• David + Courtney

December was a great break for me. It had been over a month since I had photographed a wedding and so I felt like I was ready to roll again! The forecast was great and the venue was close to home… this was going to be a wonderful New Years Eve wedding. Michael and I grabbed lunch at Chik-fil-a and then I headed out. I kissed him goodbye and told him “I’ll see you next year!!”…… He jokingly rolled his eyes at my bad joke and I got in my car and laughed at my rare streak of funniness all the way to interstate 64. It was 60 degrees as I headed downtown and the light was soft and perfect. Courtney arrived, got dressed and we headed to the Capital for some portraits. It was the perfect location! The

white columns and walls created such a clean backdrop for this wedding and I’m SO glad we were able to shoot there!! As the sun started to set, it became a little chilly but Courtney never complained. In fact, I can’t even imagine Courtney complaining about ANYTHING. She’s seriously the sweetest person. After reviewing her “Bride and Groom” Info sheet that helps me prepare for the wedding, I noticed that the “extra” shots she wanted me to try to get had nothing to do with her. All she was concerned about were other people.


I knew I had hit the jackpot when I met with David and Courtney a few months back. They’re a sweet, genuine and GOOD LOOKING couple! I’m one lucky photographer. To work with such awesome couples and their families is such a privilege and this wedding was the perfect way to start 2012. Courtney and David I was so honored to be a part of your day and I can’t WAIT to show you how beautiful it was! Enjoy my favorites!

Beautiful gown!

Oh Courtney you are STUNNING! 

So classy!

The Bolling Haxall House

Such a beautiful bridal party!!

Waiting patiently to see his bride.

Such a fun reaction! If I were him, my jaw would have dropped too!

Ok, we NEVER did engagements or bridals or anything…. so these two have had NO practice modeling! ….I think their first attempt was a success!

A favorite for sure!

See what I mean?!! So intense and beautiful! If being lawyers doesn’t work out for you two… no worries, you can model:)


Another favorite!

Courtney’s niece Emy was in charge of the door… and she kept close tabs on who entered and exited!

gorgeous sanctuary!


Ok, so Courtney was resting while guest left the church and we were waiting to start family portraits… and I felt bad for making her do this while she was taking a break but I couldn’t resist!  I asked her to do a quick model face… and BAM! This is what we got! Courtney I don’t think you realize how good you are at this!!!:)

They gave guests gourmet Chocolate that they fell in love with when they were dating!

LOVE old wedding pictures!

They had a coffee bar… we had to stay energized until midnight ya know!

I just love these colors!

Party time!

And then the guests left with something sweet!! YUM!

Ceremony | Centenary Methodist Church, Downtown Richmond VA

Reception | Bolling Haxall House, Downtown Richmond VA

DJ | Richard Green Entertainment

Planner | Kate Alford

Video | Bethany Silva

Cake | The Buttercream Bee

Catering | White House Catering

Invitations | The Girl Tyler

Favors | Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bars

xoxo, Katelyn
35 Comments Weddings
  1. KyAnn reply

    Gorgeous couple and such a classy wedding! Love it! You’re so right, Katelyn, they would be great models! So impressive for their first time modeling. :)

  2. Elizabeth reply

    amazing pictures!!!!! beautiful wedding!!!! awesome job katelyn!!!!

  3. stephanie g reply

    OH.MY.GOSH. SHE IS GORGEOUS!!!! loooove these pictures SO SO SO much Katelyn!! you captured their weddings perfectly!!!

  4. Aimee reply

    I love looking at your work its so simple and elegant, you make it look easy.. HA! Anyway I just wanted you to know that stocking you used to do, well I do it with your blog and facebook… and I thought you ought to know because this means you’re prettttty good because I know I’m not the only one! You’re so great!

  5. Abby Grace reply

    KATELYN. These are face-meltingly gorgeous! AHhhh, new favorite couple! New favorite portraits! The light. The colors. I die.

  6. Rachel reply

    okay, so you know that black and white portrait of the bride and groom? Is it just me or does the groom look like jonathan taylor thomas? You know, JTT? Take a look at that striking resemblance in that photo!! haha! Lovely photos… these two are some seriously good lawyer-models.

