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Renee & Natie – 11.07.09

Yesterday was one of those dates that can be kind of unpredictable in Virginia weather-wise, but Renee and Natie really lucked out with a perfect fall day. Chris and I had such a great time – Renee and Natie are both so nice and their friends/families couldn’t have been sweeter. I am really eager to get straight to the images, so I’ll keep this short on words, long on photos! On to our favorites:

Renee’s dress was amazing and she looked amazing in it.

I couldn’t decide between these two shoe shots, so you’ll get to see both!


I LOVE these colors in Renee’s bouquet.

Renee and Natie chose to see each other before the ceremony, which was so great because we were able to spend some time doing lots of great portraits before everything started (and before it got dark!), plus I just love these moments (P.S. Renee, you are stunning!):





Most of the leaves have already fallen, but Whitehall Manor is always beautiful no matter what time of year. I love shooting there!
We really did have a totally gorgeous crisp, fall day with not even the slightest chance of rain!

Renee and Natie’s ceremony started with a traditional exchange of vows…




And then after a quick outfit change, the second part was a Thai water ceremony.

Each of the guests are invited to approach the couple to offering their blessings. They pour water over the hands of the couple, and offer words of good luck.

It was such a beautiful tradition and I was excited to witness and document it!

After the two ceremonies, I stole Renee and Natie for just a few more quick portraits before the reception.


SO super cute:

I know I already said this, but I just really love Whitehall and I love the color palette that Renee and Natie used for the reception. So fall festive! Chris was on detail duty yesterday:




First dance:


And parent dances – I couldn’t decide between these two father-daughter dance photos of Chris’s, so again you get to see both!



Some fun reactions to the toasts (love these):


And then the party got started!



Okay, just one more detail shot – I couldn’t resist:

Sparklers! How great are their expressions?!

I could have picked tons of other favorite moments, but I want to get this posted right away! Renee and Natie, Chris and I were so honored to spend the day with you yesterday. We had an amazing time, and wish you all the best!

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  • Eileen Broderick - Wow! What a perfect, gorgeous fall wedding! First off–I think she wins in my book for best dress. I love it. Your “first look” pics are amazing. Love that shot of his hands holding hers behind her back. Beautiful and intimate moment. As always your first dance shots are perfect. Awesome details. The bride and groom portraits are all perfect too!ReplyCancel

  • amie - These are gorgeous Susan! Love them all, can’t pick a favorite. And of course, your speediness amazes me!!! Awesome work!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Tiedemann - The pictures are absolutely amazing – they brought tears to my eyes! You and Chris are so good at catching the details – I love it!! Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Looks like a really beautiful day! And gorgeous photos! Love those shoe shots, I always do and great photos of the water ceremony, I’ve never seen that before.ReplyCancel

  • Dick Hickman - What a glorious day – beautiful weather, great friends, a picture perfect day, and a couple who were united in holy matrimony. Fantastic pictures that really captured the moments. We know you will reflect back on this day with wonderful memories.

    Mr. H & ShereeReplyCancel

  • James Branigan - Wow! These photos are fantastic! Okay I’m a little bias toward the subject mater but the photos are real works of art. Composition, focus, attention to detail, creating a mood…. my hats off to the photographer. Theses are outstanding.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Myers - These are all amazing….you and Chris did a wonderful job!ReplyCancel

  • cindy s - awwww Susan! These images are simply amazing! This wedding is one of my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Pam - Wow great shots!! I love them, I can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Susan- these are just stunning! You have such an incredible eye and each shot is a masterpiece!ReplyCancel

  • John Tiedemann - Absolutely Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more….ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Susan! These are SO gorgeous! Wow… totally impossible to choose a favorite! The light, expressions, and composition in every photo is so perfect. I especially love all the ceremony shots. The bride and groom must be so excited! You did an amazing job.ReplyCancel

  • kim - So many things I love about this wedding! Love the first sight. Love the ceremony! LOVE the pumpkins and orange. And your work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • cindy - Seriously Suz! Your work is getting better and better! Is this even possible! I LOVE LOVE this wedding and all of the details and joy you captured. Wonderful work!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Del Vecchio - You did a really superb job in capturing this wedding. Everything is beautifully photographed and I love all of the wonderful expressions you captured!ReplyCancel

  • TERRY & Deb - Beautiful photos to capture the perfect day!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Phelan - What a beautiful tradition in the ceremony. Her dress is gorgeous – one of my favourites I’ve seen in a long time. Awesome exit shot!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea Nicole - What a beautiful wedding – the orange and white color palette is so fun for fall! And the ring shot with the pumpkin place cards is too cute. 🙂 Beautiful work Susan!ReplyCancel

  • Radcliff Taylor - Very beautiful and glamorous pictures.I will treasure them forever and Although I was not at the wedding , I could tell it was well organized, planned and an enjoyable celebration. Wish the newly weds all the best of luck, happiness and longevity. Radcliff TaylorReplyCancel

  • megan & brad – engaged! » susan solo photography blog - […] was a bridesmaid in Renee and Natie’s wedding last year, and I’m so happy to be photographing her wedding next year! Megan and Brad met up […]ReplyCancel

  • megan & brad – 6.4.11 » susan solo photography blog - […] look, it’s Renee and Natie! And Renee referred me to Megan and Brad. I love that so […]ReplyCancel

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