Melissa and Ross tied the knot in a quiet ceremony at The Valentine in Richmond, Va. They said their I Dos on a beautiful spring day, with a pinch of Jewish tradition, and while locking eyes with each other with the look of people truly in love. That idyllic setting was then replaced by a rockin’ party at Main Street Station where they celebrated with friends and family to music mixed by the always-fun DJ Cam DiNunzio. Many thanks to CCS Events for making the day flow seamlessly and to Melissa and Ross for just being awesome. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!
Photography: Photoladylove | Eva Russo + Dean Hoffmeyer | 804.513.2048
“I wasn’t one of those girls who dreamed and planned my wedding day for years. What I did dream of was meeting someone who was perfect for me, who loved and respected me the way I did them and who I just wanted to shout from the roof tops and tell everyone how much I loved them! That is what Alex and I have found in each other and today is our day where we can do just that: gather all our family and friends together on the first day of our married life, and celebrate our love for each other!”
This is how Maggie described her ideal wedding to me one year ago. 2014 was a busy busy year here at Photoladylove, so I am taking this opportunity to post some of my favorite 2014 weddings and celebrate our couples as they approach their first anniversaries. Maggie and Alex celebrate today and I want to wish them a very happy first anniversary with the wish for many many more. I hope Maggie’s words ring true today, just as they did one year ago, and that these two always look at each other the same way as they did in these photographs. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!
Ceremony venue: Linden Row Inn | Reception venue: VMFA | Wedding coordinator: KC Regis
Florist: Al Brockwell, Floraculture | Lighting: Lighting Professors | Band: The Real Geniuses | Cake: Kelsey Pitta
Caterer: VMFA | Photography: Photoladylove, Inc. | Second Photoggrapher: Dean Hoffmeyer
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!
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!