New Year’s Eve UVA Chapel Wedding: Emily and Jay

I traveled up North for Emily and Jay’s New Years Eve wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia. I wasn’t the only Atlanta native though. Emily’s family had spent time in Atlanta awhile back  so there were lots of family and friends from down south ringing in the New Year with the happy couple. Surprisingly, the weather in Charlottesville was warmer than in Atlanta, at least according to my iphone. Emily and Jay were hoping for the best with the weather, but were prepared for the worst. Well… they got the best. I think the high was around 60 degrees. Even though Emily had purchased several packets of hand warmers, none of them were needed. I too came prepared - I had a whole bag dedicated to winter clothing full of long johns, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.  It was nice to put them aside and enjoy the warm weather.

Since the weather was so nice, we spent the majority of our time photographing at The Rotunda on The University of Virginia’s Campus. I love that area. My favorite part of The Rotunda are the columns that line the lawn. It makes for such a beautiful backdrop. Emily and Jay decided to do a First Look before their ceremony. First Looks are great and allow for more time with portraits. Plus, it gives the couple a private moment to really enjoy each other and think about the ceremony to come. I loved Jay’s expression as he turned to see Emily approaching him from the stairs. He just couldn’t stop starring at her and all the little details of her gown. It was very sweet to watch.

Emily and Jay exchanged vows at the University Chapel right there by the Rotunda. It was a beautiful evening wedding with close friends and family. Following the ceremony, guests headed to Farmington Country Club for an evening of toasts, dancing and celebration. Just before midnight Emily and Jay got on stage and helped count down to the New Year. It was a wonderful day full of love and joy!



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