Sadie and Caleb tied the knot on October 19, 2019 with an intimate, yet full, wedding ceremony on a friend’s property in Coleman Falls, Virginia. Love coursed through every second of this October day. Friends and family helped set up & tear down both the ceremony and reception, all the food was made and served by their community, flowers were put together by Sadie’s grandmother, drinks at the reception venue were made and served by the Speaker Tree owner (friend to the couple). There were just so many moments that could not have happened without the help of the incredible community rallying around Sadie and Caleb on their best day. It was a honor to have a front seat.
Speaking of seats, while in the drivers seat on the way to the reception, WITH SADIE AND CALEB IN THE BACKSEAT, just after finishing the photos of just the two of them, guess who got a flat tire? THIS GIRL. Other photographers know, this really is a worst nightmare sort of situation. Thankfully, my second shooter was at the reception already capturing cocktail hour and all the details of the space. We spent a half-hour on the side of the road… a literal BRIDE standing there in the middle of nowhere, 20 minutes away from where we were supposed to be at that moment. I can’t say I’ve ever experienced anything in my photography career to the level of anxiety I felt as we pulled over to discover a flat tire. PRAISE THE LORD some of Sadie’s family members running late to the reception saw us and pulled over. We left my car on the side of the road after realizing the tire would not come off due to stripped lug nuts. You heard me right. Stripped lug nuts. Didn’t know those were a thing until that day. We made it to the reception, without my car, and I held back all my tears as one of the bridesmaids (I LOVE YOU, MADISON) asked if I was okay. It was almost comical… me speaking loudly to the towing company so they could hear me over the loud rock music and simultaneously changing the batteries in my flash. They finally got to my car though, and there really was nothing I could do at that point. SOO, I spent the reception celebrating all the love in the room, dancing my heart out, and holding back any tears fully prepared to explode out of my face from stress. Needless to say, I learned a lot that evening and honestly left feeling empowered, knowing that I did my job well… even through unexpected, slightly overwhelming circumstances.
And honestly, for most of the reception, I totally forgot about the car situation. It was one of the most joy-filled receptions I’ve ever attended. Mid-century/80s rock was blasted loud enough to hear down the street. The entire room was dancing and screaming at the top of their lungs. This was a PARTAYYY.
The way Caleb looked at Sadie dancing from across the room was a sight to BEHOLD. There was love and love and more love… between the couple, between family and friends. It was beautiful in the best way.
Congrats to Sadie and Caleb! Even with the hiccups earlier in the evening, it was the highest honor to capture your ridiculously stunning wedding day. Sending you both my love and prayers as you start your life together as husband and wife!!
Vendors: Photography: Victoria Holbert // Second Shooter: Bella Burke // Bridal Hair: Abigail Ashcroft // Reception Venue: Speaker Tree // Florals: Irvington Spring Farm // Reception Music: Brandon Smith
January 16, 2020