And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, “Oh, there you are. I’ve been
looking all over for you.
I am so behind on maintaining this blog. I have been to so many weddings, met so many beautiful people this year, and I am looking forward to slowly sharing those here. I will be kicking things off with the first summery wedding of the year, Destiny and Wyatt’s at Old City Cemetery right here in Lynchburg.
Now when I say cemetery you probably said – UMMMMMM!
But hold on. This cemetery is historic, and one of the absolute best places in Lynchburg to take photos. There are gardens, cobblestone streets, a chapel, a swing – you won’t remember it’s a cemetery at all. They even have a small bridal suite available.
While only suited for smaller weddings, if you are looking for an intimate ceremony location I would suggest this one! (Visit https://www.gravegarden.org/weddings/ )
Taking a look inside, you can see just the minimalistic white of the chapel is such a pure, vintage charm.
Inside the Comfort House (the Bridal suite!) they have tastefully decorated. It feels like a vacation home, with summery colors and comfortable seating areas. I will warn you it’s a little tight though, so maybe not best for a large bridal party!
Destiny did a great thing by starting me off strong early in the year with Father/Daughter first looks. I always recommend this to brides who are close to their fathers. I’ve also done brother/sister first looks if that relationship is greater or equally important to you! It’s just a special moment between bride and father, and gives you a chance to pay attention specifically to Dad and make him feel special.
Again, Old City Cemetery works well for small weddings. The space is tight to work in, so I did have to get quite close to our lovely couple, just to maneuver the space. Still, the light streaming in from the stained glass and windows is really gorgeous!
Now, you are asking, where in a cemetery would you take pictures that you won’t see a headstone? But take a look! Not a grave in sight. AND Destiny is a genius who coordinated her bridesmaids dresses with flowers actually in bloom. So complimentary.
This is one of my favorite bridal portrait sessions to date! Check out how great the cemetery can be for solitude, sweet moments, and UGH to die for lighting. Spring at the cemetery is surprisingly life giving.
I need to get back to editing October weddings, but can’t finish this without a shout out to Blackwater Creek Catering and Venue. This was the first wedding in their pavilion area, and it was really a great spot! Scroll through to see some fun times. And visit them at https://www.facebook.com/blackwaterchef/.
Thanks for reading! For more thoughts on this venue or a quote for your wedding photography, please contact me.