• Drew + Carter

There are some times when I don’t get to do an engagement session for one of my couples and while I miss that time with them… it’s also kind of fun to show them off on the blog for the first time! You’ve never met Carter and Drew until today and let me tell you… you’re going to love them in about 5 seconds!!! Their wedding day was beyond beautiful.  The ceremony took place on private property outside of Lynchburg, VA and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s like this little knoll and pine trees was MADE to be a wedding location!! Drew and Carter said their vows while while the sun set over some of the most beautiful mountains in all of Virginia.  It was amazing. Simply Amazing!!! Carter and Michael are great friends from his time in

North Carolina and so it was fun to see old friends and meet some new ones. When you work with awesome couples… they always have awesome friends!! I’m so honored that Michael and I could be there to document their big day. Carter, all of your planning paid off girl!! It was stunning!! Everything about this wedding was so natural and rustic! From the invites to the puppies to the view… it all tied together and I can’t WAIT to share my MANY favorites with you! I mean, I went a little overboard here!! So if the blog slows down, I may have to delete a few!! haha


Enjoy! Ps. I have a LOT more to say but I’m running late to a meeting!! So Credits are coming later!


Drew bought these earrings for this future wife back in 2003…. and wrote and letter to her…so sweet. 


ha! Michael took this! Carter calls this the “First Touch”….before the first look:) Cracks me up.

ohh sweeet goodness!!

So beautiful!

Their babies:)


Love this!

Ah! this LIGHT!!! It was amazing!

Canvas worthy!! You took make this look so easy!

Favorite for sure!

Waiting for the Bride and Groom:) Such a cutie!

Ceremony | Private Residence, Friend of the Bride
Reception | Tresca on 8th
Dress | Designer: Enzoani
Place of Purchase: Celebration Bridal
Wedding Planning and Florals | Donna Fox & Lauren McQuillan
Hair & Makeup | Melody Carter 
Band | Sam Hill Entertainment – Band: Empty Pocket
Videographer | Greg Fisher
Cakes | Megan Jenkins
Catering |
Bridesmaids | Designer: Alfred Sung – Color: Midnight – Different Styles
Place of Purchase: All over! I have bridesmaids from 5 states!
Invitations |  Tucker Francis
xoxo, Katelyn
44 Comments Weddings
  1. Jolynn reply

    I’m in LOVE with this wedding! You did an amazing job capturing their day. I especially adore the sunset photos!

  2. Kristina W. reply

    The light is amazing, the mountains are beautiful, and Carter is such a gorgeous bride and Drew a handsome groom! These are fantastic photos Katelyn!

  3. Shalese reply

    This is my new favorite!! The light is swoon-worthy and I love love LOVE their walking-down-the-aisle pictures! You’re my hero, Katelyn!!

  4. Stephanie Stewart reply

    LOVE this wedding! What a cool vibe for their wedding day, love everything about it! And I want the bride’s hair! Gorgeous wedding, gorgeous work!

  5. Jill Powers reply

    Loooooove this Katelyn! I started tearing up looking at these! Definitely one of my favorite weddings of yours!! And such a sweet and beautiful couple!!!

  6. Carter Arnesen reply

    Katelyn! WE LOVE THESE! Thank you so much for capturing our special day. I can’t wait to put your beautiful work all over our home! :)

  7. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    Okay… it’s official. I’m OBSESSED with this wedding! That ceremony location is UNREAL! Gorgeous bride, amazing dress, superb details – OH! I just love it!!

  8. Sydni Jackson reply

    i love this! very different from your usual style but they are all so great!!

  9. Rici reply

    WOW! That truly is an amazing wedding! ANd I truly loooove the feel to it! Great golden light pictures!!! But the pic of the kid on the staircase is the cutest!

  10. Amy Arrington reply

    Stunning work and what a gorgeous place for a wedding.

  11. kristin partin reply

    yup. totally lusting over this wedding. a little off beat from your usual photos and I LOVE them!! :) not that your usual photos aren’t awesome….this just have some mountain glory!

  12. Elise reply

    Simply incredible. LOVE the theme- not something you see every day and so well done! Great job as always, kk!

  13. kaitlyn phipps reply

    wow! katelyn this is my new favorite! the light in all of their portraits are gorgeous and the details and locations look like they’re out of a dream! fabulous job.

