Katie and Ryan’s day began at the bride’s grandmother’s home in Fords Colony, where the ladies munched Cheese Shop sandwiches in matching PJs as they prepared for the occasion. I love photographing wedding day prep in people’s homes because it offers a relaxed sentimentality that becomes evident in every photo. And this time was extra special because the home was originally constructed with a very specific wedding day vision in mind: it’s literally built around a grand staircase centerpiece that was designed for a beautiful bride to descend on her wedding day. And when that moment arrived, everyone was speechless and in tears as they watched Katie’s father greet her at the bottom of the stairs and see her for the first time.
Katie and Ryan exchanged vows in a classic ceremony inside Wren Chapel on the campus of the College of William and Mary. The couple interspersed their commitment to each other with beautiful hymns that echoed throughout the historic acoustics. Adding to the personalized sentiment was Katie’s mother, a pastor who attended William and Mary, herself, who offered her own reading during the ceremony.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour at Fords Colony Country Club while Katie, Ryan, and I hopped in a Town Car and drove through Colonial Williamsburg for some photos among the gardens. We then met up with their guests at Fords Colony and partied until late into the night, courtesy of DJ Barry McKay.