• Gardner + Lauren

I shot Lauren and Gardner’s downtown Richmond wedding at the Civl War Museum by the river. I can’t tell you how nice it was to be HOME for a wedding instead of traveling! Richmond is beautiful and the weather was gorgeous….a little chilly… but it was perfect. Their whole day was perfect. The guys and girls got ready in two-story suites at the Crowne Plaza and let me just say… those rooms were AWESOME! I’ve never seen a hotel room with that kind of light! Oh Happy Day!!!! Lauren got ready with her girls and they ooh and ahh-ed as she stepped into her beautiful gown. We made our way downtown to meet Gardner the first look and their wedding day began! After the ceremony, hugs were exchanged, family portraits


were shot and as we were walking back to the party bus…. I asked Gardner if he felt “MARRIED”.  Normally the grooms admit that it doesn’t really feel any different yet…. besides having a ring on their left hand!  However, Gardner answered “Yes”… he said “I’m offiically spoken for”.  These two are a team and that was so evident throughout their wedding day.  They danced literally the WHOLE night and celebrated with so many family and friends.  It was just a wonderful day.  I barely know Lauren and Gardner but for some reason, I felt like part of the family!! So enjoy this Richmond fall wedding! Oh and Lauren and Gardner are dental students here in Richmond, so you HAVE to check out their favors at the end of the post! Genius!


Lauren and Gardner THANK YOU for allowing me to celebrate with you and capture your day!!! What an amazing, genuine couple you are and ps. I love your bridal party:)

Oh hey Richmond!

 Waiting for his bride….

Lauren you are stunning!

Such a cool venue!

One of my new fav bridal party shots!

Off to the party!

Cute guestbook idea! Love RICHMOND signs in houses!

The Band was A-mazing!

Dress | Watters & Watters , Jingles Bridal Salon

Florals | Flowers Make Scents

Ceremony | Westhampton United Methodist Church

Reception |  American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Planner | Jolie Bannister

Hair and Makesup | Legends Salon

Band |  Heartbeat of Soul

Videography | Starring You Productions

Cake | Kalico Kitchen

Catering | Carlisle’s Culinary Connection

Bridesmaid Attire | Mori Lee

xoxo, Katelyn
18 Comments Weddings
  1. Abby Grace reply

    There are several things I love about this post. a) That group shot IS awesome! 2) Those toothbrush favors are absolutely adorable. People will remember that! III) That “Richmond” guestbook thing is such a creative idea! So awesome!

  2. sarah danaher reply

    I totally shot a getting-ready session in that same hotel room a few years ago. Probably my favorite getting-ready place!! love the windows!!

  3. Regan Carter reply

    LOVED this!! The lighting in every photo was seriously amazing. I’m kind of a history freak, so this was my kind of wedding!!

  4. erin reply

    richmond bride here we come!

  5. Robin reply

    Wow, that’s a beautiful wedding with such lovely rich colors. I love the scenery in VA – the old buildings, the deep red brick., the fall leaves. This FL girl misses that!

  6. Jennifer Davis reply

    I went to high school with Lauren and this is how I found your blog – when she posted her engagement link on her FB wall! Such incredible photos that truly capture the joy of the day! I love the first-look shots and the party scenes. You nailed it, Katelyn!! Congratulations to you Lauren and Gardner – your love is almost tangible thanks to these photos!!

  7. Sarah Heinle reply

    I just LOVE your work. So beautiful, ALWAYS!!

  8. Meredith Sledge reply

    Ohh, I love these!!! Especially the portraits of the two of them by that cool brick area. Wonderfullllll!

  9. Ashley reply

    I love that venue!! I was just down there last weekend for a shoot! :)

  10. Ciiku reply

    Love the pictures!! Their colour palette was amazing!
    And love the toothbrush and toothpaste idea. Made me chuckle!

  11. Highs reply

    Great pictures!!! Made us feel like we were right there celebrating with you.

  12. Sara reply

    What a gorgeous wedding!! That brick in the background is so pretty and is an amazing backdrop for the colors they used! And I looove the dentist stuff at the end…Matt and I are working in teacher stuff into ours since we’re both teachers! haha :)

  13. Chelsy Cardin reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the colors; perfect for fall!

  14. Sarah reply

    These are absolutely perfect and now I miss Richmond!

  15. Jennifer Krieg reply

    I want a wedding re-do after seeing these colors!!! Amazing! Gorgeous shots of a gorgeous couple. Love. Love. Love!!~ Your vb fan~ jen

  16. Christy Haga Turner reply

    Hi Katelyn, I honestly can’t get enough of these AMAZING pictures! I’m the preacher who presided at Lauren & Gardner’s wedding and I love your work! Of course, you had a truly beautiful bride and groom! I’d love to know if you got any more shots of the church. I appreciate your professionalism and respect of the service of worship that actually makes them husband and wife! Thanks for the work you do. You are truly blessed with a remarkable gift of beautiful photography. Blessings to you!

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