January 2, 2019

Katrina & Ari

Photographer: Jenna, Weddings

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Oscar De La Renta bridal shoes and Kleinfield Bridal gown by Alita Graham photo

For this wedding, we traveled from Raleigh to Williamsburg, Virginia to photograph Katrina & Ari’s big day at the beautiful Kingsmill Resort! I had personally never been there, but I had heard all about it from A.J. shooting a Kingsmill wedding there this past May. And goodness, it is beautiful! Nestled right on the James River, the resort and property is dreamy. What a fun experience it was to be a Kingsmill Resort wedding photographer for Katrina & Ari’s day. The elegant feel of the property was perfect for the style of their wedding!

There’s so much I remember about this day. Not only was it beautiful and classy, but it was also full of tradition! This was the first full Jewish wedding that I have photographed, and I loved every second of it! It was such a blast for me to learn about these wedding day traditions and to photograph these special moments for Katrina & Ari. Prior to their ceremony on the lawn, Katrina & Ari signed the Ketubah, the Jewish marriage agreement. But just before the Ketubah signing, Katrina & Ari had a moment to themselves, which was a really sweet and intimate moment for me to capture! With such a busy day, this quiet moment together was really special.

Following the signing of the Ketubah was the Tisch and Bedeken, both of which are ceremonies with close friends and family to honor and celebrate the bride and groom separately. At the end of each of these ceremonies, Ari walked in with his guys from the Tisch to the Bedeken where Katrina waited for him. This is the traditional Jewish veiling ceremony, and it’s the last big moment before everyone lines up to go out to the ceremony. When I think back on their day and all the events we got to the witness, the word I think of is celebratory. There was so much joy, celebration, and excitement from Katrina & Ari’s family and friends as these two joined together as husband and wife!

Their ceremony on the lawn was beautiful. Katrina’s dad walked her down an aisle covered in rose petals, and the James River in the background was gorgeous. Their style was perfectly represented in what everyone wore — Katrina wore a gorgeous Alita Graham dress that was made for her, and Ari totally rocked a cream colored jacket. The white florals and blush bridesmaid dresses were the perfect match too! And speaking of style, when I walked into their reception space, my jaw dropped. Heavy candlelight, amazing blush and white florals, and a monogrammed greenery wall. You have to come see for yourself! It was such an elegant evening, and Jess at Wedding Co. of Williamsburg did such an incredible job helping to make Katrina & Ari’s vision come to life!

We used the last little bit of sunlight for sunset portraits on the James River, and this was probably my favorite part of being a Kingsmill Resort wedding photographer. What a dream that was! Katrina & Ari, thank you for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day. It was a stunning day, and it’s so evident that you two are so loved by all your friends and family, and each other. We are so excited to have this day featured on Wedding Chicks. Click here to come see!

Ceremony Venue: Kingsmill Resort
Reception Venue: Kingsmill Resort
Photographer: A.J. Dunlap Photography
Coordinator: Wedding Co. of Williamsburg, LLC.
Florist: The Flower Cupboard
Band: Affirmative Groove Band
Caterer: Kingsmill Resort
Cake Artist: Kingsmill Resort
Hair Stylist: Jennifer Saunders Makeup
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Saunders Makeup
Rentals: Big Top Entertainment
Lighting: Stage Right Lighting
Bridal Gown Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal
Gown Designer: Alita Graham
Bridal Shoes: Oscar De La Renta
Bridesmaids Gown Shop: Mimi’s Bridal Shop
Bridesmaids Gown Designer: Watters
Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Stationery Designer: Cardinal and Straw
Calligrapher: Cardinal and Straw
Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: Jamestown String Quartet
Bedeken & Hora Musicians: Heavy Shtetl
Second Photographer: Kevyn Dixon

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