The first wedding I ever photographed was at Fairview Farm. It was a beautiful, hot day in August a few years back that a dear friend had asked me to second shoot for her at a new venue, which at the time, was only a few miles down the road from where I lived. I was nervous, I was doubtful of myself, and I was afraid of the unknown. Up until that point in my career, my future had remained a big, bold question mark. The jury was out every time I pondered where I belonged in this big photography pond, but one thing was for certain, I DID NOT want to take on weddings. Not only did the thought of being solely responsible for documenting memories of the most important day of someone’s life completely terrify me, but I had not even attended a wedding before in my adult life. Having nothing to reference back to or base my creativity off of was the period at the end of my “Nope, no weddings for me” mantra. But when I pulled up to Fairview for the first time, I felt something shift.
The world stopped spinning that day as I soaked in every moment. My thoughts of self-doubt were washed away as my heart was hugged by the overwhelming feeling that I was in the right place at the right time, doing exactly what I was made for. What I had failed to realize before that day was standing right in front of me, begging to be noticed; weddings are not about pressure and falling short. Wedding photography is standing witness to the very real and raw, unrehearsed emotions that a lifetime of hoping, searching, and planning for your soulmate can cultivate. It was on this very special day that my love for wedding photography was born, and I have hit the ground running with it ever since, never ever looking back.
Pulling up to Fairview almost exactly two years later on a blue skied, perfectly-sunny day felt as though the moment was carefully designed to bring me back to that very first wedding. And while the familiar driveway smelling of country air and fresh hay was my time machine for a moment, I couldn't help but realize how much this time was different. I was experienced, confident, and I was the main photographer, calling all the shots. My camera clicked to the beat of my own drum as I was swept from one side of the farm to the other, capturing everything I would hope to remember from my own wedding day; the way the flowers smiled towards the sun, the busy bustle of wedding preparation in full swing, and a beautiful bride who couldn't wait to kiss her soon-to-be husband.
Caitlin and David were like something out of a dream. Both serious and silly at all the right moments, quite obviously anxious for their lifetime together to begin. Their intimate ceremony was held in front of a simply-decorated, natural-wood barn in Powhatan, VA. Blush-colored bridesmaids dresses and handsome gray suits lined each side of the altar as David and Caitlin pronounced their love in front of all their friends and family. The brief yet meaningful ceremony was followed by a lively reception inside the barn. Their night was full of laughter, dancing, and a LIVE BAND, which truly brought down the house. In all aspects, August 27, 2016 was a day that I will always look back on fondly. I invite you to join me in viewing my favorite photos from a wedding that reminded me of why I do what I do, at the venue that started it all.
Venue: Fairview Farm
Cake & Cupcakes: Pearl's Cupcake
Flowers: Amanda Burnette
Coordination: Amber Towler of AT Your Service Weddings
Hair: Lauren Perkins of Event Hair by Lauren
Makeup: Kara Waggoner
Videography: Melvin Osterbind of Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Photography: Sarah Elizabeth Kelly of Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Second-Photographer: Kamaron Goodrich of Kam Goodrich Photography
I'm Sarah Elizabeth! I specialize in engagements, weddings, and boudoir photography! Happily servicing Richmond and surrounding areas since 2013, but will gladly come to you!