Castle Hill Cider Wedding

With so many weddings being altered and postponed in light of what is going on in the world, we thought we would shed a little light with Libby & Eric’s Castle Hill Cider Wedding. We have been photographing the Lane Family for years. Libby’s wedding was the third Lane wedding we have photographed, so it […]

With so many weddings being altered and postponed in light of what is going on in the world, we thought we would shed a little light with Libby & Eric’s Castle Hill Cider Wedding. We have been photographing the Lane Family for years. Libby’s wedding was the third Lane wedding we have photographed, so it was very special to us. 

The Wedding Day

Rain rain go away! Well, Libby did wish for a little snowy send-off, but instead, she got a full day of rain. However, as the superstition goes, it is supposed to bring the couple good luck. Nonetheless, with the stunning background of Castle Hill Cider’s barn-like venue, and stunning fairyland garden decor the day was absolutely spectacular. Now the Lane family really knows how to have fun and throw a wedding. We have been photographing this family’s celebrations and happy occasions since before Jack, the youngest son, was born.

In true Lane Wedding fashion, the large bridal party with all guests in tow didn’t let the shift in plans to -everything indoors- damper their spirits!

Surrounded by a room full of bridesmaids and groomsmen, both Libby and Eric, prepared for their big day. Eric and the men were on one end of the venue, enjoying a few beers, and Libby and ladies were on the other end, sipping champagne. Everyone hustled to get ready as the cider tasting room patrons finished their tastings and headed out into the rain. 

The silhouette of Beth and Maddie against the huge windows working diligently to make sure that Libby was perfectly dressed for Eric’s first look was one of my favorite shots of the day.

We were able to get a few quick shots of the frosted look and a few quick shots looking at the camera between the showers.  However, seeing how emotional Eric was when he turned around and walked to his soon to be wife made all of that go away. It was so sweet and heartfelt. At that moment, it wouldn’t have mattered if it was snow, sleet, showers, or sunshine. 

The ceremony was moved to the attic, which was warm and inviting, with cider barrels and appropriate decor.  Through laughter and tears, Eric and Libby we pronounced husband and wife. 

The Reception

Then everyone headed downstairs into the reception with introductions of broadway-like improvisations from the wedding party. This set the tone for a full evening of fun and celebrating!

A reflective speech by Billy, the father of the bride, started off the night with laughter and stories of little Libby’s antics as a child.  Then there was a family-style dinner, including a long head table, that set the mood for togetherness and harmony. Following dinner, there were hours of non-stop dancing where everyone had an amazing evening celebrating this great couple. I can say with certainty, that a great time was had by all!

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Castle Hill Cider
Wedding Planner: Greenery + Grace Events
Caterer + Rentals: Mosaic Catering + Events
Flowers: Cultivate Events Co.
Hair + Make-up: Elle Style Studio
Entertainment: Black Tie Entertainment
Officiant: Dane Jackson
Cake: Frostings
Videographer: Yeattes Production
Tuxedo: Generation Tux
Wedding Dress: Annalise BridalRebecca Schoneveld Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie
Transportation: Albermarle Limousine

Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider WeddingCastle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider WeddingCastle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider Wedding Castle Hill Cider WeddingCastle Hill Cider Wedding

Castle Hill Cider Wedding

Libby + Eric’s Engagement Session

Visit Hayes & Fisk at…
www.hayesandfisk.com
www.hayesandfiskweddings.com
www.hayesandfiskcorp.com

    No comments yet - you can be the first to comment!
Vendor Spotlight: Mobile Spa RVA

Today we are sharing our first Vendor Spotlight: Mobile Spa RVA! We felt like this was a perfect time to spread some local vender love! Our RVA Small Businesses are going to need more support than ever when things get back to “normal”. The businesses that we highlight all play a special part in the […]

Today we are sharing our first Vendor Spotlight: Mobile Spa RVA! We felt like this was a perfect time to spread some local vender love! Our RVA Small Businesses are going to need more support than ever when things get back to “normal”. The businesses that we highlight all play a special part in the Hayes & Fisk Family.

Today we want to introduce you to Precious Turner with Mobile Spa RVA (The Joy Concierge). Her on-location services and skills will certainly come in handy when we are finished with our social distancing!

Mobile Spa RVA delivers spa services such as manicures, pedicures, massages and other spa treatments to your home or office for Events, Parties or Individual Services. They specialize in working with the elderly and often visit nursing and rehab facilities for work and charity.

Personal Testimonial from Mary:

I personally use this team and highly recommend them. Precious is absolutely top notch at everything she does. She is also the one that did all of our holiday decor at the Hayes & Fisk Photography studio and my personal home. She is truly an artist.

