Church Wedding: Elegance Meets Simplicity | Lauren & Stephen

December 30, 2020


This church wedding was incredible. The wedding was a very small and intimate affair with immediate family and a few close friends. While it wasn’t the original plan that Lauren and Stephen had in mind, the day was perfect and much more focused on love than all of the extras.

A gallery of three images with wedding rings, a bride and the couple posing in front of a church

Close-knit church wedding

As a whole, the wedding was simple, elegant, intimate and laid- back. Even better, the location was Lauren’s childhood church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Goochland. The surrounding outdoors were beautiful and the architecture was astounding. I loved shooting this great couple. As you might see in the photos, Stephen is more quiet and reserved. Lauren is much more outgoing and a total people person.

Bride and groom in the aisle at their church wedding

Church wedding details with the groom and musiciansTheir long-awaited first dance

Lauren told me that her best memory of the day was, “The ability to have a first dance with Stephen, a father daughter dance, and a mother son dance. We weren’t sure if this would be possible but our musicians made it happen.” Lauren carried her grandmother’s pocket watch in her dress’s handy pockets to make the day even more special.

She also pointed out that the day was filled with, “reflecting on our long-term relationship and getting excited for our new future. I also can’t stop laughing at almost tripping up the stairs immediately after the wedding. I don’t think anyone saw but Stephen saved me from falling flat on my face and ripping my dress.”

We all need someone like Stephen to catch us when we fall, right?!

A couple walks to the church for their wedding on a fall day with leaves under their feet

Always down for cozy fall weddings

In short, it was an unbeatably cozy fall day and I couldn’t have been luckier in joining Stephen and Lauren as their wedding photographer. If you enjoyed seeing how I captured their wedding, contact me here or check out my Instagram to get another taste of my work.

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A gallery with the bride's shoes, rings and her dress
Father walks bride through an outdoor archwayChurch wedding on a fall dayGroom twirls bride in front of a churchBridal portraits for a church wedding
Couple portraits for a church wedding

CEREMONY | Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church

DRESS | Urban Set Bride

DESIGNER | Jenny Yoo

MUA | Guys and Dolls Salon

FLORISTS | Good Vibes Garden, White H0use Flowers 

CAKE | Frostings 

FLOWER GIRL | Only Little Once Designs

GROOM | Jos A. Bank

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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Church Wedding: Elegance Meets Simplicity | Lauren & Stephen

Church Wedding: Elegance Meets Simplicity | Lauren & Stephen

Church Wedding: Elegance Meets Simplicity | Lauren & Stephen

Church Wedding: Elegance Meets Simplicity | Lauren & Stephen

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