Happy Graduation Kennedy! Just days away from her high school graduation, Kennedy is obviously ready to conquer the world. We had a blast on her portrait session in Richmond, Va. and I know that wherever her next phase takes her, Kennedy will rock. Her lively spirit and playful attitude will take her far and I look forward to hearing about her adventures. Best of wishes to Kennedy and following are my favorites from our session!
Kyli and Omar tied the knot in a beautiful celebration at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, Va. Their wedding was a gathering of friends and family from across the world, all there to toast to Kyli and Omar and their big step. Although the setting was decisively Southern with the little flower gardens, rolling fences under ancient trees and countryside views that make Tuckahoe Plantation so beautiful paired with late afternoon light sifting through those ancient trees and coating everything around us, this celebration had a few extra touches meant to honor Omar’s roots and his family. Prayer beads in the groom’s pocket, a professional belly dancer to dazzle the guests and a hookah lounge set up under bistro lighting all contributed to tell the story of Kyli and Omar and their wedding day. A particularly rowdy wedding party got the fun started right from the portraits and the rest of the guests continued the party on the dance floor. And, you know it’s been a good time for all when the happy couple runs through the sparklers with a cigar and drink in hand! All the best to Kyli and Omar as they continue their journey together. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!
I had the great pleasure of documenting Erin and Bobby’s wedding just a few years ago and I was thrilled to hear about the next big adventure they have embarked on. This beautiful couple is expecting a baby girl, who is set to arrive this June and has so much love and cuteness awaiting her that I bet she can hardly wait! We lucked out with blue skies and spring temperatures as we played in Richmond’s own Maymont Park and then made our way to Carytown. Many many girly points to Erin for doing the entire session in heels…my hero. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!
“One woman, my one woman
One woman, my one woman
And I’m yours
What can I say, what can I do
I love you”
(Ted Nugent – “One Woman”)
It was such a huge honor and such a blast to document Lindsay and Phil’s Richmond, Va., wedding. Their outdoor winter ceremony at The Carillon was breathtaking. The cool weather was made barely noticeable by cozy blankets, grilled cheese and tomato soup snacks, hot chocolate…oh, and all those warm and fuzzy feelings everyone had to get once they saw Lindsay and Phil lock eyes, as Lindsay made her way down the aisle, and both let the emotion of the moment visibly wash over them. With Lindsay being Lindsay of LK Events & Design, I knew every detail of the day would be beautiful and perfect. However, their day was really beyond that. It was a perfect representation of their sweet and fun-loving spirits, the awesome people they are surrounded and supported by, and their connection. MP (my husband and trusted second photographer here) and I love love love these two and we quickly realized at this wedding that we are not alone in the sentiment. And, as far as their connection goes, it’s a beautiful thing to see how Lindsay and Phil look at each other, how they exist together, natural and intertwined, and how good they seem to be at keeping smiles on each other’s faces and laughter in the air. Following are my favorite images from the day. And the quote above is for you Phil! Anyone who knows Phil, also knows how big of a Ted Nugent fan he is (see his impressive air guitar to “Stranglehold” in the photos below) and how hard I had to look to find an appropriate and publishable Ted Nugent quote for this blog post. So much love to you both and I wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and air guitar!
Day-of planning assistants: Shelley Smith, Courtney Elliot, Nikki Hanger | Second photographer: Mika’il Petin
I have so much love for Meshayla and Cherod. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know these two a little bit over the course of the last year and a half, and I know that they had to roll with a lot of changes in their wedding plans and lives, mainly due to Cherod’s military deployment on an overseas hardship tour. After having to postpone their wedding, Meshayla and Cherod finally tied the knot this past December in Richmond, Va. Thanks to Nica Lewis and her team at Once in A Lifetime Events, the day was a perfect mix of family, laughter and just the right details. When asked recently what Meshayla and Cherod loved about each other, this is what they answered: “Most of all, I love her because she loves me. I am a Soldier in the US Army, which instantly made her a military spouse. This life I know has it’s challenges; however, she embraced the military life, because it is a part of me. She makes me a better husband, father, and a man.” And this is what Meshayla had to say about her Cherod: “From the day we became a couple, he has poured out so much love. So much that you wouldn’t think that just one person could do that. Even though he is halfway across the world, he never lets a day go by without calling, texting, or skyping to let me know that he loves me. I never have to question it. Not to mention the fact, that he cares for, loves and is soooo attentive to my son. That’s just who he is, a GREAT man with a GREAT heart. Who could choose one thing with a man like this.” Meshayla and Cherod, thank you for making me a part of your wedding experience!
