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The Architects’ Wedding: Blacksburg, VA

Click the photo to see highlights from Meredith and Patrick’s wedding at the Hahn Horticulture Gardens in Blacksburg, VA.

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Patrick’s sister stopped me briefly on the steps, just after dinner.  I was wandering about, looking for new angles on the Hahn garden’s flowers, and snapping up candids as they struck me.  I noticed Meredith laughing with a guest, took the shot, and remarked to her that they were both so easy to photograph.

She nodded.  “They’re kind of graceful together, aren’t they?”

I don’t think I could possibly sum it up any better than that.  : )

Enjoy the highlights from Meredith and Patrick’s beautiful wedding at the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech.

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

Lauren Hayley came to Meredith’s house and did a beautiful job the girls’ makeup.  They looked really classic and polished without looking overdone.

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The ceremony and reception were held at the Hahn Horticulture Gardens on the Virginia Tech campus.  It’s a beautiful spot, and despite the heat (they say it was the hottest day in Blacksburg “ever”), we had great weather and beautiful light.

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

One advantage to shooting a wedding for two architects is that the entire event is sure to be beautifully designed.  This was probably the most styled wedding I have ever attended, and it was GORGEOUS.  Meredith and Patrick made their own chandelier (you’ll see it lit up later in the post) and had tiny, modern details everywhere: letter pressing, punched numbers, wooden model figurines, hydrangeas, glass jars… Everything was very hip and minimalist, but still light and pretty.

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

Instead of a guest book, they had two instant cameras set out for people to take self-portraits.  The guests would post their portrait along with a little note on a these metal boards, with tiny magnets.  Very cool.

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

Dinner was catered by The Bank restaurant in Pearisburg, Virginia.  They cooked the food fresh on site and used a lot of local ingredients.  There were several courses, and I didn’t try them all, but I believe the dish you see below was a gazpacho served in wine glasses.

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

I can’t resist a cute kid.

Time for toasts:

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

Maybe the most interesting cake cutting shot I’ve ever gotten:

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

Now for my favorite part: the party!

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

To close, here’s a series of black and white dance shots, in the “artsy” vein.  I dig ’em, especially the last.

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

blacksburg va virginia wedding photography hahn garden

Congratulations, Meredith and Patrick!

If you’re planning a wedding at the Hahn gardens or another local venue, be sure to check out these tips for planning a fantastic Blacksburg wedding.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Just Alex
    August 1, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Wow, great series Natalie. Your clients must be overjoyed with the results!

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    Shella
    August 1, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed looking at this – you have done such a great job capturing this wedding and all I can say is that it is simply gorgeous! I love the details too (I had the same candle holders at my wedding so that might be slightly biased 😉

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    Luis Godinez
    August 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    love the tea light decorations. You capture some beautiful moments. kudos.

  • Reply
    Natalie Franke
    August 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I love the gorgeous colors that you capture! :) You rocked this wedding!

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    brooke
    August 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    unbelievably gorgeous, natalie. the whole set is so light, airy, and classic – just like the wedding looks!

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    Kyle
    August 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    You did such an awesome job Natalie…though the beautiful light and the bride and groom’s natural grace must have made the job a little easier than normal :)

  • Reply
    Amber Hughes
    August 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Seriously loving everything about this wedding – the settings throughout are just lovely :)

  • Reply
    Nessa K
    August 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    So many pretty details — this is just a lovely wedding!!

  • Reply
    Jason Lloyd
    August 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    That is a fabulous set of pictures Natalie, I love them all – the evening shots especially.

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    Razvan
    August 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Gorgeous wedding! Lots of beautiful details. That cake cutting photograph is probably one of the most interesting I’ve seen. You should post the one he took next to it :) Beautiful work, Natalie.

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    matt stanton
    August 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Wonderful from start to finish, I love your style and you’ve captured the day beautifully.

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    John of Appalachia Press
    August 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Love, LOVE the photos! I see real happiness and joy…

  • Reply
    Francis Joseph
    August 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Aaaaamazing images, Natalie! Some really fine, fine photography here.

  • Reply
    LHC Promakeup
    August 9, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for your kind words! We absolutely ADORE your work and cannot wait to refer brides your way to capture their special day the way you do . . . magnificently!

  • Reply
    Heather
    August 14, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Wonderful captures! The little details here are so stunning <3

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