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Vanessa+Jimmy | Suffolk Engagement Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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Vanessa and Jimmy opted to have their engagement session at Vanessa’s family home in Suffolk, Va. A distinct Southernness permeated our shoot. Maybe it was the large pecan trees lining the walk to Vanessa’s grandmother’s historic home, or the worn wooden fences leading down to the water’s edge. Maybe it was the tall feathery stalks reaching for that blue sky among rustic barn buildings, or the clumps of cotton still visible in the nearby field. Whatever the origin, the feeling was warm, slow and sweet and matched perfectly with Vanessa and Jimmy’s easy vibe. I can’t wait to return to this beautiful setting to watch these two tie the knot this coming May. In the meantime, following are my favorites from the session. Enjoy!

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Athena+Alex | Old Town Alexandria Engagement Session | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

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Old Town Alexandria is always a favorite location of mine for photography sessions. You can’t go wrong with the rows of historic homes, the cobblestone streets and the waterfront. Athena and Alex felt the same way when they decided to have both their engagement session and their wedding celebration in Old Town. So we pranced through the streets one afternoon this month and had a lot of fun collecting photographs to showcase their relationship, in all its romance and its silliness! I look forward to watching this beautiful couple tie the knot here next September. In the meantime, following are my favorites from the session: enjoy!

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Becky + Blue | Charleston Engagement Photos | Charleston Engagement Photographer

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Becky and Blue’s love for Charleston, SC, came up very early on in our initial conversation about their wedding. Having decided not to make their friends and families travel there for a destination wedding, Becky and Blue wanted to bring a little bit of Charleston into their Richmond wedding. So, we opted for a destination engagement session instead! This was more like three engagement sessions in one, but when you’re in a place as beautiful as Charleston, you can’t help but snap away. We wandered the alleys, found bright vibrant colors, great texture in the stucco and wrought iron and little hidden corners soaked in Southern charm. The beach on Sullivan’s Island, the porch swings along the waterfront and the gas lanterns that lit up at dusk allowed for quite the variety of images. Finally, we stopped by one of Becky and Blue’s favorites,  Savannah Bee Company in downtown Charleston, to sample some sweetness. Following are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!

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Darci + William: engaged!

With Darci and William, let’s just say that it’s a family thing. Last year I had the privilege of photographing Darci’s brother’s wedding and one of my favorite reception photos was of Darci and William getting their groove on on the dance floor. Shortly after, they got engaged and I was thrilled when they asked me to document their wedding this coming October. The photo didn’t lie and these two are fun, sweet and most definitely in love!  When talking about locations for their Richmond, Va., engagement session, we decided to use Comfort, one of my personal favorites and Darci and William’s date night favorite as well. The Broad Street area around Comfort has a great feel to it that we decided to try and capture a little bit of for the second part of the session. Lucky for us the G40 Art Summit was in Richmond shortly before our session and 12 of the top mural artists from around the world were called on to create 23 large scale murals throughout Richmond. Well, William picked the panda mural and I can’t blame him one bit!


Mary Elizabeth + Paulin: engaged!

For Mary Elizabeth and Paulin’s Richmond engagement session, we decided to walk on over to the VMFA. If you haven’t been, you need to go. I think this museum and the surrounding sculpture garden are one of Richmond’s new jewels and I have found a sunny afternoon wandering through the garden or hours spent soaking up the exhibits to bring me much peace and serenity. That aside, we had a lot of fun exploring all of the nooks and crannies of the garden, from the fountains all the way to the parking lot. Following are my favorites. Enjoy!


Caroline + Reid: engaged!

