Wedding photographer, Dunkin' enthusiast, and lover of all things romance and weddings.



For Brides

If we learned anything during 2020, it was to be flexible, go with the flow and that things will always work out. Katelyn and Sam’s wedding was no exception! The virus stalled their wedding from May 30 to August 15th, where it then again changed plans for them. Instead of the bigger wedding they were planning, they changed venues and hosted an intimate wedding with their bridal party and families at Touchstone Manor in Standardsville VA while saving the big reception for August 2021!

Wedding planning gave them so many curveballs, from my pregnancy having me 38 weeks on their wedding day and they so graciously went with a Plan B for me, a sweet family member expecting their baby around the same time, the virus and more. Then the wedding day finally came! Aannnnnnnnd we played a game of will it or will it not rain today?

So just 30 minutes before the ceremony was due to start, the plans changed again with the rain coming down and their ceremony was brought indoors. Katelyn stayed cool, we worked quickly to change the original plans and we had some bourbon too.

Despite all the changes planning from months prior to just minutes before, Katelyn and Sam got married in such a beautiful and loving ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family. Her Maid of Honor said in her speech that Katelyn wanted to live out her most adorable life after college and I can say for sure, it was the most adorable day and I was honored to be a part of it!

I’m not sure what my favorite part of the day was: seeing those beautiful mountain views, laughing with Katelyn and her bridesmaids as they drank bourbon, the sweet ceremony officiated by Sam’s dad or all the gorgeous portraits we got outside when the rain lightened up!

I have WAY too many favorites from their beautiful day but I definitely don’t mind! I’m excited to share them with you and hope you love this glimpse at Katelyn and Sam’s adorable intimate wedding at Touchstone Manor.


Photography | MJ Mendoza Photography

Venue | Touchstone Manor

Bridal Salon | Urban Set Bride

Bridal Gown | Sottero and Midgley

Bridal Hair | Morgan DeLange

Make-Up Artist | Wild & Free

Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie

Florals | Flowers by Rose

Calligraphy | Pencraft & Post

Caterer | Hank’s Grille and Catering

Baked Goods | Buttercream Dreams

Styling Mat | Olive & Oak Mat

Ring Box | The Mrs Box

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Katelyn & Sam | An Intimate Summer Wedding at Touchstone Manor