The Jefferson Hotel Entrance

It was a rainy morning when we made the drive to Katie & Royal’s wedding at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA but that wasn’t going to keep this couple from celebrating like the sun was shining! We began the day with Katie and her bridesmaid’s while they finished makeup, exchanged gifts and got dressed in the lavish Governor’s Suite. The room was full of laughter as everyone prepared for the upcoming ceremony, and of course the Father of the Bride seeing his daughter for the first time is always a special moment we love to capture. This time though it felt even more special as you could tell Katie and her dad were trying their hardest to hold back tears of happiness.

Katie and Royal were married at Sts. Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Cathedral during a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. Being a part of a wedding rooted in such meaningful traditions made for a special celebration. You’ll see pictures below of when the couple is presented with two crowns that are attached by a white ribbon symbolizing unity between the couple. Following this, the couple is led around the altar three times as a ritual dance representing the couples first steps as a married couple. We were honored to capture the beginning of Katie and Royal’s life together. Enjoy looking through Katie and Royal’s special day and be sure to check back for part two featuring their reception tomorrow!


Wedding Dress and peep hole shoes

Jefferson Suite

Wedding bouquet and banner

We were thrilled to be able to use the balcony attached to the suite for pictures, which resulted in stunning bridal portraits of Katie, capturing her simple elegance! One of my favorite details was her lace dress with a keyhole back and cap sleeve that encompassed a 1920’s glamour!

Bride on the balcony at the Jefferson Hotel
Bridal party at the Jefferson Hotel

Groomsmen and boutonniere

Makeup and bride
Bride and Groom getting ready
Bride walking down aisle with Father
Bride walking down aisle
Richmond Virginia Wedding Ceremony
Greek Orthodox Ceremony
First Kiss for Bride and Groom

 Special thanks to each of these vendors for contributing to this beautiful wedding:

Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography

Venue: The Jefferson Hotel

Ceremony Venue: Sts. Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Officiant: Father Bacalis

Florist: The Jefferson Hotel

Wedding Planner: Lindsay Averette of LK Events & Design

Caterer: The Jefferson Hotel

Wedding Cake: The Jefferson Hotel

Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist: Jackie Walker and Christy Treece

Invitations and Programs: The Dandelion Patch

DJ/Band: Hipshack of Sam hill Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm

Groom’s Wear: Brooks Brothers

Organic Tulip Farm in Virginia

Tulips have a way of making everything seem happier so we thought we would include them in our Monday blog post! The Organic Tulip Festival has been a wonderful place to photograph our recent family portrait sessions and we are excited to share some lovely pictures of the Hua Family! Aaron had a great time during their Watch me Grow Session and captured some great smiles from their little one. How adorable are her reactions to the tulips? There is nothing like spending the afternoon with a family that shares so much love between each other and we are so honored to be able to photograph these special moments. We can’t wait for tulip season next year!


Mother and Daughter with tulips
Family picture ideas
little girl in red dress
Kid portrait ideas
Tulips and smiles
Mother and Daughter photographed by Aaron Watson Photography
Piggy Back ride
Family walking
Little girl on bright chairs

Family Portraits by Aaron Watson Photography