Jonathan & Krysland McWilliams
On September the 9th of 2011
I was given the honor of photographing a wedding of a very old friend of my family. Jonny McWilliams joined his life to Krysland (now) McWilliams. This couple displayed one of the greater mixtures of knowing what they wanted and allowing me, in my professional experience, do what I know has proved to be best. A few couples lean more towards not knowing what they want and some other couples may lean more towards demanding certain things that are simply unrealistic, but not this couple. It was a pleasure working for them.
Enough with my personal life, that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the beautiful union of Jonathan & Krysland McWilliams. These are my favorite photographs of the day! I hope you enjoy.
(If you would like to purchase any of these photos as prints, we have the perfect place for you! We have these photographs and the full collection of this wedding (over 200 pictures) ready to be ordered at great prices. Not only can you purchase prints, but we also offer many styles of canvases & other very creative merchandise! Visit http://timyantz.smugmug.com/Weddings/McWilliams if you are interested. )
Their wedding was held at the beautiful Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket Virginia, which lays at the bottom of a mountain in the country of an old town. The landscape of this location was beautiful, green hills with large ponds and fountains. There was even a very old house on the property, a mansion that has great history. This wedding was a little special to me, simply because of its location. I grew up about three miles from the country club and on my way driving out there my mind was flooded with memories and my heart flowed with a bitter-sweet fragrance. I spent the first 10 years of my life in Haymarket, back when my dad was alive. It was such a chilling pleasure to see how some things have changed and some have remained and than to relive the memories of my blessed childhood. I cried quite a bit when I drove out the the ball field I used to play base ball in when I was 8-11 years old.
The wonderful wedding party formal just before the wedding ceremony. Bridal party up top and the grooms party is below. As most couples they had kept Jonny from seeing his bride until she is walked down the isle by her father, which is what we have in the next photograph 🙂
Left- The father of the bride is escorting his daughter down the isle with a beautiful historic house in the background. Right- The flowers placed on the edge of the chairs lining the isle.
Left- The minister is giving an exhortation unto oneness with a beautiful historic house in the background. Right- The grooms party sitting and listening to the minister preach. I love the way the sun comes through and the smirk on the ring bearer's face.
Top- Grooms party. Bottom- A detailed texture photograph of the stone wall that was lining the ceremony gardens.
The expression of deep anticipation & sheer excitement, love. Top- The bride and her father. Bottom- The bride and her groom.
Left- The groom being prayer for by the baptist minister. Right- The vows.
The mother of the bride is on the left and the mother of the groom is on the right.
If you'll notice the reverse angles of seemingly the same shot. I do enjoy being a ninja. And yes, I did have to jump a stone wall to get a few great shots in this wedding.
As some would say, "The Preacher Man", doing is thing. 🙂
Left- The bride and groom exiting as a married couple. 🙂 Right- we knew we wanted a photograph with the water in the background and we loved the fence, so we thought that placing Jonny on one side and Krysland on the other would create a dramatic picture. It did.
This photograph shows that they're in love, can you tell?
Now this was one location that we knew we wanted to do their photographs, no objections. However, I wasn't able to capture what I wanted because there was a delay in the start of the ceremony, which then pushed back these photos into dusk, and we didn't have enough time to set up what I hoped for. However the natural feeling of these photos we got instead of the ones I hoped to, these turned out just as amazing. 🙂
Their first dance 🙂
Top- Maid of Honor Bottom- Best Man. Giving their toast to the newlyweds!
At every wedding I take great effort into making sure one very essential detail is photographed for memories sake, this is the food. One of my personal favorites about working weddings 🙂
Their cake is a personal favorite design of mine. I love this cake.
This is the father/daughter dance. it's always a very important factor in a wedding day, and for this bride I don't think it was any different.
After all the waiting and anticipating is over, the dancing at the end of a long wedding day is always a highlight to me. It's where I can just have fun and explore my camera even more. The reason this photograph came out so well is because I slowed my shutter speed, lowered the brightness of the flash and upped the ISO and used an orange-ish tinted defuser on the flash. The reason for doing all of this is so that the light bouncing down from the ceiling would somewhat match the light already provided by the hanging channelers in the background. It all looks more natural this way.
I love the natural look to these two photos. Top- the bride and groom are dancing on the left and the groom's younger sister is dancing on the right.
The subject of these two photographs certainly is not of the bride and the groom. It's of a much older flame that gave birth to the bride, this featured couple is the mother and father of the bride.
This wedding was a joy of mine to work and I am very thankful I had the opportunity to serve this family.
If you would like to purchase any of these photos as prints, we have the perfect place for you! We have these photographs and the full collection of this wedding (over 200 pictures) ready to be ordered at great prices. Not only can you purchase prints, but we also offer many styles of canvases & other very creative merchandise! Visit http://timyantz.smugmug.com/Weddings/McWilliams if you are interested.
You know it’s always funny. I usually shoot a wedding and think to myself, “man, these pictures aren’t very good.” and I go home hoping I haven’t disappointed and let down my clients, then I get to work on the photographs and as the editing comes into play and I really begin to see the emotion of the day in my pictures, I realize how precious the photographs are and how amazing they turned out and I really begin to impress myself, which encourages me to do even better. This wedding is no different, I was discouraged by the end of the night and now I’m very impressed. It’s ironic.