Annie & Bray’s Backyard Wedding || Nelson County Virginia

Annie and Bray’s backyard wedding was elegant, simple, and so much fun! I’m finding out why so many brides want to get married in October here in Virginia. The fall weather Bray & Annie got for their wedding day couldn’t have been more beautiful.

When I first met Annie in a little coffee shop in Richmond to talk about photographing her wedding, I remember noticing her exceptionally kind and sweet personality. It didn’t take me long after meeting Bray to notice that they complimented each other perfectly. They are so respectful and honoring to others, and have  a deep love for each other! Although they now live in Richmond, they planned a backyard wedding where Annie grew up, a pretty farm in the mountains of Virginia, in the hills of Nelson County Virginia. As we drove down the winding roads to take portraits Bray and Annie told me that most people would look at this place and think there is nothing here. But to them it’s everything; it’s rich with memories and deep family roots.

I noticed how close Annie and Bray were to their families. Annie’s Dad, when welcoming everyone, said “Years ago they had arranged marriages, where the parents would pick out a man for their daughter to marry. I can honestly say that if I had to pick out anyone in the world for Annie , it would have been Bray.” So cute!!

Bray & Annie kept their day simple and personal. They didn’t have a bridal party so that meant lots and lots of portrait time, which of course made me SO excited! Annie loves flowers and is a talented florist, and she made her own bouquet! I loved the fall colors that accented her cream colored wedding dress.

Bray’s cuff links were a gift from his Grandmother, who passed away earlier this year. The tie clip was from his Grandfather. I absolutely love details like these that are passed down through the generations. It keeps memories alive.

Such a pretty view for the ceremony! Bray & Annie wrote their own vows, and they brought tears.

Beautiful portraits around the farm with the mountains in view! We also drove down to what used to be an old fashioned family owned general store in Wingina for some of the photos, and then to the James river, which were some of my favorites. Bray and Annie joked that they grew up (or came up? isn’t that how they say it down here? :)) playing in the same river, although they lived miles apart.

So much good energy at this reception! These people know how to have fun! We took a few minutes to take some extra portraits right at sunset, which I always love 🙂

Bray & Annie were sent off with sparklers at the end of the night, their guests cheering them on. Congratulations Bray & Annie! I’m so happy that I got to be a part of your beautiful wedding day. Wishing you the very best!!!!!


Coordinator: A Grand Affair Events
Florals: Blue Heron Farm, arranged by the Bride
Dress: Lex’s of Carytown
Hair/Makeup: A Beautiful Darling 
Catering: Fishin’ Pig

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