Virginia Vineyard Engagement

Delfosse Vineyard & Winery Wedding || Brandon & Rachel's Charlottesville, VA Wedding

Saturday’s wedding was beyond amazing. Delfosse Vineyard and Winery in Faber, Virginia is STUNNING. I love these Virginia wineries and the view from Delfosse is unparalleled! I can’t wait to go back for a personal trip- I’m dying to try the wine there next time! ;)

Brandon & Rachel’s wedding day was stunning! These two are so sweet & laid-back, it was such a blast! Walking in, the girls were getting their hair and makeup done on the front porch, and just having the best time together! They had the sweetest first look, and their ceremony overlooked the Delfosse Vineyard and Mountains. So gorgeous!

Brandon & Rachel! I am SO excited for you guys and am so honored to have been a part of your wedding day! What a special time! Enjoy your honeymoon! I’m just slightly jealous! ;)

James & Tresa: A Knights Gambit Vineyard Summer Wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia

When I first chatted with James & Tresa last year about their Knight's Gambit Vineyard wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia, I knew it was going to be an amazing day! And then after we took their engagement session last fall (view their Sweet Briar Autumn engagement session here!) I had been counting down the days! They initially fell in love with Knight's Gambit from the gorgeous location (OMG the views there!!) and after talking with the owners they knew they wanted to get married there! They really wanted a wedding location that was in nature, and had a laid back and family friendly feel- they found the perfect fit! 

James & Tresa initially met on Match.Com! Their first meeting they went on a short walk, that turned into over 3 hours talking and walking about Lake Elkhorn. They absolutely love going on adventures together, from hiking and camping, boating, biking, and even making adventures out of laying grass seed or making dinner. They really know how to have a blast together, out of the big and little moments! 

They were so excited to include all of their family in the wedding- including all of their nieces and nephews (10 kids in the wedding party alone!!) Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the vineyard and mountains, and their tent reception made everything feel intimate! This wedding was so gorgeous, fun and I'm so excited for these two!! 

Lynchburg and Charlottesville, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving the Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and surrounding areas. Available for travel world-wide.  Ashley is passionate about cultivating genuine relationships built on mutual understanding, trust and lasting friendship.  

Currently booking a limited number of wedding and portrait sessions for 2019. Interested in learning more? Inquire here! 

On the Glen at Glenburn Farms Wedding || Josh & Jenny

Oh my goodness am I SO excited to share this wedding today! Josh & Jenny have been dating since HIGH SCHOOL- and have survived through 11 years of dating, long-distance, college, and so much more! You really could just feel how thrilled they were to be at this point, and that their families were so glad to be uniting! Their wedding at Glenburn Farms was so beautiful! It was the most perfect fall weather, blue skies, and the mountain views! Seriously, picture heaven!! 

They had the sweetest no peek where they exchanged letters and a prayer with each other. I swear, I will never not cry in those moments! They are the sweetest!! I wasn't alone in my reactions seeing Jenny walk down the aisle and Josh start crying.  Then every time Jenny looked up at Josh during the ceremony she started tearing up.  Gah my heart!!

We snuck out for some sunset portraits after dinner and OH MY GOSH was it perfection! I swear I could have stayed out there forever with these two!! Their reception was SO much fun- literally everyone was on the dance floor- even Jenny's grandma got out there and danced with everyone!! 

Stress-free Wedding Series || Getting Ready

Stress Free Wedding Planning || Wedding Day Getting Ready || Ashley Eiban Photography || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer ||

I'm so excited to be continuing my 'stress-free wedding series' today! This is a topic I am super passionate about, and I truly spend extra time with each of my couples in the planning period of their big day to ensure they feel confident and at ease on their wedding day! When a bride is stressed out, it truly can affect her entire day, which always shows up in the photos. I never want a bride to look back at her wedding photos and just see how stressed out she was! This is supposed to be the happiest day of your life- don't you want to remember that joy and happiness forever?! 

Stress Free Wedding Planning || Wedding Day Getting Ready || Ashley Eiban Photography || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer ||

Today, I want to talk about the getting ready portion of the day! This part can really make or break how a bride feels for the rest of the day, so in my opinion, this is the most important part of the day to truly get right! 

