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Jennifer & Mike – Cloisters

Jul 9, 2013

I heart love stories that start in high school or college, but a love story that starts on a day trip for the pep band will always steal my heart. But I have already told you all about that during their engagement session at William and Mary – one of their most favorite places. Did I tell you then that Mike proposed there? As if it was any other day Mike asked Jenn to meet him at the sundial where they were going to study. She was talking to her mom on the phone on the way there and when she got there she meandered around in circles as Mike just sat reading, totally calm. When she was finally done, Mike didn’t want to sit anymore, saying it wasn’t a good place to study and walks over to the sundial and appears to get settled but magically ends up on one knee with a ring in his hand. She, of course, said yes.

So that brings us to this past weekend where I finally got to photograph a wedding at the Cloisters – such a gorgeous venue. As I searched the rooms when I got there I couldn’t help but feel like they had to have picked this place for its history and charm. It reminded me of some of the more historic buildings from the early years on William and Mary’s campus. It was absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to go back.

Jennifer & Mike – I hope you are having an amazing time sipping amazing wines in Napa and that moving into your new apartment in Arizona is a total breeze. I have no doubt you two will settle into life together just fine. You two were totally meant to be. I wish you tons of nights of laughter, midnight dance parties in your living room, and so much love!

Venue: Cloisters

Caterer: The Pantry Catering – I really cannot say enough amazing things about this catering company. I will be referring them tons from now on.

DJ: Jami of Absolute Entertainment

Florist: Crimson and Clover

Cake: Sugarbakers

Hair and Makeup: Amanda Ritchey Bridal & Beauty

These two are seriously the best to take photos of. They are so adorable!!

Pockets!!!!!

These two families and their William and Mary friends really know how to partyyyyy!

Loved these night shots!!

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  1. Sarah

    July 9th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I love the Cloisters! I almost got married there, since the Cloisters is where my parents got married 30+ years ago.

  2. katie

    July 9th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    gorgeous!!!! that’s an incredible venue!

  3. kathy

    July 9th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful venue and couple. I LOVE her dress. Those last two night time flash shots in the doorway and stairs are gorgeous. Great job!

  4. Erin Wheeler

    July 9th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Wow!!! What a beautiful venue! So amazing! And love her dress too!!

  5. teri pozniak // tPoz

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    all dresses should have pockets. how can I make this a rule!? The Cloisters always has such great little nooks & crannies! what a fantastic wedding with a great line up of vendors!!

  6. Brea

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    WOW! You have totally sold me on this venue. So much that I want to rewind time and get married there. It’s so amazing. I am also super impressed that you hung the dress from the spiral staircase. Beautiful AND ballsy! I also can totally see from these photos that this couple is DEFINITELY a Dani Leigh couple. So cute, so fun, so in love. The evening shots just kill me. The back lit and the one from the staircase. AH! Too freaking beautiful, I can’t even stand it.

  7. Becca

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Such a gorgeous location! I love all of the portraits of them, but I think that the spiral staircase and doorway photos at the end of the evening are my favorite! Great job!!

  8. Christy Tyler

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    LOVE the dress detail shot in the stairway & the couple’s portrait in the stairway from above! So beautiful!

  9. Mirtha

    July 9th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Amazing photos of the bride and groom, and of the Cloisters! What a wonderful place to be wed at and how wonderfully you captured it all!

  10. Jenn's Dad!

    July 9th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Dani, you did a fantastic job. The photos are wonderful, Thank you!

  11. Abby Grace

    July 9th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    How have I never heard of this place before?! It’s STUNNING! That portrait of them at the bottom of the spiral staircase is so dreamy!

  12. Paul K

    July 9th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Dani,

    Love the Shots! Thanks for the kind words. You were great to work with as well.

    Paul K

  13. Jenn Cafferty-Davis

    July 9th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    What a venue!!

  14. ashley barnett

    July 10th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This is one of the COOLEST venues I’ve ever seen! Love her bouquet too!

  15. Alison Roberts

    July 10th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! The wedding was so beautiful and you captured every glorious moment.

  16. The BaaTz Family

    July 10th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    We had a wonderful time with some wonderful people at a fantastic Venue. Congrats & BEST OF LUCK to Michael and Jen!

  17. Robin Holliday

    July 15th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    WOW! These pictures are just beautiful!! I am so happy for you guys. much kindness, Robin

  18. Martin coralie

    December 16th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    lovely photos i wish all the best your french cousin Coralie

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