Kendall and I are opposites in practically every way thinkable, so planning a wedding we would both be happy with was an extreme challenge. He likes detailed to-do lists and grand get-togethers, and I prefer spontaneity and intimate gatherings.  On top of that, we had considerable cultural differences. Needless to say, we contemplated eloping!  Kendall likes things to get done fast, and I like things to be simple, so it seemed like the perfect option for us. That’s how we came across the Clifton Inn. They offer elopement and petite wedding packages, and we were immediately won over by its charm.

The wedding day itself surpassed all of my expectations. Between waking up to Kendall’s handmade donuts and being surrounded by my mom and sister in the time leading up to the ceremony, I could not have asked for more precious moments.  Even my dad, who had passed away unexpectedly only eight months before, was able to walk with me down the aisle as his wedding band was attached to my bouquet. Feeling the heat of the fireplace blanket my skin as we said our vows mirrored the overwhelming love that Kendall covers me in daily, and my eyes were filled with grateful tears in that instant.

Our ceremony was followed by a cozy brunch, complete with pancakes and mimosas. Cherishing the words spoken in toasts given by our family members, we dined on cake and drank champagne. Finally, we retreated to the Fleetwood Cadillac which awaited us, and we rode around the city of Charlottesville treasuring our first few moments together as Mr. & Mrs. Nicholson.

Allison + Kendall {Clifton Inn} from Shaking Hands Productions on Vimeo.


Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Gown: Sarah Seven | Shoes: Gucci | Venue: Clifton Inn | Cake: Clifton Inn | Florals: Pat’s Floral Designs | Car service: Albemarle Limousine | Groom’s suit: Polo Ralph Lauren (custom tailored with gold buttons) | Groom’s bow tie: Mrs. Bow Tie | Video: Shaking Hands Productions
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Comments (12)

Edmée Bijoux | Reply

Ooow ! So beautiful …
The first picture is really pretty <3

Alex- Edmée bijoux

Dixie Elrod | Reply

The wedding is so sexy and it really suit the bride well. Are the girls her bridesmaids? I like their style on having mismatch dress if they are.

Jeanette | Reply

Absolutely love it :)

Amber Snow | Reply

SUPER beautiful!!

kimikobe | Reply

Such a wonderful day and unique wedding! I love the bride overall look and her simply gorgeous dress! Congratulations to both of you!!!

Raquel | Reply

The love captured in this gorgeous imagery is truly palpable. It’s so wonderful to see couples find their perfect venue and make their wedding truly about the two of them and their loved ones enjoying this memorable event in their lives. ps – love the groom’s attire!

Brett | Reply

Beautiful captures… love the intimacy.

Laura Gordon | Reply

Eeeeeek! Thank you so much for this gorgeous feature!! It was an absolute joy working with Allison & Kendall and their wedding was a dream to photograph. They are such an amazing couple!! So excited to share!!

joey | Reply


Amanda | Reply

Any idea who the MOB is wearing?

Allison | Reply

Her dress is from BCBG! :)

Diamond Bridal Gallery -- Laura | Reply

So pretty! Loved the bride’s dress and gorgeous color options!