20151031-KeriAnn_Matt-366 Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Halloween Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Keri Ann & Matt¬†met in 2010 when they¬†started medical school at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA. They¬†officially started dating on after they¬†began hanging out when they¬†were both randomly assigned to the same research group. As medical school went on they¬†eventually moved in together, adopted a dog, and finally “couples matched” together at the University of Virginia for their¬†residencies. Within a week of moving to Charlottesville, Keri Ann and Matt got engaged (on a night that was almost a failure due to the stress of moving furniture all day with our families followed by a 2 hour wait at Citizen Burger)!

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

What was your favorite part of your wedding day? what was your most memorable moment?
“Our favorite part of the wedding day was the dancing! We never wanted the party to end as we danced the night away with our closest family and friends. The most memorable moment, however, was before the ceremony when we were reading the letters we wrote to each other. We stood around the corner so that we couldn’t see each other, but we were able to share the emotion of a private moment just for us before the madness of the day.”

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Charlottesville Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Charlottesville Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Halloween Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Halloween Wedding Halloween Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Halloween Wedding Halloween Wedding

Share what your inspiration was for your wedding. 
“We wanted to have an indoor Halloween wedding that would capture the fun spirit of Keri’s favorite holiday while still being classy, romantic, and traditional. We opted for a classic black and white color scheme with a touch of blush and lace to give it a vintage feel.”

Jefferson Theater Wedding Jefferson Theater Wedding Jefferson Theater Wedding Halloween Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Halloween Wedding Halloween Wedding Jefferson Theater Wedding Jefferson Theater Wedding Jefferson Theater Wedding

Halloween Wedding Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

What’s next now that you are married?
“We took a short trip – a “mini-moon” – to San Francisco to see Alcatraz, the Winchester Mystery House, and the Golden Gate Bridge, but we are hoping to go to Thailand (where some of Matt’s family is from) in early 2017 as a full honeymoon. We will be in Charlottesville for a couple¬†more years completing residency, and then we will see where life takes us!”

Jefferson Theater Wedding Jefferson Theater Wedding

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
“Everyone will tell you that the day goes by so quickly that you don’t even get time to enjoy it all, and they are correct. Try to leave some extra time in your schedule that day between all the activities so that you can take some time to breathe and just soak in what’s going on around you; enjoy some quiet moments together because that’s what you’ll remember most. Also, despite all the hard work and planning that goes into it, no wedding goes perfectly, so when something inevitably goes wrong just remind yourself that all that really matters is that you are now married to the love of your life.”

Jefferson Theater Wedding

Ceremony Venue: Christ Episcopal Church (Charlottesville, VA)
Reception Venue: The Jefferson Theater (Downtown Charlottesville, VA)
Wedding Coordinator: Barb Lundgren – Barb Wired Events
Officiant: Rev. Marilu Thomas
DJ: TD Layman – Sound Enforcement
Caterer: Hot Cakes
Cake: Hot Cakes
Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms
Makeup Artist: Nikki Benedikt
Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams
Dress: Becky’s Bridal – Alta Vista, VA
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding

The Couple’s Love Story:
Joanna & Nick¬†met in November of 2010 through a mutual friend that Nick had gone to high school with but went to college at James Madison University with Joanna. They¬†hit it off immediately¬†and after a few dates and lots of adventures, they¬†were “official.” After four years of dating, Nick surprised Joanna on on November 1st 2014 in their¬†apartment in Arlington by putting together a photo album ¬†of their¬†recent trip to Europe with a very special note at the end.

Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding
Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding
Dover Hall Wedding
Dover Hall Wedding The Couple’s Wedding Inspiration:

Joanna & Nick’s¬†inspiration was to have a classic, romantic feel that had a touch of English flare since Joanna is originally from London. They¬†hoped that the ceremony would be personable and that the entire night would be an inclusive event so that their¬†friends and family would get to know them as a couple.

Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding

When asked what their most memorable part of the day was, their answer was the ceremony – “we really enjoyed hearing the other person’s vows which we didn’t know ahead of time. most memorable moment was that after a cloudy day right as the ceremony began the sun came out.” They¬†also really enjoyed the 3 speeches by¬†Joanna’s dad, Nick’s best man, and Joanna’s maid of honor.

Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding

Whats Next?
Joanna & Nick took a trip to Saint John in the U.S.Virgin Islands right after the wedding. They look forward to whatever the future holds for them as a married couple.

Dover Hall Wedding Dover Hall Wedding

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
Try to brainstorm as much of the detailed decisions like detailed schedule (i.e. times of activities), songs for Dj, photograph list etc as soon as possible instead of waiting until a month before the wedding:)

Venue: Dover Hall Estate – Manakin-Sabot, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Brittany Glines
Officiant: Terrie Glass
DJ: Sean McNamee
Caterer: Mosaic Catering
Cake: Pearl’s
Florist: Al Brockwell at Floraculture
Makeup Artist: Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Alex
Hair Stylist: Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Lou
Dress: Love Couture
Videographer: Ginger Topham
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Are you looking for a fun experience that doubles as a sexy gift? Then you have come to the right spot! ¬†Introducing Charlottesville’s premiere boudoir studio, The Sweet Spot Boudoir Shop! The Sweet Spot Boudoir Shop is a collaboration between Ron Dressel Photography¬†and Charlottesville’s popular beauty salon, The Spot Beauty Shop.

