May 12, 2018. It was a toasty afternoon in the countrysides of Goochland County, at Clover Forest Plantation. Kathy and Phil were getting ready for their big day, in their respective areas. The bride-to-be and her bridesmaids indoors with the air conditioning, and Phil and the groomsmen in the outhouse 😅
But hey, grooms don't have to worry about makeup, so I think that's fair!
The couple didn't care too much for getting ready shots, so we skipped to the pre-ceremony portraits. We took some lovely backlit portraits of Kathy, and photos of Phil and his groomsmen.
We proceeded to the ceremony on the beautiful hillside of the plantation. It was a truly gorgeous venue! The ceremony kicked off with a stair-based procession.
For the most part, things went as expected. The pastor gave his speech and proctored the vows. The bridesmaids shed some tears, the groomsmen fidgeted with anticipation for the festivities to come. It came time to exchange the rings, and it was discovered the rings was switched! Phil's dad (also the best man) was the suspected culprit.
It was revealed to be a mistake, but an entertaining moment nonetheless. The ring exchange was completed, and the two shared their first kiss as man and wife.
The ceremony recessed, and cocktail hour began. During this time, we took bridal party and family photos. It was a large group, but we managed to make it work! Thankfully, in the shade.