Ellen and Warren’s Downtown Richmond VA Wedding Photos

Sep 21

The first thing Warren said when I met him and his groomsmen (plus one fabulous groomslady!) was, “LOOK!  It’s cloudy!  I told everyone that’s just like you like it!”  See, Ellen & Warren and I beat an epic thunderstorm during their engagement session.  I told them all the clouds were giving them epic skylines.  And their wedding day was no different — PERFECT clouds for skyline photos.  They chose the overlook at Child Savers for their first look and oh my goodness.  Just you wait!

We started out the day in a hotel downtown while Ellen & her bridesmaids were getting ready.  She got them all the sweetest gifts that had a lot of “awwww” happening while I was shooting some details.  🙂

You know you have a really great friend when he makes EXTRA sure you don’t see your bride before the first look!

Warren was a LITTLE excited to see his beautiful bride.



How stunning is this skyline?  I had to call your attention to that because WHO can take their eyes off how in love these two are?!


This is how Warren felt about getting to see his bride before the ceremony.

This is one good looking group!  Plus, they’re all really funny and kind, and we knocked out a ton of bridal party photos in under 15 minutes!

I LOVE that Ellen chose such a bold, deep color for her bridesmaids!  It pops so well against this gorgeous RVA skyline.

This was out last shot, and I told Ellen it would be my favorite.  I WAS RIGHT!  🙂

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing is one of my absolute favorite ceremony sites in the city!!


When you can’t believe you’re married 😉


Another favorite of all time!

Any time I get to shoot a Sweet Fix cake is a good time!  I mean seriously, this is a work of art.

The customary selfie with DJ mFace before to kick off the reception!!

We snuck out before the dancing really got started for a night shot that Ellen found.  WORTH IT!!


During the reception, Warren noticed his new bling.

Glow stick exits should be a thing more often, am I right??

Warren & Ellen,

Thank you so much for being rockstars and making me a part of your wedding!! It was such awesome to meet your friends and family — I felt like part of the gang.  😉  I hope you’re having a blast in Iceland!!

xoxo, Shalese


Photography | Shalese Danielle Photography

Dress | Tang’s Alterations, Manassas, VA

Shoes | Badgley Mischka and Yosi Samra

Hair | Luminary Hair Co, Carly & Blake

Makeup | Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Michelle

Venue & Catering | The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

Wedding Coordinator | Laura Silva

Floral Design | Vogue Flowers

DJ | Bow Tied Weddings, DJ mFace

Cake | Sweet Fix

Bridesmaids Dresses | Wtoo from Brideside.com

Formalwear | Jos A. Bank

Ties | Tiebar.com

Invitations | Minted

Transportation | Richmond Limousine and James Limousine Service

Favors | Sip Sip Hooray!

Honeymoon | Reykjavik, Iceland

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  1. Morgan

    September 22nd, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    These are absolutely amazing photos of a perfect day and even better couple!!! Wonderful!!!

  2. Shalese Danielle

    September 22nd, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Thank you, Morgan!! It was SO much fun — perfect light, and the best couple & friends ever. 🙂

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