Tory + Doug | Gold Cup Wedding

If you’ve ever been to Gold Cup, you know that the event is much anticipated every year.  And while it’s hosted thousands of business parties and small celebrations, it has never been home to a wedding reception.  Until last Saturday.

Tory is from Warrenton, VA,  but she and Doug currently live in Texas.  When the couple decided to have their wedding in Tory’s hometown, she really wanted to give her out-of-town guests a “Virginia” experience, and I love how it turned out!  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.  The weather was just perfect, and Tory and Doug might be the most laid-back and fun-loving couple that I’ve ever met.  Just being around them is enough to make you smile, and their wedding day was truly a delight to photograph!

Tory really wanted Doug to see her for the very first time when she walked down the aisle.  However, we were still able to grab a couple of photos together before the ceremony began!

The ceremony took place at the beautiful Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains.


I wasn’t quite sure how to envision a wedding reception taking place at Gold Cup, but it was just beautiful!  Guests traveled back and forth between the reception tent and the races, and somehow it all felt seamless and natural.  And I fell in love with all of the hats… I could have done a whole blog post on the amazing hats that Tory and Doug’s guests wore that day!

(Special thanks to Jenn for grabbing this awesome shot of the tent!)

After all the races were finished, the wedding party was given permission to walk out onto the field.  Last year, I had the opportunity to photograph some of the races from the field, so it was a lot of fun to go back out there!

Tory and Doug: Thank you so much for inviting me to capture your wedding day.  I had such a wonderful time!  Gold Cup will never be the same. :)

Coordinator | Lauren McWilliams: A Trendy Wedding

Caterer | Marriott Ranch

Baker | Jason Reaves: Market Salamander

Band | The Larry Thomas Band

Hair | Salon Emage


15 responses to “Tory + Doug | Gold Cup Wedding”

  1. Nicolle says:

    Beautiful, Kristen! I couldn’t wait to see these! Looks like a super fun time!!

  2. ali says:

    these are lovely!

  3. Susan says:

    Kristen, these are so perfect. What a really unique wedding, and you captured it beautifully!

  4. Michelle Viscal, Salon Emage Day Spa says:

    Beautiful perfect pictures! I am so glad the wait is over…I couldn’t wait to see the pictures of this beautiful wedding and of course the star the bride, Tory!

  5. gooorrgeous! that first BW portrait of them, unbelievable how beautiful it is

  6. KFinn says:

    so super fun!!

  7. Karen G says:

    What a fun wedding/reception. Love it!

  8. Lauren says:

    Love it :) Such fabulous pictures!

  9. Stephanie Ascari says:

    Oh my goodness Kristen!!!! This is amazing! Well done friend!

  10. Kisha D. says:


  11. Allison says:

    Delish and I love, love, love the details. It’s a great different concept. Awesome job.

  12. Karen (GiGi) says:

    OMG, Kristen you did it again….breathtaking…Dad and I love love them.

  13. Josh says:

    The pics inside and outside of the church are absolutely stunning Kristen. Seriously. Wow.

  14. Sara Gahan says:

    WOW. These are stunning, Kris–love the B&W ones, especially. And I love the one of the woman in the cream suit and hat. Beautiful.

  15. Meagan says:

    These pictures are gorgeous and really capture the magic of the weekend!

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