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.

2013 has already been filled with so many amazing stories and the one I am about to share is one of my favorites. Darrell and Meredith live in Atlanta, but celebrated their wedding day in Richmond, Virginia. Their love for one another was so evident in their vows, first look, and every other interaction on their wedding day.  The tears showed up before Darrell even took his first glance at his bride & he could barely get through reading a handwritten letter Meredith had sent over to him in the morning. The first look was just magical and it was incredible to see every worry or fear disappear as they saw each other for the first time. The heartfelt ceremony was held at St. John’s United Church of Christ & the reception was held at The Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond. The reception was just incredible with a grand entrance into cocktail hour and a lot of amazing dancing thanks to the band Another Level. We also loved working alongside the fabulous Katelyn & Michael of Katelyn James Photography. I am so thrilled to finally share Meredith & Darrell’s film with you below:

Music licensed through WithEtiquette.

Ceremony | St. John’s United Church of Christ
Reception | The Jefferson Hotel
Photography | Katelyn James Photography
Cinematography | Josh Gooden
Wedding Coordinator| McBride Events
Florals | FloraCulture
Hair – Makeup  Lou Stevens – Glam Squad
Band | Another Level
Bridesmaids | Jasmine Bridal
Tuxes | Tuxes by Jos. A. Bank
Invitations | Sam Flax
Favors | Jam Made by Dani Jamz
Photo Booth | Shutter Booth
 

 

 

  • May 13, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Christinia Wilson - Great Job

  • May 13, 2013 - 10:54 pm

    Tori Watson - man. SO GOOD. loved every minute of it! :)

  • May 13, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    Josh Gooden - Thanks Tori! :]

  • May 13, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    Amy Isaacs Robertson - Beautiful!

  • May 14, 2013 - 12:03 am

    Donna Mathis Brown - OMG!!!!!! I’m crying now, darn it! That was amazing, thanks so much for sharing:)

  • May 14, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    ashley goodwin - So good, but what’s new?

  • May 15, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Matt Thompson - Lovely work Josh!

  • May 24, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Ryan Posner - This is incredible. 2 weeks away to Anastasia Allain and I get married. This video makes me 2nd guess if we should have a videographer too.

  • May 24, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Shannon Lilbird Phillips - great editing

  • May 24, 2013 - 10:15 pm

    Bonnie Posner - Beautiful…loved the Kate Spade shoes:) You’ve done a lot!

A few weeks ago I shared Kitan & Jaylan’s wedding images with you and today I am thrilled to finally share their film. We had the awesome opportunity to do both photo & cinema at their wedding and it was neat to play more of the role of a director’s role while part of our team was shooting stills & the other video. You can read more about their wedding here. I hope you enjoy the film below! :]

Music licensed through The Music Bed.

2013 is going to be a year of some really exciting changes for us, and I am so thrilled to have started our wedding season off with Kitan & Jaylan. They are such a fun and an amazing couple with a love that extends to everyone around them. The wedding & reception took place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on an absolutely gorgeous day in College Park, Maryland. Kitan & Jaylan kept their wedding to close friends and family, which really gave it more of intimate feeling. Before the first look, they read separate letters from each other, which really gives you a beautiful glimpse into their lives and the love they share. Since Kitan is in the Navy, one of the most unique aspects of the day was the saber arch after the ceremony. On command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, and as Kitan & Jaylan passed through, the last two saber bearers lower the sabers in front of them until they kissed. Before releasing Kitan & Jaylan, the saber bearer gives Jaylan a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing “Welcome to the Navy Ma’am!”. It was a really neat tradition & certainly something we have not seen before. Once Kitan & Jaylan entered the reception, we also experienced our first Korean Paebaek, where Kitan & Jaylan’s parents & honorees were seated in front of a table laden with various edibles and tea to offer blessings. It was a really colorful and fun tradition, especially the piggy back ride at the end. The Potomac Jazz Band got the party started & it went on into the night. I want to thank my awesome team  of Jen, Jordan, and Greg for all of their help throughout the day & I hope you enjoy the images below! :]

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  • April 22, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Farren Diane - beautiful josh!

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Jan Alexander - Wow beautiful pictures!

  • April 22, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Kim Hitchcock - Wow, amazing pictures of an amazing wedding between two amazing people! Thank you so much for sharing! I loved it!

  • April 22, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Nooreen Yumn - Absolutely GORGEOUS! What a gorgeous couple you both make! The wedding looks spectacular! Such beautiful pictures! Wish you both a very happy life together xxx.

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    ashley goodwin - wow wow wee wow! So many amazing, CLASSIC ones of them! The top right of her bouquet (and those pinks?!?!). The one of them with their foreheads together in front of the brick building and that dash of LIGHT? The black and whites of them walking down the aisle (adore!) and their first dance! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great job dude!

  • April 22, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Mithu Kalsi - What a gorgeous wedding!! I wish your married life is just as beautiful!

  • April 22, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    Lina Petkova - You are both so lovely :)

  • April 23, 2013 - 12:07 am

    Pritpal Rahman Kalsi - The pictures bring back the good memories from the wedding – had a blast and the pictures are stunning!

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:05 am

    Kitan Bae - Yes! good times…

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:06 am

    Kitan Bae - Thank you big sis! it’s been forever since we met!! we gotta have a family reunion soon! :)

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:07 am

    Kitan Bae - Thank you Kim! :)

  • April 23, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Jaylan Bae - Awww thank you dear Lina!! Do come visit us in DC!:)

  • April 23, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Mithu Kalsi - Would love to see you!! Jaylan looks precious! I am so happy for you!

  • April 24, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Lina Petkova - Hopefully soon, dear :)

  • May 1, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    Meredith Sledge - These are freaking amazing!

  • May 10, 2013 - 12:53 pm

I met Garrett & Rachel just a few months before their wedding at their friends Ryan & Shannon’s wedding. They were absolutely the sweetest people and incredibly gifted through their music. They played a piece for Shannon & Ryan during their ceremony, and it was just incredible. Fast forward a few months, and I was able to see another performance by them, but this time as husband and wife. The ceremony and reception were both held at a gorgeous estate, Oak Ridge Estate, that I immediately fell in love with. It had a very French chateau feel with sprawling gardens & I have to say it was perfect. I even used the location for my Pandora commercial earlier this year. :] The ceremony took place within the main garden and  was very heartfelt with personalized vows. While the weather was cloudy for most of the day, we were given the most amazing light to work with during the reception. It was gorgeous and the perfect start to an evening filled with dancing, laughter, and fun. I am thrilled to share Garrett & Rachel’s film with you below. Enjoy!

Music licensed through The Music Bed

Venue | Oak Ridge Estate

Event Planner | Shindig Weddings & Events

Event lighting and Rentals | Big Top Entertainment

Photography | Katelyn James Photography

  • April 16, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Anna Burke - Love this one, Josh!

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Melissa Brugh - Beautiful! So well done!

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Jacqueline Bergren - Beautiful celebration of love and life!

  • April 22, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Cate Waters - Sigh. Love. <3