  7. Michael reply

    So Much Fun!! Sad I couldn’t be there to help out. Great Way to end 2011 and start 2012!!

  8. Meaghan reply

    Katelyn, the pictures are gorgeous! Well done, and thanks for making it fun for all of us too :)

  9. ashley barnett reply

    Woah I am LOVING those pops of bright green. Such an under-used color! These are gorgeous Katelyn!

  10. Sara reply

    these are AMAZING!! I kept bothering my fiance and showing him lots of pictures when he’s trying to work on something…hahaha. Love everything about these!!

  11. Becca reply

    The shoes in the mirror?! Dress in the background?! REALLY!!? Awesome job!! Love all the details!

  12. Kim Lee Schmidt reply

    Seriously, they could model for your next Katelyn James wedding experience workshop. :-) My absolute favorite shot was the one with the mirror. So classic, graceful and beautiful. Bravo Katelyn! :-)

  13. Lyndsay London reply

    Wowza! Katelyn, these are incredible. What a stunning couple. Such a wonderful way to start the new year. Thank you for inspiring me.

  14. Emilia Jane reply

    I think this may be my favorite of all of your weddings yet! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Tobias reply

    What can I say Katelyn?! I follow your blog for over 4 months and you’re just awesome. So much FUN and pure JOY to watch you growing, sharing and loving what you do. Was shocked when I saw your birthday post. Can’t be real that such a successful person like you is SO young :) Cheers Katelyn, hug attack from Berlin, Germany

  16. Katie S reply

    what a fun wedding, i love the colors! What a great way to ring in the new year!

  17. Kathie Alford reply

    Just amazing… Katelyn! As the mother of the wedding planner, Kate Alford, I’m over the moon with the way you captured all the work that went into this special day. It was such an honor to meet you and watch you in action!

  18. Meredith Sledge reply

    These are SOOOO good!!! And she’s absolutely gorgeous! Ah!

  19. Bec reply

    gorgeous work! you were definitely blessed with an amazing couple and wedding, but your photography speaks volumes and displays it perfectly. What a great start to the New Year for you!

  20. Kristina W. reply

    This couple was just so glamorous! I just love your photos Katelyn!

  21. katie yuen reply

    Katelyn!!! There’s just something about all of these images.. they’re jumping out of the screen at me! So beautiful.. gorgeous couple, gorgeous wedding!

  22. Gabby / En Route Photography reply

    WOW, stunning images! Would you mind sharing you bride&groom info sheet some day? I think it would be very useful for many of us! ;) Merci!

  23. Jade reply

    Love it!! I am always in awe of your work.. I just love how you seem to find details in ways I would never… Your on fire for a super 2012..xx

  24. Hannah reply

    SO I found you through Abby Grace and I cannot tell you how instantly I have fallen in love with your photos! AMAZING! I love the color, the light, just everything about them! I am kinda obsessed with photography and I also LOVE blogs! You definately have a new fan! :-)

  25. Ashley Terry reply

    Stunning! The light…oh, the light! I must learn this from you one of these days. You’re a master at it.

  26. McCall reply

    Katelyn…the bling shots of the gorgeous bracelet/earrings combo? Flawless. Your best yet. Yay for mastering the macro! :)

  27. Jane Stephens Auge’ reply

    We had to miss the wedding, but your photos make me feel like we were there – thank you they are best best wedding photos I have seen ever!!! Amazing.

  28. eryn kesler reply

    LOVE this wedding! Makes me wish I’D gone for a nye wedding! Someday, for one of your Ask Anything posts, I’d love to see a sneek peek of your off camera lighting at receptions looks like :)

  29. Cindy Habel reply

    Gorgeous wedding and stunning images Katelyn!

  30. Abby Grace reply

    Ok so I know I already commented on this, but I was looking over it again for inspiration for my first 2012 wedding tomorrow and it made me REALLY excited to go out and shoot! You are such an inspiration!

  31. Angie reply

    These are really beautiful! Expertly captured!

  32. Kristina reply

    Beautiful wedding, and beautiful photos!! The bride’s dress is so gorgeous! Do you know where her dress is from? Or who the designer is?

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  35. Kaitlyn reply

    any idea where she got those shoes :]

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