Having a boudoir photo shoot done¬†is a fabulous way to express yourself and to show off your inner sexy.¬†Boudoir has become very popular with brides; but it does not have to be just for new brides. Boudoir sessions also make a great gift for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays or even as an unexpected ‚Äújust because‚ÄĚ gift! While these photos make a great gift for your man, it is important to realize how much of a gift it is for yourself, too.

The Sweet Spot offers a one stop shop boudoir experience. Get pampered with full service hair and makeup by the talented staff at the Spot Beauty Shop. After your hair and makeup is done you will get an hour and half boudoir photo session at the studio. The studio offers many exciting photo opportunities as you can see from the images displayed from the first shoot at the studio!

Other services available include waxing, facials, and custom spray tanning for the perfect glow.

The Sweet Spot Boudoir Shop is now booking and we are offering special introductory pricing to celebrate our grand opening!! ¬†Be sure to act soon to secure your spot for the¬†holiday season as demand will be high and we can only guarantee Christmas delivery to the first several bookings. ¬†All inclusive packages starting at $550 include hair, makeup, refreshments, photo session, private gallery, and 50 web-sized digital images.¬†We also have lots of other sexy gifts you can add including the popular Little Black Book and extravagant Luxe Albums. ¬†Demand will also be high for Valentine’s Day so be sure to book early to ensure your images and gifts will be done in time for the holidays!

If you want to find out more information or schedule your session, contact us at sweetspotboudoirshop@gmail.com РWe look forward to hearing from you soon!

Models: Melissa Adams & Crystal W
Hair: Cici Hunt
Makeup: Nikki Benedikt
Photos by Ron Dressel

The Couple’s Love Story:
Kaitlin & Drew love hunting, and their relationship is a reflection of that. Kaitlin caught Drew’s eye¬†but she was not about to give in right away, and neither was Drew – the hunt was on. Drew bugged Kaitlin¬†for about 5 months to talk to him and give him a chance but she¬†wouldn’t give him the time of day. ¬†Finally he told me “I guess your too good for me” and that got under Kaitlin’s¬†skin, so she¬†messaged him back they’ve¬†been together ever since. They have become best friends and now husband and wife.

Kaitlin- “I know people say this all the time but we seriously complete one another.”

Kaitlin & Drew’s First Look

The Couple’s Wedding Inspiration:
Kaitlin & Drew have such love for the outdoors that they decided to have their wedding outdoors. They chose Muddy Run Farm in Crozet as their venue because it offered such a beautiful Virginia countryside setting.

When asked what their favorite/most memorable moment of the day was, Kaitlin said “Along with being pronounced husband and wife; the moment he said his vows to me and I knew that he meant forever when I looked into his eyes.”

Whats Next?
Kaitlin & Drew are planning a honeymoon in February and also looking forward to children!

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
Don’t sweat the little things and enjoy ever single moment of it because before you know it, its over with

Venue: Muddy Run Farm – Crozet, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Logan Powell – Real Southern Accents
Officiant: Dave Vogt
DJ: Mike Bean
Caterer: Allen Powell
Cake: Chandler’s Bakery
Florist: Logan Powell
Makeup Artist: Amber Lowe
Hair Stylist: Amber Lowe/Shelley Ward
Dress: David’s Bridal
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Charlottesville Wedding Phototraphy

I had the pleasure of photographing Rachel and John’s wedding at Rosebrook Inn, located in Stanardsville, VA. Rachel and John had a beautiful afternoon on a Labor Day weekend for their wedding.

The Couple’s Love Story:

“We meet at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I (Rachel) don’t remember talking to anyone else at that party; I think we talked for 3 hours straight. We bonded over a shared love of technology, stand up comedy, and our town, Charlottesville.”

What was the couple’s inspiration for their wedding:

“John and I wanted a small wedding in an outdoor setting with minimum muss and fuss. My mom and dad had the idea to bring paper parasols for our guests to shade themselves from the sun. It was a perfect touch! Extra color and a very useful.”

They also put the parasols to use for fun and colorful props in portraits after the ceremony!

“The ceremony meant a lot to us. We wrote our own vows and did not share them with each other before the wedding. We also both really enjoyed the cake cutting. Neither of us knew what we were doing and I had to improvise to actually get the slice of cake out onto a plate.”

After their wedding Rachel and John went to Savannah for a brief rest after the wedding and they are planning a vacation to Iceland in the coming year!

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?

“I’m too new at this to have advice about marriage. As for weddings: having a small wedding can be really great because you get to spend more one on one time with each of your guests. It will say all goes by as one big blur though so have a great photographer like Ron. :)” Rosebrook Inn Wedding

 

Bride & Groom: Rachel & John
Venue for the Ceremony & Reception: The Rosebrook Inn – Stanardsville, VA.
Officiant: Claire Goodman
Wedding Coordinator: Bridget Powell
DJ: Neal Carter
Catering: Rosebrook Inn
Florist: Rosebook Inn
Makeup Artist: Shae Riddle
Hair Stylist: Shae Riddle
Dress: Alfredo Angelo
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

F e a t u r e d