Shannon & Justin: Wedding

She has an amazing smile. Big, beautiful and genuine, it lights up her entire face. And an entire room. On the day of her wedding, she left no room in the dark. She was, afterall, marrying the man of her dreams.

With a wonderfully random iPod mix providing the soundtrack for the day, Shannon and her bridesmaids spent the pre-ceremony hours sharing stories, hairspray and bites of cheesecake. As the sounds of Britney Spears and Warren G danced in the air, Shannon prepared amidst a sea of smiles and laughter and love.

Large, dome-shaped chandeliers provided a warm glow to the Hilton Arlington ballroom as the wedding guests gathered to witness Shannon and Justin pledge their lives to each other. On the arm of her father, Shannon began her walk down the aisle and when she spotted Justin waiting for her, she smiled. And it lit up the entire room. She was, afterall, about to marry the man of her dreams.

Shannon and Justin- it was a pleasure and honor to photograph your wedding. You're both awesome individuals and I know your future together will be nothing short of amazing! I wish you all the best!

Putting on the finishing touches:

Shannon and Justin decided to have a First Look, which always makes me happy:

We found this fun wall and Shannon and Justin worked it:

And Shannon worked it solo! :)

Such a fun wedding party!

The ceremony and reception were held at the Hilton Arlington and it made for a very intimate venue:


Like any good Virginia Tech graduate, I have a special place in my heart for Metallica's Enter Sandman. Also like any good Virginia Tech graduate, I instinctively start jumping up and down when I hear it. I can't help it- it's in my Hokie blood. Luckily, this time, I kept my feet on the ground and was able to take a photo!

Shannon and her dad were so sweet...

...and the guests were FUN!

Last dance of the night:

A special thanks to Susan Solo for shooting with me! I had a great time and I hope we can do it again! :)

posted by Amy @ 8:12 PM,


At 9:29 AM, Blogger Mary Beth Tyson Photography said...

ahhhh.... these are so good - as usual!

yea! I get to see you in a week!

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Brandi said...

Beautiful job!! Beautiful bride as well!

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Jill Higgins said...

Hey girl - I love the "finishing touches" shot! Can't wait to see you soon in Cali! :)

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Kellan said...

Amy, that you? Welcome back to blogland. Loved the pictures, I particularly love the first look series, so sweet! I wish more couples would do this, it makes for some wonderful, honest photos.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Stacy Cross said...

Yaaay! A new wedding!! These are GORGEOUS. You are wonderful at what you do! Just fabulous!

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Desiree Hayes said...

These are fabulous!! I love new Amy posts! Rock it, girlie!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Ryel j Photography said...

Love the "workn it" part of the day. And your groupings are beautiful!!

At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Detra said...

Such a fan of your work!

At 2:20 PM, Blogger E said...

These are amazing Amy

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Caroline Ghetes said...

What a good-looking couple! You captured them very beautifully and I am sure they love these!

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At 8:28 PM, Blogger Heather Cheatham said...

These are crisp and beautiful - you did an amazing job with light, color and composition! Rock on, Amy!

At 8:38 PM, Blogger erich camping said...

You and Susan rocked this wedding!! The image of the bride and her father in the doorway is priceless:)

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Tunji Sarumi Photography said...

Great job

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Vanessa said...

I found your blog through another photographers, and I am so happy I did. WOW! You do amazing and I LOVE Your BRIDALS! STUNNING!

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Armin DeFiesta said...

Man you come up here quite often! LOL. Maybe one day we can do lunch or shoot together. Great work as always!

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous dana andreasson said...

Beautiful as always!

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Corinna Hoffman Photography said...

Great capture on all the expressions!! :-D

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Awesome to see new stuff on your blog. I miss your blogging! :-) Also, you are becoming such a great writer!! Love your intro! And of course great job on the photos! Fun wall!

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Rolf Loken Photography said...

Great photos Amy and good to hear you went to VT! I did as well and our pup is even named Hokie!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger jason groupp said...

Wow, so beautiful Amy! Love that shot with Dad!

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Mark Brooke Photographers said...

ok I seriously can not get over these! they look Rad!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Rachel Brooke said...

Gorgeous - these shots are all so creamy!

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Mary Marantz said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous work!! What a beautiful couple too!

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous katie Thurmes said...

Hey Amy!

I hope all is well with you - it's been FOREVER! I love these images - especially the series where they see eachother for the first time. hope to see you soon - wppi???! xoxo katie

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Kara Pennington Photography said...

These so great, Amy! Love the ring shot and all of the bride's prep shots are awesome! :)

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Gabe said...

Beautiful images Amy...well done!

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Cathy (and David) said...

I love your work! You caught some really great expressions and emotions.

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Absolutely stunning photos! :) You did an incredible job!

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