It's true that I always feel a special connection with my couples, but when I arrived to the Reynolds' family home on that misty February morning, I knew that there this was a serendipitous match. Hannah is the oldest of 4 - like me. She was homeschooled, and a musician in a family of musicians - like me. From the designer of our wedding gowns to the fact that her baby brother's collected Lord of the Rings swords - there are too many similarities to name. Watching the beaming pride of Hannah's 3 brothers, the tender connection between her and her parents, and the deep, peaceful love she shared with George made me so thankful to be a part of this perfect day. We spent an hour taking photos in the stunning and historical Richmond Main Street Station, and the ceremony and reception were held in the unique Richmond Boathouse. After a rich and meaningful ceremony, dinner, and the most tear-inducing toasts I've ever witnessed, Hannah, George, and their family and friends danced the night away. Congratulations, you two! Being a part of your day was an unforgettable experience, and I wish you a lifetime of peace and deep joy.
The Fox home was warm and so full of love! Little Zeke and baby Thea are adorable and so well cared for. Thank you for welcoming into your home to capture these sweet moments, it was a joy!! <3
When I first met with Brittany almost 2 years ago, I knew there was something special about this couple. Brittany is genuinely one of the kindest and most caring people I know. And when I met Chris at their engagement session, I could see why she was drawn to him. Together are goofy, selfless, and TOTALLY in love. Their wedding day was beautiful from beginning to end. One of my favorite things about their day was their inclusion of the kids - seeing their family and friends show up and celebrate with them - kids in tow - is proof of how well Chris and Brittany are loved. The fall colors, the joyful faces, the donuts, and the dancing...I loved it all!! Thank you for letting us be a part of your timeless day, guys. Enjoy!! <3
I've gotten to know Abbie and Scott over the past couple of years - maternity, newborn, engagement, family photos - and what has always come to the surface is their love for each other and their devotion to family. These two would do anything for each other or for their boys, and their wedding day was a beautiful reflection of that. Held at the gorgeous Signature at West Neck during the height of October, Abbie and Scott vowed to love and honor each other and their children until death. It was a totally breathtaking occasion. Then, to the smooth rhythms of Cheap Thrills, they danced the night away. Congratulations Abbie and Scott, it has been an awesome ride!! <3
Love seems so natural for Morgan and Owen. When I watch them together, it reminds me that true love blooms from friendship, with the strength and beauty of a flowering tree. Vibrant, steadfast, and tender...with roots that trickle deep into the earth. It was almost overwhelming to see how many people have been impacted by Morgan and Owen - individually and as a couple. Their ceremony took place under a sapphire blue October sky, with a lake glittering to the left and a flame of autumn colors framing the crowd. Owen and Morgan took Holy Communion and said their vows with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes. When the dance floor opened after the ceremony, there was a literal stampede of beaming faces - SO ready to dance in celebration of the bright light of Morgan and Owen's love. The joyful chaos of dancing and laughing and happy tears was testament to the pure goodness that this couple brings to their world. Thank you for letting me witness your day, you two. What a privilege.
Venue - Owl Orchard
Videographer - Christy Stevens
Flowers - Carbon + Salt
Hair - Katie Blue Salon
Bracelets and tie-clips - Of Great Value
Dress - Urban Set Bride
Pizza - River City Woodfire Pizza
Ice-cream - Boyer's Ice Cream and Coffee
They met on a phone interview. Katie talked a lot. Matt listened - and probably smiled a sheepish smile that meant he liked what he was hearing. Katie's a girl who knows what she wants and what she believes, Matt is a guy who will work hard for what he wants and - more importantly - for the people he loves. October 7th, 2017 went down in the books as a glorious, glam, unforgettable celebration of true love. Katie's un-dimmable smile and sleek, Jennifer Aniston look + Matt's all-day heart eyes melted everyone there. Twinkling lights, raw oysters, and an insane dance party made the little restaurant poised on the marina pulse with magic and energy well into the night. Matt and Katie are well loved. They started their eternity together filled with passion and surrounded by family and dear friends. Congrats, guys. Enjoy reliving your day <3
Kindness. That was the flavor of the day on September 23rd, 2017. On the steps of the beautiful Obici House in Suffolk, Virginia, Jess and Ricky vowed to love each other for the rest of their lives. The day was warm, the water was sparkling, and the genuine smiles were punctuated by happy tears. Ricky thoughtfully requested every photo he knew his mom would want for the scrapbook, the best man brought out his brother's baby blankie during his toast, and Jess's mom gave my sister and I bottles of leftover wine. I mean...really? This family is so selfless and full of the best kind of humor. It was a joy to notice their thoughtfulness and capture the flawless beauty of their happy faces. Congratulations guys, we wish you 100 more years of happy tears.
Norfolk is a city with a special energy. It is always humming with possibility - maybe that has something to do with its bustling sea port, dotted with masts and rigging that are visible from almost any block in the city. On Saturday, September 9th, the Norfolk sky was brilliantly blue and the air was warm and promising. When Evin and I knocked on Morgan's door in the Hilton, we were met with relaxed, sunny smiles and a wall of windows overlooking the water. From one corner, we could see the "Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center" which is where Morgan would be saying her vows later that day. Excitement spilled from everyones faces as they put finishing touches on hair and makeup and sipped champagne.
The ceremony and the reception were both held at the Half Moone. The ceremony was poignant and simple - a sweet embrace and blessing as each set of parents welcomed a new child, and sincere, tearful vows. The reception was the liveliest I've seen in a while! There were s'mores, cigars on the balcony, and endless dancing.
You can tell a lot about a couple by the people who come to celebrate their union, and Chris and Morgan's celebration was filled with fun, interesting, genuine people who wished them well and celebrated past midnight. Congratulations, you guys! It was an honor and SO MUCH FUN to celebrate and capture your wedding.