A Hanover Ruitan Club Wedding in Virginia | Chelsey & Ricky | Sarah Duke Photography
September 29, 2018
The day began at the beautiful Randolph Macon College. I had a vision of doing Chelsey's bridal portraits and bridesmaids formals in front of the prominent outdoor fountain & chapel doors. I am thankful Chelsey trusted my vision and with only thirty minuets before the ceremony, we worked quickly to capture these gorgeous shots! I am so grateful we did.
I love the soft pastel lavender bridesmaids dresses, with the succulent accents. And oh, those big and bold warm sunflowers! They made for the best ring-detail shots <3
What stands out to me when I reflect on Chelsey and Ricky's wedding are all the beautiful, organic elements that made their day unforgettable. Not only did their wedding include all the traditions I have come to anticipate and love such as: the cake cutting, first dance, and bouquet toss, but Chelsey & Ricky created their own traditions- such as the "Unity Tree" and the "The First Cast as Husband and Wife."
Anticipation for the ceremony was building during the groomsmen portraits!
Escorted by her brother and dog of honor, the ceremony began when Chelsey crossed the long bridge overlooking the water. Ricky's anticipation for Chelsey was evident.
I admired the many unique characteristics of their ceremony- one being the "Unity Tree Planting" instead of the classic unity candle.. how clever! I love the metaphorical symbols behind it as well: this little tree will grow and it's roots will become more fortified with time and in storms. Such is life, and love and marriage.
"Couples in ancient Ireland were often married next to a river, a lake, or holy well, as these were thought to be sacred placed. Wedding guests were given stones to cast into the water and make a wish or blessing for the couple's future."
Cheers and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Phillips! I am honored to have captured your wedding and all the meaningful aspects that distinguished it. <3