lexy & robert {mountain lake lodge, va wedding}

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Lexy and Robert have been planning their private, destination wedding ceremony at Mountain Lake Lodge (yes, where Dirty Dancing was filmed!) all year, and I was so honored to be part of the process!  I was amazed at all of the meaningful details that they incorporated into their day.  It seemed that every single item had a story behind it, from Lexy’s vintage wedding gown to the hand-painted tallis that the officiate wore during the ceremony (which Lexy has had since she was 13 years old!), and SO much more!  This was my first time photographing a ceremony that incorporated Jewish traditions, and I have to say my favorite thing about Jewish ceremony traditions is the signing of the ketubah.  The ketubah is the marriage contract that the bride and groom have written together, which they sign during the ceremony, and can frame and hang in their home after the wedding.  I love how it serves as a beautiful reminder of the commitment they made on their wedding day!  And just wait until you see what a beautiful work of art Lexy and Robert’s ketubah is!

I had to keep this one a secret until Lexy & Robert had had a chance to tell all of their friends & family that they are MARRIED, and I’m so glad to now be able to share some of my favorites from Lexy and Robert’s wedding day with you!

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The center of the ketubah!

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So I have to tell you the story behind Lexy’s matching brooch, earrings, and necklace because it is amazing.   Lexy owns a vintage clothing & accessories shop in their home state of Michigan, so she is always on the hunt for vintage items.  Y’all – she came across all THREE of these (the necklace, the earrings set, and the brooch) by happenstance in three completely different places!  And they are a matching set!  Tell me, what are the chances of that??  I was so astonished when she told me the story!  There’s no doubt, she was meant to have these beautiful pieces for her wedding day!

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These next two shots (and one of the shots above) show the hand-painted details of Lexy’s tallis, a Jewish shawl typically given to a girl for her bat mitzvah.  Lexy has had hers since she was 13, and their officiate wore it for their ceremony!

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I was in love with Lexy’s makeup – SO incredibly classic and iconic.  Isn’t she stunning??

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Their ceremony was in the gazebo, and just as they have committed to walk through the rest of their lives together, they walked from their cabin to the ceremony together.  : )

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Signing the ketubah!

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Lexy and Robert both participated in the Jewish tradition of smashing glass at the end of the ceremony!

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Then, right after their ceremony, Lexy and Robert shared a first dance to “In the Still of the Night” there in the gazebo!

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Then it was time for their first portraits as a married couple!!

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This next one is one of my FAVES!!

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And to end their day, they shared a private dinner together on the veranda.  What a perfect way to end your wedding day, am I right??

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Then, on my way down the mountain, I caught this beautiful view just after the sun dipped below the horizon!  Ahh, those colors!!

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Lexy, Robert, thank you again for inviting me to be part of your intimate, meaningful wedding day.  (And thanks for educating me on all of the Jewish traditions you incorporated!  I loved them!)  I know this isn’t goodbye (because we are friends now!), but know that I wish y’all the very, very best for your marriage and your new life together!  : )

 

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