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Fran+Tony | Cooking Session Engagement Photos | Richmond Wedding Photographer

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Fran and Tony decided to have the majority of their engagement session take place where they love spending time together: the kitchen! Over the course of the session, they cooked up a storm and taught me two of their specialties. Tony whipped up his family’s homemade gnocchi, and Fran topped the meal off with a delicious blueberry cobbler. It was a blast to photograph these two work together in the kitchen, and somehow they must have known that food was the fastest way into this photographer’s heart…Please enjoy Fran and Tony’s recipes (below) and spread the love with some homemade cookin’ of your own!

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

cooking, engagement session, gnocchi

Tony’s Gnocchi (6 servings):

  • 2-medium-sized peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablesppons grated Parmesan cheese

Boil potatoes, then put through a ricer. Potatoes must be freshly cooked and used at once.

Heat milk and butter to the boiling point. Then stir flour into milk and butter mixture, until the dough forms a ball.

Remove from heat and beat in eggs, salt, paprika, cheese and potatoes. Sprinkle dough with flour.

Roll dough into sticks 1/2 inch think. Then cut sticks into 1-inch dumplings.

Drop the gnocchi into simmering salted water and let cook 3-5 minutes or until you see the gnocchi raise to the surface.

Mix in with delicious homemade sauce and enjoy!

 

Fran’s Blueberry Cobbler:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, washed

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, mix batter until smooth.

Pour melted butter or margarine into a 1- or 1 1/2-quart casserole-type baking dish. Pour in batter and sprinkle blueberries on top.

Bake the cobbler in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon out and enjoy!

Molly+Jayme | Rosemont Manor Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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 Talk about an epic wedding. Molly and Jayme’s British-American celebration at historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va. was exactly that. From the classically elegant venue and surrounding rolling green hills, to the fashion flair of an array of hats and fascinators that set the perfect tone of an English garden party, Molly and Jayme tied the knot in a wedding all their own. This lovely couple was married by Jonathan, chaplain of the London Metropolitan Police, as well as Molly’s family’s parish priest. A love of music was evident by the performances of Howard University’s  DuPont Brass and the jazz choir Afro Blue, as well as by a number of guests throughout the day. Guests had the chance to experience a traditional English-style pub, complete with Pimm’s and Elderflower fizz, as well as the popping of British crackers filled with crowns and bubbles for everyone’s delight. Mostly though Molly and Jayme couldn’t keep those grins off their happy faces as they celebrated their love with their friends and families. When I first met Molly via a DC-London skype call, she told me about Jayme, his wonderful character traits and how unique he was. Finally though, she summed it all up by saying “and when he kissed me…I felt it in my toes.” This wedding was full of that passion that Molly and Jayme show for each other, for their loved ones and for life in general. And, it was a blast to document!

Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor | Wedding Planner: Wood Grain & Lace Events| Band: DuPont Brass | A cappella jazz ensemble: Afro Blue, from Howard University

Catering: Celebrations Catering | Pies: Mom’s Apple Pie, Leesburg, Va. | Florist: Vogue Flowers | DJ: Noah, from Nard’s Professional DJ ServiceMollyJayme_blog_03

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Brandl+Igor | Inn at Perry Cabin Wedding Photos | Maryland Eastern Shore Wedding Photographer

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Brandl and Igor tied the knot in a waterfront ceremony at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md. French bulldogs Hugo and Ollie acted as ring bearers, friends and family gathered to celebrate under tree-strung lanterns, and beautiful summer blooms gave us one of many backdrops to play with for photo fun. I think Brandl and Igor take the cake for best first dance we have ever witnessed (check out those lifts!) and they held their own at the laffy taffy as well. Lots of laughter, goofiness and romance made for a wedding that is definitely one for the books!

Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin | Rentals: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design | Flowers: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design | Catering: Inn at Perry Cabin | Officiant: Rabbi Peter Hyman

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