New Chapter

Six years ago, I started my company in a small town outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia that very few people had heard of. Since then, I’ve formed some incredible relationships, traveled to places that I could only have dreamed of, and have been privileged to document hundreds of stories for some amazing people. For that, I am truly grateful.

2015 is a huge year for myself in a lot of ways and I have finally been able to step back a little bit and work towards something different. Thus far, I’ve relocated to Charlottesville, made steps to secure more of a permanent team, and invested in new equipment to let us go further and continue to share beautiful stories.

In the past, I jumped from platform to platform and eventually pursued a very minimal blogsite. Today we are launching a new site for visitors to experience something more than just a blog. I wanted to introduce our visual style with a silent reel, showcase more of a curated portfolio, and share some of our most recent work. The site remains minimal, yet focuses on the essentials. It allows room for us to grow and I’m excited to add a few more layers as the year progresses. This blog will still remain online, as it is the home of six years of hard work.

I would like to take a moment and say thank you. Thank you for following along on my journey of storytelling. I look forward to continuing to share stories in this new chapter. Also, I cannot thank my wonderful girlfriend (Serena) enough for all of her time and effort put into getting this new site up and running.

When Caitlin & Trevor first told me about their plan to travel from their home in Baltimore, MD to elope in Charlottesville, VA, I was ecstatic. While I have only created a handful of films for intimate elopements, the end result is always so personal and amazing. It is a chance to spend an entire day with a fun, laid back couple and really get to know them and their love for one another.

Caitlin & Trevor are both talented artists. Caitlin is a stylist (specializing in interiors) and Trevor is an industrial designer (creating awesome custom furniture). My assistant shooter and girlfriend Serena had previously photographed a tour of their home for Style Me Pretty Living – which is how they connected with my work.

They stayed in a sweet cabin, which was nestled on a mountain overlooking the city of Charlottesville. The forecast originally called for rain showers, but their day turned to sunny skies and warmth. We had such a wonderful time with them and absolutely loved getting the chance to tell their story.

  • April 30, 2015 - 7:47 pm

    Meredith Sledge - OH MY GOSH JOSH. This is SO good. One of my favorite films of yours!

  • April 30, 2015 - 10:02 pm

    Katie Nesbitt - Love this!!! Such a sweet couple!

  • May 1, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Sandy Scott - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • May 1, 2016 - 10:41 pm

    Mary Hilte - OMG this is the most beautiful wedding. It is awesome.

  • May 1, 2016 - 10:47 pm

    Mary Hilte - I watch this often. It was so beautiful and it just brings a happy feeling in my heart.

  • May 2, 2016 - 1:38 am

    Jeannie Dorr - Wow…how beautiful and loving and tender and special. Congratulations and many happy years. Love from the DORR”S in Linthicum.

Whitney & Will’s evening wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards was an incredible mix of lifelong friends and the coming together of two amazing families. From Whitney’s father’s heartfelt speech to the letter that she penned to Will before she walked down the aisle, it was a day peppered with many wonderful moments. Under the direction of Amore Events, the event could not have gone more smoothly. Southern Blooms did a fantastic job putting together a beautiful floating floral piece above the head table, that was truly stunning to witness. After an intimate outdoor ceremony amongst the market lights, one of my favorite wedding bands (Attraction) got the party started. Between songs, guests were able to step away to enjoy cider and freshly-made donuts, served by the Carpe Donut truck. We had a great time documenting Whitney & Will’s wedding and I hope you enjoy a small glimpse of their day below!

  • March 13, 2015 - 10:18 am

    Lauren Swann - This is so sweet, Josh!! I love how you captured their sweet day!! It’s gorgeous!!

  • March 13, 2015 - 11:54 am

    Renee - Wow! This is just too good!

  • March 13, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    Caitlin - that was amazing- everything- the couple, the details, and obviously every part of that video you created! obsessed

  • March 13, 2015 - 4:19 pm

    Whitney - Amazing!

  • March 23, 2015 - 6:03 pm

    Jane Hetherington Loop - This made me cry! It is so beautiful and captures the true love between you two.

Patrick & Ellen’s special day took place in the heart of Washington D.C. They began their celebration with some pre-wedding moments at The Willard, continued to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown for their ceremony, and ended at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for dinner and dancing. We also took a short trip to the Jefferson Memorial for some portraits. The two of them actually got engaged there, so it was only fitting to return on the day of their wedding.

It was truly beautiful to witness the coming together of two incredible families, along with the unique memories and moments that bound them together. We had the honor of working alongside Christine Godsey of Engaging Affairs, Holly Chapple Flowers, and photographer Steve Canning. We captured a fun blend of high definition and Super 8mm footage and hope you enjoy the film below!

Our inspiration for the shoot came from the meticulously handwritten piece by Laura Hooper. The beautiful scroll held heartfelt wedding vows that would be shared on this bride-to-be’s wedding day. The scroll is placed on the wall and, as she begins to read it, she gently traces her finger along the lettering. She anticipates the moment; her moment when she stands alongside her soul mate in front of that scroll, filled with the vows that will be cherished for a lifetime.

We collaborated with some pretty amazing vendors on this shoot in Richmond, Virginia, who worked tirelessly to make this happen. Styled shoots are a way for us not only to share inspiration with our brides, but also for us to try new techniques and change things up. I hope you enjoy the film below and be sure to check out the full feature & wonderful images by Love by Serena on Green Wedding Shoes!

photography: Love by Serena // event design + styling: Tart Event Co. // cinematography: Josh Gooden // florals: Janie Medley Flora Design // calligraphy + scroll backdrop: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // venue: Blue Bee Cider Richmond, Virginia // table runner + bouquet ribbon: Silk and Willow // dresses: Veronica Shaeffer // garden roses + ranunculus: Flower Muse // rentals: Paisley & Jade, Classic Party Rentals of VA // model: Erykah St. Louis // make-up: Phawn Lane of Elle Style Studio

  • February 11, 2015 - 9:55 am

    Krista A. Jones - I love this!! Everything is so perfect and you had the most amazing team 🙂

  • February 11, 2015 - 11:43 am

    Natalie - Everything you film is pure gold. Love this!