kathleen + jon | clifton inn wedding


On Saturday, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Jon and Kathleen’s wedding at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, VA.   Jon and Kathleen are just wonderful and so fun to be around!  Spending the day celebrating with them (along with their friends and family!) was such a treat.  I honestly had a blast and felt energized all evening! And trying to describe the beauty of their wedding is almost impossible.   Along with being lovely, Kathleen also has an incredible attention to detail.  She brought the most amazing feel and style to her wedding day… it was truly a dream to photograph.  I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing event!  It was so hard to narrow these down, but here are just a handful of my favorites…

Kathleen’s bridesmaids were so much fun!  I loved their unique champagne dresses.  And Pat’s Floral Designs is just amazing because they put together an original bouquet for Kathleen and each of her girls!  So pretty.

Kathleen, you’re gorgeous.

Jon, you’re pretty handsome too.


I loved these escort cards from Meant to be Calligraphy!  Kathleen attached every guest’s name and table number to a key that hung on an old door.  The door in the middle displayed old family photos.  It was adorable!

I was in love with this gorgeous Sperry Tent, and the reception details were absolutely amazing!

One more.

Kathleen & Jon: Congratulations!  Your wedding was such a sweet celebration, and I feel honored that you asked me to capture it for you.  I hope that you’re enjoying your Italian honeymoon!

Venue | The Clifton Inn

Event Coordinator | Crystal Whitaker (The Event Company)

Florist | Pat’s Floral Design

Ceremony Musician |Mike D’Antoni

Band |Another Level

Cake | Favorite Cakes

Hair | Celeste Williams and Ashley Warmus (Maude Hair)

Make-up | Melissa Downs (Kiss and Makeup)

Sperry Tent | Sperry Tents Virginia

Lighting, Sound, and Decor | The AV Company

Escort Cards | Meant to be Calligraphy

Late-Night DJ | DJ Stroud


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27 responses to “kathleen + jon | clifton inn wedding”

  1. Jodi says:

    Gorgeous wedding Kristen!! Absolutely love all of the details, her stunning dress, and that gorgeous Sperry tent!

  2. Susan says:

    Kristen! These are so absolutely amazing. I barely have the right words for it. You captured the mood and the details of the day beyond perfectly. I love every single one. Kathleen and Jon were so lucky to have you as their photographer!

  3. Emma says:

    WOW! i have been checking the blog every few hours – thanks for getting these up so quickly! they are perfect, kristen…thank you!

  4. Nicolle says:

    Ok. Seriously? Sooooo beautiful! I remember Kathleen and Jon from FHS and am so happy for them. Simply stunning!! Kristen, you always out do yourself!

  5. Lauren says:

    As everyone else said – unbelievably stunning photos, but also such a beautiful wedding! So happy for them and their families!!

  6. Lindsay Ingram says:

    Every time I think I have a favorite you do another incredible job- I seriously LOVE this wedding- every detail! So beautiful! Love the reception details, I love her dress, the location, and may I ask what the meaning behind her necklace was? You captured everything perfectly!

    • kristen says:

      Thank you so much, Lindsay! Kathleen wore her father’s wedding ring on a necklace. The diamonds on the necklace were given to her mother from her father years ago. It was really beautiful.

  7. Meredith Reidy says:

    Ahhh! I have been dying to see this wedding ever since you did their gorgeous engagement shoot! Kris – you never cease to amaze, girl =) Beautiful details & you captured it all perfectly!!! Amazing.

    P.S. Miss you!

  8. Elizabeth Verna says:

    Congratulations Kathleen and Jon! Kristen, such beautiful photos, they are such a stunning couple! Everyone always looks so comfortable in front of your camera and it makes for beautiful photos!

  9. Lauren says:

    You’re amazing. Those couch photos are perfect, and my favorite. ahhhhh I just love!

  10. Karen G says:

    Wow — I’m at a loss for words. What an amazing wedding. Well done!

  11. Patti says:

    Just absolutely stunning!! Kristin, these photos are spectacular! What a beautiful wedding!

  12. kristen says:

    Thank you so much, everyone! Photographing this wedding was such a treat. Kathleen and Jon are so awesome!

  13. Phyllis Mullens says:

    Beautiful photos; beautiful wedding; Clifton is always fabulous!

  14. Joan Clarke says:

    I am one very happy MOTB! Your photographs captured Kathleen’s Day with all her from the heart details, and I am so lucky/blessed that you were our photographer!!! Thank you Kristen. You are such a beautiful person and so, so talented. I only have one daughter :( but I can learn how to be a MOG to have you to photograph another wedding.

  15. Pam Burch says:

    Thank you for sharing these photos with us, and in this way, we get to know the new Ross couple better. The wedding looks relaxed, elegant, and just by looking at the photos, I really do get a true glimpse of Kathleen and Jon’s personalities. Absolutely lovely send-off to their new life together!

  16. Rona says:

    wonderful pictures. so many details, so much planning, all captured in each picture. the wedding was an enchanting evening.

  17. Christopher says:

    You really did an amazing job here, Kristen. Kathleen and Jon will be very pleased to see such work!

  18. Gail says:

    What a treat to see these amazing photgraphs, they really communicate the beauty and feeling of this wonderful day!

  19. Katie Smith says:

    WOW. That looks like one amazing wedding. Love all the detail shots! As a bride thats so nice to have with the chaos of the day :)

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