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Rustic Spring Garden Wedding in Richmond


May 13, 2023

This rustic spring garden wedding at Running Mare Farm in Richmond, Virginia features some tear jerking first looks, a heavy thunderstorm, and a wedding dress that fits this bride's sassy personality!!

Caleb & Savannah’s Rustic Spring Garden Wedding at Running Mare Farm | Richmond Wedding Photographer

There are some couples that we work with each year who we connect with on a deeper friendship level than others. This year was the first year that almost every couple fits that description but Caleb and Savannah are at the top of that list! I always look forward to our conversations full of weens, I mean memes, and gifs- especially from The Office. Any chance I could help Savannah and her mama, I did because they are just genuinely good people!! Case in point, I show up to the wedding this past weekend and they have a gift wrapped up FOR ME!!!

As if her beautiful garden themed wedding details weren’t enough of gift to me, they got me a vintage wildflower puzzle!! If you know me, you know I’m an old soul!! Nothing brings me peace more than sipping on a cuppa while putting together a puzzle (especially one of wildflowers!). Savannah’s theme of rustic spring garden gave me LIFE!! And she had so many family heirlooms tied into every part of her wedding decor from her great, great grandfather’s cufflinks (turned into a ring and necklace), her dad’s family tea sets as their reception table decor, her grandmother’s ring she wore to complete her bridal look, etc.

Even with all the planning that took place before hand, the weather of course does whatever it wants! Sadly they had to set up their day with the rain plan in mind!! Fortunately, they decided to share a first look so they could get the majority of their photos done before the rain even started!! And boy did we push them and their bridal party to get as many portraits done as we could.

Caleb had the sweetest first look reaction to Savannah!! He loved her dress and one of my favorite moments was her showing Caleb her secret pockets!! I LOVE when a wedding dress has pockets!! Her dress also had a sassy flair with a slit in the front! You better believe we showed off this feature every chance we could!!

We finished so many of their portraits before the rain started but when it came time for the rain, it didn’t hold back!! We were able to sneak back out in the light rain for their “sunset portraits” and fit in some cute umbrella photos before snapping my personal favorite portraits of the day!! I love the more advanced “lift” pose but Savannah’s dress took it to a whole new level!! If you look for those photos in the bottom of the post you’ll seen what I ween! (IYKYK)

I am so sad my time with Caleb and Savannah has come to an end but I’m already counting down the days till our “eternity photoshoot” in the years to come- no rush guys!! (IYKYK) Please enjoy reliving this beautiful rustic spring garden wedding at Running Mare Farm in Richmond, Virginia!

I couldn’t complete this post without referencing the Ween Machine herself!! Hibby girl you were missed but you were there in spirit!! Maybe she’ll make another appearance at our eternity session haha!

Here are the wedding vendors, unique details, and shops this couple invested in for their Richmond, Virginia wedding day:

Wedding Colors: Blush tones with jewel accents

Wedding Theme: Rustic Spring Garden Wedding

Hairstylist: Leslie with BRIDEface

Makeup Artist: Beauty by Rebecca

Ring Shop: Diamonds Direct

Invitation Suite Artist: La Papeterie

Bridal Shoes: The RealReal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey: Dusty Rose and Taupe

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Birdy Grey: BRILLIANT BLUE SUIT BY SUITSHOP

Wedding Dress Shop: Annalise Bridal

Florist: Black Creek Flowers

Videography: Loud Vision Productions

Venue: Running Mare Farm

Ceremony Musicians: Melodious Strings Quartet 

Officiant: Dr. David Coogan 

Catering & Bartending: A Sharper Palate 

DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

Wedding Favors: Cookies by Rick Harper

If you are a photographer, a wedding vendor, or a couple getting married soon and have questions about this wedding day please feel free to DM me on Instagram, I’d love to help!! 🙂 I would also love to work with another Richmond wedding couple in the future!! If you are getting married around Richmond and need a photographer, please reach out HERE! I hope you enjoyed the recap of this rustic spring garden wedding!

Until next time,


Emily Hancock Photography is based in Central Virginia. This husband and wife photography team specializes in wedding photography for couples who are classy but also like to have fun. They preserve those candid moments on one of the biggest days of your life so you can relive your day through timeless images. Please reach out HERE if you’d like to learn more about their wedding photography services. They offer wedding day coverage as well as weekend packages! While you’re here, be sure to look at other Virginia and Destination weddings featured on the blog.


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I’m Emily! James, and I are a husband and wife wedding photography team based in Lynchburg, Virginia. We specialize in weddings & engagements and serve our EH Couples in Virginia, South Carolina, and beyond!

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