images and galleries are uploading, I looked back at my website and I felt a little ashamed.. My last blog was from a wedding in April 2016!!! I have had 24 weddings after that one and they’re not featured anywhere on my website!! So, I guess my New Year’s resolution is to blog more about these amazing couples and their wedding day!!!  What better day to start, if not on a snowy one?!

Here are some images from an amazing Henna party that was held the night before their wedding, in April. Aren’t these colors and details just amazing?!
Stay posted and I will post the wedding day pictures too!

 

 

 

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