Fall Wedding at St. Luke's Historic Church

Jaclyn and Chris are lovers of history. Avid readers, spiritual, and private, their wedding at St. Luke's Historic Church was a perfect match for their personalities and relationship. Their guest list was so intimate that we were able to easily take a full group photo after the ceremony. Their officiant, Jeff, spoke to each of them individually during the ceremony, making it feel deeply personal for them and touching on their faith. Jaclyn's hair and makeup were done by her sister-in-law and her dress was handmade by her close friend.

Jaclyn and Chris Said "I Do" in an intimate ceremony at St. Luke's Historic Church

After their wedding ceremony, Jaclyn and Chris wanted time to appreciate the beautiful grounds at St. Luke's Historic Church. There was small bench under an absolutely gorgeous tree covered with golden orange leaves that served as a perfect setting for their bride and groom portraits. Rather than immediately rushing them into structured poses, I invited Jaclyn and Chris to sit on the bench and just be close to each other - to talk, to cuddle, to kiss, to just be together. I took this time to capture those intimate moments and give them time to be together as husband and wife before moving on to the rest of their portraits. We wandered through the woods on the property for a brief walk while their guests moved to cocktail hour at The Smithfield Inn before wrapping up their portraits in front of St. Luke's Church.

An Intimate Reception at the Historic Smithfield Inn

Continuing their theme of historic venues and intimate gatherings, Jaclyn and Chris held their reception at the Historic Smithfield Inn, which boasts a grand history of guests such as George Washington. Tables were not numbered, but labeled with a Virginia Sate Park that Jaclyn and Chris had visited. Their cake was made by the same family friend who made cakes for Jaclyn's birthday as she grew up and toasts were full of sweet stories about how kind and loving Jaclyn and Chris are.

Congratulations to the Sulimas!

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding at St. Luke's Historic Church, Mr. and Mrs. Sulima! Thank you for trusting me to capture your special day. It was truly an honor!

Creative Team