We had the incredible opportunity to capture Anna-Loren + Jordan’s wedding just a few weeks ago at the historic Lee Chapel & Evans Hall on the grounds of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The area is undeniably beautiful with rolling hills, an incredible amount of history, and beautiful evening light. Fortunately, we are now one of two approved cinematographers for the historic church, and I could not be thrilled to continue to shoot within it. I worked extensively with Edith, Anna-Loren’s mother, to help them plan the perfect day and it was amazing to see everything come together. From the heart felt ceremony to the uplighting at the reception, it was perfect.  Anna-Loren & Jordan were so much fun to work with throughout the day, and I really saw their personalities come alive during their first look (always my favorite moment). After the beautiful ceremony, we entered Evans Hall for the reception. Its just beautiful inside with a very Williamsburg look that I loved. Fortunately, the absolutely amazing band, The Wrest, was there to get the party started and it definitely did not stop. I swear they are one of the best bands we have worked with and I am convinced they can play anything. I hope you enjoy a small look at Anna-Loren + Jordan’s wedding day below!

Music licensed through With Etiquette & The Music Bed.

  • August 11, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Hanane Belhaj - Congrats! Love you dith and Ron , wish you all the best Jorda and Anna loren :D

  • August 11, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Hanane Belhaj - Congrats Jordan and Anna Loren , wish you all the best.Love you Edith and Ron , please come and see me :)

  • September 16, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    Kim Clark Keeley - I love that I can relive this special weekend and see the behind the scene activities. I love you both! Aunt, Kim

A few weeks ago, I finally was able to meet Shannon & Sean for their gorgeous wedding at The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing in Richmond, Virginia. While we did not have a chance to meet before the wedding, it was so neat to experience their love for one another on the wedding day. From their nervousness while getting ready to the anticipation of seeing each other for the first time as Shannon walked down the aisle, their love was felt by all when they were finally together. My favorite part is always the letters passed before the ceremony, and seeing both Shannon & Sean’s fears disappear as they smiled or laughed throughout every sentence. As a photographer, its so rewarding to see a small slice of all the little experiences a couple has together, and how that forms a relationship that will last a lifetime. Its just amazing. Rockett’s landing was the perfect backdrop for the wedding day with an incredible view of downtown Richmond, Virginia & there were plenty of fun spots for portraits by the river. Dee and Jen of Mcbride Events helped keep everything on track and were a pleasure to work with as always. My awesome assistant and second shooter Jen Jar was there to help capture the day and load film, so a huge thanks to her. After some amazing pictures at sunset, we headed into the lovely reception space in the boathouse and the awesome band, Hip Shack, got the party started. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite images from Sean + Shannon’s lovely wedding below!

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Photography: Josh Gooden Photography + Cinematography 

Event Planner: McBride Events

Ceremony and reception venue: The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing

Caterer: The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing

Florist: FloraCulture

Cake: Cakes by Graham

Transportation: James Limousine

Lighting/Production: Mosaic

Band: Hip Shack

 

  • July 8, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    The Berkeley Hotel - Just Beautiful!

  • August 5, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Marie Adele Christopher - Oooo I love that shot of the venue’s reflection in the puddle!

  • August 20, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Erica C. - Fun. Can’t quite tell what the metal gift was…sweet messages though.

Recently I was invited by amazing friends, Jodi & Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography, to come along for an amazing shoot with The Red Fox Inn & Tavern. The Inn is located in the quaint village of Middleburg. Established in 1728, the four story fieldstone inn and tavern has been inspired by four centuries of Virginia hunt country tradition and embodies the Piedmont’s cultural heritage. Having been my first time there, I was astonished at how beautiful the surrounding area was. As I drove towards Middleburg, I passed countless horse farms and beautiful manors lined with stone fencing. The inn itself, was an absolute dream. From the gentleman’s room to the incredible outdoor areas, it was everything I love. The shoot itself was based primarily around the events and we had some seriously talented vendors to make it happen. Katy and Tristian Napotnik served as our models and they were absolutely splendid to work with. Katy wore a Claire Pettibone gown, while Tristan’s clothing was provided by HighCliffe Clothiers. Salon Emage provided hair and makeup for our models. We were lucky enough to have Holly Chapple provide her incredible floral arrangements and it really made the spaces come alive. Bella Villa Furnishings & Accessories provided a lot of the furniture that was used and assisted with styling & Miss Merkle Design also helped to style. Meant To Be Calligraphy created the calligraphy work for the invitations provided. The Red Fox Inn and Tavern provided the food and I can confirm that it was as amazing as it looks. I hope you enjoy a small taste of our shoot together with the film below. :]

P.S – If your looking for an amazing space to get married or have an awesome event, I truly cannot recommend The Red Fox Inn enough.

