• Preston + Katie

You know it’s going to be a hot day when it’s 85 degrees at 11am. I left the house and prepared myself for a long day in the sun.  Despite the heat, I was excited! Preston and Katie are a sweet couple. I’ve loved them since day one and they were getting married at a location that I have never photographed before….and I LOVE THAT!  New places mean new ideas and that’s fun for a photographer! I couldn’t be one of those photographers that shoots  at the same venue 15 times a year!  I need some variety in my life and so Clover Forest Plantation sounded exciting to me!  I drove through some country roads and then I saw it. It was gorgeous. Tucked back in the rolling hills of Goochland county is a 17th century plantation

home that makes the most amazing wedding venue. It’s just beautiful! I met the girls and began shooting some details and the southern-ness of this wedding just started oozing out! Katie’s dress, the girl’s hot pink room with thick crown molding, the driveway lined with old trees… it’s about as southern as you get. The whole day flowed flawlessly… Katie even made jumping over a fence in her dress look graceful somehow!! After we finished their portraits, we walked to the house to prepare for their introductions.  You could hear friends and family laughing and chatting under the tent.  Preston and Katie danced their first dance as husband and wife and then spent the next hour just being loved on by family and friends who adore them. It’s very evident that these two make an awesome pair. I feel honored that I was able to photographer their live and their wedding day!!! Katie and Preston, I hope the honeymoon is AMAZING and I can’t wait for you to get back to see your beautiful wedding through my lens!! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Jones!!!

This girly getting-ready room was awesome!!

Stunning Katie!


Please notice the one groomsman that chose “Tebowing” as his pose…. cracks me up.

Love it!!

Stunning Katie!!!

LOVE THIS! I may have grinned a very cheesy grin after shooting this. I was excited:)

Venue | Clover Forest Plantation
Dress | Jim Hjelm from Jingles
Hair and Makeup 
DJ | Dynamite DJs
Cake | Baker’s Kitchen
Bridesmaids Dresses | B2 by Jasmine from Jingles
Suits | Jos. A. Banks
Invitations |
Favors | Jones Soda Bottles
Honeymoon | Ochos Rios, Jamaica
xoxo, Katelyn
25 Comments Weddings
  1. Abby Grace reply

    Katelyn these are beautiful!! I really enjoyed scrolling through your detail shots- you always challenge me to think different. and I can’t wait for my next wedding to switch up my “same old, same old” way of shooting details. Also, those golden hour portraits are AMAZING!!

  2. Suzanne reply

    Beautiful pictures! It was such a perfect wedding and the pictures are amazing!! Great job!

  3. molly reply

    AHHH sooooo classy and beautiful! i love it!

  4. Debbie reply

    OMG Katelyn these are out of this world stunning!!! Helps that my favorite color is purple but ohhh emmm geee I’m dying at the beauty that you captured!

  5. Kathy reply

    Absolutely stunning! I agree with Abby – you’re amazingly creative when it comes to details and portraits! I’m dying over that bright pink girl room! :D

  6. michael reply

    so many epic shots love it!!

  7. Haley Johnston reply

    Gorgeous images, Katelyn!

  8. Karie Murray reply

    Katelyn you are awesome! Here in Michigan the wedding season is just gearing up…. I’m so thankful it starts earlier in VA. You have me all inspired and prepped to make this the best year ever for my photography business! Thank-you for sharing your awesome-ness and for being so genuine about it!

  9. Regan reply

    These are just insanely gorgeous!! The way you capture color just blows my mind sometimes! So vibrantly beautiful! As always, amazing work!!

  10. Harris S. reply

    Beautiful-lovely dress, and love the purple!

  11. Annetta reply

    I like the photos by the fence the best. Great work, Katelyn.

  12. Rici reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the lavender colors and her dress! Oh my! The getting ready pictures from the ladies are gorgeous! The room there is soo beautiful! Saluti.

  13. Carrie Logan reply

    she’s done it AGAIN ;) loving the getting ready shots… absolutely gorgeous!! and their portraits together are TO DIE for!!!!!

  14. Laura reply

    Beautiful! Love you Katie and Preston.. you did such an amazing job Katelyn!

  15. Ashley Link reply

    absolutely gorgeous! i am loving all the purple! exquisite shots my dear! :) that plantation is so pretty. i especially love all the shots of mr. and mrs. jones down the dirt road. classic! :) great job, girl! :)

  16. Beverly Lilly reply

    such a polished wedding. the feel of it seems so different then other weddings you have shot. classy, but still looks oh so fun! it was nice to see something different today on the blog. looooove the details of the back of her dress!!

  17. Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} reply

    Oh my GORGEOUS!!! Katelyn, you never cease to amaze me with your talent! You can see that your heart is in every single picture your take. This wedding is pure beauty and perfection. I love every single bit of it. If I was the bride, I wouldn’t know which photo to make into a canvas, there were so many perfect ones for it. My goodness, I’m swooning. <3

  18. Kristina W. reply

    This would have been my wedding if you had shot it Katelyn! I had the same elegant lavender theme at a planatation house in Virginia! I absolutely love the shots by the fence under the tree, they’re so beautiful!

  19. Gentry reply

    I love the idea of throwing lilac petals as they leave! so cute and original! :)

  20. Heather reply

    I am drooling over all of the purple in this post! This wedding looks like so much fun!

  21. Patricia Carlisle reply

    Love this wedding!!! So beautiful and so southern!! :)

  22. Natalie F reply

    Ahhh! Katie you look so beautiful!! you and p look so happy :) congrats! I wish i could have been there!!

  23. Nathan reply

    Some great photos of a great looking wedding. The Grape soda was genius to

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