A Mount Ida Farm Wedding

  • Mike + Jessica

As we drove over to the house where Jess would be having her First Look with Mike, she told us that she has never experienced anything in her life that seemed THIS RIGHT. Sure, she was nervous and anxious but those feelings were stemming from pure excitement and joy! We talked about how surreal it is to see everything that you have planned for a whole year come to life in one day! The catering, the venue, the dress, the bridal party, the first look…. it was all happening so fast. Jessica and Mike shared their first look under a tree covered driveway at their ceremony venue and it couldn’t have been sweeter! By their excitement, you would have thought that they hadn’t seen each other in DAYS!! Their friendship and their connection to one another is just unbelievably sweet. As I coached them through their portrait time, I said that I didn’t even need to give them any instruction! They are just naturally photogenic and their interactions are so precious!!

Mike and Jess were married under a stunning gazebo on Mount Ida Farm, a beautiful venue in the mountains surrounding Charlottesville. This property is full of amazing views, bridges, plantation homes, fields and wild life! As the coordinator for the venue drove us to some portrait locations, I felt like we were on a impromptu safari ride with all of the deer and wild turkeys that we spotted!

The whole day was just beautiful but what I loved the most was hearing Jess’s dad toast to his little girl. Let me tell you, this was one proud dad.  He toasted to his beautiful daughter and then toasted to the man that he gave her away to. He said what every son-in-law loves to hear and that was that he couldn’t have picked a better man to marry his little girl. Tears were shed and then laughs filled the reception hall as everyone watched a surprise slideshow that Mike and Jess’s families had put together. After spending the evening with this sweet couple and their families AND after seeing a ton of baby pictures, I felt like I had known these two for years!! It was such an honor to capture their big day and I can’t wait to share their images!! Enjoy everyone and to the newlyweds, Michael and I just love you guys!! We are so thankful that our paths crossed and that we were able to be a part of this amazing day in your lives!! Thank you!!!!

Loved these neutrals! 

So sweet! Mike and Jess BOTH had the same custom card made without knowing it!

Looking good Mike!!!

Jess you’re just beautiful!! And I don’t think you can take a bad picture!

LOVVVVE this pre-ceremony shot!

Some sister tears…

Dad’s first look… this included even MORE tears! 

equally emotional :)

Waiting to see her almost husband!

SO happy!!

Love this!!!

Michael’s angle… with his new camera:) Fancy!

I just love them! 

You guyyyyssss….

LOVE overcast days with 0% chance of rain!!


Here comes trouble….

Beautiful friends!

They wrote letters to one another to exchange on their first anniversary! :)

It doesn’t get much better that this!!

Love this one!!

Homemade cookie bar!!

Annnnd Jessica made her own cake… like, not just this little one, ALL of it! She’s amazing.

Mike was proud of his wife’s baking skills:)

One of my new all time favorite daddy/daughter images….

YAY! I love it when we remember to take one together!!!

Congratulations you two!!

And the fun isn’t OVER! I have NEVER had a videographer have a highlight film ready 2 days after a wedding! But when Shaina and Mike said that it would be done by Tuesday, I offered to post it! I always try really hard to show my couple’s personalities through their images. I just want everyone to know how AWESOME these people are!! But sometimes pictures just don’t really do a personality justice and so I’m PUMPED to share their film so that you can see more of this amazing couple! Enjoy!! Thanks Shaina and Mike!!


Ceremony | Mount Ida Farm
Reception | Mount Ida Farm
Florists | Betty Jo Dominick
Dress | David’s Bridal
DJ | DJ Fabian
Videographer | Shaina Koren
Hair | Top Knot Studio
Makeup| Lucy Young
Catering | BBQ Exchange
Donut Cart | Carpe Donuts
Minister | Rev. Bhavani Metro, Sacred Grounds Ceremonies
Linens/Party Rentals | MS Events
Shuttle |  Albemarle Limo

xoxo, Katelyn
24 Comments Weddings
  1. Virginia Wedding Videography | Jess + Mike: Rustic DIY Virginia Wedding Highlight reply

    […] It was such a pleasure to work with Katelyn James Photography for this incredibly special occasion. See her photos from this wedding here! […]

