• Josh + Mandy

Ever since I met these two, I have loved them. Everyone loves them. When I’m asked to think of awesome couples in my life, I have a bunch that come to mind and Mandy and Josh are always in the mix.  They are just two amazing people and so as a couple, they are incredible.  I really hate having to try to explain how awesome my friends are in a matter of two or three paragraphs because it’s just not possible. No words can possibly describe the JOY and EXCITEMENT of their wedding this past Saturday.  I’ve been waiting for this day since I got the call from Josh that he was going to propose and he wanted me to hide out and photograph it! I knew this wedding was going to be one of my favorites,

not only because I love Josh and Mandy’s style… but  because I LOVE JOSH AND MANDY!!  I lived with Mandy my senior year of college in the Middle House and Josh was our next door neighbor. And if you’ve been following the blog, you probably think “Gosh, EVERYONE was your next door neighbor!” and that’s kinda true!!  We lived on Prince Drew rd. in a strip of houses and the community that we shared in that place was unbelievable. The friends that I made in college not only changed my life then but they continue to change my life every time I’m around them. Michael and I LOVE weddings like this because it’s not only a wedding celebration, it’s like a MASSIVE FRIEND REUNION and it’s AWESOME!!!


Josh and Mandy know how to throw a party and they can also make a giant sanctuary of guests tear up.  As I photographed Josh’s face as he watched Mandy come down the aisle… I couldn’t help but think “Gosh, they’ve waited SO long for this moment!”  They’ve spent YEARS preparing for this day and it’s finally here. I’m surprised any of those images are in focus because I was a mess. Mascara was running and the back of my viewfinder was smeared with makeup.  These two started dating in HIGH SCHOOL… and seven years later, they’re FINALLY husband and wife!!!! Michael and I dated for the same amount of time before we were married and so I understand how amazing it feels to finally be OFFICIAL! No more saying goodbye at night, no more stressing over wedding plans….it’s just a wonderful feeling.


Mandy and Josh, I think it’s obvious that I adore you. I could go on and on about how beautiful your relationship is and how you have set an incredible example.  You’re going to accomplish GREAT things together and your marriage is going to be such a light in this world and I’m SO EXCITED for you!! I hope you’re LOVING ANTIGUA!!! Hooray for honeymoons!!! Enjoy a TON of favorites! (This really should be a part 1/part 2 but I tried to squeeze it all in one! I’m praying the blog doesn’t shut down!!:)  Love you both!!!



First Look!!! 

Mandy you make a STUNNING bride!!!

Thank you to the sweet man that stopped his weed-whacking so that we could take some pictures:)

Definitely a fav!


Thanks Michael… this is like his signature shot.. and Calvin is always in the background!

Thanks Jill!


The church was beautiful!!

Instead of a unity candle they planted a tree! Love that idea! 

Love this:)

aww ga-ma:)


It was almost DARK in the church because of the storm that was setting in… thank goodness the MarkIII has minimal noise! For all the photogs, this was shot at 12600 ISO

AHH!!!! Mandy did such an amazing job with her details… she worked SO hard.


Cookie bar!

Handmade drink stand….her grandparents did SO much!!


Only Mandy and Josh would lead their reception in singing “Hey YA!” by OutKast! Hilarious! 



 Ceremony and Reception | First Presbyterian Church of Hampton

Flowers | Family Friend

Cake | Mandy’s sweet Grandparents!

Dress | Bella Rosa

Hair & Makeup | Jill, Friend of the bride:)


xoxo, Katelyn
57 Comments Weddings
  1. Anna K. reply

    This wedding is GORGEOUS!!! The amount of details are insane!!!

  2. Abby Grace reply

    I can’t tell you how much I love that they had their reception at the church- it’s proof that you can absolutely dress up a reception space, no matter where it is. Katelyn this is my favorite wedding you’ve ever shot- you captured the raw joy of the day. Just viewing these photos made me feel like I was there and I rejoiced for their happiness! Congratulations, Josh and Mandy!

