Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | Engaged | Maggie + Masion

Enjoyed a lovely engagement session last weekend with Maggie and Mason on his family’s property!  It was a perfect Spring evening hiking around the property with the two of them watching the sun set.  Can’t wait to be there for your wedding at Veritas Vineyards this Fall.  Enjoy your e-preview!

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The Barn at Aspen Grove Wedding | Elkton, VA | Anna + Nate

We had the honor of shooting the first wedding at The Barn at Aspen Grove since the new renovations, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!  Anna added so many special touches to her wedding day.  Some of our favorite details include the fresh flowers in her hair, the borrowed jewelry from her grandmother, and the signing of puzzle pieces by the guests.  This was a first for us, but a really neat idea.  They plan to assemble the puzzle each year on their anniversary!  But the icing on the cake (no pun intended!) was the “potted meat” grooms cake and the cupcakes made to resemble a pack of Kings Hawaiin Rolls! Yes my friends, look closely at that package of “rolls” cause those are cupcakes!  We had a wonderful time shooting this wedding and we wish Anna and Nate the best for their future! Thank you for having us there as part of your special day.

Salon – Studio Salon
Venue – The Barn at Aspen Grove
DJ – XS Events
Flowers – Blakemore’s Flowers
Cake – Passionflower Cakes
Caterer/bartender – Hank’s Smokehouse
Officiant – Creative Ceremonies by Virginia Moore
Photography – Ward Photography
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The Boathouse at Sunday Park Wedding | Testimonials | Jessica + Anthony

Jason & Wendy were amazing!!! They photographed our rehearsal dinner and wedding and my husband and I have nothing but great things to say about these two. We received a blog of amazing photos that we could look at within 4 days of the wedding which was such a surprise at how fast that was available. Now we have all of the photos to look through and they are all fantastic. Would highly recommend this couple for anyone’s wedding or any other occasion.

Jessica and Anthony

Jessica and Anthonys wedding at The Boathouse at Sunday Park.

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Mayhurst Inn Engagement Session | Ward Photography | Samantha + JC

So happy this evening to share Samantha and JC’s engagement session from Mayhurst Inn in Orange, Va!   This is a special location for the two of them.  They met each other here in this very spot as guests at a wedding!  How romantic is that!  Now they want to tie their own knot:) Enjoy your highlights from your e-session!!  We can’t wait to be there for your Mount Ida Farm wedding this Summer!!

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The Boathouse Wedding at Sunday Park | Richmond, VA | Jessica + Anthony

So happy to share our first 2014 wedding from The Boathouse at Sunday Park!  Jessica and Anthony’s wedding was gorgeous down to every detail.  Look at Anthony’s face when he sees Jessica for the first time as she walks down the isle.  Such a beautiful moment!  We wish these two the best.  Thank you so much for having us there to document your day!

Vendors:
Venue & Catering – The Boathouse at Sunday Park
DJ – Party Time Entertainment
Hotel and Accommodations – Embassy Suite s Richmond, Va
Makeup and Hair – Studio FBJ Weddings
Menswear – Mens Warehouse
Transportation – Winn Transportation
Photography – Ward Photography
Videographer - Ginger Topham
Flowers - The Green Flamingo
Cake – A Cake to Remember
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Kiss Wedding Books | Ward Photography | Virginia Wedding Photographers

Today is an awesome day!  We get to show off one of our albums from Kiss Wedding Books!  We exclusively offer KISS Books to all of our wedding clients!  They are simple, square and hand made with true photographic printing on the finest Fuji crystal archival paper. Pages lay beautifully flat, so you don’t lose any of the image in an unsightly fold. A modern binding and block-building processes are used to bring everything together with a leather or linen cover.  We offer 3 sizes…8×8, 10×10 and 12×12 with lots of color options, spread designs and engraving!  We truly love these books and back their manufacturing quality with a lifetime guarantee.  For a full price-list contact us through the contact form.

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Ward Photography | Favorite photos of 2013

Happy New Year!  We’ve had an amazing year photographing some amazing people and we are so thankful to share some of our personal favorites from 2013!  2014 is looking to be a great year and we can’t wait to get started!!

J & Wendy

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Client Testimonials | Wedding Photography | Ward Photography

Wendy and Jason are excellent photographers. I’m so delighted with the quality of their work, professionalism, and friendliness. I highly recommend Ward Photography to anyone who wants beautiful, natural photos of their wedding events. I’ve told my friends about them and hope we can work together again. Wendy and Jason – You’re the BEST!

Kim + Geoffrey

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To Have First Look or Not Have First Look?…….that is the question!

We frequently get asked by our couples “how many of your clients do a first look”?  Here’s an exact answer for all of our upcoming clients!  Out of the 30 weddings we did last year, eight of them had a first look.  I have to admit I actually thought it was a higher percentage!  First looks have become very popular and although there are many different reasons for them, we decided to write a blog about the reasons why  WE love first looks.  With that being said let me also stress that we are not trying to persuade anyone to decide to have a first look.  That is completely up to our clients and definitely a decision that should be all their own.  We do hope however that this blog may help you to decide one way or the other.

As you will see in the photos that we have posted here, first looks are a very emotional, high energy, intense moment that may feel a bit like a roller coaster ride that takes place all in about two seconds.  From a photographer’s standpoint this is AWESOME!!!  Yes, I will be happy to capture such a moment for you to cherish forever!  However, you have to decide…..do you want this special moment to take place in a quite and private surrounding with only the photographers present? (and maybe your bridal party at a distance)  Or do you want to keep it traditional and have this moment take place at the end of the aisle for all of your family and friends to witness and share with you?  One advantage to doing this in private may be that it does seem to calm the nerves a bit before you are standing at the end of that aisle! And many couples prefer to cherish that sacred moment of seeing each other for the first time in private.  It seems to allow them to really take each other in for a moment, to observe each other, to kiss without an audience, to breathe.  Again from a photography standpoint, it also allows us to capture that moment in more detail and without distractions.

When you allow time for a first look, it generally will also allow time for more formal photos. This too is another advantage.  After the moment is seized and captured, the tears are shed and everyone is breathing normally again, we will proceed to get some formal portraits of the bride and groom.   These photos (which are the most important ones IMO) are the very ones that sometimes get put on the back burner after everything else and all other photos have taken place.  When these photos come last, we risk another whole set of issues such as darkness setting in, hungry bride and groom, wedding coordinators pointing at their watch, ect…….. So you can certainly see the advantage of getting those shots before the wedding even takes place!

So there you have it.  A couple of things to keep in mind for your own wedding day and whether or not you want to have that first look, or keep it traditional!  Either way, we will capture every moment as it unfolds!

J & Wendy

 

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