  2. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    Oh Katelyn, these images are gorgeous! There is so much beautiful emotion in every shot and I really fell in love with this couple just by looking through this post! Such gorgeous details and a beautiful day! Oh, and I’m SO glad you got to work with Shaina & Mike! They are the BEST!! :) :)

  3. Amanda Henderson reply

    I’ll admit that I have never met this beautiful couple but I am not ashamed to say that I sobbed looking through their amazing pictures! What a dreamy Day and so beautifully captured! :)

  4. Ashley reply

    These images are gorgeous! So much love!! Can anyone tell me where the brides dress is from? That too is beautiful!! :)

  5. sarah b reply

    how cute is this couple? the pictures are glorious – so beautiful. :)

  6. Ashley reply

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Great work once again Katelyn and Michael!!!

  7. Kat reply

    AH Katelyn these may be some of my new fav portrait shots!!! I LOVE the ruffle detail on her dress and those pictures by the fence are AMAZING!!!!

  8. Lissette reply

    Katelyn, these are breathtaking. I enjoyed seeing the story unfold.

  9. Kathryn Grace reply

    Oh my. What an absolutely beautiful wedding! One of your best… i think. I think that with just about every new wedding… :-) LOVE the venue and the couple is super sweet!!

  10. Ashley Montgomery reply

    Katelyn!! This is AMAZING! the bride and groom are precious! All of the little details are fabulous!!! Love all of it!!!

  11. Leah Rudolph reply

    What a team you all made! Between the talented bride & groom making everything from the decorations to the cake and cake topper while adding so many personal touches with the help of family an friends, it was a wedding to treasure. you all (photos and video) beautifully captured the essence of the day and As one of the moms I cannot thank you enough for sharing your professionalism and talent with us. I would highly recommend you both!

  12. bethany Mitchell reply

    Such a beautiful wedding!! You and michael did a fantastic job!!!!

  13. Carrie logan reply

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! so much emotion, i love these two — i can just tell how amazing they are just through the pictures. love love love!!!!!! you are so incredibly talented.

  14. Carrie logan reply

    p.S. I’ve been waiting for this wedding ever since their engagement session and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. ;) creepy? probably. but true!! ;)

  15. Claudia reply

    Beautiful pictures and the video is absolutly amazing… The pictures and video equally show the details of the wedding and the love of the couple.. Awesome job!!!!

  16. Jessica reply

    KATELYN!!!! These are PERFECT!! They came out better than I ever could have hoped for, thank you so so so much for capturing our day exactly as we experienced it! We will treasure these FOREVER, I cannot thank you enough!!

  17. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    There is nothing to say other than this was one beautiful wedding! Everything was amazing…portraits, the couple themselves, location, colors…wow! That’s highlight film was so quick too! I love it!

  18. Shaina Koren reply

    Katelyn and Michael – you two never disappoint! Every photo is absolutely stunning. I love that you blogged about our conversation with Jess from in the car – if only I had my camera out while I was driving!! Such a beautiful day, perfect couple & wonderful team. Thank you all for watching the video – katelyn you are awesome for sharing it!!

  19. Bethany reply

    Katelyn, You are a true inspiration. I come to your blog often and am always just so in awe at your god given talents and how well you use them. You are so consistent–your lighting, ALWAYS beautiful. What an artist. And your heart is so amazing too–I still think back fondly to your talk at the p31 Winshape conference last year. Truer words of wisdom were never spoken!

  20. Annetta reply

    Beautiful!!! Great work, Katelyn and Michael! Loved the video too. Brought tears to my eyes. You all captured the emotions so well.

  21. Chasity reply

    This may be one of my favorite of your weddings! GORGEOUS!!

  22. ashley link reply

    this wedding is beautiful! definitely something i could see on style me pretty!!! such a gorgeous day! you captured it so well! i love all the details and neutrals! great job!

  23. Jaclyn Conlogue reply

    Thanks so much for posting this! It was a pleasure to work with you and the details are just gorgeous :) Can’t wait to see the rest of the wedding!

  24. Rayna McGinnis reply

    Amazing photos. Every single one tells a story!

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