Last weekend I got to travel down to Harrisonburg for two fellow alumni’s wedding! Beth and Juan live in Richmond where we did their engagement session, but traveled back to their college town to get married in the James Madison University arboretum.
When I first arrived the skies were a little overcast, but it was still clear enough for me to begin taking photos of the ceremony space. Less than fifteen minutes later it seemed like the skies had just opened up as it started pouring down on the arboretum and ceremony site. Lightning was hitting trees all around the building the girls were getting ready in and there was even a small risk of flooding. Luckily, within an hour, everything had completely cleared up just in time for wedding party portraits outside.
Their ceremony was beautiful and full of personal touches, like a Spanish coin tradition. Beth and Juan even wrote their own vows and recited them in both English and Spanish. Afterward we headed out over to JMU’s beautiful Quad for portraits at sunset.
A few years ago I never would have imagine that I would be traveling back to my now alma mater to shoot a pair of JMU alumni’s wedding. It’s been so much fun getting to know Beth and Juan over the past few months and it was an honor to capture their wedding memories. Congratulations you two!
Photographer: Maddy Williams Photography
Ceremony Venue: JMU’s Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Reception Venue: James Madison University
Dress: Alfred Angelo
Florist: M&M Wedding Solutions
DJ: The DJ Connection
Beth and Juan decided to save the first look for when she was coming down the aisle, but they did take some time together before the ceremony. They exchanged presents around the corner from one another instead.
The Quad is the very heart of JMU and the perfect place for wedding portraits. We even took some on the kissing rock. Legend has it that if couple kisses on the rock they’ll end up married.
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