Brittany Anderson Photography » Wedding & Portrait Photojournalism

About a year and half ago, I photographed my first wedding at the 4T arena in Bridgeport, WV. I’m remember exactly when I met Maryann. It was one of the hottest days of the year, I was pregnant (just a few weeks along) and desperately needed water. I knocked on the kitchen door where the staff was busy finishing up food for the reception. I worked in the service industry for almost ten years so I know how stressful the day is leading up to an event. Maryann could have easily told me to wait, but without hesitation she handed me a bottle of water. I appreciated that more than she knows.

Fast forward a few months, I received a Facebook message from Maryann asking for my availability for her own wedding. I’m always humbled when other wedding industry friends ask me to document their wedding. It truly is an honor.

Jeff’s family own the 4T which was famous for their rodeos they brought to town. The arena no longer hosts rodeo’s, but instead it’s now used as a wedding venue. Maryann is one heck of an entreprenuer ! There is such a need for wedding venues in North Central West Virginia. She saw an opportunity and went for it.

Jeff and Maryann were wed this past November at the 4T arena and I can’t wait to show off their wedding! Until then, enjoy some of my favorite photos from their engagement session.

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When I got an inquiry about a destination Bahamas wedding, I had no idea what I was in for. I lived in South Florida for a couple years, although I never made it to the Bahamas, I always envisioned the Bahamas as very commercialized. Boy was I wrong!

Hope Town is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s also the most remote place I’ve been to. I flew into Nassau, then flew to Marsh Harbor, from there I took a boat to Hope Town. There are no landlines, no cellphone service, and only a few cars. You travel by golf cart, and communicate with radios. The island was settled in the 1700’s and a lot of the original cottages still stand. The views are breath taking and the citizens of Hope Town are the sweetest.

Hope Town holds a special place in Lauren’s heart. After hearing the story behind Hope Town, its a no brainer why Lauren and Don chose it as their wedding location. Approximately 150 of their friends and family made the trip.  It was a fun filled weekend celebrating Lauren and Don’s love.

The next few photos were shot on 35mm film. The photo of the Bohemian flag was taken right outside my little cottage. Lauren spoiled me by booking my stay at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

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 Hope Town is famous for having one of the last manual light houses in the world. I climbed to the top of this light house, while pregnant, but I HAD to see the views.

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The view right outside my cottage.

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I love Lauren’s style and I love that she chose a dress that wasn’t “beachy”.

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Bahamas Wedding Photographer This is where the ‘First Look’ was suppose to take place. Right behind this cottage is a beautiful view of the ocean. Lauren and Don accidentally saw each other before the ‘First Look’. Oops! They were such a mellow couple and just went with it. We never got take to photos by the ocean because a storm was coming. The winds were crazy that day!

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I was obsessed with all the color!

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Lauren and Don chose to have their ceremony at the only church in town.

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Lauren has the best laugh. Its contagious.

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Its rare that I have a couple who want more photos of their guests, than themselves. I get it though. Being in front of the camera is awkward. But I had to get a few more with famous light house in the back ground.

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The reception was located at the beautiful Abaco Inn.

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The Abaco Inn’s view.

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I don’t care what anyone says, I love the cake smashing tradition and I hope it’s here to stay!

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Lauren and Don surprised their guests with a Junkanoo band! It was so fun to be able to see these men and women perform. You can’t help, but dance when you hear the beats.

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Special thanks to this guy for carrying my bags and for being my golf cart driver.

Photo was taken while we were exploring Hope Town.

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I don’t usually photograph a lot of engagement sessions in Clarksburg. My couples usually want to venture to Morgantown or another scenic location. These were the plans for Jordan and Scott… until we looked at the weather. Due to the storms that were creeping up on us, we decided to move the engagement session up and shoot nearby. I drove around to find spots that I would normally overlook.

I’m so happy Jordan and Scott embraced the rain. This engagement session is definitely a favorite.

 

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Josh and I were married last Tuesday at the gorgeous Greenbrier Resort ! We are so thankful for all the love and support from our family and friends. Here is the only iPhone photo I took on our wedding day. Josh was so excited to pull this Coke can out of his bag. He had been hiding it in our pantry, a place he knows I hardly ever rummage through ha!  I will blog the real photos as soon as I get them back. Until then, you have to check out our talented photographer, Gulnara Samoilova.

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One of the wedding gifts I gave Josh is this custom family illustration. We both love it so so much!  I always try to support other artists, not just photographers, but anyone who creates. With that being said, I’ve decided to give away a custom illustration by  Rachel Tenny.  Click on the link below to find out how you can enter. Giveaway starts tonight at 8pm eastern time and ends Friday 12am eastern. Winner will be announced on my IG and Facebook page Friday morning. Good luck!!

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  • August 18, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    Caitlin - Very happy for you both! Can’t wait to see the photos! Can’t wait for YOU to do mine. Beautiful lady!ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Emily Marozzi - I adore these illustrations! Crossing my fingers to end up with one as adorable as yours!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 12:07 am

    Kaitlin Walker - This is the cutest! Great wedding gift to your hubby!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Leigh Anne Jackson - I love this print so much!! Would be such a perfect way to include Amelia and Fiona! Can’t wait to see your photos!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Hannah - Love love love this portrait! And all of your wedding day beauty! Everything looks like it was so fun and gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Amanda - A print of our family would look great on my gallery wall! Would love to win!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Britani Edwards - CONGRATS!!! You look absolutely stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Jamie - Congratulations you two love birds! ??????? so happy for you both.
    You both look amazing, and little Anderson too.ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Chelsea Ballard - What a charming print! Would love to win and give to my husband for our 2nd anniversary next month!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Andrea - Congratulations! She did an awesome job. It is so nice to include your dog because pets truly are part of the family. I hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Brianna - Thanks for being awesome and letting me learn from you and 2nd shoot such fabulous weddings!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    leah - You were such a beautiful bride!! This illustration is so adorable, absolutely love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Brittany Wininger - I would love to win! It would a great addition to our family’s picture wall!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Sarah - I love this illustration! What a beautiful couple :) I can’t wait to see your photos!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    manda - My hubby!ReplyCancel

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