  3. molly reply

    there are not enough LOVES to exclaim how much i love this wedding! YAY JOSH AND MANDY!

  4. rachel reply

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! It gave me so much inspiration for my wedding! Love it girl! So wonderful!

  5. Maggie Fortson reply

    Omgosh! You must have been in teal heaven :)

  6. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    WOW her details are GORGEOUS! You captured so much joy in this day and the colors are UNREAL! So soft and yet so vibrant! Beautiful!! One of my favorites for sure!

  7. Meredith Sledge reply


    No more logo?!

  8. Meredith Sledge reply

    Maybe it’s just not showing up on my computer. So weird.

  9. Annetta reply

    Pretty wedding. You captured it well, Katelyn.

  10. Allison reply

    Wow, unbelievably gorgeous wedding!! Awesome photos! :)

  11. Graham reply

    Of course I’m a HUGE fan of the bow ties!!! Fantastic photos Katelyn!

  12. britney reply

    SO PERFECT. this whole wedding party is photogenic! and there is such attention to detail. lil’ mandy and josh, it was an AWESOME celebration :)

  13. Heather reply

    Literally tearing up looking at the sheer JOY captured in this couple and likewise in the photography! Congratulations to Josh and Mandy!! Beautiful pictures – I’m a huge fan of your work.

  14. Amanda Truth reply

    Oh my goodness Katelyn!!! These images are amazing, this may be your best wedding ever!!! They look so happy and their wedding was absolutely beautiful!! I am totally inspired for the wedding I’ve got coming up this weekend!! You ROCK!!

  15. danielle honea reply

    okay, this bride looks SO happy and so sweet!! cute details, TONS of details. I was smiling by the end of the post–adorable couple, great images of capturing everything perfectly!

  16. Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} reply

    Oh my GORGEOUS!!!! I’m completely swooning in my seat!!!! Josh, Mandy, I have no words! Your day looked simply AMAZING, you both look so happy, dashing and beautiful (accordingly). I am over the moon thrilled for the both of you. Katelyn, you truly outdid yourself. I think I’ll dream about this wedding for days now :) xoxoxo

  17. Sara S. reply

    Oh my goodness. Mandy’s eyes and smile the ENTIRE time. The jumping picture. Josh getting a high five behind his back. All the adorable details. AMAZING!!! Congrats Mandy and Josh!!

  18. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Ahh!! I was so excited to see their wedding on the blog two days early!!!! Woo-hoo! What a beautiful wedding! Love all of the pastels and the white suits. :) Such a gorgeous couple too! :)

  19. Amanda Miller reply

    I envy this wedding! Beautiful colors, love the style… the details: everything!!!

  20. The Ballou’s reply

    Your wedding pictures are absolutely adorable, loved your colors, theme, and atmosphere. It was simple and yet elegant, everything went together just perfectly. You did a great job! Both you and Josh looked lovely! Congratulation~~the Ballou’s

  21. Victoria reply

    All. Of. These. Are. PERFECT!!!

  22. katie yuen reply

    I’ve had my fair share of favorite katelyn james weddings but this wedding is by FAR one of my most favorites EVER!!!!!!! So so beautiful and I can feel the love in all of the pictures! I actually got chills from the picture of Josh when he saw Mandy coming down the aisle! Ahhhh so beautiful! And kind of almost exactly what I want my wedding to be!

  23. Katie @ Lovebird Productions reply

    Well, this wedding is amazing! You did an excellent job capturing their pure bliss! Just perfect :)

  24. Megan Lesley reply

    So pretty! I will be photographing a friends wedding in January 2013 and cannot wait to have lots of fun with them AND be able to document their special day! xx

  25. Caroline R reply

    MY FAVORITE EVER!!!!! get out, these are amazing!!! and this may or may not be the third time i’m looking through them ;) i can literally FEEL the love… PERFECTION. xo

  26. sam reply

    Favorite Wedding!!!!

  27. Janine Sept reply

    how is your lighting even for real?!?!? I am in AWE!!! This post is EPIC and you should be SOOOO PROUD of every last image! WOW WOW WOW YOU ROCK KJ!!!

