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Amanda & Tyler | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond VA

January 29, 2010

To say I'm excited to share these photos is an understatement.

Amanda and Tyler were a dream to work with from day one. I remember having warm fuzzies after our initial consultation because I knew we were going to get along so well – Amanda is very animated and chatty, just like me!

The day of the wedding was unusually cold for early October. Menacing storm clouds loomed in the distance during most of the day. It was a little nerve-wracking (who wants it to rain on their photos and outdoor ceremony?) but Amanda was so laid back about it all. It never did rain on us, and the dark skies made for some really awesome photos. The temperature was a little on the nippy side (right around 40 degrees F, if I remember correctly), but Amanda insisted that she wasn't cold and I never heard her complain once. In fact, she spent most of the day giggling.

I think once you reach the end of this post you'll understand what I mean when I say that Amanda's very animated facial expressions made for some great photos. When I was editing these photos I burst out laughing a few times! During the ceremony, she started laughing and crying at the same time. It was a really sweet moment.

Ok, I could go on and on about these two, but I think the photos speak for themselves – these two are so so so adorable together and clearly very in love, see for yourself!

Oh, and Amanda and Tyler got married at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA – it was beautiful!


Amanda and Tyler did a First Look before the ceremony — as always, it was a really special moment.

I always love when people take a few steps back to really take in how beautiful/handsome they're looking:

This just makes me smile-


One of my very favorites of the day:

I loved how dark the sky was when we stepped out of the greenhouse:



Here's the part of the post I've been debating about sharing for weeks and weeks now. In the next set of photos, Amanda is clearly cracking up. The story goes something like this-

It was really pretty cold considering what those beautiful ladies were wearing… so it was extra challenging to get genuine smiles out of them… So…

I yelled "PENIS". Yeah, I just went there.

Part of my job is to make sure that the smiles people give me aren't just the fake, generic, "there's a camera pointed at my face" smiles we so often see. I've done a pretty good job of developing my "Fakesmile-dar", so sometimes I just know that I have to work a little harder. With little kids, I usually talk about farts. With these gals, I went with a reproductive organ. This method doesn't work for everyone, so don't worry, I'm not going to be shouting out the names of reproductive organs at your wedding, but in this situation I did what I had to do.

Amanda's laugh-cry that I mentioned above:


Congratulations, Amanda and Tyler!! I'm so happy I got to work with you and experience all the joy you bring to each other and the people you love. Thank you for letting me be a part of such an important day!! :)


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  1. Stefano says:

    Wow, this set was a sensory overload! Amazing images and I especially love the first look series and the first B/W shot of them stepping back to soak it all in. The reflection shot was also one of my favorites!

  2. lisa mcdonald says:

    Super gorgeous wedding Emily!! wouldnt expect anything less :)

  3. Lyn Ismael-Bennett says:

    Beautiful set and gorgeous bride! I love the shot with the couple in front of the building with their reflection in the pool. Great job :)

  4. Bridget says:

    I would have cracked up if you had yelled PENIS at me, too.

  5. Alicia Kennison says:

    Absolutley beautiful images.

  6. sweet caroline photo says:

    great work Emily! the first look photos are my fave.

  7. Stephie says:

    Emily, These are simply beautiful. The looks on the brides face throughout this post are priceless, the laughing and all! I love it!! And what a gorgeous location. Just awesome!!

  8. Alen Abdula says:

    Absolutely stunning bride. Her eyes are amazing! Great wedding!

  9. Phill says:

    I’ve been grinning my way through the whole set Emily. Beautiful work and Amanda Tyler look like they were a fantastic couple to work with (especially the expressive Amanda! :~)

  10. Vicki - Shoot the Thrill Photography says:

    In a word: gorgeousGorgeous couple – Gorgeous location – Gorgeous photos

  11. Toni says:

    goregeous wedding. love that bride and all her differnt facial expressions!

  12. Kelly says:

    Wow, what an incredible set. Beautiful location, and you made the most of it. Just awesome! :)

  13. Kat Forsyth says:

    OMG, what a stunning location! And a beautiful couple! And a wonderfully talented photographer (that’s you)! I love the feel of your images. I’m very big on feel. :-)

  14. manchester wedding photographer says:

    Some lovely photographs here- love the reflections captured

  15. Robb Duncan says:

    O.M.G. Emily!!! These are just gorgeous images !!! Really stunning!! And I SO love the 6th image down of the venue !!

  16. Kirsten Alana says:

    Emily, these are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO superb!!!!!!! The colors are gorgeous, the location is completely breathtaking and the expressions you caught are just perfect!! I am partial to the last, ring shot image – but that’s just because rings are my favorite detail to shoot and you really nailed that one!!!

  17. Redfern Photography says:

    Beautiful images, Emily! I especially love the first look… gorgeous.

  18. emily says:

    emily, i love all your photos so, so much. these are extra special because i lived in richmond for several years, and am very familiar with lewis ginter gardens, and have always wondered what a wedding there would look like. have you ever shot weddings at maymont park in richmond?

  19. Shyann says:

    Ohh I love this wedding!! Great work Em!!!! Keep it up.

  20. Amanda Basteen says:

    I love it! The bride looks gorgeous! I love that you shouted penis..I would do something like that too. Never fails! :)

  21. Olivia Shamblen says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous Emily! You truly have an amazing gift!

  22. Joey Chandler says:

    Loved the laughter in your photographs. Really a nice change from serious wedding shots.