I met Jon several years ago when I was first starting out in filmmaking. His mom taught art at the middle school I attended, and we later met at a career show for students interested in media. It was humbling that Jon would approach me to capture his wedding and when he mentioned an elopement, I was in. Jon & Cynthia have quite a love for the outdoors and decided to keep things simple (which I love).  I was invited to photograph their elopement on top of a mountain at The Point Overlook in The Shenandoah National Park. The location was gorgeous with a stunning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My friend, Rev. Claire Goodman of Sacred Ground Ceremonies, conducted the ceremony as the sun set over the valley below.

11shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park
12shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park
13shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park
14shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park
15shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park
17shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park
16shenandoahelopement Jon + Cynthia // Elopement | Shenandoah National Park

  • October 17, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    Carrie Coleman - Josh. These are stunning. Such a cool location.

This summer, we traveled to the outskirts of New York City to document Michelle and Seth’s incredible wedding. Seth stumbled across our work through our friends Zack & Heather, whose wedding we documented a couple of years ago in Roxbury, NY. The two of them met while attending college at Cornell University. Michelle studied food science and Seth’s family was in the food industry. They found each other through these common interests and quickly became friends.

Tucked behind the beauty of New York’s Hudson Valley, the Blue Hill at Stone Barns provided a gorgeous setting for Michelle and Seth’s special day. Sourcing from the surrounding fields, pastures, and local farms, the Blue Hill at Stone Barns provided their wedding guests with a delectable farm to table experience. We had an amazing time strolling the grounds, encountering a variety of animals, and capturing Michelle & Seth’s love for one another. I hope you enjoy their film below!

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  • October 14, 2014 - 5:40 am

    Constanta Erca - à cette belle occasion pour nos chèrs Michelle et Seth: Chaque fois qu’un homme et une femme unissent leurs destinées, c’est comme si le monde recommençait, en mieux et en plus beau..C’est comme si le monde renaissait sous le signe de la tendresse grâce à la consécration d’un amour vrai et rempli de promesses. Meilleurs voeux de bonheur pour cet avenir qui s’ouvre devant vous! Constanta et Ioana ERCA

Fall explodes with the bold gold, red and orange colors, but also presents a subtler rust, amber, coral, and blush color scheme allowing for so many possibilities that this shoot took full advantage of. Just as man and wife become one, this hard meets soft fall wedding inspiration is all about marrying the bold colors of late Autumn with the soft feminine accents. The result is an exciting combination that will have you wishing for those early November evenings again.

Event Designer: Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings | Venue: Pharsalia | Hair & Makeup: Rachel Shrader and Natalie Gordon of Ave 42 Style Studio | Cake: La Bella Torta | Photography: Adam Barnes | Cinematography: Josh Gooden | Dress Designer & Veil or Hair Accessories: Claire Pettibone via Hannelores of Olde Town | Flowers: Southern Blooms | Groom’s Attire: Macy’s | Jewelry: Bowen Jewelry Co. | Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka | Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Prop or Furniture Rentals: Paisley and Jade | Linen and Tabletop: Festive Fare | Bowtie: Boutaugh | Bridesmaid Dress: Alice & Olivia |       Models: Shannon Monroe, Chase Thomson & Lauren Barnes | Film Lab: Cinelicious 

We met with Malleri & David a few weeks before their wedding for coffee and spent over two hours talking and laughing with them. Their personalities are both so loving and sweet, and their love for each other really connected with us. The ceremony and reception took place at the charming House Mountain Inn near Lexington, Virginia. Malleri & David used to hike House Mountain in college, so the location held a lot of meaning for them.

Malleri & David exchanged heartfelt letters that led up to their first look on a secluded trail near the Inn. The first look was such a lovely moment between the two of them, and it left David a bit speechless. After a beautiful ceremony, guests headed up the stairs to the Inn for the reception and a lively performance by Horizon. We were thrilled to work alongside photographer Lori Hedrick, and it was amazing to bring one of my new second shooters, Serena, along for the incredible day. I hope you enjoy Malleri & David’s film below!

  • August 19, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Terry McFadden - Congratulations, what a Beautiful wedding God’s Blessings to you all may you have a lifetime full of nothing but Love, God Bless!

As a filmmaker, Super 8 is one of those formats that I dream about shooting. Whenever someone appreciates it and is willing to hire us for the beautiful look it creates, I’m ecstatic. The format was meant for consumers in the 60’s and 70’s. It has a nostalgic vibe that is simply irresistible and works perfectly for capturing a wedding day. With Super 8, it really is all about the moments, and having fun, so its nice to throw in some wild snap zooms or other movements that I would not dare try with digital. I was excited to return to Panorama Farms to document Philip and LilyWren’s amazing love story. I loved the intimate setting of close friends and family in the sprawling hills near Earlysville, Virginia. The ceremony location was gorgeous and overlooked the beautiful rustic barn below. After the ceremony, Philip & LilyWren dug up a bottle of bourbon they had buried to get the party started and it certainly did not stop. Their band Soul Expressions only added to the mix with an amazing performance. Also, I was especially excited to meet one of my favorite National Geographic photographers, William Allard, who was a guest at the wedding. I hope you enjoy a small look at Philip & LilyWren’s amazing wedding below!

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  • July 18, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Mary Atkinson - Beautiful! Oh how I wish we could have been there…you both looked so gorgeous and so happy….

  • July 19, 2014 - 1:25 am

    Jill Gray - I didn’t think it could be better then being there but it certainly ranks way up there! I didn’t want it to stop….it’s incredible!

  • July 19, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Leslie Tooker Roberson - Almost like being there! Fabulous!!!

  • August 19, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Lily Collins - Choosing Josh Gooden to capture our wedding day was by far the best decision we made! Not only was Josh extremely professional, he was kind, welcoming, and helpful to our family and guests. Josh was able to capture each moment of the day in a quiet and noninvasive way. It was wonderful to see Josh truly enjoying the day and relishing in his profession, rather than simply going through the ‘hired motions.’ Because of Josh’s clear excitement for our wedding day and obvious love for his work, I knew that Josh would put his heart and soul into his editing and his final product. That, he did! In fact, he substantially succeeded our expectations! From the day my husband proposed, throughout our engagement, the wedding planning process, the actual wedding day… and all the way to just a few days ago, I had been wondering why I hadn’t cried! I had imagined and expected all these milestones to be accompanied by joyous tears… which never came! With that said, I have felt nothing but happiness and excitement this year! However, it felt wonderful when the happy tears finally came the first time we viewed Josh’s final video of our wedding! Since then, my husband and I have watched it numerous times…daily! Each time, I get choked up and cannot hold back a huge smile at the same time. It is so moving to see such a perfect day expressed in a video that genuinely reflects our personalities and compatibility! Josh truly captured US in the most authentic ways! The way Josh was able to pinpoint the most meaningful moments of the day and produce the most accurate and poignant representation of our character as a couple is beyond talent. This will be a treasure in which we can reminisce with forever! I will be bragging about Josh’s work all over Virginia!