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Michael + Kelly | Wedding at Grace Estate Winery

May 10, 2017


This past Saturday, we joined Michael + Kelly at Grace Estate Winery in Crozet, Virginia for one stunner of a wedding!! Nestled in the Shenandoah, the blue ridge mountains cocooned this wedding venue.

Sam and I were seriously giddy on the way there as we zipped through back country roads. We knew going into this day that we would have a TON of un-rushed portrait time and we were forewarned of a dance floor toga party!!

Everyone got ready downstairs in this incredible mansion!

I loved that Michael + Kelly wrote letters to each other less than an hour before the ceremony began. That last hour amplifies the nerves, the anticipation and the adrenaline – the timing made for an ideal love letter exchange.

Michael gave Kelly a locket holding her two pictures of gentleman she loved – her Dad and Granddad. She also gasped “Oh I told him not to!!!” as she opened a Louis Vuitton bag big enough to hold their pup Keira!!

Kelly booked a Bridal Boudoir session with me as a special gift to Michael. Together we designed the perfect album for her groom.

Although the forecast did not call for it, it started to drizzle as guests took their seats.

You can’t make this stuff up – When Kelly started to walk towards the ceremony, it completely stopped raining and the sun peaked through the clouds for the rest of the day!! Unbelievably good timing.

The rain stopped, but we kept the wind. I know the bridesmaids (and bridesman!) were chilly, but seriously – you all are working that windblown look!!

Love this shot of Keira leading the pack!

Kelly, you are beyond gorgeous, girlfriend. These pictures of these two are going to be in our “favorites” folder probably forever!!

It started off as a normal reception; beautiful first dances, toasts, hilarious stories and cutting the cake….

….and then I see Sam laughing as he sprints over to me, and I could barely hear him say it over the music.

Togas. Coming.

The next thing I see is about 15 of the guests wearing ties around their heads and floral bedsheets draped like togas dancing their way to the center of the dance floor!!!


Top 3 Toga Dancers Award go to these guys! Your prize stands as being featured on this blog post for eternity!

Honorable mention goes to the wedding officiant!! Haha!

Super special shoutout and thank you to Stephanie Fox for taking this picture of us and for introducing us to Michael + Kelly!!! We are so thankful for you!!

Oh what a perfect day! Looking like a celebrity couple from start to end as they exited through sparklers!

Party on, newlyweds!!

Michael + Kelly,

You two are just fantastic! Your love for each other is passionate and fun, which makes it so easy to love spending time with you both! Laughing and kissing your way through the whole day, it was a joy to photograph your special day surrounded by friends and family! Wishing you both endless years of laughing at each other’s dance moves and loving each other fiercely!


The Tuckers


Wedding Photography | The Tuckers Photography

Venue |  Grace Estate Winery

Videographer | Memories Videography

Hair + Makeup | The Spot Beauty Shop

Catering | Mosaic

Dessert | Ukrops

DJ | BowTied Weddings – Seth Kravitz

Florals | Tourterelle

Stationery | Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Dress Designer | Rivini

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | J Crew

Groom’s Attire | Jos A Bank

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