When Juan McLean shared these images with us, I stopped in my tracks. Yes, this is a real couple who had a real wedding! Matt and Karissa opted out of a big wedding, and decided to just have an intimate ceremony with their closest loved ones as witnesses of their union. They had these amazing portraits taken near where they live in Lynchburg before the ceremony. Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe these!

sunburst wedding portrait
wedding shoes portraitwedding shoes portrait
gorgeous wedding close up portrait
groom wedding portrait

From the photographer, Juan: Meet Matt and Karissa chose to do a very low key wedding with a few close friends and family members to witness their vows. What they had envisioned was to have images of them enjoying one another in the city they live in. There was a brief getting ready moment but not a real ceremony up until the end of the shoot, and no reception. We strictly played and had fun getting images around Lynchburg, VA.

wedding shoes portrait
wedding shoes portrait

bride and groom with bicycles
newlyweds on bicycles
wildflower bouquet
wildflower wedding bouquet

intimate indie wedding juan maclean
intimate indie wedding juan maclean
polaroid wedding portrait
intimate indie wedding juan maclean

intimate indie wedding juan maclean

intimate wedding ceremony
intimate wedding ceremony

car bridal portrait

intimate indie wedding juan maclean

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Wedding Photographer: Juan Maclean Photography

  • OH. MY. GAH. amazing!!!!

  • Jessica [Shimmer+Silk]

    Gorgeous! Juan’s work is phenomenal.

  • Oh wow. So tremendously beautiful. Starting my Friday a little teary-eyed.

  • WOW – this is captured SO well, just beautiful.

  • Oh! And FYI, the gallery link connects to a different wedding.

    • Ashley

      Thanks for catching that! All fixed :)

  • Just breathtaking!

  • Michelle

    Stunning. I love everything about this.
    Is there any way I can find out where the dress is from?

  • Shelly

    Such a pretty photoshoot! Where is her dress from? It’s absolutely gorgeous!!

  • gosh, such beautiful people!! :)

  • This might be one of my favorites thus far! So pretty and simple.

  • gorgeous feature!

  • The dress is actually handmade from the 1950s. I found it online through a vintage shop. :)

  • The dress is actually handmade from the the 1950s. I found it on an online vintage shop. :) Thanks for the compliments.

  • Gorgeous and intimate, Karissa!

  • The bride reminds me of a cross between Taylor Swift and Ashley Greene!

  • OK, these are pretty cool, I was sad to get to the end of the photos.

  • Polia

    This is exactly how I’d love my wedding to be! Personal and beautiful!

  • These are so lovely! Is there any way to know if she did her hair herself, or if she hired someone? It’s pretty much the exact sort of look I want my hair to have when I get married.

  • @Elicia – I had someone do it for me! :)

  • Nikki

    where did the groom get his hat? And what would you call that hat style?