We are all in this together and we are STRONGER together. Looking forward to being able to support all of the amazing local RVA businesses that are such an important part of our community.

Vendor Spotlight: Mobile Spa RVA

Vendor Spotlight: Mobile Spa RVA

Visit Hayes & Fisk at…
www.hayesandfisk.com
www.hayesandfiskweddings.com
www.hayesandfiskcorp.com

    No comments yet - you can be the first to comment!

This South Africa Photography Trip post may be one of the most exciting personal blogs we have ever shared with your Hayes & Fisk Family. This was truly a magical experience and a bucket list trip. We embarked on this journey, along with 22 other professional photographers and great friends, in hopes of expanding our […]

This South Africa Photography Trip post may be one of the most exciting personal blogs we have ever shared with your Hayes & Fisk Family. This was truly a magical experience and a bucket list trip.

We embarked on this journey, along with 22 other professional photographers and great friends, in hopes of expanding our photography skills. Neither of us had ever visited South Africa, so we jumped at the chance to do this with other like-minded colleagues and friends.

In this post, we will share some details of our adventure, as well as some of the amazing images that we were able to capture. One thing that makes these images so special is that they could only be taken in Africa. It was truly magical.

We landed in Johannesburg after our direct 16-hour flight from Atlanta, where we stayed overnight. The following day, we went to Lesedi Cultural Village.

This village is one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa, allowing visitors to really explore the glorious diversity of the people of this land. Set amid rocky hills and bushveld less than one hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and on the way to Sun City, Lesedi Cultural Village offers visitors a chance to encounter people of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho origin.

Our Reserve and Camp

After our visit to Lesedi, we left for the Safari Camp, where we stayed for a full 7 days. We will not mention the name of our reserve and camp because there are endangered animals there. Animals like, Rhinos, African Wild Dogs and Elephants, are sought after by poachers. While we were there, poachers actually broke through the electric fence one night and kill two Rhinos, for their horns. This is so devastating to their dwindling population.  The forest rangers explained that unfortunately, this happens too often and the locals that they get to kill these amazing animals are given what is equivalent to $300 or $400 U.S. dollars. However, the people that bankroll it get up to $300,000 to $500,000 for the horns. It was very sad.

While we will not mention the name we can say that it was a beautiful and expansive reserve with over 175,00 acres of protected reserve. The River Camp is set within the canopy of the riverine forest on the banks of the Marico River, in the Eastern portion of the beautiful Game Reserve. This treetop lodge has been built to blend in with the nature that surrounds it and allows guests to truly unwind and enjoy their peaceful surroundings. The main lodge consists of an open plan lounge, dining and reception area with a pool and bar area close by. Enjoy the panoramic views from the traditional Lapa that is set in the forest glade.

The River Camp is a wholly-owned, community-based tented safari camp. It is an ecotourism partnership between the Molathedi Community, aha Hotels and Lodges and the North-West Parks Board. The concept is unique in South Africa with substantial benefits accruing to the community itself. 

Our Adventures

One day we visited a local village school that has grades 1 – 8.  The school building is actually very new. Many of the past groups that have toured, with the tour leaders, have made donations to help build the school.  Many of us gave monetary donations and brought them, socks, pencils, hard candy, and other treats. There were 185 total students.  

During our day, we would get up every morning and go to the lodge for coffee and a light breakfast. Then be on our jeeps, with our certified guides, by 5:30 am.  We would ride all over the reserve and stop around 10:30 am for a coffee and tea break. They would fold down the grill of the jeep and serve french press coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, and muffins.  It was such a unique experience. We would head back to the lodge around 1:00 pm for a late brunch/lunch and then rest, download cards, charge batteries. At 3:00 pm we had after high tea and then we were back in the jeeps until sundown.  They have sundowners in the evening which is a time we would all gather somewhere together and have a snack and cocktail. We would head back to the lodge for dinner and then usually in bed by 9:00 pm. It was amazing and everyone was so incredibly knowledgeable and hospitable.  

It is truly hard to put into words what a unique and amazing experience this was. We hope the images below help give you a glimpse into our special time in Africa. We are seriously considering hosting a trip next year and if any clients are interested please let me know, mary@hayesandfisk.com.

South Africa Photography TripSouth Africa Photography Trip South Africa Photography Trip South Africa Photography Trip Videos

South Africa Photography Trip

Visit Hayes & Fisk at…
www.hayesandfisk.com
www.hayesandfiskweddings.com
www.hayesandfiskcorp.com

    No comments yet - you can be the first to comment!