This. wedding. was. awesome. It was very, very cool to be able to second for Sam Hurd at Katie and Mark's wedding at the Rodes Farm Stables down in Nellysford, VA, near Charlottesville. Katie and Mark were super chill the whole day, even when it periodically stormed like crazy and threatened to send the whole thing indoors. Their wedding was sweet, simple and pretty much my ideal wedding to photograph. As always, the second shooter gets to spend a lot of time with the guys. I always love hanging with the dudes but Mark was so chill and his friends were so cool, I hardly wondered what the girls were up to. Plus, we had this fatty screened-in balcony to hang out on. It was pretty sweet. This little kid was pretty awesome. He dominated the guys-hanging-out time, which seemed to suit everyone just fine. He was also really into bugs. The bridesmaids wore really cute lime green dresses. The whole day, it would rain like crazy for 10 minutes and then clear up again. We were watching one line of storms that seemed to be headed straight for Charlottesville right when the ceremony was supposed to start. But the rain didn't come until hours later, when everyone was safely inside the barn, getting toasty. The ceremony was gorgeous and there wasn't one drop of rain. Katie and Mark rented this awesome sports car for their getaway. Their reception was so country and sweet. They had all these lovely details with glass bottles, wooden boxes and simple, lovely flowers. The barn dogs were very excited about food-dropping prospects. This was cool. Instead of a traditional guest book, Katie and Mark used a door panel and had their guests sign in permanent marker. These families produce beautiful children. Here's Sam getting the shot, even if it means laying down in the middle of the dance floor. And, you know, a rainbow. All special-ordered for Katie and Mark. And, of course, there was dancing. This dance floor didn't really clear out the entire time I was there - which is awesome. Congratulations Katie and Mark!