one moment – remembering Zach’s mother

A memorial candle was placed on a wine barrel in front of the guests at the wedding of Lauren and Zach, remembering the groom’s mother.  This photograph unfolded in front of me as this lady quietly stepped up to the front, looked at the photograph of Zach’s mother and the memorial candle, put her hand on the barrel, and just looked outside, deep in thought.  The beautiful surroundings of Veritas Vineyards and the weather that day made for a wonderful wedding and we could certainly see that a proud mother put her touches on the beauty of the day.  I know the bride and groom personally and it was a sincere pleasure to document the day for the two of them.


As a part of our “One Moment” blog posts, we are starting to add comments from the bride and/or groom as a part of the story.   Artistically, I like to show an approach and how I see the wedding, what I personally find meaningful as an artist and how that relates to my approach as a photographer.  However, it adds so much to our readers by giving your a perspective from the bride and groom and we are now receiving emails from our clients describing their personal feelings towards the image, how it made them feel when they saw it for the first time, or the story behind the photograph.  Zach”s response from his Veritas wedding is below:



“The woman in the photograph is indeed one of my moms older sisters. My mom was one of 11 children and she was the second youngest. She was the most joyful caring loving woman you could ever hope to meet. Her family was very close with each other. Jane who is pictured is the aunt that I actually got to spend the most time with growing up. She would come down every thanksgiving break. Having the memorial candle at the wedding was very special to both Lauren and I. My mom would have loved the idea of Lauren and I getting married. I think it also meant a lot to my moms siblings that we made sure to have my mom there, your photo captures that.”

– Zach



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.