  28. Girish reply

    Such an awesome post, love the super couple pictures, really really beautiful. Great decoration & colors. Awesome pictures really. Well done.

  29. Catrina reply

    This IS the best wedding yet! Love those bouquets and dresses and flowers something crazy. And that looks like one FUN party!! Mandy and Josh outshine it all though, they’re beautiful together – and that’s just a computer screen!

  30. Lelia reply

    I think this is the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen. Wow! Amazing work all around. Congratulations! :-)

  31. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Speechless! Gorgeous, beautiful, the light, the colors, that happy couple! Amazing work, Katelyn!

  32. Sarah D”attoma reply

    What an insanely detail oriented bride – and joyful, beautiful couple! :) Great job capturing it all!

  33. Elise reply

    OH MY GOSH. LOVE the bouquet. LOVE Mandy’s eyes. LOVE Josh’s face. All the colors together were simply perfect. I’m almost tearing up… so so happy for Mandy and Josh. CONGRATULATIONS! And great job as always, KK :)

  34. Jamie Young reply

    Wow, what an incredible day! I have seen Josh grow into such a fine, young man and I can not be more happy for him as he sets out on this new journey. All my best to the briliiant couple!

  35. Anna Bruce reply

    Amazing. I love all the details! This is a dream wedding to shoot. You go girl!

  36. TIerney reply

    This wedding is going down in history. Enough said.

  37. Debbie Dean reply

    Beautiful day, beautiful couple, beautiful light…. LOVE IT ALL KATELYN!!!

  38. Veronica Hudley reply

    OMG…this is the cutest wedding EVER!! You did a great job photographing it. I love the color! :)

  39. Kara Buccat reply

    For reals! This wedding is amazzzinnngg!! I bet she spent a zillion hours working on it. This wedding will be published for sure!!! :) Awesome job capture all the loveliness of the day and what a gorgeous couple…their happiness shines through and through!

  40. Lori reply

    Beautiful work, and an Amazing DIY wedding! Love the ooey-gooey happiness :] I’m super curious about the brand of her bridesmaids dresses and wondered if anyone knew? Thanks!

  41. Rici reply

    Katelyn! This is such an AMAZING wedding. I can feel you enjoyed taking these pics!!!!!!! And those details! That is simply overwhelming! A question: did Mandy do all the details herself??? If so, please tell her she did a freakin good job!!!! If not, who was styling it? I really love the list of people who helped at the end of the post!! Thats love visible.
    Many greetings from Tuscany!!

  42. Stevie reply

    This wedding is GORGEOUS! And those bridesmaid dresses… That’s exactly what I want to see my girls in!

  43. Jodi reply

    Katelyn!!! Such a BEAUTIFUL wedding and couple!! The colors are so soft and pretty and the couple is just too cute. Lovely work my friend!

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  45. Mandy reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for these unforgettable pictures, KK!!! Josh and I couldn’t stop looking at them and remembering every little moment of the wedding! We kept saying that we don’t know what we would’ve done without you, Michael, and Jill–our trusty styling/photographing crew! We love you guys so much!!! :) :)

  46. Annia reply

    I SO remember loving these two when you stalked — err, I mean shot – their surprise engagement! Best. Details. EVER. One of my faves :)

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    Those bridesmaid dresses are perfect! Where are they from and what color are they known as?

  49. Sarah {A Paper Proposal} reply

    LOVE everything about this wedding! Beautiful colors!

  50. Miss Gaëlle reply

    Just WOWWW!!!! this wedding is Wonderful!!!
    C’est un mariage merveilleux!!! Tous mes voeux de bonheur aux mariés et félicitations pour cette magnifique journée!!!

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    This is an amazing wedding, one of my new favorites, but I really LOVE the way you captured it!!!!! I just recently started following you on FB. You do an amazing job!!!! Wow, kudos to you! Love all the wedding portraits.

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    Where can i buy the birdhouses you used for centerpieces?! I love them!

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