12 Ridges Vineyard Virginia Wedding


July 23, 2020

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Andrew and Katy first met on a church retreat in spring of 2016. They got to know each other and bonded over the fact Andrew knew hot to paddle a canoe and Katy did not. Nonetheless, they caught each other’s eye. However, they failed to exchange contact information and it was not until spring of 2018 that they reconnected. 

In early 2018, their dear friend, Calley Powell, hosted a dinner party at her home in Houston that they both attended. One month later Andrew and Katy had their first date in Houston.

The year that followed was full of adventure, delicious food, often prepared by Andrew, and meeting each other’s families, all while they fell in love! It did not take long for them to realize they where the perfect pair.

Andrew decided to ask Katy’s father for her hand in marriage in December. A few months later Katy and Andrew took a trip to Switzerland. Andrew decided to propose to Katy in the Swiss Alps in the middle of a snow storm. Katy says that she will never forget the snow falling all around them and how she got to focus solely on Andrew in that incredible moment. She even said yes twice!

In October of 2019 Andrew and Katy where married in Raphine Virginia at 12 Ridges Vineyard surrounded by friends and family. After a beautiful outdoor ceremony on top of a hill over looking the vineyard Andrew and Katy spent the night dancing away under the stars.

If I had to choose one word to describe Andrew And Katy’s wedding I would choose the word joyful. Every aspect of Andrew and Katy’s day was filled with laughter and joy. So many happy memories comes to mind but three stick out.

The first memory is from the groomsmen portrait session. I asked the men to do something in their photo to illustrate their excitement for Andrew. They all decided to jump and nailed it on the first try, jumping for joy.

My second favorite memory was when Katy and Andrew took the stage and sang a duet.

Perhaps my favorite memory though came from the bride and groom portrait session. For one of the prompts I asked Andrew and Katy to spin. When we were done Katy turned to me laughing and said ” I had to have my ‘sound of music’ moment.’

I have had the privilege of photographing and documenting many joy filled weddings but this one at 12 Ridges Vineyard is going to stick with me!

Wedding Planner: Karen McGrath & Team w/ Amore Events – https://amoreeventsco.com/?utm_campaign=WeddingWire&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=weddingwire.com

Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering – https://www.hmcatering.com

Band: Harley Boone w/ EastCoast Entertainment – https://www.bookece.com/artists/harley-boone

Tent: Virginia Tent Rental – http://www.vatentrental.com

Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms – https://hedgefineblooms.com

Venue: 12 Ridges Vineyard – https://www.12ridges.com

Bridal Hair & Nails: Wintergreen Resort Spa & Salon – https://wintergreenresort.com/Spa-Home/

Ceremony Musician: Courtney Hooper – https://www.courtneyhoopermusic.com

Transportation: Abermarle Limousine https://www.albemarlelimousine.com & Quick’s Bus Company http://quicksbus.com

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