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Erica & Bruce: Married! | Miracle Valley | Delaplane, VA

Bruce is a man of huge integrity.  How do I know?  Because he had the balls to hit on Erica after she finished cleaning his teeth.  Yes, they met in her dentist’s office!

These two had a gorgeous wedding with their families and closest friends at Miracle Valley Vineyard out in Delaplane, Virginia.  The sun was just setting as we set out to do portraits, so we had to move fast, but Erica and Bruce really knocked it out of the park.  They even let me experiment a bit in the barrel room.

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glowing sunlight before wedding ceremony

groomsmen at miracle valley vineyard

Bruce actually proposed to Erica right here at the vineyard.  How sweet is it to get married where you got engaged?

father of the bride with bride in grape vines

wedding ceremony at miracle valley vineyard

prayer during wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony at vineyard

wedding ceremony at sunset in delaplane, virginia

bride and groom recessional in delaplane, va

Even though Virginia is jam-packed with vineyards and wineries, this was the first wedding I’ve had the pleasure of shooting in one.  The scenery, the grapes, the symmetry… it was too much for this wedding photographer!  Plus, it’s pretty hard to take a bad pictures of these two.

bride and groom pictures in black and white

bridal portrait in vineyard

mother of the groom checks out the ring

wedding pictures at miracle valley vineyard

walking away at miracle valley vineyard

bridal picture in grapevines

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black and white wedding pictures in vineyard

wedding portraits at miracle valley vineyard

It was Erica’s idea to shoot on this cobblestone fence.  Nice move!

cobblestone fence at miracle valley vineyard

Okay now this one is a first for me.  Not gonna lie, when Erica said she wanted “black and white and blurry” pictures, I was kinda skeptical, but then she sent me a link and I went ohhhhhhh.  Truth is, I wasn’t sure how to achieve the effect she was looking for until I accidentally stumbled across it while processing the engagement session I posted on the blog last week.  I think it looks kinda cool!

black and white and blurry wedding photos

Finally, the barrel room.  I visited the vineyard a couple weeks before their wedding while doing the whole visit-vineyards-and-get-boozed thing with friends.  I just happened to catch someone walking into the room and I cajoled them into letting me peek in.  I knew I had to shoot in there and Erica and Bruce were more than accommodating.

Sometimes I give my couples scenes to act out when I’m posing them so they can get into it.  This one was “okay you’ve just stolen away from the reception for some alone time – go!” and then they full-on made out.  It was awesome!  Sooooo great when my couples can be uninhibited around me.  Or was it the wine…?

wedding portrait in vineyard barrel room

Congratulations, you guys!  And good luck with the move!

facebook comments:

Ryan ChanAugust 31, 2011 - 4:29 pm

I LOVE vineyard weddings, and you did such a great job with this one, Amber! I love that b&w one where she is sitting in the chair.

Kat ForsythAugust 31, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Stunning location! Vineyards…mmmmm. I lurve. And so beautiful to get married where you got engaged!

SullyAugust 31, 2011 - 5:37 pm

Really nice portraits. Love the BW’s, especially the one where she is sitting in the chair and he’s kissing her head. Nice stuff

Laura BurltonAugust 31, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Those are so pretty! I would love to shoot in a vinyard!

sam hurdAugust 31, 2011 - 11:14 pm

the last shot is soooooo so good. nice job amber!

Matthew MeadAugust 31, 2011 - 11:22 pm

I love vineyards! and you rocked. I love your work aswell!!!! Keep killing it!

Albert PalmerSeptember 1, 2011 - 9:11 am

What a beautiful ceremony. Photographed amazingly BTW!

HeatherSeptember 1, 2011 - 12:40 pm

I love that first one!! So cute!

Dustin HallSeptember 1, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Great job, what a beautiful setting for a wedding

Lyn Ismael-BennettSeptember 1, 2011 - 1:39 pm

What a gorgeous couple…you truly captured their love for each other. Totally digging her bouquet too!

Dennis PikeSeptember 1, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Doesn’t get better than vineyard weddings and you KILLED this one.

maggierife@gmail.comSeptember 1, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Beautiful portraits. I love the last one in the wine cellar…ohhh la la!

alexbeeSeptember 1, 2011 - 5:26 pm

love love LOVE the black and white with her sitting down! AMAZING!

Jared@JaredTseng.comSeptember 1, 2011 - 6:02 pm

KILLER portraits!

Chelsey SomohanoSeptember 3, 2011 - 11:33 am

What a beautiful wedding! I just love vineyard weddings. Killer light in those images, too!

Sachin KhonaSeptember 4, 2011 - 10:29 am

That final shot is my fav!

Mike SuppesMarch 19, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Awesome. Good Job Uncle Joe and Aunt Maryann.

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