Music was licensed through With Etiquette and the absolutely incredible reading of “I Carry Your Heart” by E. E. Cummings is by Tom O’ Bedlam.

  • August 5, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    Marie Adele Christopher - Ok. I have goosebumps.

It is kind of hard to believe that I am finally writing this post. Well over a year ago, I spoke with Natalie about filming her wedding and I was beyond excited to have the opportunity, but that was before I actually got the chance to meet her & see what kind of sweet & incredibly caring person she is. While attending the WPPI show in Vegas, I was about to go into a class, and two girls came up to me and one said, “oh my gosh Josh, you are filming my wedding in a few months. What are you doing here?!”. The two girls turned out to be Natalie & Serena, and over the course of our week in Vegas, we all became such amazing friends. I mean I just don’t let anyone force me into seeing Magic Mike, even if I luckily fell asleep a quarter through it. After Vegas, I was really excited to meet the man that Natalie had told us all so much about. In Natalie’s words, “It all started almost seven years ago, when I met this sweet boy named Hugh at the St. Johns College Boathouse at my first day of practice at the Annapolis Rowing Club in our sophomore year of high school. We joined the team by chance – a very spur of the moment choice that turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our first “dates” were spent running laps around the football field, rowing in the Severn River, and traveling to regattas on the weekends. I remember those days so clearly – sun speckled and filled with long afternoons on the Chesapeake, where we became close friends and learned so much about one another.We were barely over fifteen, only teenagers, but inseparable from the moment that we met. The first days of dating turned into months of growing up together, and falling even more in love. Somewhere along the way – those months became a year, then two years and before I knew it, we were in college, getting ready to go into our senior year, talking about the future, and dreaming of this very moment.”

After a crazy drive up to Pasadena, MD, we arrived at Natalie & Huey’s beautiful home on the bay for their rehearsal dinner. Natalie had invited myself and an “assistant”, Papa Gooden, to check out the property and to partake in a crab feast. As we watching the rehearsal of the ceremony and ate a ton of crab (my first time by the way..amazing), I watched Huey & Natalie as they laughed, cried, and spoke softly to one another. It was incredibly evident how in love they were and how well they connected with one another. I sometimes forget that a wedding is more than just a couple uniting, but two families as well. It was neat to meet both sides of their family and to hear a few toasts from each. We even got a few hilarious lessons in crab eating by Natalie’s uncle. After a wonderful night, we returned in the morning for the big day. The ceremony was held in an amazing garden in the front of the house and the reception took place in a beautiful Sperry tent by the bay. It was just breathtakingly beautiful and I’m pretty sure Katelyn, Paul (my awesome second shooter), & I were completely overwhelmed with possibilities for beautiful images. Natalie is an incredibly talented writer & photographer (seriously..go read her blog), and I am so glad she decided to write a letter to read for Huey during the ceremony. It was neat to have the process of writing, proofreading, and then the actual ceremony letter reading be shown in the film. There was so much thought and beauty within it & I felt like it really resonated with their relationship. Dan of Premier DJ Services started up the party during the reception & it did not stop. I’m pretty sure I even danced at some point, along with her amazing vendors, guests, family, and friends. I had an amazing time really getting to know Natalie & Huey, and I am so excited to finally share their film with you below:

Music licensed by: The Music Bed & With Etiquette


Florals | Katie of Petal and Print
Dress | Designer: Jim Hjelm   
Boutique: Garnish Boutique
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hairpiece: Twigs and Honey 
Venue | Private Estate
Coordination | Charlotte Jarrett Events
Hair & Makeup | Behind the Veil Beauty 
DJ | Dan of Premier DJ Services 
Cinematographer | Josh Gooden
Photography | Katelyn James Photography
Cake | Caroline’s Caramel Cake 
Cupcakes | Kupcakes & Co 
Catering | Main Ingredient  
Groomsmen | JOS A. Banks – Grey Suits
Invitations | Krista A. Jones 
Officiant | Rev. Laura Cannon of Divine Transformation 
Tent | Sperry Tents 
Rentals | Rentals to Remember 
Vintage Rentals | 2hands studios 
Transportation | Limo’s Inc 
Bridesmaids Gifts | Robes from Plum Pretty Sugar 
Photo booth | Booth Love MD

 

  • June 9, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    Maria sung - Wow ! Incredible job!