With Meshayla’s groom, Cherod currently serving in South Korea, we wanted to give her Richmond, Va., bridal session a military twist. We chose the Virginia War Memorial, a beautiful, solemn, peaceful location overlooking the James River and downtown Richmond. Here, we were aiming for a more pensive, elegant vibe and we took advantage of beautiful light hitting the west side of the memorial. Our second location was Tredegar Iron Works, which provided us with color, texture and great metal and brick surfaces to play with. Meshayla, wearing Vera Wang, provided her fun, playful spirit as well as a few details that were the perfect touch for our session. Many thanks also to Nica Lewis from Once in a Lifetime Events for her styling expertise. Following are our favorites from the shoot. Enjoy!
If there is one family that knows how to throw a killer wedding it is Darci’s family. I had the great pleasure of photographing Darci’s brother Jeff’s wedding to his lovely Cristin in 2011 and it was a blast. So, I was pretty excited when Darci and her William came to me with the news of their nuptials. I was even more excited when I heard that the whole day would take place at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Va., a beautiful venue, packed with all sorts of nooks and crannies that exist to make a photographer’s heart beat a little faster. However, the absolute best part of the experience was getting to watch Darci and William tie the knot. These two are the cutest, their excitement is contagious and their families were so openly emotional that it was hard not to get swept up right with them. Darci and William, thank you for making me a part of your special day!
Planners: A Perfect Day
Caterer: Groovin Gourmets
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Flowers: Blooms at the Jefferson
Ceremony Musicians: Corey Blake and Amy Thompson
DJ: Justin Spears
Dessert: Krispy Kreme and Simply Southern Pies
Dress: Bella Rosa
Groom suit: Indochino
“To those who love and are loved, know that life’s true riches lie in the moments spent with family and friends.”
This is a quote from Lisette and Angel’s note to their family, which was included in the program from their wedding ceremony at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Va. It is a perfect representation of this beautiful couple and their celebration. When Lisette and I first met to talk about the wedding, she teared up while describing Angel and their relationship. She spoke about how they met in college, were separated by his deployment to Iraq, grad school, careers, but how they were now finally in the same place at just the right time. She described him as strong and tough on the outside, but as someone who would play barbies with her nieces and who valued her family as his own. This focus on family, commitment and love was everywhere on Angel and Lisette’s wedding day. From a suite full of mothers, sisters, aunts and cousins getting ready right alongside the bride, to touches and details like Lisette’s grandmother’s lace and black and white family photographs placed throughout the reception. With Lisette’s Cuban family and Angel’s Puerto Rican family joining, an amazing Afro-Cuban salsa band was a must and guests didn’t disappoint with their salsa moves. The traditional Catholic ceremony meant an earlier end to the festivities and warm golden light to send Angel and Lisette off with. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!
Ceremony: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Reception venue and catering: The Jefferson Hotel
Planner: LK Events and Design
Music: Son Quattro
Cake: Sweet Fix
Flowers: Tropical Treehouse
Video: Eric Lee Productions
Makeup: Makeup by Millicent
Hair: Yuni Suarez
Transportation: Gill’s Limousine Service
Live painting: Barbara Mann Myers
Jackie and Ben tied the knot in front of their friends and families at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Richmond, Va. After fun photos along Monument Ave, we headed over to their reception at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. However, Jackie and Ben didn’t make just any entrance… They surprised their guests (who had been conveniently given streamers and lured out on the balcony for a photo by the ever talented Dean Hoffmeyer) with a grand entrance by boat! A night of dancing ensued, capped by Billy Joel’s Piano Man as the final song of the evening, which was played as Jackie and Ben danced in the middle of a circle of their guests. This awesome couple treated their guests to beautiful wine stoppers (which Ben made by hand, as he demonstrated during their engagement session) as well as many other thoughtful details, all pulled together flawlessly by Lindsay Averette at LK Events and Design. The streamers came in handy once again for their exit as they sped away in Ben’s truck, cans in tow and all! Following are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
reception: The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
coordinator: LK Events and Design
cake: Cakes by Graham
DJ: Mike Beene at Choice Entertainment
second photographer: Dean Hoffmeyer
For Alexandra and Tim’s engagement session we wanted to spend the afternoon playing at Tuckahoe Plantation. The site is beautiful to begin with. Add in vintage bikes, an old gray barn in the perfect light, a carpet of autumn leaves and a field and the rest is history. Alexandra and Tim were wonderful to work with and it always makes it more fun when a couple is willing to hop a fence for pretty light or throw around some leaves. Following are my favorites from the session. Enjoy!
