Melanie + Johnathan | National Museum of the Marine Corps | Small Virginia Wedding | Triangle, Virginia | Virginia Wedding Photographer

It is officially wedding season for this gal and my gosh what a perfect start to the season Melanie and Johnathan’s wedding was. The weeks leading up to the wedding, I had many emails, phone calls and texts with Melanie and Johnathan between their busy schedules. Melanie is a flight attendant and Johnathan is a Marine, so having friends and family travel from all over the world for them was a big deal.

I met Melanie at the hotel she was getting ready at and immediately was welcomed by her and her bridesmaids. Melanie’s bridesmaids were so happy and proud to be apart of her day that anything I needed, they were happy to assist. They wanted to be involved and I couldn’t have been happier to have been in their presence.

The wedding took place at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. This was my first time at the museum and I really had no idea what to expect other than the research I had gathered online. UH WOW! The architect, the beautifully maintained grounds and the space. It was more than I could have imagined. Located, tucked in the woods, near the museum was a small chapel where their ceremony was held. Everything felt so intimate, from the small guest count, to the chapel, all the way to the people who were there to celebrate. Their was a sense of closeness and everyone came to have a good time.

I couldn’t be happier for Melanie and Johnathan. Getting to know them over the past few months made it that much more special to meet them on their wedding day. Johnathan wanted nothing more than to make sure Melanie was both happy and comfortable and it showed.

Keep scrolling for happiness, family, fun and Irish dancing.

Can we talk about how stunning this gown is? Melanie’s family is from Spain which had an influence on her gown and custom made veil that came all the way from Spain.

AMAZING VENDOR TEAM

Second shooter: Brooke Silverman Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Lily + Grayson Events

Venue: National Museum of the Marine Corps

Wedding Dress: Elegance by Roya Alexandria

Florist: Anita’s Beautiful Flowers

Hair and Makeup: Mimi X Styles

Violinist: Stephanie Mathias

Baker: Wanda’s Cake Decorating

Catering: Aramark at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

DJ: DJ Manny

Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer | Norfolk, Virginia

This past fall I had the amazing opportunity to associate photograph a wedding for Lia Everette Photography at the stunning Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia. It rained the entire morning and afternoon. We did not let that take away our hopes for an outdoor ceremony. Minutes before we were all to get on the shuttles and head to the ceremony site, it stopped raining!! Not only did it stop raining, the sun came out. It came out almost as a sign or reassurance that it was going to be a beautiful event and that it was.

Orrey + Molly | Waverly Estate | Lunenburg Wedding Photographer | Virginia Documentary Wedding Photographer

This past weekend I went to Lunenburg to capture Molly and Orrey’s big day at the Waverly Estate. The weather was perfect and the venue was a dream! Waverly Estate is charming, colorful and the land is just absolutely perfect! When I entered the house, there was nothing but happiness, excitement and hip hop from the early 2000’s (WIN WIN) playing.

The ceremony took place under a tree (UMMM…DREAM COME TRUE), was short, oh, so, sweet and filled with many tears and laughter. The reception was ALIVE! The dance floor was NEVER empty and they served pizza for dinner. COME ON!!! DREAM COUPLE!!!!!

Thank you Molly & Orrey for being such amazing souls and having me document your day!

Rob + Lydia | Rooftop Wedding | The Graduate | Richmond Wedding

Spontaneous decision to say “I do” on a rooftop?!? Hell yeah!! I was so excited when I first chatted with Lydia two weeks before the wedding haha. Everything worked out perfectly that I would get to capture their intimate and fun wedding. Lydia and Rob were surrounded by their closest friends and family who traveled from as far as Hawaii and the Phillipines to be with them! Their simple ceremony took place on the rooftop at The Graduate hotel which gave us Richmond city views. As family and friends made their way up, we gathered around to watch Rob and Lydia get married and exchange ring pops. Hahah! Any Parks and Rec fans?! Once the ceremony was over, we took the elevator down to the lobby where dinner, dancing and drinks happened! While it was a short celebration it was filled with lots of love, sooo much laughing and happy tears.

Children's Session | Fort Monroe Beach | Hampton Roads Lifestyle Photographer

I always love photographing kids being kids! They go by their own rules, they act more freely and if they're into the environment, they really let go! The Pierre girls were everything and more. It was a bit of a chilly day but they went straight for the water and watching them gave me so much life. Hearing them laugh and almost get taken out by waves yet still have the biggest smile on their faces was refreshing and inspiring.

True story- when I lack inspiration or feel like I'm in a rut, I photograph my kids. Every time, I learn a new way that I want to capture raw connection. They fill me with inspiration, remind me to let go and most importantly be free!

Franz Family | In-Home Family Session | Seaford, Va.

While most of my sessions take place outdoors, I absolutely love those times I get in-home sessions, too! Especially when the summer temps reach 90+ degrees.  With that being said it was SO awesome to be welcomed into the Franz family's gorgeous home and get to know them. Our time from beginning to end flowed effortlessly as the children guided the session.  We first hung out in the living room where sweet little princess Liv showed me a book that she was really proud of... as well as her favorite dolls and toys. Then we made our way to her room for more toys, tiaras and dolls and wrapped up our time in baby Julian's nursery.  I enjoyed every minute with the Franz family.  They are so incredibly sweet and welcoming.  Along with natural light, love also radiated through their home.

Art Museum Wedding | Mr. + Mrs. Dorswitt | Virginia MOCA | Virginia Beach, Va.

Susan and Kenneth had 25 of their closest family and friends gather at MOCA to celebrate them getting married.  Susan wanted her day documented in a way that captured love and family most.  They had their ceremony at the art museum and following it was a small gathering at their residence. The ceremony was officiated by Susan's brother in a simple, sweet and untraditional way. 

Virginia MOCA was chosen as their place for ceremony because of their love for art and music.  The museum was simple yet so beautiful. After the ceremony, Kenneth, Susan and I strolled around the exhibits for pictures and we couldn't help but stop and admire every painting. I myself am a fan of modern-contemporary art and often enjoy viewing art with my husband so this was just a perfect day!