Caroline and Reid decided to have their engagement session in Colonial Williamsburg, near where Caroline grew up. First off, let me just say that I love when couples bring along their pet, but I really love when they make their dog wear a bowtie! Well, we played and played in Colonial Williamsburg. Caroline and Reid let me drag them all over and even tried on a few hats to get into the spirit. Once we were satisfied with the results from the shoot, we decided to pop on over to The Williamsburg Winery and check out where they will tie the knot this December. Most of you probably know that when the light gets good, photographers get excited. As soon as we reached the winery, the light became subtle and golden and beautiful, so I started dragging this awesome couple all over the place all over again! Luckily they obliged and I love the images that came out of the afternoon. Following are some of my favorites. Enjoy!


Long Island City engagement session: Sara+Tim

When Sara and Tim called about having their May 2012 Williamsburg, Va., wedding documented, we decided that a great way for us to meet was by shooting an engagement session in their hometown of Queens, NY. Little did I know, they lived across the street from one of the most breathtaking views of Manhattan I’ve ever seen. In addition to this spectacular view across the East River, Gantry Plaza State Park, along the Long Island City waterfront, offered up fun landmarks (thank you Pepsi-Cola) and an almost European design, with great chaise lounges looking out on the skyline. Old gantries, shipping lifts, added an industrial feel to the shoot. Sara and Tim did the rest with their willingness to play and their adorable sweetness with each other. I look forward to their upcoming wedding and hope you enjoy my favorites from our NY shoot!


Jeff+Cristin: burying the bourbon!

According to Southern tradition, if you bury a full bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. So, Jeff and Cristin set out, shovel in hand, to bury a bottle of Jefferson Reserve on the grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation to keep the rain gods at bay for their September wedding. As a side note, Jeff and Cristin have a Thomas Jefferson thread going through their wedding, from the bourbon to the ceremony site (Tuckahoe Plantation was Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home), to their mini honeymoon at Monticello. Anyway, Jeff dug a hole and he and Cristin buried the bourbon. Their gorgeous wedding happened this past Saturday and I have to say that between the earthquake, the hurricane, the tropical storm and the flooding…I was a little nervous that burying a bottle of bourbon might not cut it against the wrath of mother nature. However, she must really love Jefferson Reserve, because Saturday was a breathtaking end of summer day without a single drop of rain. I can’t wait to share  photos from their wedding, but for now: bottoms up!


Meshayla+Cherod: engaged!

When Meshayla and Cherod told me they wanted to do their engagement session at the Byrd Theatre, I have to admit I was excited. I’ve shot in Carytown and outside the Byrd, I’ve even shot from the roof of the Byrd, but I had yet to have the opportunity to use the ornate and truly vintage Richmond that is the interior of this unique little movie theatre. Built in 1928, it is an unmistakable Richmond landmark and I have crammed my legs into its seats many times to catch second-run movies and let the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ take me back to a different time. Meshayla and Cherod glammed it up for me and dressed the part (don’t you love the sweater vest and bow tie!) and we had a lot of fun. Many thanks also to Nica from Once in a Lifetime Events for all her help. After the Byrd, we braved some very ominous rain clouds and found the perfect Carytown brick wall to go with their coordinated outfits. I can’t wait for their July 2012 wedding and, in the meantime, hope you enjoy these favorites of mine from our shoot!


Love in Annapolis

Here is a fun fun fun engagement session in the beautiful city of Annapolis to kick off my summer blogging. Who doesn’t love charming old brick buildings, sailors and hearts in random places? And did I mention the super sweet couple who made it all come together in a few hours of photo love? Following are my favorites from the session, enjoy!


Lisa+Andrew: engaged!

Everyone, meet Lisa and Andrew! Lisa is a teacher and Andrew a firefighter. I’m a sucker for a fun-filled engagement session and this awesome couple let me check a biggie off my list: *e session in a fire station*! We had trucks, poles, helmets and hoses all at our disposal…how could you possibly go wrong with all that photo prop goodness? We also made a sunset visit to Weston Manor in Hopewell, Va., a beautiful historic home right on the water. I am super excited to document Lisa and Andrew’s big day this coming June. In the meantime: enjoy!