Stephanie and James
Venue: The Inn at Little Washington
September 28, 2013
When Stephanie contacted me to photograph her intimate vows with her then fiance, James, I was pretty excited to say the least. Especially since it was going to be such an intimate event I was so humbled that she actually wanted me to be there to capture it.
I have been to Washington, VA a few times with my previous job but I had never been to the infamous Inn at Little Washington. It truly is the quintessential bed and breakfast and world famous restaurant that it claims to be. It did not disappoint. At ALL. The rooms of the inn are so elegantly rustic and the cottage that Stephanie and James stayed in was definitely top notch, but you didn't feel like you were going to break everything just by looking at it. The attention to detail at the Inn at Little Washington is like no other. The staff holds impeccable professionalism and are spot on in catering to each guest. I quietly watched them work as I photographed the outside of the building and I was so impressed. I worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 10 years, including several fine dining establishments and well sought after B&Bs. The Inn was like nothing I have ever seen before, as either a guest or working. It was simply jaw dropping and as soon as I stepped foot onto the property I knew that this intimate wedding would hold a very special place in my heart.
As soon as I saw Stephanie, her eyes filled with tears of joy. The raw emotion of love mixed with shear happiness radiated from her and of course it didn't take long for me to grab a tissue for myself. This doesn't happen that often anymore, I have been a part of so many weddings and each one is special in their own way but this was different. This was not the over the top centerpieces and hundreds of people to tend to type of wedding. It was simply about the love of two people and the intimacy of that alone was one of the most profound exchanges of vows that I have ever been a part of.
Stephanie was gorgeous as usual (please see below, hehe) and James was just as I had imagined he would be. Kind, thoughtful and looked at Stephanie that day like she was the only person that existed on this planet. I cried like a baby during their ceremony. No really. It was close to embarrassing. Luckily I had a big fat camera in front of my face or it would have been bad. I think at one point the viewfinder fogged up but I don't think I missed a single shot. I was mesmerized and in tune to this perfect union of two very wonderful people. I could continue writing and writing but I will let the photos finish this post :).
Thank you so much for including me in your day, Stephanie and James. It was unforgettable.