For Kyli and Omar’s engagement session we wanted to tap into the feel of Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood. We split our time between Libby Hill Park, with its gorgeous view of downtown, Captain Buzzy’s Beanery, a neighborhood staple, and one of the many old advertisements one can find all over Church Hill’s old buildings and side streets. From golden light playing off the old cobblestone to a game of Ms. Pac-Man (really, who could resist?), I had a great time capturing this sweet couple. Kyli and Omar, I look forward to your big day in 2013!
Lindsay and Phil picked the PERFECT day for their RVA fall engagement session. 80 degree weather, gorgeous pre-hurricane fall leaves, late afternoon golden light…and one extremely happy photo lady. I admit I was a little nervous going into the session, feeling the pressure of photographing someone who has become a great friend and one of my favorite people in the wedding industry. However, soon after we started making pictures and Lindsay and Phil relaxed into just enjoying each other’s company and our beautiful surroundings, the session flowed and the photos with it. Then, you add in Jax the bulldog and who wouldn’t have a good time? We went from shopping for pumpkins to the Nickel Bridge, from the Pump House to Carytown and had a blast racing the setting sun and trying to get as much of a taste of Richmond into the session as possible. A huge congratulations to Lindsay and Phil on their engagement and I can’t wait for their dreamy winter wedding at the Carillon. Enjoy!
Ericka and I had a blast with this impromptu bridal portrait session at Meadowbrook Country Club, in Richmond, Va. Once she realized our venue visit fell on the same day as her hair and makeup trial, as well as the day she was scheduled to pick up her dress, we decided to take advantage of all those stars lining up and make some photos in the Gillette Garden. Following are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
I am super excited to finally get to share Jackie and Ben’s engagement photos. They’ve been kept secret until now because the first part of the session was dedicated to photographing Ben’s amazing woodworking talent. As this couple’s guests now know, each one of them was given a unique and handmade wine stopper that Ben personally sculpted in his wood shop in his and Jackie’s backyard. No instructions or designs, just Ben’s imagination, his woodworking tools and his hands. As you can imagine, the wedding favors were a huge success and I look forward to sharing how the wine stoppers and these photos were displayed at the reception. After such a fun start, Jackie and Ben decided to continue the engagement session with a picnic, complete with wine, on the campus of Jackie’s alma mater, the University of Richmond. And, since our session fell on their joint birthday, yes, there were cupcakes!
Mary Elizabeth and Paulin tied the knot in a beautiful Catholic ceremony at Church of the Epiphany in Richmond, Va.. Mary Elizabeth wore her mother’s veil, carried her grandmothers’ wedding prayer books and walked down the aisle looking simply stunning. The ceremony was full of stolen glances and smiles between the two of them, allowing anyone paying attention to see how excited they were to be in that moment. Later we made our way to the reception at Willow Oaks Country Club, where we took this lovely couple and their dog, Charlotte, out near the golf course for a brief shoot. Mary Elizabeth and Paulin then proceeded to celebrate in style with an evening full of laughter, family, children and dancing to the great live music of The Venture Rays. Many wishes of continued love to Mary Elizabeth and Paulin. Following are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
band: The Venture Rays
cake: Bakers Kitchen
flowers: Sprigs and Twigs
venue and catering: Willow Oaks Country Club
ceremony: Church of the Epiphany
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!
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!
