One moment – The first glance

Our blog post this evening contains one of my favorite images from a wedding in New York this fall – the first time a groom sees his soon-to-be bride.  As a photographer, I love this moment.  It is filled with an intensity that demands you capture the scene precisely.  No exceptions.  As a photojournalist, you live for moments like this, wonderful light,

One moment – with the mother of the groom

In the previous post I talked about finding a unique photograph in a situation revisted by a photographer in our industry on a weekly basis.  I document weddings for a living, so one might presume that I see a groom dance with his mother on a regular basis……you would be correct if that was your assumption.  Bryan and Meg’s wedding in the lovely Adirondacks of New York had just such a moment.  Bryan and his mother

One moment – layering people


Weddings are about people….period.  Brides are frequently overwhelmed with the planning, the details, and the timing of the wedding day.  Everything can be a difficult challenge and we are quite often inundated with  hundreds of websites showing off a plethora of detail driven links that can get us away from what is really important.  That always drives me back to the essence of the wedding…..the individuals present.  It is quite simply the most important piece of the day.  Details can be replaced, people cannot.  That is part of what defines my style as a photographer.  I spend time capturing all of the details and obviously want to showcase that in my work, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t look for a unique perspective in regards to all of the people present.

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Details at the St. Regis

The St. Regis is one of the top service oriented hotels in the country.  They are in competition with The Four Seasons and The Ritz Carlton hotels.  Below are a few details from Debby and Branden’s wedding at The St. Regis.  All photos by Craig Kompelien and Rob Garland.



One moment – first glance at The St. Regis

The Muller family has been a joy to work with and know over the years and Debby’s wedding was going to be a special treat for us, as we photographed her sister’s wedding at The Homestead almost five years ago to the day.  This wonderful afternoon made for many special moments and it was quite hard for me to choose just one moment for our blog.

The St. Regis is one of the worlds most exceptional

One moment – with mom, at the Clifton Inn

Greta and Steve’s wedding provided such an emotional moment that made it difficult for me to keep taking photographs.  Before her wedding began, Greta informed me that she would be wearing her mother’s wedding dress and her mom had no idea whatsoever.  Needless to say, you probably know exactly what type of photograph

One moment – in the rain at King Family Vineyards

King Family Vineyards is one of the most inviting places for a wedding…..stunning views, a staff with an impeccable work ethic, and last but not least, great wine.  Today’s image was taken during a quick afternoon rain that slightly delayed the start of the wedding.  Guests help “hold down the fort” as the bridal party prepared to walk down the isle.  I framed the guest between the stand of the Chuppah and another guest.



Rob Garland is the owner of Rob Garland Photographers, a company which specializes in photojournalism and fine art printing. Rob prides himself on a classic, intuitive, heartfelt documentation with the utmost in visual integrity. He has documented many destination weddings throughout the U.S. and abroad as well as Charlottesville weddings at many of our outstanding local venues. Rob loves imagery that fails to go in and out of style and personal touches that make each wedding unique.