We love weddings submissions that radiate joy and we think these wedding images from Meredith Sledge Photography convey joy from start to finish! From the sweet bridesmaid watching her friend transform into a bride to the guests celebrating on the dance floor, everyone at this wedding exuded joy. We especially love all the images of the charming children in this wedding. The day started in The Colonnade Club on the U.Va. Lawn, where the bridal party got ready and Tiffany slipped into her gown and donned her bouquet by Secret Gardens. After a touching ceremony in the U.Va. Chapel, the guests moved to one of the gardens for a meal catered by The Local. Cake and sweets by Sweethaus were shared back in The Colonnade Club before a bubble exit.
We are honored that April Bennett is sharing this wedding with us. The story behind the day is touching and beautiful. It reminds us that weddings aren’t just about the perfect dress and the pretty details. Weddings are about family.
This is a wedding that reflects the heart of small-town America. A backyard wedding in Stuarts Draft, Virginia – down one of those little winding roads where, if you get a flat tire, before you can even open your door to take a look at it, someone is pulling up behind you to help out, and you still get your kids to school on time. Where cowboy boots are working shoes. Where a couple speeds up the date of their wedding, skipping the details, so that the bride’s dying mother can be there. Where the sister of the bride agrees to share her anniversary date with the marrying couple, so that everything can work out with the photography. Where, when the day comes, everyone who’s there either is family or feels like family, the bride’s mother is able to attend, and everything is absolutely relaxed and radiant. Where the food is truly home cooked. Where what’s there in spades is what matters most: heart.