Sean + Deirdre

I really love styled shoots! I don’t know how to use them to my best advantage yet, but as a relatively-new wedding photographer, I’ve loved the ones I’ve participated in so far! It’s a time you can focus more on a certain “look” and feel, and it’s always so fun to meet the “bride” and “groom” – who in some cases are a couple but not even married yet! It’s also a collaborative effort with vendors to showcase everyone’s talents and this really appeals to me, too.

This particular shoot was wildly crazy, with tons of photographers and a lot of running around trying to get shots, but I still really enjoyed it.  I love movement and wide open spaces, and I literally had to pull Sean and Deirdre out away from the building, run to the field, and grab this shot in all of about five minutes. What I love about this one is Sean looks like Superman who just caught Lois Lane, and he might just take off with her again for his next move! 


The Bride of this 1950s Wedding Styled Shoot – planned by the wonderful KLayne Styled – grew up watching old movies with her grandmother and was captivated by the nostalgic elegance and romance. While her fiance loves an old fashioned whiskey, she’s a glass-of-wine kind of girl, so having her wedding at a winery was the perfect fit! The scene was set in the rolling hills of Scottsville, Virginia at Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard and incorporated old-world details with a luxurious, updated feel. Spectacular scenic vistas with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and vibrant vineyards created this dream venue.

The Bride wanted her family and friends to feel the magic of a time gone by. She didn’t want fussy, she wanted fun, and her fiance surprised her with a retro motorbike on the big day!  Their wedding was a nod to the past while celebrating the present with a toast to the future. 

Deirdre and Sean fit these roles so well. A fun-loving, adventurous, and classy couple! 

In real life, Sean and Deirdre met on a freezing cold January day at the dog park. Deirdre noticed Sean the second he walked in with his dog Bear, and Sean used his dog to start talking to Deirdre. While they were busy talking, a not-so-nice dog ambushed Sia (Deirdre’s dog) from behind and started to draw blood. Sean jumped in to the rescue and calmed both Deirdre and dog down.  Instead of asking for her number on her way out, Sean asked what time they usually come to the dog park and then came every day for the next month waiting to run into her again. When Deirdre finally made it back to the park, Sia was not so happy to be back after the incident, so they decided to head out and weren’t sure that they’d ever be going back! Just as they were exiting, Sean happened to be making his way in!  Sean, Deirdre and the dogs went on a walk instead and they all four fell in love with each other!

The bike is actually Sean’s and is what he used to pick up Deirdre for their first date!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Venue: @mountidafarm | Styled Shoot Coordinator: @klaynestyled   | Couple:@pencraftandpost | Wedding Portfolio Specialist: @dreamteamacademie  | Photographer: @kartchnerphoto | Planner: @simplyperfecteventsva | Rentals: @brideandjoyrentals | Vintage Car: @albemarlelimousine | Sidecar Motorcycle: @pencraftandpost | Florist/headpieces: @sarenafloraldesigns | Bakery: @custom.caked | Invitations: @okotaweddings | Shoes: @walkinonair | Jewelry: @darethcolburndesigns | Furs: @sissilydesigns | Rings: @emiconnerjewelry | Calligraphy: @millercalligraphy | Gifts: @marigoldgrey | Make-Up Artist: @nicolelaughlinmua | Hair stylist: @cecilymorganhair, @ashleysanchezrvabeauty, @brittanystagg_rva | Bridesmaids Dresses: @bellabridesmaids | Men’s Attire: @classictuxedos | Styling Mat: @lindalestudios | Alterations: @faribabridal_alterations

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