August 26, 2021
April and Polycom’s Richmond Va wedding day was one of the most eccentric weddings we have photographed in a long time. Not only did they want to marry each other, but they also wanted their rings to be carried by two very special people. They asked their moms to carry the rings down the aisle with them and then right before the ceremony, April’s mom Michaela passed on her ring onto my hand as well. I found out afterward that she had done it so she could record her daughter’s wedding memories with both me and her mother.
After a few photos were taken outside of the church, we went inside for about an hour filming some footage while everyone else took part in post-wedding celebration festivities outside. The congregation was small. Just about 20 people in all, but that didn’t stop them from having a wonderful ceremony. April and Poly had gotten to the venue at 7:00AM to start setting up for their big day. I arrived around 10:45AM so the first thing we did was walk down the aisle together to make sure it was just the way they wanted it to be. During this time, we also shot some of the behind-the-scenes footage. The ceremony didn’t start until 1:15PM but the lead-up was still a lot of fun.
Polycom and April did something really special for us after the ceremony. We were taken to another room where there were some pretty cool things waiting for us. The first thing I noticed when we walked through the door was an Xbox 360 with Rock Band 2 set up on it.
After the initial excitement of playing some Rock Band wore off, Polycom walked me over to his closet and pulled out a dark blue suit that looked very similar to mine. He then told me to try it on and I did. It fit perfectly!
As you can see in the video below, April was quite elated seeing me wearing her husband’s clothes. It was definitely an odd sensation trying them on but it made for another awesome wedding story we will always remember.
So when I met April and Poly, it was no surprise they didn’t mind us taking some liberties in front of the camera as well. In fact, on their wedding day, April told me she wanted me to document any crazy ideas I might have had for them that day! I thought that was a very cool thing to say. And later on in the wedding day, they sure proved just how fun and outgoing they are when we all went out for dinner together at one of their favorite restaurants called The Boathouse at Rocket Landings.
Although I hadn’t met them before this wedding day, April and Polycom feel more like good friends now than clients. The wedding was so much fun and it would not have been as amazing without them.
Their wedding decorations were also absolutely amazing. I have never seen wedding decorations like the ones they had before and April did a lot of it herself! The flowers were bright and colorful as well.
April’s wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous too! Her wedding gown even had a wedding veil with it. I think she looked so pretty in it!
And although the wedding decorations were very impressive, nothing came close to how April looked on her wedding day! The wedding dress completely blew me away. And it wasn’t just me who thought she was beautiful that day either. Everyone at the wedding told her how gorgeous she looked when we were done taking photos of her getting ready for the ceremony. Many people have said that about their brides before but everyone genuinely thought she was one of the most beautiful brides they had ever seen! Her wedding dress was probably the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen too. And I swear April’s wedding photographs will be some of the best wedding photos we ever produce! They were absolutely stunning! The wedding photographers really did an amazing job photographing her in it.
And then there was Polycom! He looked pretty good too. His black suit was very nice and shiny too just like mine. April told me they were both wearing Armani suits (the designer) that day too.
The wedding ceremony was held at the incredible Hotel in downtown Richmond VA. They had a really nice wedding chapel at the hotel which was perfect for their wedding ceremony.
They decided to not have wedding rings but they did have wedding bands and these were engraved! I thought that was really cool since it’s a customized wedding band they will always be able to wear and show off too. But what impressed me, even more, is how April knew exactly who she wanted her engraving artist to be! Her friend told her about an engraving business he had recently found out about called Touch of Gold. He said it would definitely be worth looking into and April took his advice seriously because I think they turned out fantastic! The wedding cake also had engravings on it too!
Even though the wedding cake was very pretty, Polycom and April’s favorite part of their wedding day turned out to be a little bit different than what most couples usually choose. They said their favorite part of the wedding day was when they were finally able to kiss each other for the first time in front of all of their family and friends during the wedding ceremony at Hotel . And this wasn’t just any normal kiss either. They got a lot of people including us to join in with them so everyone could share in that exciting moment together! It was definitely an unusual but amazing idea that I would never have thought about before but it definitely made for some awesome wedding photos!
April and Poly shared a kiss while everyone surrounded them on the wedding stage and in front of the pretty windows.
They sure know how to throw an impressive wedding! Even after seeing all of their wedding photos, I can’t stop thinking about it. And they were, even so, cool that they actually let me hog the whole limelight at their wedding for the day so I could showcase some of my funniest shots to all of our Facebook friends. Now that is definitely one of the best clients a photographer could have! Our team was honored to be their Richmond VA Wedding Photographers!
April looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress! It was definitely very different from most other dresses but she still managed to look just as beautiful in hers! The way she had her hair done with the flowers matched perfectly too.
I thought this would be a great way to end this blog post! I hope you all enjoyed it. If any of you are planning a wedding in the future I would highly recommend checking out Hotel in Richmond VA. It was definitely one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen and they have a really nice wedding chapel too that’s perfect for weddings!
During the wedding reception at the hotel, Polycom and April were very generous and invited us to join them for dinner too. We had a really nice meal at the hotel restaurant which is also very classy and elegant just like the hotel itself. I was very impressed. The food tasted great, service was excellent and I thought the prices were not too bad either.
The wedding photographers managed to capture their dances perfectly! I’m really looking forward to getting to see the final version of these wedding photos again when we receive all of our wedding photos from Hotel in a few months time!
April and Polycom, we wish you all the best in your lives together!