Virginia Wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim

 

Meghan and Jim were hoping to escape the cold Michigan weather when they chose a gorgeous Virginia vineyard for their destination wedding. This spring's fickle weather threatened all week to bring a rare March snowstorm, but the day ended up being beautiful for their outdoor wedding ceremony!

The couple met last July over sushi and wine. Jim admits to being immediately smitten with the smart beauty, Meghan. He immediately called her for a second date. . . and she actually said no, citing 'lack of chemistry.' Fortunately, Jim found a funny way to persist, and a week later they became inseparable.

Upper Shirley Vineyards holds a special place in the couples' hearts. It was the first place Jim ever visited in Virginia. . . it's where the family gathered to celebrate the couple's engagement. . . and now, it's where the two of them became husband and wife.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Meghan and Jim's beautiful wedding alongside the James River at Upper Shirley.

 

Beautiful Spring Wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards

Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim

With its raised ceilings and chandeliers, Upper Shirley's bridal suite is stunning! (And so is Meghan's dress--what a show stopper!)

Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Bridal Details
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards Bridal Suite
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - velvet ring box
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Bridal Suite
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
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Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - bridesmaids
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - First Look
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - First Look
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - First Look
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - First Look
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Virginia wedding at Upper Shirley Vineyards - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - bridal portraits
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Bridal Portrait
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - family portraits
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - bridal party
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - family portrait
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Ceremony

This view. . .

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - bride in waiting
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - flower girl
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Mother of the Bride Reacts
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Maid of Honor and Best Man
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Meghan + Jim
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception details
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception details
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception details
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - First Dance Porch Practice

First Dance

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - First Dance
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - First Dance
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - First Dance

Father-daughter dance

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Father Daughter Dance
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Father Daughter Dance
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Father Daughter Dance
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Mother and Father of the Bride

The parents of the bride were so much fun to watch dancing! They looked like they were having a blast.

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Father Daughter Dance
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Mother of the Groom Dance

I love the joy on Jim's mom's face as she danced with her grandson!

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception

Meghan's baby niece stole the show. That dress though. . .

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception Dancing
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Reception
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - wedding cake

How cute was this? After Meghan and Jim fed each other cake, they shared some with their eager kiddos, too!

Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Sparkler Exit
Upper Shirley Wedding Photographer - Sparkler Exit

Wedding Vendors

Venue | Upper Shirley Vineyards
Dress Store | Here & Now Bridal
Dress Designer | Jim Hjelm
Florist | Black Iris Floral
Wedding Coordinator | Elevated Events of Virginia
Bridesmaid Dresses | Sealed with a Kiss
Band | Way Down South
 

Check out Meghan + Jim's engagement session in Shockoe Bottom along the canal, and in Church Hill.