  14. ashley barnett reply

    OBSESSED. Katelyn these are amazing! I am loving seeing you really push yourself!! One of my favorites for sure!

  15. Dana Beverly reply

    Beautiful pics, again. The bride is so incredibly gorgeous.. I love everything about her… her hair, the dress. I am jealous of you shooting such a beautiful couple.

  16. Mandy reply

    Ummm KK these are totally Jose Villa pics and I am IN LOVE!!! I mean, that setting?! That glowy angelic light!? I love this whole wedding…a new favorite for sure! She had awesome details and looked stunning…and I love how you captured how much they clearly adore each other :) You rocked it!

  17. Katie Yuen reply

    What a beautiful day.. you did an amazing job KK! The vertical of Drew & Carter after the ceremony with the sunset is GORGEOUS!

  18. Rhonda reply

    Gorgeous – LOVE those blue shoes!! Love the wooden accents – I want to get married again just so you can document for me!! Beautiful, simply beautiful – the couple is so lucky to have these amazing photos –

  19. Brittany reply

    Wow girl! This is one beautiful wedding and that bride in stunning! Love it!

  20. Carrie Logan reply

    awesome. absolutely and ridiculously awesome. wow wow wow katelyn james you never cease to amaze me!!!!!!

  21. lindy reply

    absolutely beautiful!!

  22. Faith reply

    Wow, what a beautiful wedding and couple!! :) Love it!

  23. ashley link reply

    girllllll!!! these shots are gorgeous! i bet you had so much fun shooting this wedding! the lighting looked glorious! impeccable images, my friend! gahhh!!! i just keep looking at them. definitely one of my favorites! and her dress is so gorgeous!

  24. Marianne reply

    I always dreamed of what a beautiful wedding would look like on our farm. You captured it. The day was a blessing! These pics are a blessing! Thank you. You make me want to do this again!

  25. Julia Seiler reply

    Great job (as per usual), Katelyn!
    I love how you did your bouquet shots this time around! I love natural elements in the detail shots :)

  26. britney reply

    LOVE THIS!! really cool look.

  27. Tina reply

    Incredible Incredible Incredible.
    This just filled me with joy and happiness!

  28. Sheila Sim Photography reply

    These are beautiful images, Katelyn – great work! Love from Scotland x

  29. Abby Grace reply

    They’re so trendy! I love it! Her dress freakin ROCKS. And how the heck did you avoid blowing out the whites on her gown in those side-lit images? They’re beautiful!!

  30. Melissa reply

    LOVE Lynchburg scenery! The flower girls outfits were by far the cutest I have seen for that age, not young but adorable with “big girl style”! Another great wedding Katelyn!

  31. Kristin Greenwald reply

    GAH! Katelyn, you have truly outdone yourself this time. I teared up while viewing the images of them walking down the aisle. Anyone who says the ‘first look’ moment takes away from seeing each other at the alter has no idea what they are talking about. Your best to date!! :) xo

  32. Gail reply

    One of my fave weddings of yours for the year. LOVE the colors, the rustic feel, the location. The pooches in those bow ties? STOP IT ALREADY.

  33. Breanna Elizabeth reply

    Katelyn, these are stunning! One of my favorite weddings! If we could have, we definitely would have opted for a mountain wedding.

  34. Katie Jackson reply

    Wow! These images are amazing. Love the light during the ceremony. Bride and Groom portraits were just gorgeous!

  35. Till reply

    What a beautiful wedding and bride :-) ! Thanx for this post!

  36. annamarie reply

    this is so different but I love it!!! she is so beautiful and every single portrait is amazing as usual:)

  37. Sarah Adams reply

    The light in all of these pictures is PERFECT. My goodness, every picture is stunning. Amazing job, as always, Katelyn!

  38. Carrie reply

    One of my favorite weddings! I love these pictures! Fantastic job :)

  39. stacy Hart reply

    Seriously one of my all time favs of yours! I’m bookmarking this for inspiration. Good job and a beautiful wedding!

  40. Tuuyen reply

    Gorgeous wedding! Can you tell me where the flower girl dresses came from?

  41. Bethany reply

    What an amazing Job you did! I love everyone!
    They were so blessed to have such a great day and wonderful photographer! Thank you again!

  42. marissa reply

    Where did you get the sparkly bkue dress and cream bottom.

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