I recently had the opportunity to photograph S@mple, the latest addition to Richmond’s dining scene, for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Apart from the fun juxtaposition of metal and brick, the clean white lines, occasional orchid, and of course the abundance of technological geekery that was hard to pry myself away from, I had my choice of beautiful food to photograph thanks to the small plates by chef Todd Butler. In case any of you felt the urge to order one of these dishes, this is what yore looking at: the farmer’s basket with shaved brussels sprouts and kale, sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried cherries, pine nuts and parmesan peppercorn dressing; Shanghai fried rice with rock shrimp, shrimp tempura, forbidden black rice and egg omelet; royal trumpet mushroom kebab; the cubano, with roast pork, smoked bacon, gruyere, mustard and grilled onions (please, I want one now); cinnamon apple empanadas with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. To see my slideshow with an interview with S@mple owner Adam Bell click *here* and for Dana Craig’s review of S@mple click *here*. Enjoy!
Photos by Eva Russo
All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch
The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
As you all know, I love shooting a good restaurant review. There’s nothing like spending a few hours making pictures of a chef’s creations and a new dining space, complete with fresh and unique decor in an old Richmond building. Pasture is located on Grace Street in that part of downtown Richmond that is just starting to show signs of life again. I never eat when shooting a review, but after smelling everything from the olde salt clams to the brussels sprouts, and salivating over a handmade nutella candy bar, I left hungry and made sure to get back as soon as possible to try it all out. Well, my taste buds were as happy as my trigger finger, so I am excited to share some of my photos with you. Following are my favorites from the shoot. The dishes shown are: olde salt clams with cabbage, bacon, butter and lemon; sweet tea smoked trout with apple, bacon and benne seeds; steak tartare, with jalapeno, chili ketchup and quail egg; lamb sausage with navy beans and basil; brussels sprouts with winter squash, preserved lemon and pecan; and a homemade candy bar, with hazelnut crunch, nutella and chocolate. I also photographed the Deltaville, with house made cranberry jam, vodka, fresh lemon and soda over ice. To hear about Pasture in co-owner Jason Alley’s (from Richmond’s own Comfort) words you can find the audio slideshow *here* and for Dana Craig’s review for the RTD click *here*.
Photos by Eva Russo
All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch
The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
One of the biggest compliments I can imagine as a wedding photographer is when a couple asks me to come back and continue to document their growing family in the years after their wedding. I had the privilege of documenting Jenny and Gaston’s wedding over a year ago and recently photographed their brand new beautiful baby girl. Hadley posed not once, but twice for my camera. The first time, when she was one week old, was cut short after she had a little accident on her dad (the danger of no diaper). So, I had the opportunity to check in on Hadley again this past week now that she is 2 months old. With the best bows in town and some very expressive little eyebrows, she is a stylin’ little one who has definitely won my heart. Following are some of my favorites from our mini sessions: enjoy!
It’s always a huge honor when a fellow photographer asks me to document a meaningful moment in his or her life. When my colleague, friend, mentor and the guy who’s looked out for me since day 1 here in Richmond asked me to document his daughter’s wedding, I was thrilled. Anne and Ron tied the knot at Richmond’s own Jefferson Hotel in an intimate ceremony. Bob, trusted leica around his neck, officiated (and shot off a few frames here and there). Both Anne and Ron’s children were all in the wedding. And love was definitely in the air! I love the elegance of this wedding, from Anne’s dress to the hurricane lamps surrounded by fresh rosemary, mint and lavender. The beautiful golden light that greeted us outside after the ceremony made me a very happy photographer – and with such a gorgeous couple, how could I not be! Following are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
Amanda and Lawrence tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. Amanda’s father walked her down the aisle, then conducted the ceremony and even sang to his daughter and her soon-to-be husband! Throughout the day it was difficult to distinguish the bride’s side of the room from the groom’s as everyone seemed to be part of one genuinely loving and happy family. From rowdy group photos full of spunk and attitude, to a first dance that, at a record’s scratch, turned into the entire wedding party doing “the wobble,” it all made for lots of fun. Amanda and Lawrence even braved the rain for some time alone and photos along Richmond’s Canal Walk. Nica Lewis and her team at Once In A Lifetime Events put on a gorgeous reception at Crittenden Studio and everyone burned up that dance floor. Following are my favorites from the day – Many wishes of continued happiness to the two of you, I know that with the support of such great families you will succeed!