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Susan and Thad~ May 9, 2009

posted by Kelly

Kelly is usually the blogger of the two of us, but she thought I should post this next set of photos because she stayed at home on this one.

A couple of months ago, our dear friend Adam Barnes called to see if I could come with him to shoot a wedding at The Clifton Inn. I checked my schedule, had the weekend free, and immediately jumped at the chance to shoot with our area’s most established, award-winning photographer.

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I met up with Thad and his groomsmen at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville to hang out with them and get some shots of them at the downtown mall while Adam went to shoot the girls getting ready.

These guys were so easy to shoot. They genuinely enjoyed getting their photo taken. A rare occurrence indeed!

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I really dig the classic bow ties. That’s the way to do it if you’re going to wear a tux!

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One of Thad’s Groomsmen got there a bit later because of traveling from another wedding so we got some more shots when we got to the Inn.

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Since I was with the guys all day, I didn’t get a chance to get many shots of the girls. But I did get this one shot of the ladies.

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Susan incorporated her heritage by having a Persian ceremony performed. Here are some of the details.

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The amazing details executed by Jennifer Carroll Events.

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Just before the start of the ceremony.

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Susan with her dad.

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I stepped behind the best man and saw he was holding both rings.

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A few shots of Susan’s ring.

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The whole bridal party.

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Cocktail hour into reception

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These two looked like they were solving all the world’s problems every time they spoke.

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Reception time!

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Susan’s bouquet had a piece of her mother’s wedding dress wrapped around the stems as a tribute to her lost battle with breast cancer five years ago. She told the story of her mom’s dress and how it had been worn by her mother and also by a dear friend who was in attendance at the wedding. Instead of throwing the it, Susan presented her friend with the bouquet. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Hands down.

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Father/daughter dance

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The Dickens played for almost four hours straight and were super tight!

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Thad’s dad getting busy.

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I was told that these guys have all been friends since they were about eight years old. How cool is that?

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Near the end of the reception a donut cart pulled up and served hot cinnamon sugar donuts. The waiters also came around with some delicious sliders to top the guests off. Great touch.

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Susan and Thad~ May 9, 2009

Susan and Thad~ May 9, 2009

Thanks again Adam for having me along. It was a long day but I had an incredible time.

11 Responses

Prue says:

May 12, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Wow, great shots Ryan! And the wedding flowers were beautiful. No expense spared there!

Julie Nickerson says:

May 13, 2009 at 5:58 am

Ryan-you did FANTASTIC job!!! These are PERFECT!!! That place looks amazing!

I already saw these on Flickr, but here are some more comments from me.

1) That story of the bouquet made me cry. Precious!

2) The donut cart is such a FUN idea!

3) Those little burgers look so yummy! I want to reach in the screen and grab one.

adam says:

May 13, 2009 at 7:53 am

ryan… thanks for saving my life. i love these and I had a blast shooting with you. could not have made it without you. and glad you got some pics of the cocktail hour… ;o) you did get some shots right? bahahahhaaaa.

Megan says:

May 13, 2009 at 9:16 am

Donuts?!? YUM! Love the all the green, and all the Persian touches. Great pictures!

Whitney says:

May 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm

The bouquet idea is AMAZING. My mom passed away from breast cancer as well, and my sister and I have both talked about how when we get married we want to incorporate something incredibly special, so I am definitely taking that idea! (One of our aunts actually used our mother’s dress as well, so why not take the WHOLE idea, eh?!)

Great shots!

Heather H says:

May 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Great job, Ry! I triple-heart that ring… :)

Dikola says:

May 14, 2009 at 7:29 pm

The details of this wedding…beautiful, perfect!

chrissy says:

May 20, 2009 at 8:12 am

RYAN! this is HOT! i love it! this wedding looks amazingly fun! and woah….their attention to detail! holy crap!

i love your shot of the old little persian men! they look italian to me. i got kinda teary eyed thinking of my grandpa and his brother. sigh….

fabulous job. love it.

Meridyth says:

May 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm

great shots, ry. i really like the green/black/white color scheme. i’ve been to a persian wedding and they certainly do spare no expense AND they do love to party!

Susan says:

July 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Ryan— You were such a fantastic addition to our wedding! Thanks to both you and Adam for doing such a wonderful job! We absolutely LOVE the pictures!!

Diana says:

September 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Great photographs! Does anyone know which florist was used for this wedding? I absolutely love the arrangements.

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