1- Do a trial run of your hair and make-up, and take special note of how long each took during your trial run! If you only budget for 30 minutes to do your make-up, but it your makeup artist really needs 45 minutes, you are going to be starting out the day feeling rushed and behind.  Allow for extra time during this time of day, so you can truly relax and enjoy the moments with your bridesmaids! 

2- Have your Mom and Bridesmaids come over and get you fully dressed into your wedding dress. Once again, I've seen brides allow for 5 minutes to step into their dress, but it ended up taking 15 minutes to get everything on and secured.  Along these same lines, make sure that your girls practice your dress bustle as well! These are little things that really can take up too much time if not planned accordingly.  

3- As your packing up the week before your wedding make sure to create a box/bag for your wedding day details that your wedding photographer is going to need. Things that are included in this are your invitations, jewelry, shoes, garter, all sets of rings, and anything else your photographer mentions or you think is special, like your Grandfathers Bible.  

4- Set expectations on who YOU want in the bridal room and what their duties are going to be.  When everyone feels like they can pop in and say hi, you will feel constantly interrupted and not really able to enjoy getting ready and the morning with your closest friends and family members.  If you have envisioned your Mom zipping you up in your dress, make sure that you communicate to her that you want her there so she doesn't disappear to check on something just before you're stepping into your dress! 

5- Remember, sometimes things don't happen exactly as we planned and you may be running a little late.  Your photographer and planner should help you with creating buffer times and being able to make necessary adjustments. Trust the vendors that you hand-picked to know what they are doing! You're going to be getting married in just a few hours- so enjoy this time! 

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographerbased in Central Virginia. Serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas. Currently booking a limited number of weddings and portrait sessions for 2017.  Available for travel world-wide.  

Ashley is passionate about capturing moments as they authentically happen to ensure a successful session that gives you time to enjoy each other and savor the wedding day moments.  Contact me today for additional information! 

Charlottesville, VA Wedding Photographer || Dannie & Evan's Keswick Vineyard Wedding

I don't think I've ever cried throughout the entire toasts portion of a wedding, but after Evan & Dannie's wedding, I can cross that off my bucket list. These two had so many friends and family around supporting them, and hearing about their unique love story from their best friends was so special.  They had a giant bridal party- you could just tell these two had SO many people there that love and support them! 

Evan & Dannie's wedding day was absolute perfection.  The perfect weather, the most gorgeous venue, and the cutest couple ever! Keswick Vineyards is seriously so stunning. There was a photo-op at every single corner! Their ceremony was stunning, with the fountain and the vineyard as the backdrop! We all headed out right at sunset and had THE most perfect lighting for romantic portraits! We walked throughout the stunning vineyard, and the property before joining their guests for one of the most fun reception parties ever! 

So thankful for all of the fantastic vendors that Dannie choose for her wedding day! This day was absolutely GORGEOUS thanks to all of your hard work! 

Venue: Keswick Vineyard in Charlottesville, VA 

Coordinator: Beverly Wakefield with A Grand Affair Events in Charlottesville, VA 

Florist: Della Bennet with CVille Blooms in Charlottesville, VA 

Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas 

Hair & Makeup: Veronica Vargas at VR makeup and Hair Studio 

Bridal Dress: Designed by Pronovias, Purchased Gown Boutique in Charleston, SC

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal 

Groom & Groomsmen: Jos. A Bank

Caterer: Southern Inn Catering in Lexington, VA 

Favors: Homemade Strawberry Jalapeno Jam by Hannah Pease with The Pickled Pea

Cake: Albemarle Baking Company in Charlottesville, VA 

Videographer: Chris Yeatts with CY Wedding Films in Richmond, VA 

Dj: Nathan May with DJ Fit in Harrisonburg, VA

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Ashley Eiban Photography ||

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas.  Ashley is available for travel world-wide.  

Currently booking a limited number of weddings and portrait sessions for 2016 and 2017. Contact me today for more information and to see if we're a good fit!