  • June 10, 2013 - 12:09 am

    Meredith Sledge - Oh my goshhhh, this is SO good!

  • June 10, 2013 - 1:01 am

    Katie Nesbitt - Josh! Seriously stop it! This is so good! You are so talented! I loved every second of this! And I laughed out loud remembering magic mike. Hahahaha good times.

  • June 10, 2013 - 1:03 am

    Natalie Hayes - Josh… I will never be able to thank you enough for capturing this day for us! You are so talented and we feel so blessed to see our wedding through your eyes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • June 10, 2013 - 1:10 am

    Breanna Marie Shaw - Awwwww Natalie… This made me cry, I just love the letter you wrote Huey! Great work, Josh!

  • June 10, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Dan Huynh - EPIC Josh! You are amazing in your craft!

  • June 10, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Dianne Estep Cubbage - Love….. Josh did it again!

  • June 10, 2013 - 4:13 am

    Urška Majer - Wow! Such an amazing video! Truly beautiful!

  • June 10, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    Mark Pipkin - Terrific video Josh! Absolutely captures the spirit of Natalie and Hugh.

  • June 10, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Christy Tyler - This is unbelievable. Just beautiful… I’m in tears! (And once again wishing when I got married 4 years ago I had thought to hire a videographer!) Stunning.

  • June 10, 2013 - 6:59 pm

A few weeks ago, I was able to photograph my amazing friends Marie & James outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. I have known Marie ever since high school when we were both enrolled in photojournalism classes & it was so great to catch up & see that she found the love of her life in James. We started our session off by meeting at Eastern Mennonite University’s planetarium & observatory, where Marie & James shared their first kiss. It was a gorgeous spot that overlooked Harrisonburg & the Shenandoah Valley. Unfortunately I have determined that Virginia has the most unpredictable weather as we experienced clouds, rain, beautiful sun, thunderstorms, and then amazing light again in about an hour and a half. After we explored & survived the weather at the observatory, we drove down to the corner of Franklin St. and Mason St in downtown Harrisonburg, where they both lived. They dressed up into more of a formal look, which I personally think was killer (gotta love the hat & dress). The neighborhood was so nice and it reminded me a little of Charleston with the beautifully decorated porches. After we took over the street & were chased by neighbor kids giggling about all the kissing, we drove out on 33 West in search of a field. With the meter barely at 1/30th and 1/15, we found an amazing spot and shot until the sun dipped behind the mountains. I am so excited to be capturing Marie & James on their big day this September and I am thrilled to share their engagement session with you below. Enjoy!

P.S – This entire blog post is on medium format film with my new Contax 645. So thrilled with this combination. :] Scans by Photovision in Oregon.

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  • May 29, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    Ashley Goodwin - These look fantastic! And 1/15th and 1/30th? Can’t even tell, way to rock it out!!

  • May 30, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Dianne Estep Cubbage - Great as always :)

  • May 30, 2013 - 1:05 am

    Josh Gooden - Aw thanks! :]

  • May 30, 2013 - 2:46 am

    Kimberly Baker - A lot of character! Great engagement pictures of this couple!

  • May 30, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Carol Hartzell - Those are really good photos, glad you’ve got him doing the wedding too.

  • May 30, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Geoffrey Skelley - Sick hat, James!

  • May 30, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Sarah Kyger - Love love love love love love love YUP.

  • May 30, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Josiah Weaver - James Weaver, That’s quite the Dodgy Haircut.

  • May 30, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Aubrey Russell Blankenship - Oh Marie, you are stunning. I’m so thrilled for you guys and just wish I could be there on your big day. <3<3 Love you cousin.